Dr. Nasser Marafih began his career at Ooredoo (previously known as Qtel) in 1992 as an expert advisor from the University of Qatar and was subsequently appointed in 1994 to Director of Strategic Planning and Development. He was named as CEO in 2002.
In this capacity, Dr. Nasser has participated in a number of high-level government committees and has become a member of the Board of Directors of several Ooredoo subsidiaries.
In September 2012, Dr. Nasser was appointed Chairman of the Board of the GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation (previously GSMA Foundation), which promotes the work of GSMA Mobile for Development with the international development community, and brokers and manages public-private partnerships.
Dr. Nasser has helped develop and refine Ooredoo’s core strategy of focusing on human growth and enriching the lives of people through its operations. In particular, the company supports the GSMA’s efforts to close the digital divide and encourage mobile ownership and more effective usage for women in emerging markets. Successful initiatives include Asiacell’s Almas line of mobile services specifically designed for women in Iraq, and Indosat’s “Usaha Wanita“ service for Indonesian women entrepreneurs.
Previously, Dr. Nasser served as a lecturer and assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Qatar.
Dr. Nasser holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Communication Engineering, all from George Washington University in the United States. He sits on the Board of Directors of the GSM Association.