Batelco Board of Directors

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Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa – Chairman

Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa has been serving as Chairman of Batelco Board of Directors since June 2018 as a representative of Mumtalakat Holding Company. He was re-appointed at the AGM in 2020 as a Non-Executive Independent Director, for a period of 3 years.

Shaikh Abdulla is the Chief Executive Officer of Osool Asset Management, the investment arm of the Social Insurance Organisation and the Military Pension Fund, which manages around USD12 billion across different asset classes globally. He started his career as a credit analyst at Arab Banking Corporation, and was Head of Wealth Management at Standard Chartered Bank, Bahrain. He has more than 21 years of experience in the Banking and Financial Services Industry. Shaikh Abdulla is the Chairman of SICO Investment Bank, Board Member of BBK, Board Member of Amanat Holding PJSC and Bahrain Marina. Shaikh Abdulla was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the George Washington University, USA.

Furthermore, Shaikh Abdulla is the Chairman of Sure Group Company (UK).

Committee Membership: Chairman of the Remuneration, Nomination, Donation and Corporate Governance Committee.

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Mr. Raed Abdulla Fakhri – Deputy Chairman

Mr. Raed Fakhri has been serving on the Board since March 2014, as a representative of Mumtalakat Holding Company. He was re-appointed at the AGM in 2020 as a Non-Executive Independent Director, for a period of 3 years.

Mr. Fakhri is Mumtalakat’s Vice President of Investments since March 2013 and has over 25 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 Managing Director.  He spent 3 years with Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) as a Control Systems Engineer and Project Engineer. 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 and mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, he spent 3 years at Capivest Investment Bank, heading the Investment Department. Currently, Mr. Fakhri is a Board Member at Investrade, BDI Partners, Cranemere Group, Gulf Air Group and Bahrain Duty Free Company.

Committee Membership: Chairman of the Executive Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Remuneration, Nomination, Donation and Corporate Governance Committee.

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Mr. Jean-Christophe Durand – Director

Mr. Jean Christophe Durand has been serving on the Board since March 2017. He was elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2017 and re-elected at the AGM in 2020, as a Non-Executive Independent Director, for a period of 3 years.

Mr. Durand is the Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Bahrain and has over 39 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 Regional Head of BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa region for Corporate and Institutional Banking and Asset Management for 15 years. He joined Banque Indosuez in Bahrain in 1989 in the Investment Banking division in charge of the coverage in several GCC countries. He later moved to BNP Paribas in 2000 entrusted with the mission to expand the Investment Banking business regionally and was instrumental in establishing BNP as one of the key financial institutions in the region, opening new branches in several GCC countries and Africa. Under his tenure, BNP Paribas managed several major regional transactions in the telecommunications sector. Mr. Durand is Officer of the “Legion d’Honneur” awarded by the Government of France.

Mr. Durand has been serving on the Board of several professional committees in Bahrain and the region. He was a Board Member of a retail Bank of the BNP Paribas Group.

He is currently a Board Member of Gulf Air, Bahrain Islamic Bank and the Chairman of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bahrain.  He is also the Chairman of Umniah Telecommunications Company (Jordan).

Committee Membership: Chairman of the Audit Committee.

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Shaikh Ali Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa – Director

Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa has been serving on the Board since June 2018, as a representative of  Amber Holdings Company. He was re-appointed at the AGM in 2020 as a Non-Executive Independent Director for a period of 3 years.

Shaikh Ali graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The George Washington University, D.C., USA, and earned a Master in Business Administration from DePaul Graduate programme at the BIBF, Bahrain. He earned a Master of Arts in Defense Studies from King’s College, London.

He joined the Bahrain Defense Force in June 1996 and currently holds the rank of Colonel. He has held various positions within the organization during his 23-year tenure.

Shaikh Ali has also been involved in the Kingdom’s sporting initiatives over the years and holds various committee positions including President of Bahrain Football Association, Member of Asian Football Association Executive Committee, Member of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, President of Bahrain Cycling Association and Member of FIFA Competitions Committee.

Additionally, Shaikh Ali is the Chairman of BNET (Bahrain).

Committee Membership: Audit Committee.

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Mr. Khalid Hussain Taqi – Director

Mr. Khalid Taqi has been serving on the Board since January 2019, as a representative of the Social Insurance Organization (SIO). He was re-appointed at the AGM in 2020 as a Non- Executive Independent Director for a period of 3 years.

Mr. Taqi graduated from Concordia University, Montreal – Canada, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance. He also completed his Master’s degree in Finance from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. In addition, he completed a number of executive training programmes in the London Business School, NYU Stern and INSEAD.

Mr. Taqi has over 13 years of experience and began his career with the Transaction Advisory Services Team at Ernst & Young – Bahrain. During his tenure at Ernst & Young, he was exposed to a variety of different industries including Real Estate, Banking, Construction and Telecom. Mr. Taqi joined Osool Asset Management in 2013, his current mandate is to manage Osool’s strategic investments in both listed and non-listed companies.

He currently serves on the board of Gulf Hotels Group and is a member of their Investment and Audit committees. He is also a Board member in BNET (Bahrain). Previously, he was a board member in Esterad Investment Company until December 2018.

Committee Membership: Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee, Remuneration, Nomination, Donation and Corporate Governance Committee.

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Mr. Abdulla Abdulrazak Bukhowa – Director

Mr. Abdulla Bukhowa was appointed on the Batelco Board of Directors as a Non–Executive Dependent Director at the AGM in 2020 as a representative of the Social Insurance Organization (SIO) for a period of 3 years.

