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"Bahrain Telecommunications Company (BATELCO) is headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain and is listed on the Bahrain Bourse.

Batelco has played a pivotal role in Bahrain's development as a major communications hub and today is the leading digital communications solutions provider, continuing to lead and shape the local consumer market and the enterprise ICT market.

Batelco has also evolved from being a regional Middle Eastern operation to becoming a major communications international entity - operating as the "Batelco Group" with direct and indirect investments across 14 geographies, namely Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, Maldives, Diego Garcia, St. Helena, Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaikh Mohamed was appointed as Chairman of Batelco Board of Directors in December 2016 by Mumtalakat as a non-executive independent director. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Arab University, Lebanon and has over 46 years of experience in the business and government sectors. Shaikh Mohamed previously served as President of Customs Affairs at the Ministry of Interior and held the post of Assistant Undersecretary for Financial, Administrative and Minor’s Estate Affairs at the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs. Additionally he previously sat on the Board of Batelco and Gulf Air. Shaikh Mohamed is Chairman of the Batelco Donation committee and Nomination and Remuneration Committee.  Furthermore, he is also Chairman of three Batelco Group Companies namely Umniah (Jordan); SURE Channel Islands and Isle of Man Limited (UK) and Quality Net (Kuwait). Shaikh Mohamed is proud to have received a medal from the late Amir of Bahrain, Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

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Mr. Abdulrahman Yusuf Fakhro has been serving on the Board since 04/2012.

He is the Social Insurance Organisation (SIO) representative on the Batelco Board of Directors, and was re-appointed at the AGM in 2017. He will hold the role as a non-executive dependent director for a period of three years.

Mr. Fakhro is Chairman of Bahrain Commercial Facilities Company (BSC) and Yusif bin Yusif Fakhro Group of Companies. He studied commerce at the University of Cairo and has more than 51 years’ experience in the business, investment and insurance sector. Mr. Fakhro has served on the board of various companies including Bahrain Kuwait Insurance Company (BSC), BMMI, National Motors, Bahrain Flour Mills and Seef Properties (BSC). He is also Deputy Chairman of SIO, Deputy Chairman of Osool Asset Management, Chairman of Bahrain Marina and Chairman of Amlak. Furthermore, Mr. Fakhro is Deputy Chairman of Dhiraagu Telecommunications Company.

 

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Mr. Raed A. Fakhri has been serving on the Board since 03/14.

He was re-appointed as the Mumtalakat representative as a non-executive dependent director in the Board at the AGM in 2017 for a period of 3 years.

Mr. Fakhri is Mumtalakat Vice President Investments since March 2013 and has enjoyed over 22 years of experience in various sectors. He holds an Executive MBA from the University of Bahrain, and Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Fakhri co-founded BDI Partners in 2010 and headed the firm as a Managing Director. He spent 3 years in Capivest Investment Bank, heading the Investment Department. Prior to that, Mr. Fakhri was with Batelco for 9 years and served as Senior Manager in the New Business Development Unit, responsible for start-ups, mergers and acquisitions. Earlier, he spent 3 years with Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) as a Control Systems Engineer and Project Engineer. Mr. Fakhri is a member of the Board at McLaren Technology Group Limited, Board Member at Investrade and Board Member in BDI Partners. Additionally, Mr. Fakhri is a member of the Board at both Umniah Telecommunications Company (Jordan) and Dhiraagu Telecommunications (Maldives).

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Dr. Ahmed Ebrahim Al Balooshi has been serving on the Board since 03/14.

He is an Amber Holding representative on the Board and was re-appointed at the AGM in 2017. He will hold the role as a non-executive independent director for a period of 3 years.

Dr. Al Balooshi is CEO of Smarteam Consultancy and has 28 years of experience across various fields. He attained the role of Assistant Professor at the College of Business Administration, UOB in early 2014, having held the post of Undersecretary, Regulatory and Performance Audit, National Audit Office, from 2005 to 2013. He holds a Ph.D in Accounting from the University of Surry, UK and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - USA. With extensive experience in the field of finance, Dr. Al Balooshi's career also included the post of Senior Manager with Ernst and Young, and Director of Audit at the Ministry of Finance and Head of Computer Audit, Ministry of Finance. Dr. Al Balooshi is a member of the Board at Ibdar Bank Bahrain and Chairman of its Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. He is Chairman of UoB Alumni and a member of Falcon Group Committee. Additionally, Dr. Al Balooshi is Board Member at both Sabafon Telecommunications (Yemen) and Dhiraagu Telecommunications (Maldives).

