Mr. Hatem Dowidar joined Etisalat Group in September 2015 as Group Chief Operating Officer and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, International of Etisalat Group in March 2016. He sits on the subsidiaries’ boards in Morocco, Egypt and Pakistan.

Prior to joining Etisalat Group, Mr. Dowidar was the Group Chief of Staff for Vodafone Group based in London, reporting to Vodafone Group CEO. He brings over 26 years of experience in multinational companies, 20 years of these within the telecommunications industry.

He initially joined Vodafone Egypt in its early start‐up operation in 1999, served as Marketing Director (CMO) and later became the CEO of Vodafone Egypt from 2009 ‐ 2014, where he managed to take the business to out‐right leadership, and kept the business growing with benchmark profitability in a very challenging and competitive environments.

Mr. Dowidar has a long track record of achievements in the various leadership positions he held at Vodafone Group and its subsidiaries, including Group Core Services Director, CEO of Vodafone Malta, CEO of Partner Markets with partnerships covering over 45 markets and Regional Director Emerging Markets. He also has extensive Corporate Governance experience from his representation as Chairman and Board Member in several Corporate Boards within and outside the Telecommunications industry.

Mr. Dowidar started his career in AEG/Deutsche Aerospace (Daimler Benz Group) in Egypt before moving to Marketing in Procter & Gamble, where he held various managerial roles. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Communications and Electronics Engineering from Cairo University and an MBA from the American University in Cairo.