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.