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Mr. Scott Gegenheimer
Group CEO - Operations,
Zain Group

Mr. Gegenheimer was appointed CEO of Zain Group effective December 2, 2012.

He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance and Management from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.

Mr. Gegenheimer is a telecom veteran of over 25 years’ experience, with a track record of impressive results, and a good portion of his time spent in Kuwait and other places in the region.

He is a native of the US and prior to joining Zain Group spent the last decade in various senior management and leadership positions at regional operators, including in Kuwait. He has spent time working for technology heavyweights including Cisco Systems and Motorola, and has also enjoyed a stint in the financial services industry in the US.

Mr. Talal Said Marhoon Al Mamari
Chief Executive Officer,
Oman Telecommunications Company

Mr. Talal Said Al Mamari is the Chief Executive Officer of Omantel since 29th June 2014. He has 22 years of experience in telecom sector working for Omantel. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held several leadership positions including his last stint as Chief Financial Officer of Omantel.

Talal Al Mamari has had played instrumental role in different initiatives and projects carried out by the Company including the IPO in 2005, the restructuring of Omantel by bringing the mobile and fixed operations together and later the full legal merger of Oman Mobile with Omantel. He sits on the boards of several companies and investment funds including Worldcall Telecom, Infoline, United Securities Investment Fund and Al Roya Fund (Al Khair Investment Fund compatible with Sharia).

He holds a degree in Business Administration from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh – Pennsylvania.

Mr. Hakam Kanafani
Chief Advisor & Board Member,
Turk Telekom

Hakam Kanafani is currently the Chief Advisor and member of the board of directors of Türk Telekom and its executive committee. Before that he was the Chief Bus devt and Synergy officer for Oger Telecom. Kanafani is a University Trustee Scholar and holds Beta Gamma Sigma honors from the United States. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Economics and a B.Sc. in Management Information Systems. Kanafani holds an MBA with a 4.0 GPA and he continued his Executive Education at Harvard Business School.

Kanafani worked in the Apple Research Lab in College Park, Maryland and upon graduation he joined the Information Technology team based in Goddard Space Flight, NASA, Greenbelt, Maryland. He then moved to the Middle East as the Business Development Director for Egypt's oldest running private holding company “MM Sons Conglomerate.” Then he was appointed CEO of Jawwal, Palestine's first private cellular network. Later Kanafani became Chief Operating Officer of the PalTel Group, where he led strategy, acquisitions and financial consolidation for the Group. Kanafani is currently the Chairman of Pantel International and a Non-Executive Director on the board of directors of TTNET, Argela, Assist, Innova and Sebit in Turkey and Cell C in South Africa. He also served on the board of directors of AVEA in 2007 and 2008. Kanafani is a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum.

Eng. Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Badran
Chief Executive Officer,
VIVA Telecom - Kuwait

Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Badran is a Telecommunications professional with a proven track record in delivering operational excellence in his career of more than 10 years. He has extensive experience in managing large scale Telecommunication Projects, each with its own unique challenge. Mr. Salman joined Saudi Telecom Company (STC) as Director of GSM Network Operations and was promoted to General Manager, GSM Networks in 2004.

During his tenure as General Manager, he was responsible for the Planning, Design, Implementation and Operation of the GSM Network in STC. He was appointed as the Project Launch Director of the third GSM operator, Kuwait Telecommunications Company, VIVA. With the commercial launch in Dec 2008, he was appointed as the CTO of VIVA. Since Jan 01, 2011 Mr. Salman is the CEO of Kuwait Telecommunications Company, VIVA. He has a BS Electrical Engineering from King Fahad University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Bocar A. BA
Chief Executive Officer,
SAMENA Telecommunications Council

A noted management and technology consultant, Bocar A. BA is the CEO of SAMENA Telecommunications Council, and is responsible for leading the management of all the Council's meetings and continuing its research efforts and intellectual property of all telecom institutions in South Asia, Middle East and North Africa Region with collective efforts from all members and committees, helping member operators address issues and take advantage of opportunities in the telecommunications industry in the region.

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