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    Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo

    Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer

    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 Mohammed Bin Abdulla Bin Mohammed Al Thani

    Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer

    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al Thani was appointed Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer in March 2020.

    Sheikh Mohammed was also the Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo Qatar from 2020 to 2023 where he strategically steered the company through the challenges of the pandemic and successfully led the operation to its greatest successes, including Ooredoo’s record-breaking achievements during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

    He has extensive experience in communications, digital transformation, finance and accounting, and has held various management positions within Ooredoo since he joined the company in 2009.

    Sheikh Mohammed is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ooredoo Kuwait and Ooredoo Oman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Asiacell in Iraq.

    Previously, he was CEO of Ooredoo Kuwait and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ooredoo Myanmar, Ooredoo Algeria and President Commissioner of Indosat Ooredoo, where he achieved great success.

    He holds a Masters degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Cardiff, UK and a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Qatar University.


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    Ahmad Abulaziz Al Neama

    Group Regional Chief Executive Officer

    Ahmad Al Neama was appointed Group Regional Chief Executive Officer in January 2022.

    In this role he oversees the strategic evolution of six Operating Companies: Ooredoo Algeria, Ooredoo Tunisia, Ooredoo Palestine, Ooredoo Maldives, Ooredoo Myanmar and Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison. His focus is to create synergies around digitalisation, business consolidation and partnerships to grow core business areas, and to drive top-line growth to maximise cost-efficiencies.

    Ahmad is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ooredoo Algeria, Ooredoo Tunisia, Ooredoo Myanmar, and Vice-Chairman of the board of Ooredoo Palestine, as well as Commissioner at Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison

    Previous key roles include President Director & Chief Executive Officer at Indosat Ooredoo from May 2019 to December 2021, Group Chief Technology Officer at Ooredoo Group from July 2017 to May 2019 and Chief Sales & Services Officer at Ooredoo Qatar from June 2015 to July 2017.

    Ahmad joined Ooredoo Qatar in 2004 and built his career taking on several roles and functions including Director of Demand and Project Management, and Senior Director of Radio Networks, bringing extensive experiences in telecoms and network engineering, as well as B2C and B2B/ICT sales and operations.

    A BSc holder in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver, Ahmad has over the years received further qualifications from the HEC Leadership Academy, Qatar Leadership Center, Arab Leadership Academy and Cranfield University & IMD, as well as additional specializations in Digital Signal Processing, Advanced Electromagnetic Fields Control and Methods of Engineering among others from leading institutions.


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    Abdulla Ahmad Al Zaman

    Group Chief Finance Officer

    Abdulla Ahmed Al-Zaman was appointed Group Chief Finance Officer in March 2021.

    Previously he was CFO at Ooredoo Qatar since January 2018, after joining the Group in 2013 and holding multiple senior roles including Directorship positions on key Ooredoo internationals operating companies.

    He is responsible for facilitating organisational accountability and transparency, maintaining a long-term sustainable value for shareholders and other stakeholders.

    Mr. Al-Zaman has over 18 years highly accomplished broad-based leadership experience, in Telecommunications, Transportation and Oil & Gas industries. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance & Business Administration from California, USA, and an EMBA from the University of Hull, UK.

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    Dr. Hamad Yahya Al Nuaimi

    Group Chief Board Affairs Officer

    Dr. Hamad Yahya Al Nuaimi was appointed Group Chief Board Affairs Officer in January 2023.

    In his current role, he provides extensive support to the offices of the Chairman, Group CEO and Deputy Group CEO and coordinates communication between the Board of Directors and Ooredoo's senior management.

    Dr. Hamad is also responsible for managing Ooredoo's senior stakeholder relations with key national and international figures and institutions, including heads of states, ministers, government agencies and international organisations.

    Prior, he was Chief Corporate Affairs Officer in Group and at Ooredoo Kuwait.

    He has an extensive and accomplished career of over 27 years in the finance, communications, media and telecoms industries and has held senior roles at QNB, which has seen its brand value jump to USD 1.3 billion, and Al Jazeera, which became among the world's top 5 brands, during his tenure.

    Dr. Hamad holds a PhD in Marketing from the UK in 2005, Marketing Research and Development.

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    Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Bin Nasser Al-Thani

    Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

    Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Bin Nasser Al-Thani was appointed Chief Corporate Affairs Officer in January 2023. 

    He has 20 years of experience, five of which are in the public sector and 15 are within Ooredoo. 

    Before taking up his current role as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Sheikh Nasser was Chief Commercial Officer at Ooredoo Qatar, where he oversaw the B2B, B2C and the Marketing units.  

