Profile of Board of Directors


Mr. Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui


Mr. Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui is the Chairman of PTCL’s Board of Directors. Mr. Siddiqui possesses 37 years of experience with the Civil Services of Pakistan and has served on key administrative positions in Federal and Provincial Governments. He is currently serving as Federal Secretary, Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Government of Pakistan. He is also the Chairman of USF-Universal Service Fund. Mr. Siddiqui has previously served as Secretary, Ministry of Communications; Secretary, Planning, Development & Reform Division; Secretary, Information Broadcasting & N.H; Secretary, National Security Division; Secretary, Narcotics Control Division; Special Secretary, Ministry of Interior; Administrator Karachi Municipal Corporation; Member Board of Revenue; and Commissioner Karachi Division. Mr. Siddiqui holds a B.Sc. Engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore and a M.Sc. (Development Administration) from the University of Birmingham, (U.K). He is also a law graduate and did his L.L.B and LLM from Karachi University. Mr. Siddiqui also holds an Executive MBA degree.


Mr. Abdulrahim Abdulla Abdulrahim Al Nooryani

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Abdulrahim A. Al Nooryani is the longest serving Board member and has been on the Board since 2006. Mr. Al Nooryani has 40 years’ experience in the telecom industry. He is Chairman of Etisalat International Pakistan LLC, which is a subsidiary of Emirates Telecommunication Company. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pak Telecom Mobile Limited. Mr. Al Nooryani joined Etisalat as a graduate trainee, and subsequently rose to become the Chief Officer Procurement, Contracts and Administration. He held several directorships at Etisalat’s numerous subsidiaries.

Mr. Naveed Kamran Baloch

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Naveed Kamran Baloch possesses 34 years of experience in the Civil Services of Pakistan and is currently the Secretary, Finance, Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan. Prior to his current posting, Mr. Baloch has served as Secretary, Cabinet Division; Chief Secretary, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister (Sindh); Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination; Director General, National Institute of Management Karachi; and Secretary Information, Government of Sindh, Pakistan. Mr. Baloch has also served as Chairman, CCM Pakistan and Chairman, State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan. Mr. Baloch holds a M.Sc. in Social Policy and Planning in Development countries from London School of Economics, UK. He is also a certified Board Director of Pakistan Institute of Corporation Governance.

Mr. Hatem Dowidar

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Hatem Dowidar possesses more than 20 years of experience in the telecom industry. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat International. Mr. Dowidar started his career in AEG/Deutsche Aerospace (Daimler Benz Group) in Egypt before moving to Marketing in Procter & Gamble. Prior to joining Etisalat Group, he was the Group Chief of Staff for Vodafone Group. Mr. Dowidar was previously with Vodafone Egypt and served as Marketing Director, later becoming the CEO of Vodafone Egypt. He held several senior positions at Vodafone Group and its subsidiaries, including Group Core Services Director, CEO of Vodafone Malta, CEO of Partner Markets with partnerships covering over 45 markets and Regional Director Emerging Markets. Mr. Dowidar also serves as Chairman and Board Member in several Corporate Boards within and outside the telecommunications industry. Mr. Dowidar holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and Electronics Engineering from Cairo University and an MBA from the American University in Cairo.

Mr. Rizwan Malik

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Rizwan Malik has been part of the Superior Civil Services of Pakistan for the past 33 years in various capacities. Mr. Malik is currently the Secretary, Privatization Division/Commission, Prior to this, he has served as Special Secretary, Interior Division, Islamabad; Joint Secretary, Planning & Development, Textile and Communication Divisions; Director General, Benazir Income Support Program (BISP); Director General Electronic Government, IT & Telecom Division; Joint Secretary, Establishment Division; Additional Secretary, Interior Division; and Special Secretary, Interior Division; Additional Secretary, Local Government; Additional Secretary, P&D, Punjab; Joint Registrar Cooperative, Punjab; and Secretary, P&D, Government of Baluchistan. Mr. Malik has also rendered services as Assistant Commissioner/Sub Divisional Magistrate in various Sub Divisions of Karachi; Additional Deputy Commissioner Narowal, Gujranwala & Rawalpindi Districts; and Deputy Commissioner Narowal. Mr. Malik graduated from Government College, Lahore and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Punjab University which awarded him a Gold Medal for academic excellence. He is on Academic Roll of Honor of Government College, Lahore.

Dr. Karim Bennis

Non-Executive Director

Dr. Karim Bennis is a Member on the Board of the Company nominated by EIP and working as an Acting Group CFO, Etisalat Group. He was appointed as Vice President Financial Control and Planning of Etisalat Group in August 2013, a leading company in the telecom market within Middle East, Asia and Africa (USD 14 billion Revenues). His area of responsibility is the Etisalat Group footprint which includes 16 countries including UAE, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. In his previous roles, Karim served as Deputy Managing Director and CFO at Tractafric Motors Corp. His other roles included Finance Controller, Strategic Planning & Subsidiaries Management of Maroc Telecom (7 years as a Secondee of Vivendi Group) and Group Financial Controller European Division of Crown Cork & Seal Company in Paris. Along with his expertise in Telecoms, Karim has international experience of various industries including manufacturing, retail and heavy equipment. Karim is a member of the Board, Executive Committee and Audit Committee of Etisalat Egypt. He also serves on the Board and Audit committee of Atlantique Telecom Holding. Karim holds a Masters in Economics & Corporate Finance from Sciences-Po Paris, an Executive MBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts & Chaussees and a PhD in Economics & Technology from Conservatoire National des Arts & Metiers in France.

Syed Shabahat Ali Shah

Non-Executive Director

Syed Shabahat Ali Shah possesses more than 20 years of experience in the telecom industry. Currently he is the Chief Executive Officer of National Information and Technology Board, Government of Pakistan. He is also the Chairman of the IGNITE Board and Director on the Board of USF-Universal Service Fund. Mr. Shah was the Founder and CEO of Cronus Digital. Mr. Shah co-founded Helioswire Inc., world’s first Microsatellites based loTs company; Spire Global Inc., a BigData company; and NADRA Data Warehouse technologies. He has previously been part of ORACLE and created Oracle Communications line-of-business across ASEAN countries He was the chief architect of the "Computerized National ID Card (CNIC)" process; the Project Head of NICOP; and Paperless Workflow & Communication process. Mr. Shah holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and an Electrical and Communications Engineer degree from UET Lahore.

Mr. Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Hesham Abdulla Qassim Al Qassim is the Chief Executive Officer for Wasl Asset Management Group. Furthermore, he is the Deputy Chairman of Emirates NBD Bank PJSC; Chairman of Emirates Islamic; and Emirates NBD Egypt. Mr. Al Qassim’s other Board memberships include Dubai International Financial Centre Authority; Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat); DFIC Investment LLC.; National General Insurance Co.; Amlak Finance; and Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies; as well as the International Humanitarian City. Mr. Al Qassim’s professional and vocational qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance and a Master’s degree in International Business Management and in Executive Leadership Development.

Mr. Khalifa Al Shamsi

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Khalifa Al Forah Al Shamsi is the Chief Strategy & Corporate Governance Officer, Etisalat Group. Mr. Al Shamsi possesses more than 20 years’ experience in telecom and ICT industry. Prior to his current position, he has rendered services with Etisalat Group as Chief Corporate Governance officer; the Chief Digital services officer; Senior Vice President of Technology and Network Strategy. He is responsible for leading Etisalat Group focus on various industry verticals such as Machine-to-Machine (M2M), cloud services, commerce and digital advertisement, advanced communications, digital entertainment, and video services, and aims to boost the Etisalat position in the digital eco-system and driving innovation and advanced services to Etisalat customers across all areas of operation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at Etisalat Afghanistan and E-vision - the UAE-based TV, content and multimedia company. Mr. Shamsi graduated from the University of Kentucky, USA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.