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Board of Directors

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H.E. Jassem Mohamed Obaid Bu Ataba Alzaabi

Chairman

His Excellency Jassem Mohammed Bu Ataba Alzaabi is the Chairman of e&, overseeing the effective implementation of the Group’s strategy, business priorities and governance standards.

H.E. is also Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Financial and Economic Affairs, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Holding Company and Vice Chairman of the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates.

In his role as Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance, H.E. Al Zaabi is responsible for driving a culture of fiscal sustainability throughout all government related entities and maintaining the robust balance sheet of the Emirate.

As a member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, H.E. Al Zaabi holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic and executive plans of all entities affiliated to the Abu Dhabi Government as well as monitoring and assessing their performance.

H.E. Al Zaabi holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from London Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Ajman University of Science and Technology.

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Essa Abdulfattah Kazim Al Mulla

Vice Chairman

Mr. Essa Kazim holds Honorary Doctorate from Coe College (USA), Master Degree in Economics from the University of Iowa (USA), Master Degree in Total Quality Management from the University of Wollongong and a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics, Economics and Computer Science from Coe College. He is currently holding the following positions:

  • Governor - Dubai International Financial Center
  • Chairman - Borse Dubai.
  • Member - Higher Board of Directors of Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC).
  • Member – Securities and Exchanges Higher Committee.
  • Member - Supreme Fiscal Committee in Dubai.
  • Deputy Chairman - Supreme Legislation Committee in Dubai.
  • Chairman - DIFC Authority Board of Directors.
  • Chairman - DIFC Investments Board of Directors.
  • Board Member - Free Zones Council.
  • Board Member - NASDAQ Dubai.
  • Board Member - Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • Member of the Board of Governors - Hamdan Bin Mohammed E-University.
  • Board Member - NASDAQ Inc.
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Hesham Abdulla Qassim Al Qassim

Board Member

Mr. Hesham Al Qassim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance and Master’s Degree in International Business Management & in Executive Leadership Development. He is currently assuming the following positions:

  • Vice Chairman - Dubai Real Estate Corporation.
  • Chief Executive Officer - Wasl Asset Management Group.
  • Vice Chairman and Managing Director - Emirates National Bank of Dubai PJSC.
  • Chairman - Emirates Islamic Bank PJSC.
  • Chairman - Emirates NBD S.A.E (Egypt).
  • Chairman – DenizBank A.S (Turkey).
  • Board Member - Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFCA).
  • Board Member - DIFC Investments.
  • Chairman - Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS).
  • Board Member - the National Human Resources Development Committee of the Banking and Financial Sector.
  • Board Member - the International Humanitarian City.
  • Board Member – Itissalat Al-Maghrib (IAM) Maroc Telecom.
  • Chairman – Dubai Sports Corporation.
  • Vice Chairman – Dubai Autism Centre.
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Mariam Saeed Ahmed Ghobash

Board Member

Ms. Ghobash is currently a Vice Chairperson of ALDAR Properties and serves as a board member of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company for Distribution (ADNOC Distribution), Emirates Telecommunications Group Company “Etisalat”, Emirates Development Bank and Zayed University.

Previously, she was a Vice-Chairman of Invest AD and was a Director in the Global Special Situations Department at Abu Dhabi Investment Council. She also served on the boards of National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Al Hilal Bank and National Takaful Co. “Watania”.

Ms. Ghobash holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in the United States of America. She has also successfully completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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Saleh Abdulla Ahmed Saeed Alabdooli

Board Member

A telecom professional, an entrepreneur, and a well-seasoned CEO with over 28 years of experience in multiple markets in MENA region in greenfield and legacy operations, with a proven record in group & portfolio management, operations management, turnaround & transformation, technology evolution, and digitization.

Mr. Alabdooli is an expert in telecom industry as he has held many key positions like Etisalat Group Chief Executive Officer, CEO of Etisalat UAE and Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Misr.

