Our Board is composed of a full-time Chairman and four full-time Board Members. Their five-year term of office is both non-renewable and non-extendable. The Chairman and members of the Board cannot have any direct or indirect interest with any entity that provides telecommunications services or equipment. Imad Y. HOBALLAH, PhD
Chairman and CEO, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Lebanon
Dr. Hoballah has been the Chairman and CEO of the Lebanese TRA, since April 2010, and has been leading the Telecommunications Technologies Unit at the Authority since March 2007.
Dr. Hoballah currently heads the Lebanese National Committee for Transition to Digital TV, serves as President of the Pan Arab Observatory for Cyber Security and Safety, chairs the ITU Radiocommunication CCV Committee and the ITU Standardization Committee for Vocabulary (SCV), and since March 2008, serves as Vice Chairman of the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG). He has been actively involved in the group’s work to manage issues related to Spectrum Management, World Radiocommunication Conferences and other spectrum coordination projects between Arab States and other regions.
In 2012, Dr. Hoballah was appointed as Lebanon’s representative to the ITU, and Lebanon’s Lead Representative to the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) of the ICANN, and as the Chairman on Lebanon’s Governmental Commission on Transition to Digital TV.
Dr. Imad Hoballah assumed the Arab Regulators Network (AREGNET) presidency between 2011 and 2012 and committed to work towards developing the sector by strengthening the capacity of local Authorities, enhancing their proactive interaction, and deepening the cooperation and exchange of experiences among all Arab organizations.
In December 2011, Dr. Hoballah was elected as Vice President of the executive committee of the “Arab Infrastructure Regulatory Forum (AIRF)”.
Dr. Hoballah was the Chief Executive Officer of Omnix Media Networks, and had previously held a number of executive positions at Lucent Technologies and AT&T Bell Laboratories gaining extensive experience in the field. These positions include appointments as Executive Sales Director (Africa & Levant), Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Executive Vice President for Services & Program Management, MEA Region. He also held director positions of Services and Software, Sales & Product Management, and Information, Operation, & Data Networking Systems at Lucent Technologies in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Hoballah was also Senior Manager of Operations Systems, and Operations Systems Architecture Group & Data Services Product Management at AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Dr. Hoballah has a noteworthy academic record. He received a Program for General Development Diploma from IMD Lausanne (Switzerland, 2000), a Master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University (Washington DC, 1997), an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University (New York, 1994), a Ph.D. in EE/Communications from Syracuse University (NY, 1986), an MS in electrical engineering from Syracuse University (NY, 1982), as well as a B.S in chemistry from the Lebanese University (Lebanon 1979).