Mr Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid was elected Director of the
ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau by the Plenipotentiary Conference on 14 November 2006 in Antalya,
Turkey. He took office on 1 January 2007.
Mr Al Basheer Al Morshid has more than twenty-three years experience in telecommunications
in Saudi Arabia and abroad, including two years at the ITU Regional Office in Cairo.
Throughout the major part of his career he was responsible in the Saudi Arabian
Government for the development of economic and financial policy and regulatory aspects
of telecommunications as well as international coordination and cooperation.
As head of the department responsible for telecommunication policy and investment
matters at the national, regional and international levels, he has extensive experience
in telecommunications management and development as well as in negotiating and formulating
international agreements on commercial, operational, maintenance and investment
As Adviser to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Ministry
of Communications and Information, Saudi Arabia he was responsible for international
relations and regulatory issues. He was also a Board Member of the Communications
and Information Technology Commission (CITC).
As Director, Middle East & North Africa Affairs, at ICO Teledesic GL, Seattle,
USA, he coordinated the introduction of the interests of ICO in Middle Eastern and
North African countries.
During his tenure as Chief of the Regional Office for the Arab States of the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Cairo, Egypt, he was responsible for planning,
organizing and directing the work of the Regional Office and contributed to the
development of telecommunications in the countries of the region in both public
and private sectors.
In addition to his role at the national level Mr Al Basheer Al Morshid played a leading role
within regional organizations, acting as Chairman and participating in many conferences
in ITU and at other regional and international organizations in the telecommunications