Dr Kamal Shehadi

Chief Strategy Officer, Etisalat Group

Dr Kamal Shehadi

Speaker Bio

Dr. Kamal S. Shehadi is Etisalat International’s Chief Strategy Officer. Kamal leads Etisalat International’s strategy, portfolio management, and regulatory teams. From 2013 until 2021, Kamal was the Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer of Etisalat International. Kamal chaired GSMA’s Chief Policy and Regulatory Officers’ Group (2014-2016) and the ITU’s Global Industry Leaders’ Forum and the Global Symposium for Regulators in 2009.

Kamal is a Director on the Supervisory Board of Maroc Telecom, a company listed on Euronext and Casablanca stock market. He is also the chairman of Atlantique Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Etisalat Group; member of the Investment Committee of Dubai Angel Investors; and a member of the Advisory Board of RMC Group, a US$2.5 billion fund that invests in office real estate in North America. 

Prior to joining Etisalat Group in 2010, Kamal was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lebanon (2007-2010). Before that (2000-2007), he was Managing Director of Connexus Consulting, which he established as the leading consultancy in the Middle East and North Africa in telecom policy and regulation. He advised governments, regulatory authorities, telecom operators, and investors in Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, as well as the World Bank and the European Commission.

Kamal has a B.A. with honors (A.B. cum laude) from Harvard University in economics (1986) and a PhD from Columbia University in international political economy (1994). He has been awarded several distinctions for his academic achievements. He has published widely on private participation in infrastructure, telecommunications, regulation, public finance, and other public policy issues.