Mr. Mohammad Omran Al Shamsi was born in Ras Al Khaimah in 1953. After graduating from Cairo University, specializing in telecommunications and electronics engineering, he joined Etisalat in 1977, one year after its formation. Starting his career in the Engineering Department, by 2004 he had risen to the position of Chief Executive Officer. He became chairman and CEO in 2005. As chairman and CEO, Mr. Al Shamsi led Etisalat to its position as the Middle East’s largest operator and the third largest corporation in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with operations in fifteen countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

During his time with Etisalat which lasted 34 years until 2012, when he decided to retire, Mr. Al Shamsi participated in various project, including the digitalization of Etisalat networks, the establishment of satellite and submarine cables, extensive fiber optic networks, pre-GSM and GSM mobile networks, in addition to establishment of the ‘Thuraya’ satellite system where he was also chairman until his retirement.

Mr. Al Shamsi represented Etisalat at various regional and international forums including Arabsat, GCC committees, Arab League Committees, and ITU conferences and committees.

He has been awarded numerous times for his personal contribution to the telecommunications sector, including lifetime achievement awards from CEO Middle East, Abu Dhabi Economic Forum and the Middle East Business Leaders’ Summit, along with many more prestigious awards of recognition.

Mr. Al Shamsi is also chairman or a board member of the Emirates Foundation, Khalifa University, Ras Al Khaimah Properties Company, and RAK Bank.

In April 2013 a federal decree from the president of UAE was issued, appointing Mr. Al Shamsi as chairman and chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology.

Mr. Al Shamsi holds an engineering degree in electronics and communications from Cairo University, Egypt, which he received in 1977.