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7 Questions with Sohaib Belal Khaled Al-Hafnawi

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7 Questions with Sohaib Belal Khaled Al-Hafnawi

Name: Sohaib Belal Khaled Al-Hafnawi

Current title: Commissioner - Board Member

Current organisation: Telecommunications Regulatory Commission

Leadership and Management | Regulatory | ICT | Technology | Mobile & Broadband | Digital Transformation , IoT , AI, CXO
-19 Years of Solid Senior level experience of Technology Management, leadership and Strategy in the middle east and Gulf area.
- Have experience in C-level consulting and advisory.
-Managing complex projects, Customer operation management.
- Having experience with top Telecom Vendors: Huawei, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung.
- Having end to end experience in managing mobile/Wireless telecom networks: Planning, Implementation, project management, Operation, optimization, Performance, managed services.
- Successfully managed different projects with budgets up to $100M.
- Successfully managed teams up to 75+ persons.
- Had leading roles in different projects; supporting 3 Mobile operators in Saudi Arabia (STC, Zain, Mobily) including: Zain New Network launch (2007-2009), STC 4G1 E2E network Design Management (2009-2013), Samsung Managed Service with Mobily (2013-2016), STC broadband WIFI Projects (2017- 2019).
- Having Executive Certification in Management and Leadership (MIT, USA, 2018),
- MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 2018 certifications in: "Internet of things" , "Artificial Intelligence" , "Understanding and Solving Complex Business Problems" , "Strategic Cost Analysis for Managers ", "Platform Strategies".
- PMP (2009-2021) ,
-Digital Business Transformation Management
- 6 sigma ,
- Overseas training courses.
Area of experience and Interest:
• Regulatory • Management Consulting • Digital Transformation • IoT technologies and Strategy • Artificial Intelligence • Machine Learning • Robotics in Business • Cloud computing • Blockchain • 5G

7 Questions with Sohaib Belal Khaled Al-Hafnawi


1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?

Influencing and decision making

2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?

after going into different promotions and challenging positions

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

wakeup, exercise, breakfast , work, lunch, family time

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

long term impact of decision making

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

business dynamics for John stermann

6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?

building the right team

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?

success for team is the road for success to organization

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