As a seasoned international businessman, Fahad Alhussain has been selected by the board of directors to manage the Saudi Company for Technological Development and Investment (TAQNIA), a new company that will take part in diversifying the Saudi national economy as part of the Kingdom’s plan to move to knowledge-based economy.
Prior to joining TAQNIA, Fahad held the position of CEO of ISE and manager of KACST/INTEL center for wireless broadband applications. He is also a Board member of BADAR ICI, a member of Riyadh Chamber of Commerce ICT committee, and consultant to many government and private organizations. He is a well-known and knowledgeable figure in the IT and telecommunication industries of Saudi Arabia.
In 2003, Fahad was selected to manage the Saudi ISP industry's major merger of Awalnet, Naseej, and Alalamiah. He was appointed VP of operations and then commerce and finished as president of Awalnet. In less than two years he doubled the revenue of Awalnet, and as CEO, engineered the company's acquisition by STC. At this time Awlanet was by far the biggest ISP in the region, attracting local and international investors. In 2008, Fahad joined ISE, a struggling economic offset company specializing in IT infrastructure and services for defense and the public sector. He rose to the challenge in turning the company around, and in one year ISE grew 600 percent to become a major player in the IT service industry of Saudi Arabia.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Fahad holds a Master's degree in electrical engineering/communications from the University of California in Los Angeles. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in physics from KFUPM in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He spent two years at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, training in SLR (Satellite Laser Ranging).
Fahad is a member of Class 17 and served his fellowship at TAQNIA HOLDING Group under the mentorship of Dr. Abdulaziz Alhargan (Class 16), CEO of BADIR ICT.