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Profile: Saad Al Barrak

A distinguished engineer, Dr Saad Al Barrak has headed up MTC, one of the region's most powerful telecom companies, since 2002.

A distinguished engineer, Dr Saad Al Barrak has headed up MTC, one of the region's most powerful telecom companies, since 2002.

Under Al Barrak's leadership, MTC has flourished, growing from a single-market entity with 600,000 subscribers when he began to a $30 billion multi-national corporation with more than 32 million subscribers and activities in 21 markets today.

Not content to rest on his laurels, Al Barrak has further ambitions for the telecoms giant, aiming to increase its subscriber numbers to 70 million by 2011 making it one of the top ten global operators in the world.

Before MTC, Al Barrak was managing director of International Turnkey Systems, one of the leading IT companies in the MENA region.

He has also held the positions of chairman of Egyptian software developer IT Soft, chairman of Arab Telecom, and is currently an executive board member of Celtel International.

The CommsMEA Lifetime Achievement Award is not the first major accolade Al Barrak has won: in 2005, he received the award for Middle East's CEO of the Year in the ICT sector.

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