Mansoor Hanif

Chief of Interconnectivity, NEOM

Mansoor Hanif

Speaker Bio

Mansoor Hanif is Chief of Interconnectivity, responsible for emerging technologies such as mixed reality, space, satellites, advanced robotics and human-machine interfaces. He leads the development of NEOM’s Digital Masterplan, and technology R&D collaborations with leading universities and think tanks around the world. Hanif also coordinates the preparation of the future regulation of Communications & Connectivity, Data Protection, Water, Energy and Mobility in NEOM.

In his previous role at NEOM, Hanif negotiated the delivery of NEOM’s first subsea cable and its joint venture with OneWeb on low earth orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity.

As an industry leader with over 25 years of experience in planning, building, optimizing and operating mobile networks around the world, Hanif has been actively engaged across the profession, holding positions as patron of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP), on the Steering Board of the UK5G Innovation Network and the Advisory Boards of the Satellite Applications Catapult. He is a board member of the NEOM-OneWeb joint venture and is also on the Industry Advisory Board of the University College London (UCL) Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department.

Prior to joining NEOM, Hanif was Chief Technology Officer of Ofcom, the UK telecom and media regulator, overseeing the security and resilience of the nation’s networks. As Director of the Converged Networks Research Lab at BT, he led research into fixed and mobile networks to drive convergence across research initiatives.

Hanif held several roles at EE, a UK-based telecommunications company, and was responsible for the technical launch of 4G and integration of the Orange and T-Mobile networks as Director of Radio Networks and board member of MBNL. In addition, he held positions at both Orange Moldova and Vodafone Italy, overseeing network optimization, capacity expansion, and the planning and implementation of new technologies.

Hanif holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from UCL and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from the École Nationale Superieure des Télécom de Bretagne in France.