The Shareholders of Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa’s have established a strong Board of Directors to set the strategic direction for the business.
Chairman of the Board of DirectorsPeter is an international entrepreneur and investor focused on the mobile provider...
Managing Director at Virgin Management Limited, LondonMs. Caroline has responsibility for Virgin Group’s existing and prospective...
Group Legal Director for Virgin Management LimitedRobert is Group Legal Director for Virgin Management Limited, where works closely...
Division Head – Financial Services, Utilities and Technology at Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC)Fahad holds the position of Division Head at Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC),...
Mohammed B. Abulhasan
Vice President of Technology and Telecoms at Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC)Mohammed holds the position of Vice President of Technology and Telecoms at Gulf...
Founder and DirectorMikkel is Founder and Director of Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa, with...
Representing ePlanet Ventures II, L.P.Andrew Morrison, FCCA is a Senior Managing Director of FTI Capital Management and...
Erik Dudman Nielsen
Founder & Group Chief Executive OfficerErik founded Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa together with Mikkel Vinter in...
Ahmed bin Yousuf bin Alawi Al Ibrahim
DirectorMr. Ahmed bin Yousuf bin Alawi Al Ibrahim represents Dolphin International LLC a...
Financier and Venture CapitalistJay is in an international financier and venture capitalist. He has an impressive...
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Peter is an international entrepreneur and investor focused on the mobile provider sector. He has worked in senior executive business development and operations roles in BellSouth, TDC, Millicom and Leap Wireless International winning mobile licenses, and developing mobile providers as Board Director and Chairman to become market leaders in the USA, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Germany, and Denmark.
Among other large scale mobile provider start up projects, he was as CEO responsible for a $1 billion infrastructure rollout and commercial start up of multiple mobile companies in Russia in JVs with the local Russian PTTs, where he served as Chairman of several of the JVs.
Peter is the founder and was the Chairman of End2End, a global mobile data infrastructure provider, which serves all the largest mobile provider in the world, and was sold to the private equity firm Warburg Pincus recently. He also serves on the board of Mach – the leading global mobile roaming clearinghouse, and is a Senior Advisor to UBS – the global investment bank.
Managing Director at Virgin Management Limited, London
Ms. Caroline has responsibility for Virgin Group’s existing and prospective investments across the world and works closely with management teams to support their growth and expansion. She currently sits on the boards of Virgin Active, Virgin Care, Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa, Virgin Mobile Central & Eastern Europe and Virgin Mobile Poland.
Prior to joining Virgin in 2009, Caroline worked in Mergers & Acquisitions at Goldman Sachs and as a consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants. Caroline has an M.B.A (Palmer Scholar) from the Wharton Business School and an MA from the University of Cambridge.
Group Legal Director for Virgin Management Limited
Robert is Group Legal Director for Virgin Management Limited, where works closely with the Virgin Group investment team and the Virgin operating companies. Robert’s role covers the whole portfolio of Virgin Group investments, but he works especially closely with the Virgin Group telecoms and media team on their development and expansion of Virgin’s media and telecom interests across the world.
Prior to joining Virgin in 2010, Robert spent 10 years as a lawyer at MacFarlane’s LLP, where he worked closely with a number of venture capital and private equity houses as well as the Virgin Group. Robert has an MA from Cambridge University.
Division Head – Financial Services, Utilities and Technology at Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC)
Fahad holds the position of Division Head at Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC), focusing on identifying and appraising investments, managing portfolio companies and evaluating potential divestment and M&A opportunities covering financial services, utilities and technology sectors.
In addition to being a Board member at VMMEA, Fahad also serves on the Board of Directors of Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO).
Fahad holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Denver.
Mohammed B. Abulhasan
Vice President of Technology and Telecoms at Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC)
Mohammed holds the position of Vice President of Technology and Telecoms at Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC), focusing on identifying and appraising investments, managing portfolio companies and evaluating potential divestment opportunities.
He previously managed an emerging Asia Telecom and Infrastructure focused mutual fund at Asiya Investments and worked as a Transaction Advisory Analyst in Ernst & Young Kuwait. Mohammed also co-founded several start-ups in the MENA region including payment solution provider Tap Payments. He serves on the boards of Virgin Mobile Middle East and Ooredoo Algeria.
