Kamal Sameer ShehadiChief Legal & Regulatory Officer at Etisalat International
Dr. Kamal S. Shehadi is Etisalat International's Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer, where he is responsible for strategic regulatory engagement at Group level. He is also responsible for overseeing and reporting to Group about the performance of Etisalat’s operating companies’ regulatory activities, identifying regulatory or public policy opportunities to create value, managing regulatory risk, and contributing to shaping the regional and international policy and regulatory environments in which Etisalat operate.
Prior to joining Etisalat Group, Dr. Kamal was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Republic of Lebanon (www.tra.gov.lb). During his tenure (2007-2010), TRA advised the Government of Lebanon on telecommunications; built a capable organization of 40 professionals; developed a comprehensive regulatory framework; instituted the regulatory authority’s key processes, especially those related to consultations, licensing, and consumer protection; issued licenses to over 30 service providers; developed the capability to manage the spectrum, monitor the quality of service, and carry out its various regulatory functions; and hosted the ITU’s 2009 Global Symposium for Regulators.
From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Kamal was Managing Director of Connexus Consulting (www.connexusco.com), which he established as the leading consultancy in the Middle East and North Africa in telecom policy and regulation. Dr. Kamal consulted to telecom companies, including Etisalat, investors, governments, and various international organizations, including the World Bank, the European Commission, and the United Nations. He has carried out consulting assignments in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, and Lebanon. From 1997 to 1998, Dr. Kamal was Vice President of Sovereign Risk Analysis, Middle East, at Thomson BankWatch.
From 1994 to 1997, Dr. Kamal was Director of Research at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, an independent policy think-tank, where he published on private participation in infrastructure, telecommunications liberalization and regulation, public finance, Euro-Mediterranean relations, and many other public policy issues.
Dr. Kamal has a B.A. with honors (A.B. cum laude) from Harvard University in economics and a PhD from Columbia University in international political economy. Dr. Kamal was awarded a number of academic distinctions for his academic achievements, most notably the Interdisciplinary Fellowship of the Center for Social Sciences at Columbia University and the John M. Olin Dissertation Fellowship at Harvard University (1989-1990 and 1990-1991).