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Role of the Board of Directors
The primary role of the Board of Directors is to provide institutional leadership to the Company, within a framework of prudent and effective controls enabling risk to be assessed and managed. This role has been fully illustrated through the Articles of Association of the Company and its relevant by-laws, the Commercial Companies Law No. (11) for 2015 and Corporate Governance Code for Companies and Legal Entities listed on the main market issued by Qatar Financial Markets Authority, in particular articles (8) and (9), which were incorporated as a Charter of the Board in a special section of the Corporate Governance Manual.
H.E. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani is a Member of the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ooredoo Group. His Excellency is on the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum’s Gender Parity Programme.
Sheikh Abdulla was instrumental in the restructuring and regional expansion of Ooredoo since the launch of its expansion strategy in 2005, steering the growth of Ooredoo from a single-nation telecom operator to a Group with a presence in 14 countries spanning North Africa, Middle East and Southeast Asia. During that time, His Excellency was Chairman of Kuwait-based Wataniya Group and served as President Commissioner of Indosat, Ooredoo’s company in Indonesia.
Sheikh Abdulla served on the ITU Broadband Commission for digital development from 2012 till 2014. He was also a member of the World Bank Group Advisory Council for Gender and Development from 2012 till 2014.
Prior to joining Ooredoo, Sheikh Abdulla was Chief of the Royal Court (Amiri Diwan) and member of the Planning Council from 2000 to 2005. He also was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the North Atlantic College in Qatar from 2001 to 2006 and Military Attache to the United Kingdom from 1990 to 2000.
H.E. Mr. Al Emadi, who is the Minister of Finance for the State of Qatar, joined Ooredoo’s Board of Directors in March 1999. He has held leadership positions at a number of key Qatari institutions, including his service as the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment, a member of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, a Board member and Head of the Investment Committee at Qatar Investment Authority, and Chairman of the Board for QNB Group. Furthermore, he has a long experience in the banking sector in his service as the QNB Group CEO from 2005 to 2013. H.E. Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi brings significant experience and knowledge in the fields of finance and banking to Ooredoo.
His Excellency joined the Board in July 2000. He currently serves on the Boards of a number of Qatari companies and has held many prominent positions, including previous roles as Chief Financial Officer of the Royal Court (Amiri Diwan) and State Minister. His Excellency’s considerable experience in and knowledge of administration, finance and government are greatly beneficial to the Board.
Mr. Al Khater, who joined the Board in 2011, is the President of General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority, Chairman of Dlala Holding, Board Member of Masraf Al Rayan, and a Board Member of Al Ahli United Bank in Bahrain. He has previously held the position of the Managing Director and Undersecretary of Health Ministry of Hamad Medical Corporation, and brings significant experience in business and finance to the Board.
Dr. Nasser Marafih is Member of the Ooredoo Group Board and Advisor to the Ooredoo Group Board‘s Chairman. He was Chief Executive Officer of the Ooredoo Group from 2006 until November 2015. He also served as Ooredoo Qatar CEO from 2002 until 2011.
Born in Doha, Qatar, Dr. Marafih holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science and a Ph.D in Communication Engineering, all from George Washington University, USA. Dr. Nasser started his career at Ooredoo in 1992 as expert advisor from the University of Qatar and was involved in the introduction of the first GSM service in the Middle East in February 1994. He joined Ooredoo Qatar in February 1994 as a Director for Strategic Planning & Development and led a number of strategic projects including the introduction of the Internet service in Qatar in 1996 and the privatization of Ooredoo Qatar from a government owned company to a publicly listed company in 1999.
In his role as CEO, Dr. Nasser has spearheaded Ooredoo's global growth in recent years to expand to 15 operations in Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia, including Ooredoo's acquisition of Wataniya Telecom, Ooredoo's strategic partnership with ST Telemedia in Singapore, as well as the company’s purchase of a controlling stake in Indosat of Indonesia.
Dr. Marafih is the President Commissioner of Indosat and he also serves in as a board member in a number of other Ooredoo Group companies including Ooredoo in Myanmar and Asiacell in Iraq.
In addition, Dr. Marafih serves as Chairman of the Board of the GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation and as a member of the Board of GSMA. He also serves as a commissioner to the ITU Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and he is a member of the World Bank Group Advisory Council for Gender and Development.
Dr Nasser ranked #41 among the 100 powerful Arab leaders in 2015 and he has appeared in the ranking since the launch of the list in 2013.
Mr. Al-Humaidi, who joined the Board in 2011, is Executive Director – Operations & Support of Qatar Development Bank and IT Director of Qatari Diar. Prior to his current positions, he led various management and business technologies roles in multi-industry sectors including utilities, telecom, oil & gas, real estate and banking and contributed to national steering committees. This diverse background brings a wealth of experience that will contribute significantly to the Ooredoo Board.
Mr. Aziz Aluthman, who joined the Board in 2011, is an Associate Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Qatar Holding LLC, the strategic and direct investments arm of the Qatar Investment Authority, where he has been instrumental in the execution of key investments. He currently represents Qatar Holding on the boards of United Arab Shipping Company and Knowledge Universe, and was previously founder and CEO of Idealys. He brings a strong business background and deep understanding of technology to the Board.
Sheikh Ali Bin Ghanim Bin Ali Abdullah Al-Thani joined Ooredoo’s Board of Directors in 2018. He is the owner and Chairman of Ali Bin Ghanim Group Holding. He currently serves on the Boards of several Qatari companies, including Qatar Islamic Bank, Doha Insurance Group, and the Centre for Arab Unity Studies. Sheikh Ali’s experience in business will add substantial value to the Ooredoo Board.
Mr. Ibrahim Abdullah Al Mahmoud joined Ooredoo’s Board in March 2014. He has held board-level positions with a number of insurance companies and in academic organisations including Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and Calgary University in Qatar
Mr. Abdulla Mubarak Al-Khalifa, who joined the Board in 2018, is Acting Group Chief Executive Officer of QNB. Prior to his current position, he was Executive General Manager – Chief Business Officer at Qatar National Bank. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of QNB Capital – Qatar, QNB Al Ahli – Egypt, QNB Finansbank – turkey, Housing Bank Trade Finance – Jordan, and Ecobank – Togo. He brings strong business, finance and strategic planning to the Board.