Yesterday at a ceremony in Nairobi, Tarig Hamza Zain Elabdein, president and CEO of Sudatel, was named East African CxO of the year at the annual East Africa Com Awards.
These awards celebrate the achievements of the people and organisations improving connectivity and accelerating digital transformation in East Africa. They are part of the East Africa Com show, the premier strategic event for telecoms, media, broadcasting and technology leaders in East Africa.
Elabdein topped the competition in a category fthat included Ben Roberts (group chief technology and innovation officer of Liquid Telecom), Erik Hersman (CEO of BRCK), Joshua Sandler (CEO of Lori Systems) and William Kibiwott Chesire (CEO for East Africa of Mtech Ltd).
Elabdein has been president and CEO of Sudatel since 2014. During this time ,he has developed Sudatel into a major telecom operator with operations across North, Central and West Africa, and an award-winning data centre. Furthermore, Internet capacity in Sudan is expected to increase eightfold during 2019 as a result of Sudatel’s recent investments in its 4G network, whilst inter-country connectivity has been improved through the connection of Sudatel’s fibre to the border countries of Chad, Ethiopia and Egypt.
Elabdein also organised the first US trade delegation to Sudan in 20 years following lifting of US sanctions.
Of his win, Elabdein said: "This is a wonderful recognition for both myself and Sudatel. I would like to thank my colleagues and partners for working together to build Sudatel into a world-class operator. Our ongoing strategy is to expand beyond a pure connectivity provider to offer a range of ICT services across the region.”