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Board of directors

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.

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    Sheikh Faisal Bin Thani Al Thani

    Chairman of the Board

    H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Thani Al Thani is the Chief of Asia-Pacific & Africa Investments at Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), and the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Ooredoo Group.

    In his role at QIA, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Thani Al Thani is responsible for leading the regional investments in multiple sectors and diversified asset classes in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

    His Excellency has previously held the position of Chief Investment Officer at Qatar Foundation Endowment. He also played key leadership roles in the Investment Department at Qatar Central Bank. In addition, he was the Chairman of Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration Secondary School and the Deputy Chairman of Vodafone Qatar, as well as being a Board member at Ahli Bank, Qatari Diar, Nakilat, Bharti Airtel and Siemens Qatar.

    H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Thani Al Thani is currently the Chairman of Qatar First Bank, and Board member at Qatar Insurance Company, Deputy Chairman of Boyner Retail & Textile Investments Inc. in Turkey,

    H.E. Sheikh Faisal Bin Thani Al Thani holds a degree in Business Administration from Marymount University in the USA and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris.

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    Dr. Nasser Marafih

    Deputy Chairman

    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.

    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.

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    Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo


    Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo was appointed Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer in November 2020. He has been a Board member of Ooredoo Group since 2011.  

    Previously, he served as Deputy Undersecretary for Budget, Treasury and Financial affairs at the Ministry of Finance.  

    Prior to that, he was the Co-head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Qatar Investment Authority. He is also a Board Member at Accor SA since 2015.  

    In March 2021, he was appointed as Board member of KATARA Hospitality and member of the Board of Trustees of Qatar Museums. In December 2021, he was appointed on the Board of Commissioners of Indosat.  

    Aziz holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from ESLSCA University. 

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    Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani


    Sheikh Saud joined the Board in 2021. He was Group Chief Executive Officer from 2015 to 2020. He was also Ooredoo Qatar's CEO from 2011 to 2015.

    Sheikh Saud holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Western International University, in Phoenix, Arizona. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He joined Ooredoo in 1990 (previously Qtel), where he has handled key projects like the restructuring of the organisation in 1998, the structure review in 2000 and the job evaluation and compensation review with Ooredoo’s auditors KPMG. As Ooredoo Qatar's CEO, he has led the expansion of the company's products and services portfolio, making Qatar one of most successful and consistent markets in the Group. During his tenure as Group CEO, he initiated and successfully led the company's digital transformation, leaving a lasting impact on customers across the Group's global footprint.

    He has held key positions across the Ooredoo Group, including Chairman of the Board for Ooredoo Kuwait; Deputy Chairman of Ooredoo Oman; and Deputy Chairman of Asiacell. He is also a Board Member for Arabsat; Board Member for Hellas-Sat; and Board Member for INJAZ Qatar.

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    Yousef Al-Obaidly


    Mr. Al-Obaidly joined the Board in 2020. He is the CEO of beIN MEDIA GROUP (“beIN”). As one of the most respected executives in the world of sport and entertainment, Mr. Al-Obaidly manages the single largest portfolio of sports rights in the world as the head of beIN MENA, beIN SPORTS France, Americas and Asia-Pacific. He is also the CEO of Digiturk and responsible for MIRAMAX studios. Mr. Al-Obaidly is a board member of Paris Saint-Germain Football Club; Paris Saint-Germain Handball; Qatar Tennis Federation; Qatar Sports Investments and Qatar Satellite Company Es’hailSat. In January 2020, SportsPro Media named Mr. Al-Obaidly as one of only 10 “Influencers in the world of sport” whose work will be setting the global agenda in 2020, alongside the CEOs of Nike, Quibi and others. Mr. Al-Obaidly brings a wealth of experience in international business to the Board.

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    Essa Hilal Al Kuwari


    Eng. Essa Bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, is the President of Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation "KAHRAMAA". He is the Chairman of the Board of Qatar National Broadband Network (QNBN) and a Board member of NAKILAT. Beside his membership in various technical committees in the state, he represents Qatar as BoD member of Gulf Cooperation Council for Electricity Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), beside some other regional and international committees.

    Eng. Al-Kuwari also has some academic contributions such as chair of the Steering Committee of Texas A&M University's Smart Grid Centre - Qatar, Vice Chairman of Hamad Bin Khalifa University Board of Trustees and member of Qatar University's Advisory Council for the faculties of Engineering and Economics. Eng. Essa Bin Hilal Al Kuwari brings substantial business and technical expertise to the Board.

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    H.E. Mohammed Bin Nasser Al-Hajri


    H.E. Hajri, who joined the Board in 2021, is the Director of Studies and Research at the Emiri Diwan. He is also Minister Ranked at the Emiri Diwan since 2015.

    H.E. Hajri is with the Emri  Diwan since 1995, where he has held several key positions, including Economic Researcher at the Office of H.H The Emir, Head of Development Studies - Studies and Research Department, Head of Studies and Research Affairs, Acting Director of Studies and Research Department and Undersecretary. Being a graduate in Administration and Economics from Qatar University and having followed a number of specialised programmes in economics and leadership at London School of Economics (LSE) and Harvard, he brings a wealth of experience to the Board.

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    Turki Mohammed Al Khater


    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.

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    Nasser Rashid Al-Humaidi


    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.

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    Abdulla Mubarak Al-Khalifa


    Mr. Abdulla Mubarak Al-Khalifa, who joined the Board in 2018, is Group Chief Executive Officer of QNB. Prior to his current position, he was Executive General Manager – Chief Business Officer at Qatar National Bank. He brings over 23 years of strong experience in business, finance, risk management, M&A, sales and marketing, and strategic planning to the Board.