Dr. Kamal Shehadi is Etisalat International’s Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer and the Chairman of Atlantique Telecom Group. Kamal chaired the GSMA’s Chief Policy and Regulatory Officers’ Group from 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining Etisalat Group, from 2007 to 2010, Kamal was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Republic of Lebanon. He chaired the ITU’s Global Industry Leaders’ Forum and the Global Symposium for Regulators in 2009. Kamal was Managing Director of Connexus Consulting (2000-2007), which he established as the leading consultancy in the Middle East and North Africa in telecom policy and regulation. Before that, he worked with Thomson BankWatch as Vice President of Sovereign Risk Analysis, Middle East, and Director of Research at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (an independent policy think-tank). He has published widely on private participation in infrastructure, telecommunications liberalization and regulation, public finance, Euro-Mediterranean economic relations, and many other public policy issues. Kamal has a B.A. with honors (A.B. cum laude) from Harvard University in economics and a PhD from Columbia University in international political economy and has been awarded a number of distinctions for his academic achievements.