Press Release

Press Release

goetzpartners joins SAMENA Council as a member

Dubai, July 2016 - SAMENA Council has announced that goetzpartners, an independent advisory firm for all key issues driving entrepreneurial activities - Strategy, M&A and Transformation - joins SAMENA Council as a member.

Erik Almqvist, Managing Director Middle East at goetzpartners, says: “Digital transformation, innovation and agility are the very heart of our DNA. Having served some of the world’s largest corporations in Strategy, M&A and Transformation, we are thrilled to serve the Middle East with SAMENA Council as a key strategic partner.” He adds: “SAMENA Council has an excellent track record in bringing the leaders of the telecommunications sector together. We see a number of challenges and opportunities for the Middle East Operators to evolve in the fields of digitalization, cost and process efficiency, customer experience and sustainable value delivery.”

Bocar BA, CEO of SAMENA Council congratulated goetzpartners and remarked, "I am pleased to welcome goetzpartners to the SAMENA Council. We congratulate the firm on building synergies across industries on a global and regional scale, and hope that with SAMENA Council membership, goetzpartners will also help to develop synergies that can positively impact ICT development in our region. SAMENA Council is always on the lookout for pushing the ICT agenda of sustainable growth among stakeholders who share the vision for empowered, digitally-led economic development.”

goetzpartners is well placed to benefit from SAMENA Council’s pan-regional reach and stakeholder engagement, focused on enabling fruitful dialogs in the ICT industry, and to leverage the breadth of opportunities to network with decision-makers representing both operators and regulators.


About goetzpartners
goetzpartners is an independent advisory firm for all key issues of entrepreneurial activity: strategy, M&A and transformation. This unique approach makes clients measurably more successful. The combination of corporate finance and management consulting creates sustainable added value when determining valid courses of action, reaching decisions and implementing them. Boasting a vast wealth of business experience, goetzpartners advises clients in all key industries world-wide: Business Services, Energy, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Industrials & Automotive, Retail & FMCG and TMT.

goetzpartners thinks beyond borders and connects the right people with the right ideas. That way, goetzpartners creates valuable synergies for all involved. A far-reaching network of contacts, grown over decades, involves top decision makers in business and politics and continues to expand. Internationally, the company operates out of 11 countries with 14 offices and more than 300 professionals.

About SAMENA Telecommunications Council
SAMENA Telecommunications Council is South Asia - Middle East - North Africa (SAMENA) region’s premier industry council of telecom operators and service providers, and represents network investments valued at more than US$300 billion. SAMENA Council voices network operators’ issues and needs to regulators, policymakers, and international institutions. The largest regional telecom groups, including Saudi Telecom, Etisalat, Batelco, Ooredoo, Viva Kuwait, Orange Jordan, Turk Telekom, Turkcell, Zain, Omantel, and TurkSat are a part of the Council’s leadership, with many operators, service providers, and technology companies as its members. SAMENA Council believes in bringing all stakeholders closer together to help create a sustainable business environment for the industry, and to accelerate digital development in regional economies.

As an international non-profit organization, a private-sector representative platform, SAMENA Council is contributing to the understanding of cross-stakeholder priorities within the Public and the Private sectors. The Council has created a unique regional position as the regulatory reach and operator advocacy organization, with institution-level engagements with leading private and public-sector organizations.

SAMENA Council was founded in 2006. In February 2016, Saudi Telecom Company, represented by Dr. Khaled Biyari, became the chairman of the Board of Directors of SAMENA Council, which was being led earlier by Ooredoo Group.