Non Executive Board Member
Mr. Khaled Bichara currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Accelero Capital. Prior to joining Accelero Capital, he served as Group President and Chief Operating Officer of VimpelCom Ltd “VimpelCom”, Group Executive Chairman of Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. “OTH” as well as Chairman of Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. “Wind Italy”. He played a pivotal role in the merger of VimpelCom with Wind Telecom S.p.A, “Wind Telecom” for a total consideration of 25.7Bn to create the world’s sixth largest telecommunications carrier.
Mr. Bichara managed ten operations across the globe through OTH and Wind Italy and 22 operations across the globe through VimpelCom.
In 2009, Mr. Bichara was appointed Chief Executive Officer of OTH and Wind Telecom, bringing with him a wealth of experience in both telecommunication and information technology coupled with strong management and entrepreneurial expertise. Prior to this position, he was Chief Operating Officer “COO” of Wind Italy, which he joined in 2005, heading the fixed line and portal business unit before being promoted to COO of the company. Mr. Bichara played a key role in restructuring the company’s organization, resulting in the successful turnaround of Wind from a continuously loss making company to a leading mobile, fixed line and broadband integrated operator in Europe within a three year time span.
Prior to joining Wind Italy, Mr. Bichara was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of LINKdotNET “LDN”, one of the largest private Internet Service Providers in the Middle East. In 2001, following successful negotiations, Microsoft chose to partner with LDN to launch MSN Arabia, the Middle East’s first global portal, bringing the full internet experience of MSN to users in the region.
Mr. Bichara currently serves as a board member of various telecom and IT companies, including Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E. SUPERNAP International S.A., the developer of the world-renowned SUPERNAP data centers Joyent Inc., a global provider of cloud computing software and services he is the chairman of the board of DADA S.p.A., an international leader in professional online services aimed at building and managing the online presence and visibility of individuals and businesses and in several advanced online advertising solutions as well as the chairman of the board of Italiaonline S.p.A., the leading Italian Internet Platform and the 1 email service in Italy. He is also a board member of Orascom Construction Limited, a company dually listed on NASDAQ Dubai and the Egyptian Stock Exchange. Mr. Bichara is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Computer Science and Engineering Department of the American University in Cairo. He was previously a member of the GSMA board.
Mr. Bichara holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the American University in Cairo.