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Issam Darwish

Issam Darwish

Issam Darwish

Executive Vice Chairman and CEO

Issam co-founded IHS in 2001. He has over 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, which includes rolling out numerous projects in challenging operating environments.

Issam has applied his leadership skills, technology insight and operational expertise to strengthen IHS's culture of innovation, and expand the company’s mobile tower portfolio and African reach.

Before establishing IHS, Issam was Deputy Managing Director of CELIA Motophone Ltd, Nigeria's first GSM operator. He was responsible for setting budgets, recruitment, administration, project planning and implementation, procurement and contract negotiations. His achievements at CELIA include rolling out the GSM network to cover five cities within six months of joining the company.

Previously, Issam was Vice Chairman and Director of projects at Lintel, an international GSM operator. He was responsible for global project implementation in West Africa and Middle East. Issam also served as Network Manager for Libancell SAL, a Lebanese GSM operator.

Issam has a Bachelor’s Engineering Degree in Computer Communications from the American University of Beirut. He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events.

In March 2014, Forbes Africa published an in-depth feature about his life and IHS’s success. Click here to read the article.