About ILA

ILA Group  -  The Sky is NOT the Limit

 

ILA Vision

Become one of the leading international companies investing in and managing Telecommunication and IT ventures, Capitalizing on the emerging opportunities of B2B application stores, advanced VAS services, MVNO hosting and embedded mobility solutions.

 

ILA Mission

ILA commits itself to work with its strategic Partners and Investors to develop a profound understanding of the emerging Telecommunication and IT opportunities, create innovative investment vehicles that can seize such opportunities and provide the required expert advice and proficient management guidance to guarantee respectable returns to the stakeholders of the investment vehicles through pioneering exit strategies.

 

ILA Executive Team

Dr. Saad El Barak  "ILA Group Chairman"

Dr. Saad Al Barrak is a distinguished engineer and businessman. He is the Founder and Chairman of  ILA Group. He oversees ILA’s Investment and aligns with Internationalmarket leaders  for new Investment opportunities.
Prior to founding ILA Group, he was the CEO of Zain Group, Dr. Al Barrak took the company from a revenue of US$ 400 million to US$ 8.2 billion; from half a million customer base  only in Kuwait to an astounding 75 million customers in 22 countries.
Dr. Al Barrak was the General Director of MTC-Kuwait in 2002. Previously, He spent around 13 years with International Trunkey systems (ITS) most  recently as a General Manager where he helped in the growth of ITS to be the leading information systems integrators in the Middle East, operating in eight countries: Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Lebanon, Egypt and Syria.

Dr. Al Barrak was Vice-Chairman of the Social Development Office (SDO) of the Amiri Diwan in Kuwait; Chairman of Egyptian software developer IT Soft; Chairman of Arab Telecom; and a non-executive Director of Arab Management Association in Cairo. In 2005 he received the Middle East’s ‘CEO of the Year’ award in the Information Communication Technology sector, and in 2003 he received the ‘E-businessman of the Year’ award in the region. Recently in September 2007, Dr. Al Barrak received the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from leading industry magazine COMMSMEA. Dr. Al Barrak is also an Executive Board Member of Celtel International and a Member of the Board of the GSM Association. Dr. Al Barrak holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Systems Engineering from Ohio University, and a PhD in Information Systems & Technology Management from the University of London. He is also an alumnus of Harvard University.

 


Eng. Khalid Al Farkh "CEO"

Khalid is the CEO of ILA Group and serves on its board of directors.
Khalid is guarding and developing the approved culture of ILA and its ventures along with following up on the set targets and the key performance indicators of the executive team on regular bases and guarantee its alignment with ILA Group
’s overall targets and KPIs. Khalid also supervises the development of the m2m/B2B platform and ecosystem undertaken by Mobile Wave Three, one of ILA’s ventures in Egypt.
Prior to his appointment to ILA Group, Khalid was the Chief Business Transformation Officer of Zain Group looking after transforming Zain Mobile Operators to Zain's future model of operation as well as all startups such as Zain Bahrain, Zain KSA, and Zain Ghana, between 2003 and 2009.

Previous to his work in Zain, Khalid assumed the role of the launch Director for MTC-Bahrain to build and operate the third 3G licensed operator in the world and the first in the ME, He then operated the company for one year as a COO.

Khalid also spend 16 years with (ITS) International Trunkey Solutions, most recent as Regional Manager where he turned the region from a history of annual losses to a 4 consecutive years of profitable operation going from US$ 1.4 millions to US$ 5.9
millions.

Khalid Earned an M.B.A from Bradford University in the marketing field. And a Bachelor of Science in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering from Cairo University 1979.