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Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Chairman

Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa has been serving as Chairman of Batelco Board of Directors since June 2018 as a representative of Mumtalakat Holding Company. He was re-appointed at the AGM in 2020 as a Non-Executive Independent Director, for a period of 3 years.

Shaikh Abdulla is the Chief Executive Officer of Osool Asset Management, the investment arm of the Social Insurance Organisation and the Military Pension Fund, which manages around USD12 billion across different asset classes globally. He started his career as a credit analyst at Arab Banking Corporation, and was Head of Wealth Management at Standard Chartered Bank, Bahrain. He has more than 21 years of experience in the Banking and Financial Services Industry. Shaikh Abdulla is the Chairman of SICO Investment Bank, Board Member of BBK, Board Member of Amanat Holding PJSC and Bahrain Marina. Shaikh Abdulla was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the George Washington University, USA. Furthermore, Shaikh Abdulla is the Chairman of Sure Group Company (UK).

Committee Membership: Chairman of the Remuneration, Nomination, Donation and Corporate Governance Committee.

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Mikkel Vinter– Chief Executive Officer

Mikkel Vinter joined Batelco as its Chief Executive Officer in May 2019.

With almost 20 years’ experience in the telecommunication industry holding executive roles, he brings a proven track record with a wealth of knowledge and experience to Batelco. Mikkel has a broad international background with experience from telecom operators in the Middle East, Asia & Europe, including several Greenfield mobile start-up operations. Among his previous roles, he founded Virgin Mobile, Middle East & Africa in 2006 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2016.

Prior to setting up Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa, Mikkel served as Chief Commercial Officer for Nawras in Oman leading all the commercial activities from before the launch until Nawras was successfully established with a 20%-plus market share. His previous roles also include senior positions with TDC in Denmark and Singtel in Singapore.

Mikkel is member of the Board of Directors of Umniah Mobile Company PLC, Sure Limited and Dhiraagu (Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun PLC) where he is also on the RNG (Remuneration, Nomination and Governance) Committee. He is also a member of the Al Waha Fund of Funds, Limited Partner Advisory Committee.

Mikkel holds a master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and has completed a Marketing and Management Programme with McGill University and INSEAD.

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Ihab Hinnawi CEO International Investments

Ihab Hinnawi was appointed as CEO of Batelco’s International investments in May 2019 having held the role of Group CEO since December 2015.

Ihab, who joined Batelco’s sister operation Umniah as Chief Executive Officer in 2009, draws on over 25 years of extensive managerial experience. Prior to assuming the CEO role at Umniah, Mr. Hinnawi held the role of General Manager Enterprise Division at Batelco Bahrain and subsequently the role of CEO at Batelco Jordan. In 2004 Mr. Hinnawi helped to establish Umniah, as a key member of its initial management team, and continued to work as the Operations Director of Umniah until 2007.

His repertoire of key expertise includes increasing revenue, effecting management change, developing new businesses, managing high stake negotiations, strategic planning, developing key partnerships, building corporate and marketing strategy and leading organizational restructuring.

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