Moh Damush

Group CEO and Co-Founder

Moh Damush, a notable figure in business, investment, and philanthropy, boasts a global entrepreneurial track record. He is revered as an innovator in telecommunications and Information Technology sectors, fostering strong partnerships with financial backers worldwide. As Group CEO of Telecel for four years, Moh strategically expanded the company across Africa and enhanced team efficiency and professionalism. Additionally, he founded the Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP), dedicated to nurturing young talent and fostering innovation throughout the continent.

Nicolas Bourg

Chairman and Co-Founder

Nicolas Bourg, chairman and co-founder of Telecel Group, directs financing and fundraising initiatives, wielding a deep-rooted financial knowledge shaped by his vast experience in mergers and acquisitions. His proficiency in navigating complex investment landscapes is further recognized in his role as founder and CEO of multiple private equity holdings. He demonstrates a remarkable command over investment strategies spanning the competitive fields of telecommunications and real estate. Nicolas’s entrepreneurial prowess is further underscored by his successful establishment of innovative online platforms, including 

Malek Atrissi

Group COO and Telecel Mobile CEO

Malek Atrisi has over 18 years of experience with large operators, including with MTN in Africa. Malek has led operations in his capacity at CEO and CTO levels, with first-hand experience on how to build and sustain a profitable business in Africa.

Obafemi Banigbe

Board Member

Obafemi Banigbe is a seasoned technology leader, entrepreneur, advisor, and thought-leader, who has been at the driver’s seat of technology innovations and initiatives across key markets Africa. Prior to establishing IPTV/OTT PaaS business in Africa, Obafemi played several C-level technical and operational roles in big telecom companies in Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania. He has in-depth understanding of today’s complex business environment prevalent within African market and the need to ensure that business objectives and commercial requirements are translated into optimal business strategy leading to successful execution.

Godfrey Mwindaare

Board Advisor

Godfrey Mwindaare, an experienced banker for over 25 years, has deep expertise in credit and private equity markets across Africa. He held senior roles in multinational banks and impact investment firms like Acumen Fund and Aavishkaar Capital, and served on influential boards including the Central Bank of Ghana. Currently a Regional Director at Gateway Partners, Godfrey previously worked with leading institutions like the African Development Bank, Standard Bank, and Barclays, gaining extensive deal-making experience in over 40 African countries, particularly in mining and infrastructure projects worth billions. 

Viwanou Gnassounou

Board Member

Managing Partner – VR Advisors (Executive Business and Development Policy Advisory services). Former Assistant Secretary-General (ASG)– Department of Sustainable economic development & Trade at Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS, April 2015-April 2020). Viwanou Gnassounou, from Togo, is an economist and financial expert with about 25 years of experience in development policy formulation and management, resources mobilization and programming, project management, sectoral strategies design and implementation, business management, and trade negotiation and cooperation

Suzan Kitariko

Board Member

Suzan, a Mass Communication graduate from Makerere University with an MBA from Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh Business School, boasts over 14 years of Telecom sector experience in Uganda. From roles at UTL to Orange Uganda and Google, she’s held diverse leadership positions, overseeing strategy, operations, and sales. Currently, as General Manager at SICPA Uganda, she focuses on providing secured identification and authentication solutions, enhancing societal security.

Ahmad Farroukh

Board Advisor

Ahmad Farroukh, a seasoned telecom and finance professional with a 30-year career, has extensive experience across the Middle East, Europe, and North America. He has held senior positions at MTN Group, including CEO of MTN Nigeria, MTN South Africa, and Group Chief Operating Executive. Farroukh joined Smile Telecoms Holding in 2017 as Group CEO to aid in the company’s turnaround. Notably, he successfully led Mobily in Saudi Arabia through a significant financial recovery. His career began in finance, working for KPMG and Deloitte before joining Investcom Holding Group. He has served on over 16 boards of telecom companies and numerous board committees. Farroukh holds an MBA and is a Certified Public Accountant.