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Biography of Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani

H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Qtel Group. In his capacity as Chairman, His Excellency enjoys State Minister status and brings a wide range of business skills, experience and knowledge to Qtel.

He has enhanced Qtel’s corporate governance to ensure the company is directed and controlled in line with international practices and in the process, reinforced both corporate accountability and the sustained creation of shareholder wealth. Sheikh Abdullah has also been instrumental in the restructuring and regional expansion of Qtel. After Qtel’s key acquisition of the Kuwait-based Wataniya Group (at the time representing the largest telecom acquisition in the Arab World), he became Chairman of Wataniya.

He also serves as President Commissioner of Indosat (Indonesia) where Qtel has a 65% stake. In the last five years, Sheikh Abdullah has steered the growth of Qtel from a single country to the existing footprint which encompasses a presence in 17 countries spanning from North Africa to South East Asia with a customer base of more than 83 million as of December 2011. During this time Qtel has witnessed an eleven fold increase in revenue from just over USD 800 million to USD 8.7 billion at the end of 2011.

Sheikh Abdullah previously held several high profile positions in Qatar including Chief of the Royal Court (Amiri Diwan) from 2000 to 2005. He also served as a Member of the Qatari Planning Council from 2001 to 2004. A certified pilot instructor by way of the British Royal Air Force, Sheikh Abdullah has an extensive background in both the military and in aviation. A flight school graduate from the British Army Air Corps, he completed his studies at the Senior Army War College, Carlisle Barracks in the United States of America.

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