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Dr. Nasser Marafih

Dr. Nasser holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science and a PhD in Communication, all from George Washington University, USA.

Dr. Nasser started his career at Qtel in 1992 as Expert Advisor from the University of Qatar and in 1994 he was seconded to the organisation as Strategic Planning and Development Manager. In 1998 he became the Divisional Manager of Strategic Planning and Development and has been involved in a number of strategic initiatives and landmarks in the company’s history. He was instrumental in the introduction of the first GSM service in the Middle East in 1994; led the introduction of the Internet to Qatar in 1996; and played a key role in the privatisation of Qtel in 1998.

Since becoming CEO in 2002, Dr. Nasser has led the company from strength to strength, successfully guiding Qtel through its transformation into a global company. He has spearheaded Qtel’s global growth in recent years, including the acquisition of Wataniya Telecom and the expansion into Asia. Under his leadership, Qtel now has a presence in 17 countries in the MENA region, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, supporting around 70 million customers.

Dr. Nasser is a member of the Board of Directors for several of Qtel’s subsidiaries in a number of countries including Indonesia, Kuwait, Algeria, and the Philippines. He also sits on the Board of the Al Thuraya Satellite Company.

Dr. Nasser also worked at the University of Qatar in the department of Electrical Engineering between 1985 and 1994, first as a lecturer and research assistant, and then as assistant professor of the department.

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