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Chairman

Shaikh Hamad has been serving on the Board since 09/2006.

He was re-appointed by the shareholders representing Mumtalakat  in the AGM in 2014, as a non-executive independent director in the Board in 03/2014 for a period of 3 Years. 

Shaikh Hamad obtained a Bachelors degree in Aeronautic Science from the University of King Faisal in 1976 and an MBA in the same field from the US in 1985. He was a founder of the Bahraini Royal Air Force and became the commander of the Royal Air Force before he retired in 2003. He was a member of the TRA Board until his appointment to the post of Chairman of Batelco BOD. He enjoys a wealth of experience, knowledge and professionalism in the business sector.

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Mr. Abdul Razak Abdulla Al Qassim has been serving on the Board since 02/2008.

He was re-elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2014, as a non-executive independent director in the Board in 03/2014 for a period of 3 Years. 

Mr. Al Qassim is Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Bahrain and holds a Master's degree in Management Sciences and a Sloan Fellowship from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), USA. Mr. Al Qassim joined NBB in 1977 after nine years with Chase Manhattan Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.  Mr. Al Qassim is Chairman of Benefit Company; Chairman of Bahrain Islamic Bank and Chairman of Bahrain Association of Banks. Additionally he is a member of the Board of Umniah (Jordan); Dhiraagu (Maldives); SURE Guernsey Limited; SURE Jersey Limited and SURE Isle of Man Limited.

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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 2014. He will hold the role as a non-executive independent 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 48 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 a member of the Board of Directors of SIO, Innovest (BSC) and American Mission Hospital.

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Brigadier Khalid Mohammed Al Mannaei has been serving on the Board since 8/2012.

He is an Amber Holding representative on the Board and was re-appointed  at the AGM in 2014. He will hold the role as a non-executive independent director  for a period of 3 years.

Brigadier Al Mannaei is General Manager of the Military Pension Fund and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Sheffield Hallam University (UK).  He joined the Military Pension Fund in February 2011 following a long service with Bahrain Defense Force. He is one of the founders of the GCC Expanded Military Pension Coverage committee. Brigadier Al Mannaei currently serves on several boards. He is the Deputy Chairman of Bahrain Islamic Bank, Board member at the Social Insurance Organisation (SIO), Board member at Osool Asset Management and Board member at the Marina Club.

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

He was appointed by the shareholders  representing Mumtalakat at the AGM in 2014, as a non-executive independent director in the Board in 03/2014 for a period of 3 Years. 

Mr. Raed Fakhri is Mumtalakat Vice President Investments since March 2013 and has enjoyed 20 years of experience in various sectors, mainly in business development and investment banking. Mr. Fakhri 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. His role was focused on consulting in business development and investments, managing opportunities throughout the process. He spent 3 years in Capivest Investment Bank, heading the Investment Department. He was mainly engaged in identifying and originating potential investments. He was leading and managing a team producing and presenting investment appraisals and recommendations for potential investments by analyzing financial reports and evaluating the associated risks and returns. Prior to that, Mr. Fakhri was with Batelco for 9 years; Before leaving he was a Senior Manager  in 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.

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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 appointed  at the AGM in 2014. He will hold the role as a non-executive independent director  for a period of 3 years.

Dr. Al Balooshi 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 includes the post of Senior Manager with Ernst and Young, Director of Audit at the Ministry of Finance and Head of Computer Audit, Ministry of Finance.

Additionally, Dr. Al Balooshi is Chairman of UOB Alumni, is a Member of AICPA (USA) and Member of the GCC Accounting and Auditing Organisation. Furthermore, he has extensive lecturing experience in the fields of Accountancy and Auditing.

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

She was elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2014, as a non-executive independent director in the Board in 03/2014 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 Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Ayn Shams University, Cairo 1984 and has 22 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 worked her way to Head of Investment Department before widening her experience with ADDax Investment Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment House and Evolvence Capital.

Furthermore, Mrs. Al Qattan is a Board Member of Sico Financial Services Company (SFS) and Board Member of Gulf Aviation Academy. She is an active member on the Committee for the Young Women Entrepreneur award issued by HH Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa and also a speaker in regional and international conferences.

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

He was elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2014, as a non-executive independent director in the Board in 03/2014 for a period of 3 Years. 

Mr. Rahimi serves as a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Bahrain International Circuit and acts as Vice Chairman for BIW Labour Accommodation, Madaen Al Luzi and Luzi Housing Development Co. 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 23 years of experience in financial services, working with regional and internationally acclaimed firms and banks such as BDO Jawad Habib, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Gulf International Bank, Al Baraka Islamic Investment Bank, Arthur Andersen and Deloitte Haskins & Sells. Mr. Rahimi held the post of Managing Partner of BDO Jawad Habib Consulting, leading their corporate finance consulting division before forming the Masar Group of Companies.

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

He was elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2014, as a non-executive  independent director in the Board in 03/2014 for a period of 3 Years. 

Mr. Al Hujairy is Founder and CEO of Gulf Future Business S.P.C. 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 is Vice Chairman ICT Committee, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Advisor and Founder of Bahrain Internet Society and a member of the Bahrain Society for Training and Development. Furthermore, Mr. Al Hujairy has published a number of papers and written articles on health, ICT and the Internet.

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

He was appointed at the AGM in 2014 by the shareholders representing Mumtalak and he will hold the role as a non-executive independent director for a period of three years.

Mr. Oliver McFall, McFall & Partners Management Consulting, has 25 years of experience in international management consulting. His career achievements include 10 years as Vice President in Hamburg and the Middle East with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, 10 years as Senior Partner and member of the Executive Team with AT Kearney and 5 years as Senior Project Manager with McKinsey & Company. During his career  Mr. McFall's client base has included companies such as Nokia, Axcel, Dantherm Power and Reson across Scandinavia. Across North America and the Middle East his clients include Hines, Orange, ABN-AMRO, Bahrain Ministry of Finance, EDB and Alba.