H.E Jamal A. Al Sarayrah - Chairman

Chairman of the Board since June 2012, Jamal Al-Sarayrah has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sector. Mr. Al-Sarayrah served the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as its Minister of Transport and Minister of Post and Communication from 1991 to 2000.  In that capacity he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of both the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and Jordan Telecom.  As the Minister of Transport, Mr. Al-Sarayrah served as the Executive Director of various organizations, including the Aqaba Port Authority; several international trucking companies; the national railway and airline; the Arabic Bridge Company; and the Civil Aviation Authority.   He also served for eight years as a member of the Jordanian Parliament from 1989 to 1997, which also included a term as the First Deputy Speaker. Currently, he is a senior advisor for strategy and business development for Reliance Globalcom, a multi-billion dollar Indian telecommunications company.

Mr. Al-Sarayrah started his career with Saudi Aramco as a Labor Relations Advisor in 1980 and quickly became the Resident Representative and Manager for all corporate activities in Jordan and Lebanon.  He moved into the public sector by accepting the position of Chairman of the Telecommunications Sector Steering Committee where he was the keynote speaker and representative of the Jordanian telecommunications sector in international forums.  Mr. Al-Sarayrah supervised the design, purchasing and implementation of the Jordan National Telecommunications Program, introduced new technologies, and upgraded the backbone infrastructure of the public switched telecommunications network.  He supervised all aspects of a 50 million US dollar bond issue for the Telecommunications Corporation in collaboration with Paribas Bank, U.K. and the World Bank.  Mr. Al-Sarayrah conducted negotiations with the World Bank and other local and regional financial institutions to secure loans and grants for the Jordanian telecommunications sector.

Mr. Al-Sarayrah played a key role in the design, supervision and licensure of the first private GSM trucking service provision, payphone service operators, and data communication service providers in Jordan in addition to organizing and chairing the first Jordanian Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.  He spearheaded the creation of Jordan’s first telecommunications law and led the effort to gain passage in both houses of Parliament. Mr. Al-Sarayrah chaired the sale of 40% of Jordan Telecom to France Telecom as a strategic partner in the year 2000 in a more than 500 million US dollars deal.

Mr. Al-Sarayrah’s organizational affiliations include:  Member, General Assembly of Arab-SAT; Chairman, Arab Telecom Council of Ministers, Arab League; Member, Economic and Financial Committee of the Parliament; and Member, Royal Commission for Drafting the National Charter.

Mr. Al-Sarayrah received his Post-Graduate Diploma in International Law and Relations from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and his B. A. in English, from Kuwait University.