He Chaired the technical committees that negotiated and won operation licenses for Etisalat in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. He launched Etisalat Egypt operations in 7 months only and successfully led the turnaround and digital transformation of Etisalat UAE. During his tenure, he expanded the fibre and LTE networks coverage, hence, positioning the UAE as the first globally in terms of fibre penetration and amongst the leaders in mobile coverage. He launched the first 5G network in MENA region and has in his portfolio many other recognizable accolades.

Mr. Saleh was a Board Member in Maroc Telecom Group, Board Member in Mobily and Deputy Chairman & Member of the Executive Committee of Etisalat Misr. He was also the Chairman of Thuraya, Chairman of Etisalat Services Holding and Board Member in Khalifa University.

Mr. Saleh received many rewards in recognition of his achievements like the Best CEO of the Year 2010 by DG Group, Second “Most Powerful” Executive among top 50 Executives in Arab companies for the year 2015 by Forbes Global 2000, Best New Entrant of 2007 by CommsMEA, etc.

Mr. Saleh has graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder (USA) with a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

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Mansoor Ibrahim Ahmed Al Mansoori

Board Member

Mansoor is a prominent leader in the UAE and has had a diverse range of professional experiences in senior leadership positions across sectors including telecommunications, energy and government; with a proven track record of setting up strategies, building institutional structures and capabilities and performance-based management systems.

At G42, Mansoor is responsible for the Group and operating business units on strategic partnerships, innovation, capacity building, business efficiencies and transformation, revenue optimization, brand development, organizational culture and identifying and mentoring talent to develop future leaders of G42.

Prior to joining G42, Mansoor served as Director General of the UAE National Media Council and was responsible for transforming the Council’s offerings across regulatory services, media policies, UAE’s national media wire services and strategic communications. He contributed towards UAE’s brand and reputation management, locally, regionally and internationally and introduced policies and frameworks to further the country’s media and digital communication capabilities and to foster innovation and development for the industry.

Mansoor is currently the Chairman of Injazat and Bayanat, and serves as a board member of Etisalat, AIQ and Multiply, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of MBZUAI. In the past, he held several board positions including Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and Emirates Palace Company.

Mansoor holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Security Studies and National Resources Management from the National Defense College (UAE). He is a University of Toledo (Ohio, USA) graduate in Computer Science, and holds several specialized certificates including a Leadership Certificate from London Business School (UK), Innovation Strategy Leadership from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and International Institute for Management Development (Switzerland).

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Michel Combes

Board Member

Michel Combes joined SoftBank Group International as President in April 2020. He serves on several Boards of Directors of SoftBank portfolio companies, as well as the Boards of Philip Morris International and Etisalat.

Prior to joining SoftBank, Michel was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sprint. He also served on the Sprint Board of Directors. As CEO, Michel oversaw day-to-day operations, including building America’s first mobile 5G network, offering customers the best value proposition, enhancing retail and digital distribution, improving the customer experience, and ensuring Sprint is a great place to work.

Michel joined that company in January 2018 as President and Chief Financial Officer, responsible for leading the company’s financial operations, strategy and continued cost transformation. He is a proven veteran in the telecommunications industry with 30 years of experience.

He serves on the board of CTIA, a national trade association representing the wireless communications industry in the United States.

Before Sprint, Michel was CEO – and previously Chief Operating Officer – of Altice, as well as Chairman and CEO of SFR Group. Prior to joining Altice in September 2015, Michel was CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, beginning in April 2013. Other leadership positions included CEO of Vodafone Europe, chairman and CEO of TDF Group, and chief financial officer and senior executive vice president of France Telecom.

Michel is a graduate of École Polytechnique, Télécom ParisTech and Paris Dauphine University.

