Mr. Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar is the Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group. Mr. Julfar was appointed to his current position in 2011, taking over responsibility for Etisalat Group's overall strategy and overseeing the operations in all 19 of Etisalat Group's markets across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. He also represents the Group at international forums and conferences growing Etisalat's reputation for leadership in innovation and quality. In his current capacity, Mr. Julfar ensures the delivery of the Group's commercial, technological, financial, business development and overall organizational goals as Etisalat endeavors upon its stated goal to become the world's leading and most admired emerging markets telecom group. Mr. Julfar's leadership has confirmed an overall constantly remarkable performance of Etisalat Group, seeing an expansion to 19 markets in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, with an over 180 million subscriber's base. Prior to his appointment as GCEO, Mr. Julfar served as Chief Operations Officer at Etisalat UAE for five years. He has worked at Etisalat for almost 30 years, serving in a variety of critical positions within the Group. Mr. Julfar is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Thuraya Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of the GSM Association. Mr. Julfar holds a BS in Civil Engineering and Computer Science from Gonzaga University, and is a graduate of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development.