Board of Directors

Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdulla Bin Jassim Al-Thani

Non-Executive and Non-Independent


Prior to assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Vodafone Qatar, Sheikh Hamad served as Vodafone Qatar’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), where he was responsible for the company’s Customer Operations, Human Resources, Legal and regulatory and External Affairs functions.

During his tenure as COO, Sheikh Hamad contributed to ensuring that the company provided its customers with the best services, through the successful execution of a number of projects and programmes including Customer Experience and Operational Excellence and employee-related programmes that achieved best practices, in addition to playing a key role in helping to shape the regulatory environment in the State of Qatar.

Since joining Vodafone Qatar in 2013, Sheikh Hamad has served in several roles including Senior Business Development Manager, Head of Public Sector Sales, and Sales Director. It is within these roles that Sheikh Hamad’s direction resulted in the substantial share growth of Vodafone Qatar’s enterprise market, as did the company’s position as a central ICT service provider.

Prior to joining Vodafone Qatar, Sheikh Hamad served in the Oil & Gas sector where he operated in various areas such as industrial network engineering and control system engineering.

H.E Dr. Hessa Al Jaber
Vice Chairman

Non-Executive and Independent


Dr. Hessa Al Jaber is a Qatari engineer, academic and politician. Dr. Al Jaber is the chairperson of Trio Investment, a technology investment company that invest in innovative technology that address some of the most pressing health problems in MENA region. Currently, Trio Investment is investing and building Droobi – The first Arabic digital therapeutic product that uses behavior science, data analytics, and artificial intelligence to help people change their habits, improve their health and reduce their risk of chronic disease.

Dr. Al Jaber is the Chairperson of Qatar Satellite Company (Es’hailSat), and Malomatia (The leading provider of Information Technology Services & Solutions in Qatar). She is a memeber at the Shura Council (Consultative Assembly), which is the legislative body of the State of Qatar.

In addition, Dr. Aljaber is member of several boards including; Volkswagen (AG) Supervisory Board in Germany, Qatar University’s Board of Regents, Qatar Museums Board of Trustee, Silatech Board of Trustees Qatar National Library Board of Trustee, and American School Board of Trustee.

She is a member of United Nations ITU Broadband Commission for Sustainable development and Co-Chair of Broadband Working Group on Disinformation and Hate Speech.

Dr. Hessa was the former Minister of Information and Communication Technology in Qatar. Prior to becoming a minister, Dr. Hessa held the position of Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) since its inception in 2005.

During her tenure, Dr. Al Jaber led the liberalization of Qatar’s telecommunications market, ushering in an era of choice and competition, she spearheaded the modernization of Qatar’s ICT infrastructure, including founding Qatar National Broadband Network, Eshailsat, and Malomatia.

Dr. Hessa has led numerous initiatives to make Qatar a more inclusive society through ICT with the creation of the Qatar Assistive Technology Center (MADA), empowering people with disabilities in Qatar, and was instrumental in the streamlining of processes to make the Government more transparent and accessible with the e-Government initiatives.

Dr. Hessa holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Kuwait University, and a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Computer Science from George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Mr. Saad Sabah Al-Kuwari
Vice Chairman

Non-Executive and Non-Independent


Mr. Saad Al-Kuwari, representing Ooredoo at the Board of Directors, in Ooredoo he is responsible for the applications, programs, Ooredoo Core Network with other operations and IT services delivery for Ooredoo internal and external customers.

Mr. Saad Al-Kuwari brings with him a blended background experience from Telecommunication and Project Management with solid track record of twelve (12) years and proven ability to build, lead and mentor large multifunctional technical and business teams.

He has hands on experience working with infrastructure managed and cloud services, security services, datacentres, IT Consolidation, IT Rationalization, IT Transformation, administration of budget and providing support to all Senior Management and plays a significant role in confidence building and source of trust when it comes to technology selection, technology trends and evaluating current state.

He has very rich experience in areas not limited to Program and Projects Management, IT and Network Infrastructure, Sales, Pre-Sales, Business Relationship Management and Marketing.

Mr. Saad Al-Kuwari also Lead Project Management Offices in both QF and Ooredoo in the past with the responsibility of managing projects and corporate initiatives in line with the corporate strategy for these companies.

Mr. Saad Al-Kuwari holds a Double Major Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Business Information Systems from University of Leeds Beckett University and also a Master’s Degree in Leadership, Policy & Innovation from Georgetown University.

Dr. Ahmed K. Elmagarmid
Board Member

Non-Executive and Non-Independent


Dr. Elmagarmid is the inaugural Executive Director of Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a national research institute and member of Qatar Foundation. Since his appointment in 2010, Dr. Elmagarmid has driven the Institute’s vision to bring positive impact to citizens and society by focusing on large-scale computing challenges that address national priorities for growth and development.

Before joining Qatar Foundation, Dr Elmagarmid held a number of prestigious posts in academia and industry. He has held faculty positions at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Padova, and Purdue University, where he had been actively involved in teaching and research for 25 years.

Dr. Elmagarmid served as a chief scientist in HP’s Office of Strategy and Technology and has worked with or consulted for Telcordia Technology, Bellcore, IBM,CSC, Harris, D. H. Brown and Associates, MCC, Bell Northern Research, Molecular Design Labs, SOGEI (Italy) and UniSql. Dr. Elmagarmid serves as the Chair of the IT Executive Committee of Sidra Medical and Research Centre.

Early in his career he received the NSF’s Presidential Young Investigator award from President Ronald Reagan. He is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow, and is also a member of Sigma Xi American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The University of Dayton and Ohio State University have both named him among their distinguished alumni. Dr. Elmagarmid has chaired and served on several program committees and editorial boards.

Dr. Elmagarmid is an accomplished and well-published scientist, authoring six books and more than 180 papers, and has run several well-funded research programs.

Dr. Elmagarmid received his B.S. in computer science from the University of Dayton (1977) and his M.S. (1981) and Ph.D (1985) from Ohio State University.

Brig. Ali Harib R H Al-Harib
Board Member

Non-Executive and Independent


Brig. Ali is an independent member of the Board of Directors of the Company and also Deputy Commander of the Qatari Emiri Signal Corps, Commander of the Cyber Security Unit, and Chairman of the Steering Committee of Project 401 and Brooq Project.

Brig. Ali holds an electronics and communications diploma from Britain and participated to many courses and workshops in the field and developed a global expertise through collaboration with renowned international companies specialized in the field of military technology. He was awarded a Medal of the Gulf War and the Liberation of Kuwait.

Dr. Saif Mohammed S A Al-Kuwari
Board Member

Non-Executive and Independent


Dr. Saif Al-Kuwari is an Assistant Professor at the College of Science and Engineering at Hamad Bin Khalifa University and the Director of Qatar Center for Quantum Computing (QC2). Dr. Al-Kuwari holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computers and Networks from the University of Essex, UK (2006), and two PhD’s in computer science from the University of Bath, UK (2011) and Royal Holloway, University of London, UK (2011). His research interests include Quantum Computing, Cryptography, Computational Forensics, and their connections with Machine Learning. He is IET and BCS fellow, and IEEE and ACM senior member.

Previously, Dr. Al-Kuwari was the Director of the Department of Information Technology at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served on Qatar’s national cybersecurity committee. Dr. Al-Kuwari received several awards including two platinum awards for outstanding academic performance and two MESA-CISO100 Government Security Leader awards.

Mr. Faleh Mohammed H A Al-Nasr
Board Member

Non-Executive and Non-Independent


Mr. Faleh is a member of the Board of Directors of the Company and also the Secretary of Projects and senior member of the team of the Emiri Diwan, reporting directly to His Highness on all major national projects and investments under his stewardship. Mr. Faleh is also the Chief Investment Officer of Qatar Foundation Endowment, the endowment investment fund for Qatar Foundation.

He holds board seats as non-executive director with AKI (an investment company responsible for managing Aspire foundation and Katara culture village foundation investments), Epidaure (a French manufacturer of luxury leather goods) and Tornado Tower Company (owner and manager of Tornado Tower, Doha’s premium office building). He holds a Master’s from HEC Paris and Qatar in Strategic Business Unit Management as well as a Bachelor’s in Business & Management from Oxford Brookes University.