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Dr. Saad Hamad Al- Barrak
Dr. Saad H. Al Barrak -Deputy Chairman and Managing Director (CEO)
Dr. Al Barrak is a distinguished engineer and businessman of international repute. Since his appointment in 2002, under his leadership the customer base of MTC increased from 600,000 to a conglomerate of 20 operations with over 24.9 million customers across the Middle East and Africa.
Dr. Al Barrak holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Systems Engineering from Ohio University, and a PhD in Information Systems & Technology Management from the University of London. He is also an alumnus of Harvard University. Prior to his appointment with MTC, Dr. Al Barrak was Managing Director of International Turnkey Systems (ITS), one of the leading IT companies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Under Dr. Al Barrak, ITS’s revenues grew from $5 million in 1985 to exceed $100 million in 2000. It was during this time that Dr. Saad was my boss and what I learned from him was priceless. How to be an effective leader, a loved boss, a wise and shrewd businessman and a gentleman in all occasions.
Dr. Al Barrak was Vice-Chairman of the Social Development Office (SDO) of the Amiri Diwan in Kuwait; Chairman of Egyptian software developer IT Soft; Chairman of Arab Telecom; and a non-executive Director of Arab Management Association in Cairo. In 2005 he received the Middle East’s ‘CEO of the Year’ award in the Information Communication Technology sector, and in 2003 he received the ‘E-businessman of the Year’ award in the region. Dr Al-Barrak is also an Executive Board Member of Celtel International.
Dr. Saad Al Barrak, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Kuwait's Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC), has been recognized as the Middle East's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) CEO of the year.
Dr. Al Barrak said: 'Being chosen as the Middle East CEO of the year is a privilege and an honor. Winning this coveted accolade would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of each and every MTC employee and partner.'
An international judging panel of experts, analysts and leading executives from regional and global government and business organizations, such as the World Bank was responsible for evaluating over 1,800 CEOs from across the region, to ensure that they met the individual criteria for each award category.
Dr. Saad Al-Barrak, known for his ambitious '3 x 3 x 3' transformation strategy, which was launched in 2003 to turn the company into a leading regional wireless service, said: 'MTC is an organization driven by corporate excellence, and it is this culture that has enabled us to become one of the leading mobile telecom companies in the region. Our ambition is to transcend the boundaries of the Middle East and put our services on a global footing.'