Dr Mahmoud R Sherif was appointed to be the Chairman of the 5G Steering Committee for the successful 5G Launch of du in May 2019. He is a leading expert with more than 25 years of international experience across three continents in the strategy, design, development and implementation of next generation networks & Information Technologies. Recently, he’s been appointed to handle the Technology Enablement of “Beyond Connectivity” as part of his role leading both the Network and IT Strategy. Dr. Mahmoud received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the City University of New York, USA. From 1997 to 2008, he was working in the Wireless Business Unit at Alcatel-Lucent (currently part of Nokia), in New Jersey, USA. In 2008, he moved to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to join the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. “du“ where he has held several positions including the head of the Mobile Network Planning. He has published several related papers in various Technical Journals as well as multiple international conferences. He has multiple contributions to the 3GPP and other Telecommunications standards. He also has more than 11 granted patents in the USA. In 2014, Dr. Sherif co-authored a book titled “Design, Deployment, and Performance of 4G-LTE Networks: A Practical Approach.