HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has appointed Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai as president of the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) by Emiri Decree No. 25 of 2015.
As president, Al-Mannai will be responsible for leading all technical, financial and administrative affairs of the CRA, established last year to regulate the communications and postal sectors, as well as access to digital media.
Al-Mannai brings to the job nearly 18 years of wide-ranging experience in the telecommunications industry, including serving most recently as the chief executive officer of the Qatar National Broadband Network (Qnbn).
Prior to becoming CEO of Qnbn, Al-Mannai served as senior director for the network rollout at Oordeoo (formerly Qtel), and was responsible for the design and implementation of both fixed and wireless networks. Since 2010, Al–Mannai has served on the board of the Al Jazeera Network and was appointed board member of Maldives operator before joining Qnbn.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Electronics from the American University in Cairo, and has numerous professional management and leadership diplomas from institutions including IMD, INSEAD and the Carnegie Bosch Institute.
Al-Mannai said: “I am honoured to be given this opportunity to lead the Regulatory Authority and to work with such a passionate group of people who are dedicated to ensuring a thriving communications sector.”
“In my new role, my priorities will be to promote consistency, transparency, and flexibility across the regulatory framework and to introduce measures that encourage service providers to develop better services and innovative products for people and businesses in Qatar,” he added.