Zouhair Khaliq

Zouhair Khaliq

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Nominated for:

IT & Technology Award 2015


London, UK


GSM Association

Job Title:

Managing Director

Educational Achievements:

Managing International Businesses
1998 – 1998

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
ACA, Chartered Accountancy
1979 – 1983

Leighton Park School
A Levels
1975 – 1977

Professional Achievements:

Honors & Award:

Pakistan Power 100
November 2012
Voted as one of the most influential people of the community in the UK - Pakistan Power 100

Top 9 Movers and Shakers of Pakistan
April 2006
Chosen as one of the top 9 Movers and Shakers of Pakistan

Additional Honors & Awards:
Who's Who 2007

Professional Experience:

Managing Director, GSMA Mobile for Development
GSM Association

July 2014 – Present (11 months)London, United Kingdom
GSMA Mobile for Development brings together the mobile operator members, the wider mobile industry and the development community to drive commercial mobile services for underserved people in emerging markets. The GSMA identifies opportunities for social, economic and environmental impact and stimulate the development of scalable, life-enhancing mobile services.

Mobile is the predominant infrastructure in emerging markets. We at Mobile for Development believe it is the transformative technology that enables us to put relevant, impactful services into the hands of underserved people. Since the creation of GSMA Mobile for Development we have partnered with 50 mobile operators, rolling out 104 initiatives, impacting tens of millions of people across 49 countries.

Senior Advisor
Better Than Cash Alliance United Nations Capital Development Fund
November 2014 – Present (7 months)London, United Kingdom
Advisory and guidance role at the Better Than Cash Alliance
United Nations Capital Development Fund

Supernumerary Fellow
Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, UK
May 2013 – Present (2 years 1 month)Oxford University, UK
Telecommunications Consultant

Telecom Consultant
February 2014 – June 2014 (5 months)London and the UAE
Focused on launch strategies for 4G operators, diversification strategies for existing operators in the ME, and invested in and advising on growth strategies for mobile financial services networks in emerging markets.

Executive Director and Strategic Consultant
Dhabi Holdings PJSC
December 2010 – January 2014 (3 years 2 months)UK and the UAE
As an Executive Director appointed on two Company Boards set out strategy and led the organisational and financial restructuring of the cellular and wireless triple play companies of Dhabi Holdings PJSC. This resulted in:
Improved EBITDA from 22% to 26% over 18 months, for the cellular company, maintaining market share
Improved EBITDA of Triple pay company from negative US$2 million to positive EBITDA US$ 1.5million and cash neutral position, reducing headcount from 2000 to 800
Repositioning both companies leading to an offer for sale of one and the successful carve out and merger of the other

Thought Leader and Member Board of Directors
TCS Microfinance Bank
September 2010 – April 2012 (1 year 8 months)UAE & Pakistan
Devised the complete strategy for TCS, the largest courier and logistics company in the country, and with the IFC to build a Bank for the Unbanked
Collaborated with various technology partners to devise a software delivery platform
Utilised local franchise networks to create a delivery system

Chief Executive Officer
Orascom International Investment Holding
January 2009 – July 2010 (1 year 7 months)Cairo, Egypt
Led the Group Strategy on Mobile Financial Services, e-banking and Infrastructure sharing
Set up a Microfinance bank leading to consolidation of MFS strategy
Successfully led the launch of Mobile Financial Services in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Italy and Greece
Led infra-structure sharing projects in Greece, Pakistan and Bangladesh, with American Towers and Eaton Towers to optimize the capital and operating expenditure, www.waseelabank.com

President & CEO
Mobilink - An Orascom Telecom Company
June 2003 – December 2008 (5 years 7 months)Islamabad, Pakistan
Successfully led the strategy for market dominance and sustained growth from a pure GSM player to a full telecom solutions provider with a nationwide optic fibre cable network, and the successful initial launch of broadband wireless using Wi-max. Grew customer base from 1 m in June 2003 to over 31 m at end 2008. Increased revenues by 16 times from US$ 80 m in 2003 to US$ 1.25 bn in 2008
Maintained 43% market share and a stable 40%+ EBITDA in an intensely competitive 5-player market
Led the Finance team to raise over US$ 1.1 bn in debt through ECA’s, international and local Bonds and bank loans, and raised US$ 250 m through a 16 times oversubscribed Euro Bond
Successfully deployed Mobile wallet and mobile money programs along with a lady health workers initiative backed by the GSMA and the Gates Foundation. Deployed over US$ 2.5 billion in building the largest cellular network in the country. Achieved rating as one of the 5 fastest growing companies in South East Asia in 2006 and 2007

Board Director of Mobilink, Banglalink, Tunisiana, Link Direct International, Transworld International, Government ICT Research & Development Fund, Karachi Education Initiative, Islamabad Stock Exchange, Pakistan Society for Training and Development and President of TiE Lahore Chapter

Executive Officer Operations
Orascom Telecom
November 2002 – June 2003 (8 months)Cairo, Egypt
Spearheaded the development and successful creation of Orascom’s operational management strategy, building an efficient and high caliber Operations team. Reorganised Board governance at subsidiaries and ensured the implementation of tighter monitoring and control systems across group operations.
Coordinated the preparation and submission of bids for potential licenses in Sudan, Eritrea and Iran
Led the operations team in the successful reorganisation of the Algerian operations and the successful launch of the Tunisia operations. Served on the Boards of both companies

Group Chief Financial Officer
Orascom Telecom
June 2002 – November 2002 (6 months)
Managed the over financial affairs of the Orascom Group, successfully leading negoitiations for restructuring over US$ 1.8 Billion of debt with suppliers and financial institutions. Negoatiated the sell down and restructuring of Orascom cellular properties in the Middle East and Africa and successfully negotiated a new partnership with an other Middle Eastern Operator for a partnership in Tunisia. This set the stage for the subsequent rapid growth and expansion of the Orascom Telecom group over the next 10 years.

Chief Operating Officer
wcities Limited
May 2001 – April 2002 (1 year)Cairo, Egypt
Managed the overall operations of the Company on a worldwide basis. Oversaw the development,sale and distribution of online content in the location based industry, including clients in the wireless and internet space. Managed the worldwide marketing and distribution of a location based system for cars and handheld devices.

Director of Operations EMEA
Motorola Network Management Group
January 1997 – March 2001 (4 years 3 months)London, United Kingdom
Represented Motorola on the Boards of its operational cellular properties throughout the Eastern Europe and Middle East and Pakistan region. Ensured Board governance, strategic planning, operational efficiencies and bottom line growth of the companies through effective engagement with the CEO's and local partners.

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