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While the region's telecom sector has faced its share of challenges, including ongoing economic turmoil around the world and political instability in some parts of the MEA region, many of the region's telcos have managed to thrive.Sure, for some operators, growth may have been sluggish compared with the years preceding the onset of the financial crisis, but under the leadership of some talented CEOs, the majority of the region's operators have flourished by adapting their growth strategies, innovating, investing in new technology and launching new services for their customers.The CEOs in the CommsMEA Telecom Leaders are not necessarily those that command the biggest market shares. The list also includes those that have shown the greatest level of innovation in tackling the challenges they face and ensuring their companies survive and thrive. So while financials are important, we have also taken into account factors including originality of ideas, rate of growth, and the challenges faced in different markets.