His Excellency Ali bin Salem Al Owais11 May 2019
Men from UAE
HE Ali bin Salem Al Owais
During the period from 1976 to 2004, Ali bin Salem Al Owais has held many positions, most notably in mid 1970s when he was appointed as the Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transportation and went on to hold the position of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transportation. In 1982, he was appointed as a member of the board of directors of Emertel, and then he was appointed as the first Director General of the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) in 1982-2004. Al Owais is a leader and inspirer in the MENA telecommunications sector. He took upon himself to develop and localize cadres as well as qualify Emirati human resources and raise the percentage of highly qualified Emirati manpower in Etisalat. He also contributed to the establishment of the Etisalat Academy and College of Communications (Khalifa University currently). He also contributed to the launch of Thuraya satellite as the first UAE satellite for local, regional and global telecommunications services. Al Owais was a member then a Vice Chairman of Emirates Post, Vice Chairman and then Chairman of DEWA, board member of Bait Al Khair Society and lastly Vice Chairman of Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority.
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