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Faisal Al Bannai

Faisal Al Bannai

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DarkMatter

Faisal Al Bannai is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of DarkMatter, where he builds on his prior leadership experience in the regional technology start up space. He provides the overall vision, strategy and operational guidance to DarkMatter and to its senior executive team, which is comprised of some of the world’s most accomplished cyber security practitioners.

Faisal is the founder and Managing Director of UAE-based Axiom Telecom, an AED 8.1 billion (USD 2.2 billion) company that is a regional leader in the wireless technology and mobility sectors. Established in 1997, the company is the official regional distributor for most of the world’s most prominent electronic consumer brands, distributing up to 40% of all devices sold in the region. The company also is the largest wireless retailer in the region, leading innovation in the sector through its ability to track market dynamics and pricing on a real-time basis. At Axiom, he has led the brand’s growth strategy across the full spectrum of business activities, including devising the strategic planning and technology developments needed to maintain the company’s expansion and deliver breakthrough wireless concepts to the region. He was instrumental in incorporating the Toyota Production System into the company’s operations, a key tool that helped enable the company’s continuous improvement programme. During nearly 20 years at the helm of Axiom, Faisal has earned a range of accolades, including the Arabian Business 2005 “Entrepreneur of the Year” award; a 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai; and the CEO of the Year Award in 2012. He also has been honoured with an Arab Achievement Award in 2011 and a Dubai Quality Award in 2012 Faisal earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Shipping Trade and Finance from City University in London.

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