Having been disconnected and frustrated while traveling, Ahmad “Al” Fares set off on a decade-long journey to solve the problem of expensive roaming and inconvenient connectivity.
Believing “cellular” should be “digital” while securely utilizing the new cloud, Fares founded CELITECH in 2018, a premium one-click connectivity platform for global travel in order to combat the world’s connectivity problems.
An electrical engineer by trade, Fares was executive of the Keystone Group and co-founder of Acsys Technologies from 2010-2017 and a senior consultant for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants from 2009-2010. Formerly, he was an engineering and business development manager for Petrofac where he helped grow the company from a small, private company to FTSE 100. His inaugural role in the field started in 2004 when he led a research and development team to digitize Telecom testing equipment from expensive, bulky hardware to software algorithms; such work became National Instruments’ GSM/EDGE Measurement Suite in the US and was published and presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Communication and Information Technologies in Japan.
Prior to his professional journey, Fares pursued a formal education at the National Protestant College in Lebanon, from which he graduated with distinction and a Baccalaureate degree in Mathematics. Continuing his academic efforts, he attended the American University of Beirut (AUB), obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, also with distinction. In 2008 he got an MBA from the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), followed by executive coursework at Harvard Business School.