Ahmed Mekky is the Chairman and CEO of FiberMisr, an entity established to build and optimize SMART city solutions worldwide. He is also the Co-Founder of Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the region’s first-ever privately owned telecommunications service provider that operates its own neutral submarine cable connecting the MENA region to Europe, Africa and Asia. Mekky’s tireless contributions to the development of the telecommunications and technology industry in the region has aided in his recognition as one of the most influential leaders in the industry. In 2012, Mekky was the first and only Middle Eastern CEO in the Pacific Telecommunications Council Board of Governors, serving for a 3-year term, and was appointed to sit on the board of ITIDA and the Italian Egyptian Council to facilitate economic relations between Italy and Egypt. He was also appointed as member of the Industry Committee of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA) in 2013 and the Egyptian Kuwaiti Cooperation Council in 2015. In addition to having led GBI to winning a number of prestigious awards, including Best Telecoms Technology Investment and Best Niche/New Player in 2012 by CommsMea and Capacity Europe respectively, Mekky was named in the Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Power 100 list and the top 100 most influential leaders in the communications sector, and awarded CEO of The Year 2014 in the telecommunication category of CEO Middle East Awards.