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Official Welcome

The FTTH Council Middle East Group is pleased to announce its 2nd edition of the FTTH Middle East Conference, under the patronage of HE Eng. Charbel Nahas, Minister of Post and Telecommunications of the Republic of Lebanon. 


HE Eng. Charbel Nahas, Minister of Post and Telecommunications of the Republic of Lebanon will also deliver the opening speech.


Dr. Charbel Nahas studied engineering and planning at Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris as well as economy and social anthropology. After returning to Lebanon, in 1979, he taught at the Lebanese University for 12 years.
He was in charge of the reconstruction of Beirut Central District from 1982 to 1986.
Between 1986 and 1998, Dr. Nahas worked in the banking sector and was involved in several projects financing namely telecoms and housing operations. He was also involved in the post-war modernization of the Lebanese banking sector.
In 1998-1999, he presented a “Financial Correction Program” to the Lebanese Government and works since as a consultant and economic researcher.
His main fields of intervention are :
-Planning and spatial economy: was the coordinator of “Economy” and “Public Policies” in the team that produced the “Schéma Directeur d’Aménagement du Territoire au Liban” (national Physical master Plan) in 2002-2004, and led the project team for the design of the “Public Investment Program” for Lebanon, in 2005-2006, along with various contributions on domestic and regional issues (Relations with Syria, Euro-Mediterranean Partenrship and Neighbourhood policies, and others).
-Fiscal and financial issues in relation with development: he drew up a “Social Development Strategy for Lebanon”, he drafted a proposal for the reform of the pension system and has been involved in the discussion of the successive “fiscal reform” programs and conferences held in the past years.
-Social analysis and political economy: with several publications namely on education, migration and the labour market.





Dr. Imad Y. Hoballah, Acting Chairman and CEO of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lebanon will also deliver a speech during the opening session.


Prior to his appointment, Dr. Hoballah was the Chief Executive Officer of Omnix Media Networks. Previously, Dr. Hoballah held a number of executive positions at Lucent Technologies and AT&T Bell Laboratories gaining extensive experience in the field. These include appointments as Executive Sales Director (Africa & Levant), Chief Operating Officer (COO) , Executive Vice President for Services & Program Management, MEA Region. He also held the positions of Services and Software Sales & Product Management, and Information, Operation, & Data Networking Systems Director, Saudi Arabia at Lucent Technologies. Dr. Hoballah was also Senior Manager, Operations Systems, and Operations Systems Architecture Group & Data Services Product Management at, AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Hoballah currently serves as a Vice Chairman of the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG) and, has been actively involved in the group’s work to coordinate issues related to Spectrum Management, World Radiocommunications Conferences and other matters concerning coordination between Arab States and CITEL in the spectrum management field.

Dr. Hoballah has a noteworthy academic record. He received a diploma from the Program for Executive Development 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), and MS in electrical engineering from Syracuse University (NY, 1982), as well as a B.S in chemistry from the Lebanese University (Lebanon 1979).