In 2004, Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar was one of the first graduates of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Establishment for Young Business Leaders. He has also received degrees in Civil Engineering and Computer Science from the Gonzaga University in Washington, USA.
Mr. Julfar is the Group CEO Etisalat, one of the leading Middle East telecom companies. Before being promoted to the top position, he served as COO, and General Manager for Etisalat’s Dubai regional business.
Parallel to his active duties as Group CEO, Mr Julfar is the Chairman of Thuraya’s Board and serves on the Board of two other Etisalat international subsidiaries – Mobily (Saudi Arabia), as its Chairman of the Risk Management Committee; and Excelcomindo (Indonesia), as a member of the Compensation and Remuneration Committee. He sits on the Steering Committee in charge of the delivery of a nationwide All-IP NGN network in the UAE, destined to provide superior quality cable TV, Internet and fixed-line telephone (triple-play) services.
Mr. Julfar joined Etisalat as early as 1986. He held positions such as manager of Customer Service, GM of Comtrust, GM of E-Company and GM of the Dubai Region in 2005. In 2011, he was appointed as the Group’s CEO.