Mohammed holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Marquette University.
Founder and Director
Mikkel is Founder and Director of Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa, with close to 20 years of telecom experience. Mikkel is currently Chief Executive Officer of Batelco in Bahrain. He founded Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa together with Erik D. Nielsen in 2006 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2016.
Mikkel began his career in management consulting, working across a diverse range of telecom projects across Europe, Asia and Africa. He progressed rapidly through the ranks of both established and start-up telecom operators, including Ben Netherlands, Singapore Telecom and TDC. Prior to setting up Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa, Mikkel was the Chief Commercial Officer for Nawras in Oman, leading all commercial activities from pre-launch until the company was successfully established with a 20%-plus market share just 12 months after launch.
Mikkel qualified with a Masters degree in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, and has completed a marketing and management programs from McGill University and INSEAD.
Representing ePlanet Ventures II, L.P.
Andrew Morrison, FCCA is a Senior Managing Director of FTI Capital Management and FTI Consulting based in the Cayman Islands. Mr Morrison has over 22 years’ of experience in Corporate Finance and professional services, having previously held positions at EY, KPMG, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group. He co-leads both FTI Capital Management, an SEC Registered Investment Adviser, and FTI Consulting’s Cayman Islands Monetary Authority regulated corporate governance provider, FTI Directors. Mr Morrison has acted as non-executive independent director and replacement investment manager for many investment funds and other offshore entities, and represents ePlanet Ventures II, L.P. on the board of Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa.
Erik Dudman Nielsen
Founder & Group Chief Executive Officer
Erik founded Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa together with Mikkel Vinter in 2006 and he has more than 20 years of experience in mobile telecoms in both MNO and MVNO. Erik has a proven track record of building successful MVNOs in the world including in Saudi Arabia starting from the acquisition of the initial license and subsequently holding the position as chairman in the operational entity since inception. Erik is dedicated to ensuring that Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa maintains its position as the leading MVNO/MVNE player in the region with particular focus on the Middle East.
For the first five years, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer being was responsible for all financial activities, including local and global debt and equity fundraising. From 2011 until the middle of 2018 he worked as Chief Business Development Officer focussing on developing new business opportunities and nurturing the relationship with our JV partners across the region.
During his career, Erik has held many senior positions across several different countries in Europe, working with both frequency-based and MVNO-based greenfield mobile companies and traditional telecom companies offering both fixed and mobile services.
Prior to Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa, Erik was Chief Executive Officer of Realtime, a global VAS provider, where he successfully managed a turnaround of the business and developed a strong growth strategy for the company in Europe, South America and the Middle East. Between 2000 and 2003, Erik was the Chief Financial Officer of a telco corporate venture fund.
Erik graduated from the University of Aarhus with a Masters degree in Economics and Business Administration in 1994.
Married and living in Dubai with 3 children, Erik is an enthusiastic runner and enjoys spending time with his family and visiting new places in the region.
Ahmed bin Yousuf bin Alawi Al Ibrahim
Mr. Ahmed bin Yousuf bin Alawi Al Ibrahim represents Dolphin International LLC a diversified Omani investment group with interests across multiple sectors including banking, infrastructure, education, healthcare, telecommunication, biotechnology, advertisement, real estate, construction, surgical products and energy. Mr. Ahmed bin Yousuf bin Alawi Al Ibrahim, is an accomplished executive, investor and entrepreneur with experience in multimillion-dollar global operations, holding many positions of trust, including being the Chairman of Raysut Cement Company, the biggest producer of cement in Oman.
Financier and Venture Capitalist
Jay is in an international financier and venture capitalist. He has an impressive track record funding and building successful mobile operator ventures around the world. He was involved in the formation of NASDAQ listed Millicom International Cellular , and developed the company as President and CEO to a worldwide wireless operator with more than 30 operating companies in 20 countries in Russia, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
While at Millicom Jay was a Director of Tele2, which has wireless operations in Sweden and the Baltics as well as MVNOs and broadband service providers in multiple companies across Europe. He was also a shareholder, board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Celtel, the pan African operator with 14 mobile operators, which was acquired by MTC of Kuwait. Jay has over 25 years of experience in developing international mobile operators all over the world.