Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa AlKhalifa – Chairman
Shaikh Abdulla Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa was appointed as Chairman of Batelco Board of Directors in June 2018 by Mumtalakat Holding as a non-executive independent director.
Shaikh Abdulla is the Chief Executive Officer of Osool Asset Management with more than 20 years of experience in the Banking and Financial Services Industry. Osool is the investment arm of the Social Insurance Organisation and the Military Pension Fund, which manages around USD 12 billion across different asset classes globally. Prior to joining Osool, Shaikh Abdulla was Head of Wealth Management at Standard Chartered Bank, Bahrain. He started his career as a credit analyst at Arab Banking Corporation. Shaikh Abdulla is the Chairman of SICO Investment Bank, Board Member of BBK and Board Member of Amanat Holding PJSC. 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) and the National Broadband Network “NBNetCo” (Bahrain).
Rear. Admiral Yousif Ahmed Malalla AlSabt – Deputy Chairman
R. Admiral AlSabt has been serving on Batelco Board since May 2017 and was appointed as Deputy Chairman in 2019. He is an Amber Holdings representative on the Board and was appointed on 15 May 2017, as a non-executive independent director.
R. Adm. AlSabt is the Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics & Supplies at the Bahrain Defense Force and has over 40 years of experience. He graduated from the Naval Academy in Egypt in 1978. He also graduated from the Naval war college for Staff course at New Port, RI. USA in 1985.
In 1987, he was appointed as Chief of the Royal Bahraini Naval Force until 2004 when he was appointed as Director of Planning, Organization and IT at the General Head Quarters. He took over as Assistance Chief of staff for logistics and Supplies in 2015.
R.Adm. AlSabt serves as the Chairman of the Military Consumer and & Economic Association. Additionally, he is a board member in National Broadband Network “NBNetCo” (Bahrain), and Umniah Mobile and Telephone Company (Jordan).
Raed Fakhri – Director
Mr. Raed Fakhri has been serving on the Board since March 2014. He is a representative of Mumtalakat Holding on the Batelco Board of Directors, and was re-appointed at the AGM in 2017 as a non-executive independent director.
Mr. Fakhri is Mumtalakat Vice President Investments since March 2013 and has over 24 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 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, mergers and acquisitions. He spent 3 years in Capivest Investment Bank, heading the Investment Department. Currently, Mr. Fakhri is a Board Member at Investrade and BDI Partners, Etihad Atheeb Company (KSA), National Broadband Network “NBNetCo” (Bahrain), Cranemere Group, Bahrain Duty Free Company, Bahrain Airport Company, Gulf Aviation Company, and Gulf Air Group.
Mrs. Khulood Rashid Al Qattan – Director
Mrs. Khulood Al Qattan has been serving on the Board since March 2014. She was re-elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2017, as a non-executive independent director.
Mrs. Al Qattan is the General Manager of Prime Advisory WLL. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Ayn Shams University, Cairo and has over 26 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 (Dubai).
Mrs. Al Qattan is a Board Member of, Sico Financial Services Company (SFS), Bahraini Business Woman Society, Capital Municipality and a member of the Advisory Board for the Master of Accounting and Finance at Applied Science University. Additionally, she is a Board member of Umniah Mobile and Telephone Company (Jordan), and Dhiraagu Telecommunications Company (Maldives).
Mr. Arif Rahimi – Director
Mr. Arif Rahimi has been serving on the Board since March 2014. He was re-elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2017, as a non-executive independent director.
Mr. Rahimi is Chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit. He is also the Managing Partner for the Masar Group of Companies and Director of Venture Projects WLL. Mr. Rahimi is a Certified Public Accountant, Board of Accountancy, Oregon, USA and has over 27 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, Price Waterhouse Coopers, 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 the Chairman of Umniah Mobile and Telephone Company (Jordan).
Mr. Ahmed A. Al Hujairy – Director
Mr. Ahmed A. Al Hujairy has been serving on the Board since March 2014; he was re-elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2017 as a non-executive independent director.
Mr. Al Hujairy is the Founder and CEO of Gulf Future Business WLL 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 Riyadh 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, an 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 35 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.
Mr. Oliver McFall – Director
Mr. Oliver McFall has been serving on the Board since March 2014. He is a representative of Mumtalakat Holding on the Batelco Board of Directors, and was re-appointed at the AGM in 2017 as a non-executive dependent director.
Mr. McFall has more than 32 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 Sure Group Company (UK) and Dhiraagu Telecommunications Company (Maldives).
Mr. Jean-Christophe Durand – Director
Mr. Durand has been serving on the Board since March 2017.He was elected by the shareholders at the AGM in 2017, as a non-executive independent director.
Mr. Durand is the Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Bahrain and has 37 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 has been 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 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 the Chief Executive of The National Bank of Bahrain. He is also a director of Gulf Air and the Chairman of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bahrain. He is Deputy Chairman in Umniah Mobile and Telephone Company (Jordan).
Mr. Durand is Officer of the “Legion d’Honneur “awarded by the Government of France.
Shaikh Ali Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa – Director
Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa has been serving on the Board since June 2018.
He is an Amber Holding representative on the Batelco Board of Directors, and was appointed on 3 June 2018 as a non-executive independent director.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The George Washington University, D.C., USA. He 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 Lieutenant Colonel. He has held various positions within the organization during his 22-year tenure.
Shaikh Ali has also been involved in the Kingdom’s sporting initiatives over the years and has held 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 a Board Member in Sure Group Company (UK), and the Deputy Chairman in the National Broadband Network Company “NBNetCo” (Bahrain).
Mr. Khalid Hussain Taqi – Director
Mr. Khalid Taqi has been serving on the Board since January 2019. He is a representative of the Social Insurance Organization (SIO) on the Batelco Board of Directors, and was appointed on the 1st January as a non- executive Dependent director.
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, Mr. Khalid completed a number of executive training programs in London Business School, NYU Stern and INSEAD.
Mr. Khalid started his career with the Transaction Advisory Services Team at Ernst & Young – Bahrain. During his tenure at Ernst & Young, Khalid has been exposed to a variety of different industries including Real Estate, Banking, Construction and telecom. Mr. Khalid 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 the Investment and Audit committees, he also was a board member in Esterad Investment Company until December 2018.