Chief Advisor & board Member
Türk Telekom

Hakam Kanafani is currently the Chief Advisor and member of the board of directors of Türk Telekom and its executive committee. Before that he was the Chief Bus devt and Synergy officer for Oger Telecom. Kanafani is a University Trustee Scholar and holds Beta Gamma Sigma honors from the United States. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Economics and a B.Sc. in Management Information Systems. Kanafani holds an MBA with a 4.0 GPA and he continued his Executive Education at Harvard Business School.

Kanafani worked in the Apple Research Lab in College Park, Maryland and upon graduation he joined the Information Technology team based in Goddard Space Flight, NASA, Greenbelt, Maryland. He then moved to the Middle East as the Business Development Director for Egypt's oldest running private holding company “MM Sons Conglomerate.” Then he was appointed CEO of Jawwal, Palestine's first private cellular network. Later Kanafani became Chief Operating Officer of the PalTel Group, where he led strategy, acquisitions and financial consolidation for the Group. Kanafani is currently the Chairman of Pantel International and a Non-Executive Director on the board of directors of TTNET, Argela, Assist, Innova and Sebit in Turkey and Cell C in South Africa. He also served on the board of directors of AVEA in 2007 and 2008. Kanafani is a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum.