Benya, a leader in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and digital transformation in Egypt, Africa and the middle east announced the establishment of its Global Advisory Board (GAB) today.  This represents an important milestone for the company as Benya is strengthening its position as a trusted partner to deliver high quality ICT solutions.  The established board is set to empower the company’s vision by providing counsel to Benya’s leadership.

Benya is proud to appoint three board members to the GAB, effective November 2020. The appointments include Mr. Lacina Koné, Director General of Smart Africa, Mr. Hesham Mekawi, former BP Regional President North Africa, and Mr. Vincenzo Nesci, former President of Alcatel AME, and former Executive Chairman of DJEZZY in Algeria.

Ahmed Mekky, Chairman and CEO of Benya commented: “The formation of Benya’s Global Advisory Board is an important step in supporting the company’s vision, overseeing governance framework, and maintaining sustainable growth. The GAB will contribute their insights and high-caliber valuable advice to further strengthen Benya’s position as the digital transformation partner of choice in Egypt, Africa and the middle east.”

He added: “We are honored to welcome Mr. Kone, Mr. Mekawi, and Mr. Nesci as members of our Global Advisory Board. We are confident they will bring insight, intellect, passion, and vision to the board and provide valuable perspective.”
Lacina Koné is a prominent information and communications technology (ICT) mastermind, who developed an extensive track record of outstanding successes and significant accomplishments. Koné is now the Director-General of Smart Africa, bringing over two and a half decades of professional hands-on expertise in telecommunications, satellite, and intelligent transport systems into action. Koné’s career includes many other senior technical and managerial positions with globally prestigious telecommunication firms such as Booz Allen Hamilton and Intelsat.

Hesham Mekawi is a high-profile senior corporate executive with over 30 years of demonstrated experience in the global oil and gas industry. The former Regional President of BP North Africa has fulfilled multiple management roles in different parts of the world across the public and private sectors. As the president of BP North Africa, Mekawi led the supermajor’s operations in four countries. During this successful journey, he managed to transform growth opportunities into tangible revenue streams, draw massive BP investments to Egypt, and run a successful merger between BP Egypt and BP North Africa.

Vincenzo Nesci is a well-recognized telecom expert who made an extensive track record across the information and communications technology (ICT) field and a long professional history of remarkable successes with manufacturers and mobile operators. During his professional history, he sealed several multi-billion-USD deals and gave a big contribution to the development of mobile technology in the AME region. Nesci received high recognitions and awards, including Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur of France and Officer of the Order of Leopold II of Belgium.

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