Mr. Bukhowa is the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank, Bahrain, established in 1920 as the first bank in the country and the Arabian Gulf region. Mr. Abdulla holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Texas, USA.

Previously, Mr. Bukhowa held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Qatar from January 2017 to March 2019. He was responsible for leading and implementing the overall strategy of the Bank.

Mr. Bukhowa joined Standard Chartered Bank in September 2010 as Bahrain’s Country Head of Global Markets and co-Head of Wholesale Bank. In December 2014 he was given the responsibility for leading both the Financial Markets and Corporate and Institutional Banking segments.

Mr. Bukhowa has over 20 years of experience which includes being Head of Portfolio Management at the Central Bank of Bahrain, and roles at Reuters and Bahrain Telecommunications Company. He is currently a Board member in the Bahrain Association of Banks.

Committee Membership: Deputy Chairman of the Audit Committee.

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Ms. Fatema Ghazi Al-Arayedh – Director

Ms. Fatema Al-Arayedh was appointed on the Batelco Board of Directors as a Non–Executive Dependent Director at the AGM in 2020 as a representative of Mumtalakat Holding Company for a period of 3 years.

Ms. Al-Arayedh is an attorney at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in London.  Her legal practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions, including advising private equity fund sponsors, sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors on their investment management arrangements.  Ms. Al-Arayedh also has experience in a wide range of acquisition finance, project finance and other corporate finance transactions, including leveraged buyouts in the telecommunications and information technology sectors.

Prior to London, Ms. Al-Arayedh practiced law at the offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York.  She holds a B.A. with honours in Political Science from Yale University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  She is admitted to the Bar in New York.

Ms. Al-Arayedh has additionally worked on economic development projects at the Clinton Foundation in New York and at the Economic Development Board in Bahrain.

Committee Membership: Remuneration, Nomination, Donation and Corporate Governance Committee.

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Mr. Abdulla Abdulhameed Alhammadi – Director

Mr. Abdulla Alhammadi was appointed on the Batelco Board of Directors as a Non–Executive Dependent Director at the AGM in 2020 as a representative of Mumtalakat Holding Company for a period of 3 years.

Mr. AlHammadi is a seasoned business leader with over 10 years of experience in management consultancy, tech and startups. Currently Mr. Alhammadi serves as Regional Business Lead for Snapchat MENA. He is in charge of growing Snapchat’s business and market presence across the region in general with particular focus on Saudi Arabia. Prior to Snapchat, he was a Senior Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company serving clients across private and public sectors in MENA. In addition, he was a member of the founding team in Careem and has led small business marketing for Google in Saudi Arabia.

Committee Membership: Executive Committee.

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Mr. Ahmed Abdulwahed Abdulrahman – Director

Mr. Ahmed Abdulrahman was elected to the Batelco Board of Directors as a Non–Executive Independent Director at the AGM in 2020 for a period of 3 years.

Mr. Abdulrahman is a former investment banker, with 18 years of experience in Investment Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity, gained from working with leading financial institutions in Bahrain & UK.  He has served on the board of over 40 companies globally, including Bahrain Financing Company (“BFC”), and has held a number of board positions which include chairmanships to the board and chairmanships of Investment committees.

He is currently the Founder & Managing Partner of Clan Partners Advisory, a Bahrain based boutique advisory firm; and serves as an independent board member of Native Land Investment in the UK, and as a Director at Beacon Capital Management.

Prior to founding Clan Partners, Mr. Abdulrahman served as the CEO and Managing Director of Beacon Capital Management, a boutique Private Equity and Asset Management firm out of London.  He also served as the Head of Private Equity for GCC, Levant and Turkey at Bank Al Khair (formerly known as Unicorn Investment Bank).  Prior to joining Bank Al Khair, he was a Relationship Manager at Ahli United Bank – Offshore Unit and was also a Relationship Manager at Kuwait Finance House – Bahrain in the Corporate Finance and Venture Capital department.  He started his career at BDO Jawad Habib as an analyst in the Financial Advisory Services unit.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Business Systems & Information Technology from University of Northumbria, Newcastle.

Furthermore, he is a Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee in Dhiraagu Telecommunications Company (Maldives).

Committee Membership: Executive Committee.

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Major General Ali Saqer Alnoaimi – Director

Mr. Ali Saqer Alnoaimi was appointed on the Batelco Board of Directors as a Non–Executive Independent Director on 31 March 2020 as a representative of Amber Holdings until the end of term.

Mr. Alnoaimi is a military officer with the rank of Major General in Bahrain Defense Force. He graduated from the Military College, Kuwait, in November 1978. He joined various military courses in and out of Bahrain, including the Command and General Staff college (CGSC) in Leavenworth, KS 1989-1990.

Mr. Alnoaimi has held various positions in the BDF during his 42-year tenure.
He held the position of a commandant of Isa Royal Military College, Bahrain in 1998.
In 2003 he was appointed as Director of Logistics & Supplies in BDF. Mr. Alnoaimi has also been involved in sporting initiatives and has been a golf player for over 30 years. He was a Bahrain Golf National team player, a former Vice President of Arab golf association, a former President of GCC Organizing committee and currently holds the position of President of Bahrain Golf Association since 2017. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the Military consumer and economic associations.

Furthermore, Maj. Gen Ali is a Board Member at BNET (Bahrain).

Committee Memberships: Audit Committee.