CEO operators

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    Waleed Mohamed Al-Sayed

    Chief Executive Officer – Ooredoo Qatar

    Waleed Al Sayed was appointed as Deputy CEO - Ooredoo Group and CEO - Ooredoo Qatar in November 2015.

    Through his managerial and board duties at Ooredoo Group companies, Waleed has developed extensive experience in the information and technology sector, both in Qatar and the wider region. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Ooredoo Qatar and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Ooredoo Tunisia; Chairman of the Board of Ooredoo subsidiary STARLINK – Qatar; and as Board Member of MEEZA (a technology joint venture between Ooredoo and Qatar Foundation). Waleed was previously Deputy Chairman of Ooredoo Algeria. He was also the Chairman of the Qatar Handball Team and a member of Ooredoo’s Football team. He holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from HEC Paris with full honours.

    Waleed joined Ooredoo Group in 1987 and has held managerial positions in Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Strategy, Project Management, Communications and Customer Service. He was appointed as Executive Director of Group Communications in 2003.  In this strategic role, Waleed was instrumental in putting a company-wide business plan in place with a clear strategy to significantly improve the organisation’s corporate image as well strengthening the company’s international and community relations standing. He also developed and delivered several Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives that have positioned Ooredoo among the leading CSR supporters in the country. During this period, he was also instrumental in carrying out several successful campaigns resulting in Ooredoo (then called Qtel) winning many internationally recognised industry awards.

    Waleed was appointed Executive Director - Customer Services in 2006 to establish a greatly enhanced and improved customer experience. During an important time following the liberalisation of Qatar’s telecoms market and the introduction of competition, he led the transformation of the company’s Customer Service Centres to become more retail sales and customer-oriented, with the aim of engaging with and getting closer to its customers.  The new retail shop designs went on to win a worldwide award for the “Best Retail Shop Design” in 2009. His early achievements in this position were followed in 2010 by additional accolades and success, as Ooredoo won the highest number of honours at the “Contact Centre World Awards” held in the United Kingdom, where Waleed’s presentation won the Gold Award for Best Customer Service in the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region.

    In 2011, Waleed was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Ooredoo Qatar. During a period of heightened competition, he led the business to continued growth, increased customer-centricity and a more dynamic business culture.

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    Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani

    Chief Executive Officer - Ooredoo Kuwait

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani holds a Master's Degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Qatar University. Sheikh Mohammed previously worked in Ooredoo’s Finance Department as Director of Financial Operations, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Director, Budget and Decision Support, and Deputy Chief Officer, Finance.

    Sheikh Mohammed has made several contributions to the field of finance and accounting, through his work in Ooredoo’s Finance Department, and also through his work as a member of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, where he has promoted the profession of accountancy in the State of Qatar and its important role in developing the country's economy.

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    Amer Al Sunna

    Chief Executive Officer - Asiacell

    Amer Al Sunna, Chief Executive Officer of Asiacell Iraq, previously held the position of Managing Director within the organization since February 2013. He brings 20 years’ experience to his role, garnered in a range of senior executive positions at high-profile organisations around the world.  Amer initially joined the Ooredoo family as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of wi-tribe Jordan in August 2010, followed by a role as Chief Operating Advisor (COA) for wi-tribe Philippines in August 2011.  Prior to his roles at wi-tribe, Amer was CEO of three specialised telecommunications and internet service companies owned by VTEL Holdings, in the Commonwealth of Independent States, working in Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia. He has also been Group Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Orange Jordan.   Amer remains dedicated to improving customer experience in the communications industry. He has played a key role in the growth of the telecoms sector in his home country of Jordan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Jordan University.

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    Ian Charles Dench

    Chief Executive Officer - Ooredoo Oman

    Ian Charles Dench became Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo Oman on 24 January 2017.

    Ian joined Ooredoo Qatar operations in 2006 as Executive Director, Corporate & VIP Accounts.  In 2008, he was named as Executive Director, Consumer Services. In 2012, he was appointed as the Chief Marketing Officer. He was a key member of the Ooredoo Qatar leadership team and significantly contributed to building Ooredoo’s market share in Qatar by developing and maintaining strong product and service portfolios. He was named as Chief Commercial Officer for Ooredoo Group in January 2016.

