Zouhair Khaliq now MD, GSMA Mobile for Development
Well known telecoms specialist Zouhair A. Khaliq, who served and played a pivotal role in the development and growth of the Pakistan telecom sector, has joined the GSM Association as Managing Director, GSMA Mobile for Development.
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organizations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.
Zouhair Khaliq said:
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. We identify opportunities for social, economic and environmental impact and stimulate the development of scalable, life-enhancing mobile services.
We work with industry partners and donors such as the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Master card Foundation, DFID, NORAD, USAID and many others to bring Mobile Money for the Unbanked, Mobile Health, Mobile Enabled Community Services, Green Power for Mobile, Mobile for Development Impact, Disaster Response, GSMA mWomen and Mobile for Employment as some of our programs.
Mobile is the predominant infrastructure in emerging markets. We 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 it has partnered with 50 mobile operators, rolling out 104 initiatives, impacting tens of millions of people across 49 countries. My aim will be to expand and grow this area and maximize the impact on these communities.
ABOUT ZOUHAIR A. KHALIQ
Zouhair is currently the Managing Director, GSMA Mobile for Development. Prior to this as an Independent Telecom Consultant he focused on 4G, Wireless Broadband and Mobile Financial Services in emerging markets. He also worked with an entrepreneur on the launch of a Microfinance Bank based on a branchless banking concept. During 2010-13 as Advisor and Board Member at Dhabi Holdings, UAE, he successfully concluded the restructuring and preparation for sale of a mobile network operator and the carve out and merger of a triple play company. At Orascom Telecom he led the Group’s global strategy in Mobile Commerce and Infrastructure Sharing during 2009-2010 and earlier as as CEO, Mobilink 2003-2008 he executed a successful strategy to build the largest private sector company in the country and the leading GSM Mobile Operator with 31 million players in a 5 player market. In earlier roles in 2002 as COO at the Orascom Group he guided the commercial launches in Algeria and Tunisia and was a key member of the Boards of Orascom Telecom’s operations in Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Pakistan and Bangladesh. During this time he also served on the Boards of the Islamabad Stock Exchange and a Telecom R&D Fund. Earlier as Group CFO at Orascom Telecom he led the team in a successful negotiation and restructuring of the Group’s debt. As Senior Director Operations for Motorola NMG in the UK during 1993 through 2001 he led the successful launches of Mobinil, Mobilink and Fastlink and worked with the team at OmniTel in Lithuania. He was a key member of the Boards of mobile operations in Egypt, Pakistan and Jordan. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and alumni of INSEAD, France. He currently serves on the Board of Regents of Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.