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Mrs. Khulood Rashid Al Qattan has been serving on the Board since 03/14.

She was re-elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2017, as a non-executive independent director for a period of 3 years.

Mrs. Al Qattan is the General Manager of Prime Advisory WLL and Managing Director of Green FX WLL. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Ayn Shams University, Cairo and has over 24 years of banking experience, mainly in the investment field. She started her career as a trader in the US & European equities and has experience in capital and money market instruments in the local, regional and international markets and also in portfolio management. Mrs. Al Qattan's career began with Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait where she attained the position as Head of Investment Department before widening her experience with ADDax Investment Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment House and Evolvence Capital.

Mrs. Al Qattan is a Board Member of Sico Financial Services Company (SFS) and a member on the Committee for the Young Women Entrepreneur award issued by HH Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa. Additionally, Mrs. Al Qattan is a member of the Board of both Etihad Atheeb Telecommunications (Saudi Arabia) and Umniah Telecommunications Company (Jordan).

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Mr. Arif Rahimi has been serving on the Board since 03/14.

He was re-elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2017, as a non-executive independent director and will hold the role for a period of 3 years.

Mr. Rahimi is Chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit. He is also the Managing Partner for the Masar Group of Companies and Director for Venture Projects WLL.

Mr. Rahimi is a Certified Public Accountant, Board of Accountancy, Oregan, USA and has over 25 years of experience in financial services, working with regional and internationally acclaimed firms and banks such as BDO Jawad Habib where he held the post of managing partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Gulf International Bank and Al Baraka Islamic Investment Bank.

Mr. Rahimi is a member in Bahrain Judicial Committee for Stalled Real Estate Projects. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Quality Net Telecommunications (Kuwait) and Sure South Atlantic Limited (UK and Falkland Islands).

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Mr. Ahmed A. Al Hujairy has been serving on the Board since 03/14.

He was re-elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2017, as a non-executive independent director and will hold the post for a period of 3 years.

Mr. Al Hujairy is Founder and CEO of Gulf Future Business S.P.C. and Group of Companies. He holds an executive MBA (Distinguished Honours) from DePaul University, Chicago, USA and has extensive experience in a range of fields including Telecommunications, Banking, Government, Information Technology and Business Analysis. He began his career with Riyad Bank, Saudi Arabia and subsequently worked with Batelco and Asia Computers before joining the Health Information Directorate where he attained the post of Director. Prior to founding Gulf Future Business, Mr. Al Hujairy held the role as Acting CEO, Advisor to the Minister of Health on Health Economics at Salmaniya Medical Complex and the role of General Manager at Gateway Gulf B.S.C.

Mr. Al Hujairy has over 33 years of experience in Information Technology and Communications, Business and Management and is Advisor and Founder of Bahrain Internet Society and a member of the Bahrain Society for Training and Development. Additionally, Mr. Al Hujairy is a member of the Board of Umniah Telecommunications Company (Jordan).

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Mr. Oliver McFall has been serving on the Board since 03/2014.

He was re-appointed at the AGM in 2017 by the shareholders representing Mumtalak and he will hold the role as a non-executive independent director for a period of three years.

Mr. McFall has more than 30 years of experience in international management consulting. His career achievements include Vice President of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Middle East office, Senior Partner and member of the Executive Team with AT Kearney and Senior Project Manager with McKinsey & Company. During his career Mr. McFall's client base has included major industrial corporations in telecom, energy and metals in Europe, Middle East and North America.

Mr. McFall is a Board Member in Ballard Europe and Ringford Holding, Switzerland. Additionally he is a Board Member in Sure Channel Islands and Isle of Man (CIIM) Telecommunications Company (UK).

         

Mr. Durand has been serving on the Board since 03/2017.

He was elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2017, as a non-executive independent director and will hold the post for a period of 3 years.

Mr. Durand is Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Bahrain and has over 36 years of banking and finance experience. He graduated from ESSEC (Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales), French Business School in Paris. Mr. Durand was the Global Head of the BNP Paribas MEA (Middle East & Africa) region for Corporate and Institutional Banking and Asset Management for over 15 years. He has spent a number of years in Bahrain working with Banque Indosuez and BNP Paribas to grow their business locally and regionally and is credited with establishing BNP as one of the key financial institutions in the region and opening branches in several GCC countries and Africa. Under his tenure, BNP Paribas managed several major regional transactions in the telecommunications sector.

Mr. Durand has been serving on the Board of several professional committees in Bahrain and was a Board Member of a retail Bank of the BNP Paribas Group. He is a recipient of the “Legion d’Honneur (Grade of Officer) from the Government of France.