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Sheikh Ahmed Mohd Sultan Al Dhahiri

Board Member

Sheikh Ahmed Al Dhahiri graduated with Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from U.A.E. University – Al Ain in 1993. He is currently holding the following positions:

  • Vice Chairman - Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company (ADNH).
  • Vice Chairman - Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA).
  • Board Member – First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB).
  • Board Member – Al Dhafra Insurance Co.
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Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Bin Nasser Alserkal

Board Member

Mr. Abdelmonem Al Serkal graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University - San Diego, California, United States in 1993 with a Degree of Bachelor in Business Administration (emphasis on Economics). He currently holds the following positions:

  • Founder - Alserkal Avenue.
  • Managing Director - Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal Est.
  • Board Member - Al Burj Real Estate Ltd.
  • Advisory Board Member - Tharawat Family Business Forum.
  • Board of Patrons - Art Dubai.
  • Member - The British Museum’s Contemporary and Modern Middle Eastern Art Acquisition Group.
  • Member -Tate’s Middle East and North Africa Acquisition Committee.
  • Member - Guggenheim’s Middle Eastern Circle.
  • Member – Centre Pompidou International Circle Middle East.
  • Patron – Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
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Otaiba Khalaf Ahmed Al Otaiba

Board Member

Mr. Otaiba holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Damascus in 2001, and a license to practice law (before the First Instance Courts, Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court) from the Ministry of Justice in the United Arab Emirates in 2004.

Mr. Otaiba participated in numerous legal seminars and committees at the local and international level, among the most prominent of these activities is the participation as a member on the National Committee of Lawyers in the UAE. He was also the Head of the Legal Suits Division of the Legal Department at National Bank of Abu Dhabi for two years.

Otaiba bin Khalaf Al Otaiba is a partner in “Al Otaiba & Hamdan Budebes Advocates & Legal Consultants Office”, which was founded by him in 2004, headquartered in the city of Abu Dhabi and has expanded and grown to offer its legal services through a number of branches in the United Arab Emirates, including a branch in Dubai and a branch in Al Ain.

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Khalid Abdulwahid Hassan Alrustamani

Board Member

Mr. Khalid Alrustamani holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from George Washington University, Washington D.C., U.S.A. He is currently holding the following positions:

  • Chairman and CEO - AW Rostamani Group.
  • Board Member & Member of Executive Committee – Commercial Bank of Dubai.
  • Board Member - Dubai Insurance Company.
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Hasan Mohamed Al Hosani

Group Corporate Secretary

Mr. Hasan Al Hosani has a vast experience in the legal field spanning more than 22 years, during which he has held a number of positions in the public and private sectors. He began his career in the oil and gas sector where he worked for nine years during which he served as a legal advisor to the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) known as one of the largest oil construction companies in the region and the Middle East.

Mr. Hasan then moved to the public sector of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi where he assumed the position of General Counsel for the Department of Municipal Affairs as well as the Head of Regulations and Legislations Department.

Mr. Hasan Al Hosani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the United Arab Emirates University and is a lawyer registered in the Registry of Non-working Lawyers at the Ministry of Justice. He is also a commercial arbitrator accredited by Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC) and was Member of Arbitration/ADR Steering Committee of ICC UAE.

As Etisalat Group Corporate Secretary (“GCS”) since 2012, he serves as an advisor to the Board in all legal and governance related matters. In doing so, the GCS ensures providing an independent legal opinion to the Board and adopting the applicable rules and regulations in the UAE as well as the best-in-class corporate governance practices that are related to the Board, its committees and the Board members such as the conflict of interest, related party transactions and non-competition. Also, he takes care of the periodical disclosures related to the afore-mentioned matters to ensure integrity, transparency and compliance with the applicable rules and regulations. The GCS further observes the legal requirements for General Assembly meetings such as their quorum, running their proceedings, casting the votes on their resolutions, following up the implementation of such resolutions as well as the rules of elections. Moreover, Mr. Hasan ensures applying the rules that govern the Board directorships and Board members’ replacement in the event of a director’s resignation or vacating a seat. Besides, he serves as an interface between the Board and each of the Group’s Executive Management, SCA/ADX, shareholders, public authorities and other stakeholders.

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