    Previously, he was Chief Business Officer of Ooredoo Qatar, responsible for end-to-end profit and loss accountability for Ooredoo Qatar’s B2B portfolio including Connectivity, ICT and Mega Projects as well as the Qatar Data Centre.  

    Sheikh Nasser holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Economics from Qatar University and an MBA from the University of Wales, as well as a Telecoms Mini MBA from Telecoms Academy, UK. 

    In addition, he has completed several executive courses in leadership and innovation at HEC Paris, London School of Economics (LSE), IMD Switzerland and Harvard Business School (HBS). 

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    Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari 

    Group Chief Human Resources Officer

    Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari was appointed Group Chief Human Resources Officer in April 2021 and Chairperson of Ooredoo Maldives in December 2021. 

    She is an experienced telecommunications executive, with more than 16 years of experience in commercial, marketing, product development, digital transformation, vendor-relationship management and brand & communication. She is also the first woman in the history of Ooredoo Kuwait to be appointed as a Board member of the company. 

    Before taking-up her role as the Group’s CHRO, Fatima was Ooredoo Qatar’s Chief Consumer Officer. Previously, she was Ooredoo’s Acting Group Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). 

    In her current position, Fatima is leading the company’s strategic human resources management and transformation, and working on creating a more modern, efficient and agile way of work. 

    Fatima joined Ooredoo in 2006 and served in a number of senior roles, including Ooredoo Group’s Executive Director of Marketing and Ooredoo Qatar’s Director of Public Relations and CSR. 

    She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Qatar, an Executive Masters in Leadership from Georgetown University, USA and an MBA (specialising in Marketing) from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. 


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    Saim Yaksan

    Group Chief Transformation Officer

    SaimYaksan was appointed Group Chief Transformation Officer in October 2021.

    He has over 22 years of experience in Telecommunications, IT and Financial Services industries across mature and emerging markets around the world. Saim has successful record of large scale business transformations for several Telecom Operators, Digital & Fintech and Technology companies.

    Prior to joining Ooredoo, he was Senior Vice President at McKinsey with focus on transformation and ICT. Previously, Saim was Group Chief Transformation Officer for MTN leading multiple business turnarounds by establishing new digital revenue streams and cost efficiencies. He had various senior roles as CEO of MTN Cameroon, Group Chief Procurement Officer and CEO of MTN Sourcing Companies. Saim has also held several senior roles at Vodafone Group and as CPO in Vodafone operations.

    Saim holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Cologne, Germany and participated in Erasmus scholarship program studying at Dublin City University, Ireland.

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    Bilal Kazmi

    Group Chief Consumer Officer

    Bilal Kazmi was appointed Group Chief Consumer Officer in January 2022. 

    He has over 25 years of experience in leadership roles, including P&L accountability across the commercial value chain for a USD 1B turnover company. Bilal has extensive experience in Distribution, B2B, Wholesale, Customer Care and New Product Development. He also has experience in implementing complex, large-scale telecom projects, including digital transformation, structural changes and strategic partnerships. 

    Before taking up his current position, Bilal was Group Chief Commercial Officer (Acting) for a short period before being confirmed in his current position. Previously, he was Executive Director Sales at Ooredoo Group, Commercial Investments & Portfolio – Gulf OpCos.  Prior to that, he was Chief Commercial Officer at Telenor Pakistan, where he successfully built a sustainable model of subscriber growth and customer centricity.  

    Bilal was also Board Member at Telenor Long Distance Communication. 

    He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration, with Distinction, from Lancaster University Management School in the UK and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology in Lahore. 

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    René Werner 

    Group Chief Strategy Officer

    René Werner was appointed Group Chief Strategy Officer in March 2021.

    He has over 22 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology industries with a focus on corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, customer experience and customer service/retail operations and mobile internet/data.

    Before joining Ooredoo, he was Senior Director – Global Customer Experience/Global Service Delivery – Europe & RoW at eBay Inc. Prior to that, he worked with Axiata, where he had several senior roles and spearheaded the turnaround of its home market operations as Chief Customer Service & Experience Officer with a radical digitalisation focus which won numerous international awards. René was as well having various senior roles at Deutsche Telekom Group with his last one being Senior Vice President Group Strategy (acting) at Deutsche Telekom Group after a career in management consulting.

    He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts (USA) and a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (K.I.T) in Germany.

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    Christian Linhart

    Group Chief Procurement Officer

    Christian Linhart was appointed Group Chief Procurement Officer in February 2016.

    Christian first joined Ooredoo in 2015 and has played a key role in the company's ongoing organisational transformation programme, which aims to align Ooredoo's local procurement and sourcing strategies more closely with its global capabilities.

