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As Head of MENA, Jawad leads the GSMA team in the UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Tunisia responsible for GSMA work & activities in the MENA region, which spans 25 countries. The MENA team _ working with a wider team of mobile experts based in London and other locations within the GSMA_ is in charge of engaging all stakeholders in the region and advocacy work to insure the sustainable investments in mobile broadband networks. Our work includes promoting the mobile industry’s positive contributions to regional and national economic development at the highest levels, influencing the region’s major opinion leaders. Jawad overseas the MENA team’s regional activities that include delivering GSMA programs across MENA such as future networks, technology programs and mobile money. Our role also includes engaging our members (the mobile operators) in the strategic directions of the GSMA including strategies for 5G deployments, Internet of Things, Block Chain and AI. Jawad’s career experience in ICT and Media spans 26 years. Before joining the GSMA as head of MENA in Oct 2015, Jawad managed the Arab Advisors Group which he had founded in 2001 and sold 55% of the company to the Arab Jordan Investment Bank in 2005. Jawad Abbassi is also a frequent guest speaker at conferences and seminars related to technology, communications and media in the Arab World. Before founding Arab Advisors Group, Jawad’s career experience included working as a senior telecommunications and technology consultant with the Yankee Group in Boston - USA. Between 1998 and 2000, Mr. Abbassi was a Senior Analyst with the communications research arm of the Economist Intelligence Unit in Boston.