Director, Industry Affairs - SAMENA Telecommunications Council

A strategic communications and telecoms research specialist, Izhar Ahmad is currently the Director of Industry Affairs at the SAMENA Telecommunications Council. He is responsible for initiating and developing relations with likeminded organizations and knowledge platforms, and for coordinating with industry groups and standards organizations as well as concerned government bodies.

As the Organization’s de facto scribe, his role at the SAMENA Council also entails driving information exchange and authoring/co-authoring strategic white papers, SAMENA’s position statements, responses to industry/regulatory consultations, and other collaborative proposals and documentation for consumption and approval by the Council’s Policy Board, SAMENA’s concerned working groups, as well as external entities. He functionally heads SAMENA’s strategic market research and regulatory research teams.

His key contributions include being the chief designer, editor, and project manager of the SAMENA Council’s very first regional telecoms reference publication; for successfully establishing and heading SAMENA’s regional market intelligence department and training research analysts; establishing and managing the Council’s first successfully launched regional industry awards program; being the chief proposal evaluator and coordinator of SAMENA’s first region-wide ICT study program; supporting and advising on SAMENA’s team development and output at all levels of market research and marketing; and drafting the Council’s first officially registered contribution to the ITU.

In his other professional capacities, Izhar has been a lead consultant in a concept initiated by the Ministry of IT & Telecom in Pakistan on the design of a citizen-centric services’ implementation roadmap, designed to solicit multi-million dollar US funding. He also authored a digital strategy on ICT-enabled rural health management and population planning in Pakistan, presented to Pakistan’s Ministry of Health as well as USAID. Mr. Ahmad has also been independently part of various concept development and investment solicitation initiatives relating to LTE, and is experienced in establishing and supporting business development processes. He has served on the editorial board of Teletimes International, a renowned regional telecommunications publication, and writes guest articles for a US-based telecoms publication, Global Vision.

An alumnus of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering & Applied Science, Izhar is registered with Pakistan Engineering Council as a life-time professional member. He is also an inducted life-time member of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN-IEEE) professional engineering society.