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Bassim Haidar started his business at age of 20, determined to restore the fortune, which his family lost. A Lebanese national, he was born in Nigeria and lived there for the first ten years of his life. At age 10, Haidar and his family moved to Lebanon, where he attended school and studied at Beirut Uni- versity College. He then returned to Nigeria in 1991, where he co-founded his first company: Intercomm Ltd.; specializing in telecom equipment and radio links. Haidar grew Intercomm whilst co-founding GMT in 1995. GMT is now the leading integrated procurement, finance & logistics provider in West Af- rica. In 1997, Haidar sold his shares in Intercomm to his partner to maintain his focus on GMT which was growing at an extremely fast pace.
In 2003, Bassim founded Channel IT to cater and provide supplies and services to the Telecomm industry in Nigeria. At the time the industry there faced many challenges in sourcing, logistics, revenue generation and retention of customers, which Chan- nel IT has helped the industry overcome. Today the company operates in 19 countries and plays a ma- jor role in technologies, infrastructure and services for the emerging markets in Africa and the Middle East, shaping the way people live, socialize, work and learn.