    Prior to his current role, he was Executive Director of Group Procurement and before joining Ooredoo he was Deputy Group Chief Procurement Officer in MobileTelesystems (MTS).

    Christian has more than 20 years' experience in the procurement field, with 13 years as a management consultant with McKinsey and A.T. Kearney across Telecom & High Tech, Automotive & Aerospace and Retail sector.

    He has received a number of significant industry awards, including a 2012 Global Procurement Leader Award, and the Russian Procurement Transparency Award, in 2011 and 2012. In 2018 and 2019, he was honoured to be a jury member for the Global Procurement Leaders Awards, and in 2018 nominated among the top 3 CPO in APAC.

    He has a joint Master's degree in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany (with excellence) and he has also spent a year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US (Dean’s List).

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    Mohammed Abdulkhaliq Al-Emadi

    Group Chief Audit Executive

    Mohammed Abdulkhaliq Al-Emadi was appointed Group Chief Audit Executive (GCAE) in November 2011.   

    Since his appointment, he has successfully transformed the Internal Audit Function into a Group Internal Audit.  

    Mohammed has 21 years of professional experience in the audit field, 13 of which are in Ooredoo's Internal Audit. 

    He is responsible for providing assurance and consulting services to Ooredoo Qatar, Ooredoo Group and Starlink, as well as supporting Internal Audit functions in the Operating Companies.  

    He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Qatar University and a Master's degree in Accounting and Finance from Southampton University, UK.

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    Najib Khan

    Group Chief Business Services Officer

    Najib Khan was appointed Group Chief Business Services Officer in March 2022.

    He brings over 28 years of experience in the telecoms sector and is currently responsible for Ooredoo Group’s Wholesale and B2B business across Ooredoo’s global operations.

    Prior to this role, he served as MD & CEO of Ooredoo Maldives Plc and as an Executive Director in the Board of Ooredoo Maldives. Under his leadership he has transformed Ooredoo Maldives into a full-service ICT business and led the company’s transition into a public limited company after a successful IPO in 2017.

    In his various leadership roles, Najib has pioneered digital access for consumers by introducing D-I-Y consumer plans, AI BOT Digital assistant for customer service, Digital resorts application for the hospitality industry, eCommerce, mobile money applications for consumers and democratisation of broadband in the underserved markets by deploying 4G & 5G mobile technologies as well as spearheading the acceleration of high-speed broadband, FTTH, IPTV services and Cloud services for the B2B segment.

    He has served in many international markets, and has extensive experience in ICT Business Solutions, Product Management and Sales Operations.

    Najib also serves as a Board Member of Ooredoo Palestine.

    Najib has a Bachelor of Science in Business with Marketing from University of London, an Industrial Electronics Technical degree from Mumbai University and is a Postgraduate in Business Management.

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    Hilal Mohammed Al-Khulaifi

    Group Chief Legal, Regulatory & Governance Officer

    Hilal Mohammed Al-Khulaifi was appointed Group Chief Legal, Regulatory & Governance Officer in March 2023.

    Prior to joining Ooredoo, he held the position of Director of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI).

    Throughout his distinguished career, Al-Khulaifi has taken on several leadership roles, including Chairmanship of the Anti-Concealment Committee, the Tender and Auction Committee of the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment, the Health Insurance Law Drafting Committee, and the Chairman of Qatar Chamber Election Committee (2018). Additionally, he has served as Secretary of the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment.

    Al-Khulaifi is an active member of various committees, including the establishment of the Court of Trade and Investment at the Supreme Council of the Judiciary, the Financial Sanctions Committee at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (CRA), and the Permanent Residential Committee at the Ministry of Interior. Moreover, he has represented the State at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

    Currently, Al-Khulaifi is a member of the International Association of Legislation (ILA) and a certified arbitrator at the Qatar International Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Law from Qatar University and a Master's in Law (LLM) from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.

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    Timos Tsokanis

    Group Chief Technology & Information Officer

    Timos Tsokanis was appointed Group Chief Technology & Information Officer in January 2023.

    Timos joins Ooredoo Group from his previous role as Chief Technology Officer at Ooredoo Algeria, where he was responsible for the planning, development and operations of all technology functions of the company. During his tenure at Ooredoo Algeria, Timos led an ambitious turnaround including network building; advancement of digitalisation; transformation of the IT landscape; complete Technology reorganisation and a refresh of the organisational culture.

    Timos’s career prior to joining Ooredoo Algeria saw him drive business development and manage growth through digitalisation and technology in a number of senior roles in major telecom operators across the industry.

    Timos holds a Master’s in Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, USA and a Diploma in Engineering from National Technical University, Athens, Greece, as well as a number of leadership qualifications from leading professional institutions.