Jawad Jalal Abbassi
Head of MENA


Jawad’s career experience in ICT and Media spans 24 years. Before joining the GSMA as head of MENA in Oct 2015, Jawad managed the Arab Advisors Group which he had founded in 2001. Jawad Abbassi is also a frequent guest speaker at conferences and seminars related to technology, communications and media in the Arab World.

Before founding Arab Advisors Group, Jawad’s career experience included working as a senior telecommunications and technology consultant with the Yankee Group in Boston - USA. Between 1998 and 2000, Mr. Abbassi was a Senior Analyst with the communications research arm of the Economist Intelligence Unit in Boston.

- BSc in engineering from the American University in Cairo (Egypt – 1993).
- Mr. Abbassi received an academic scholarship to complete his MSc in information systems from the London School of Economics (United Kingdom - 1998).
- Harvard Business School executive education in 2010

Memberships and affiliations:
Chairman of Jordan’s information technology association (int@j) in March 2013 (Vice Chairman between 2006 and 2008).
Mr. Abbassi was elected to the board four times in 2004-2006, 2006-2008, 2011-2013 and 2013-2015.
Member of The Arab Business Forum for Information and Communication Technology ABFICT. Elected to the board in 2005.
Member of the steering committee for UN ICT Task Force of the "Wireless Internet and the Arab-World" series.
Chosen for membership in the Young Arab Leaders Organization.
Bishop’s school (Amman), AUC (Cairo) and LSE (London) Alumni associations




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