AMR SHADY is the chief executive officer of TA Telecom, the company he co-founded at the age of 23 and has since developed into one of the fastest-growing companies in the Middle East and Africa. Managing operations in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Kenya, his leadership is firmly established in over 12 years of executive experience within the telecommunications industry, ranging from ideation and innovation to portfolio management, opportunity engineering and discovery-driven planning and execution. Named one of the “Five ‘Young World’ Tech Innovators to Watch” in 2011 by Internet Evolution, TA Telecom recently experienced a remarkable 88 per cent rate of annual growth under Amr’s strategic direction in which he fosters development by systemizing the innovation process. The success of this approach has earned his company a slot on the Arabia Fast Growth 500 and the North Africa Fast Growth 50, as well as the engaged participation of approximately two million end-users across the globe. Amr received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Dalhousie University in Canada after enrolling at the age of 15. To stay abreast of emerging best-practices related to business and leadership, Amr routinely participates in a series of professional development programs and currently holds numerous education certificates from two of the most prestigious business schools in the world. These include Strategy & Innovation and Management & Leadership, both from MIT Sloan School of Business, as well as Launching New Ventures from Harvard Business School. Amr is an active member of the esteemed Endeavor network, after being selected as one of 604 high-impact entrepreneurs from a pool of almost 29,000 applicants in emerging markets. Through Endeavor, he continues to strategically scale the TA Telecom group and catalyze its long-term growth.