Advisory Board


Samer Halawi


Chief Executive Officer

Samer Halawi was appointed as Thuraya’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2011. Drawing upon his extensive experience in ICT and the global satellite communications industry, Samer is responsible for leading Thuraya’s strategic positioning and driving its growth as a prominent global mobile satellite operator. 

Before joining Thuraya, Samer played a leading role in starting-up and growing a new venture involved in the digital space and focusing on mobile content, IPTV, mobile advertising, and web management. 

Prior to that, Samer held during an eight-year tenure various positions at Inmarsat in global strategy and running operations for the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Samer’s other telecommunications experience relates to his roles at Flag Telecom and ICO Global Communications. His role at ICO followed a private placement for the shares of the company that he led during a three-year period he spent in investment banking in the Middle East. 

Samer started his career in the automotive industry where he occupied several positions with Chrysler Corporation and Ford Motor Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in the U.S.