    Ian was appointed as Board Member of Indosat Ooredoo in March 2016. He is a Member of the Board of ICT Company NavLink and an advisory board member for the Asia Pacific Internet Group. His management experience spans Mobile, Fixed, Multimedia and Digital services in emerging and developed markets.

    Ian has more than 25 years of experience with leading telecommunication companies across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Ooredoo, he was the Head of Sales & Marketing operations for Batelco.  He held Senior Management positions in British Telecom and O₂, starting in the United Kingdom and later moving to Singapore to cover the Asia Pacific Region.

    He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and Chartered Marketer with an MBA from CASS Business School in London.

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    Durgham Maraee

    Chief Executive Officer - Wataniya Palestine

    Dr. Durgham Maraee, formerly the Chief Investment Officer of the Palestine Investment Fund(PIF), has been named as CEO of Wataniya Palestine, after accepting the resignation of the previous CEO Mr. Fayez Husseini.

    As CIO of the PIF, Dr. Maraee held a senior role at Palestine’s largest institutional investor with more than US$800 million worth of assets under management. Earlier in his career, he worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Dr. Maraee holds a Doctorate degree in International Law from Harvard University.

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    Youssef Ali El Masri

    Chief Executive Officer – Ooredoo Tunisia

    Youssef Ali El Masri was named as CEO of Ooredoo Tunisia in November 2015.

    Youssef joined Ooredoo Qatar in 1995, serving in a range of positions including Senior Manager, Information Technology; Manager, Business Application and Manager, IT Business Support. In 2006, he became Divisional Manager, Information Technology.

    In 2008, Youssef was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for Ooredoo Algeria. During his tenure, Ooredoo Algeria evolved into the leading operator in Algeria, taking a strong lead in data services in particular.   In February 2015, he was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer for Ooredoo Tunisia.

    Prior to joining Ooredoo, he has held roles at Hamad Medical Corporation and Al Ghanim Holdings, both in Qatar.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science from Arkansas State University, USA.

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    Najib Khan

    Chief Executive Officer - Ooredoo Maldives

    Najib Khan was named as the CEO of Ooredoo Maldives on 4 April 2017. Previously, he served as the head of Business Services at Ooredoo Group, based in Doha, where he had responsibility for developing Ooredoo’s B2B offering on a regional and global scale.

    A telecommunication professional with more than 25 years of experience, he has held senior roles at Bharti Airtel, including CEO of the Homes & Offices business and Chief Marketing Officer for Business-to-Business.

    He is an Engineer with a Post Graduate degree in Business Management from NMIMS in India and in Industrial Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University, India.

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    Vikram Sinha

    Chief Executive Officer - Ooredoo Myanmar

    Mr. Vikram Sinha joined Ooredoo in 2014, with over 16 years’ experience in telecommunications, strategy planning and execution, brand building, and sales development.

    After a successful period as Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo Maldives, Vikram became Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo Myanmar in 2018. Throughout this time, Vikram demonstrated his skills as a business leader and business growth specialist.

    Vikram has a proven track record of driving top-line growth, increasing profitability and building teams across different industries and geographies.

    Prior to joining Ooredoo, Vikram was the Managing Director of Airtel Seychelles.

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    Chris Kanter

    President Director & CEO

    Chris Kanter, was appointed President Director and CEO of Indosat Ooredoo at the Extraordinary General Shareholders Meeting (EGMS) dated 17 October 2018. He previously served as an Independent Commissioner and Commissioner of Indosat Ooredoo since 2010.

    The Chairman and Founder of Sigma Sembada Group, a major player and turnkey contractor in transportation and logistics, he is currently a Commissioner of Bank BNP Paribas Indonesia and a Member of the Board of Governors of East West Center, USA (since 2013).


    Among others, he previously served as Vice Chairman of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) Asia Pacific (2007-2018), Commissioner of Garuda Indonesia (2013-2015), Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia) (1994–2015), Vice Chairman of the Indonesia Employers Association (APINDO (2017-2015), Economic Advisor to the President on the National Economic Council (KEN) (2009-2014), and member of the Investment Coordination Board Committee (BKPM) (2010-2014)