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Khaled Bichara is the Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Development Holding, a co-founder of Accelero Capital and previously served as Group President and Chief Operating Officer of VimpelCom Ltd. He was also CEO of Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. and COO of Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.ARead More
Khaled Bichara is the Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Development Holding, a co-founder of Accelero Capital and previously served as Group President and Chief Operating Officer of VimpelCom Ltd. He was also CEO of Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. and COO of Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. Mr. Bichara played a pivotal role in the merger of VimpelCom with Wind Telecom to create the world’s sixth largest telecommunications carrier with a total value of USD 25.7 billion. He managed ten operations across the globe through Orascom Telecom and Wind Italy, and 22 operations across the globe through VimpelCom. Mr. Bichara was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Telecom and Wind Telecom in 2009, bringing with him a wealth of experience in both telecommunications and information technology coupled with strong management and entrepreneurial expertise. Prior to this he was Chief Operating Officer of Wind Italy which he joined in 2005, heading the fixed line and portal business unit before becoming Chief Operating Officer: during this time he played a key role in the company’s restructure, completing the successful turnaround of Wind Italy from a continuously loss-making company to one of the leading European mobile, fixed line and broadband integrated operators within three years. Prior to joining Wind Italy, Mr. Bichara was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of LINKdotNET (LDN), one of the largest private Internet Service Providers in the Middle East. In 2001, following successful negotiations, Microsoft chose to partner with LDN to launch MSN Arabia, the Middle East’s first global portal, bringing the full experience of MSN to the region’s internet users. In 2011 he served as Group Executive Chairman of Orascom Telecom and Chairman of Wind Italy, and is currently a board member of various telecom and IT companies, including SUPERNAP International S.A, developer of the world-renowned SUPERNAP data centers. He is also a board member of Orascom Construction Limited (a company listed on both the NASDAQ Dubai and the Egyptian Stock Exchange) and Orascom Development Egypt S.A.E (listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange). Mr. Bichara is a member of the Advisory Board for the Computer Science and Engineering Department of the American University in Cairo, and was previously a member of the GSMA board. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the American University in Cairo.