Telecom and investment bank award finalists announced by TMT Finance conference

TMT Finance and Investment Middle East 2010 The annual telecom and investment bank awards will be presented on April 26 at the Gala Dinner of the TMT Finance & Investment Middle East 2010 Conference, the premier regional event for telecom and technology executives, investors and advisers.

TMT Finance and Investment Middle East 2010 takes place at the Sharq Village Resort in Doha from April 26-27,is the largest annual gathering of telecom and finance professionals in the region.

With more than 30 major companies, the list of awards is the biggest ever. Nominees include Microsoft, Etisalat, Barclays Capital, Nokia Siemens Networks, UBS, Qtel, Standard Chartered and Vodafone.

The shortlists for the TMT Finance Middle East 2010 Awards have been announced to celebrate achievements by the region’s leading telecom and technology companies, investment banks and legal advisers.

The TMT Finance Middle East shortlists for 2010 are:

M&A Bank of the Year
– Barclays Capital
– Citi
– Standard Chartered

Debt bank of the Year
– Barclays Capital,
– BNP Paribas,
– DBS Bank,
– Qatar National Bank

Technology Provider of the Year
– Nokia Siemens Networks
– Qualcomm
– Motorola
– Huawei

Emerging Markets Growth Story of the Year
– Nokia Siemens Networks
– The Qtel Group
– Etisalat
– Batelco

Mobile Operator of the Year
– Qtel
– Du
– Etisalat
– Nawras

Fixed line operator
– Qtel
– Saudi Telecom Corp
– Batelco
– Etisalat
– Telecom Egypt

Outstanding TMT Leader of the Year (CEO) Award
– Ross Cormack, CEO, Nawras
– Dr Nasser Marrifih, CEO, Qtel
– Eng. Saud bin Majed Al Daweesh, CEO, Saudi Telecom Company (STC)
– Peter Kaliaropoulos, CEO, Batelco,
– H.E. Mohammad Al Qamzi, CEO at Etisalat
– Akil Beshir, Chairman and CEO, Telecom Egypt
– Grahaem Maher, CEO, Vodafone Qatar

Software Solution of the Year Middle East
– Microsoft Qatar
– Tech Mahindra / VIVA
– Skype

Telecom Law Firm of the Year Middle East
– Clifford Chance
– Denton Wilde Sapte
– Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
– Bird & Bird

Dominic Lowndes, Managing Director of BroadGroup TMT Ventures, the company which organizes the conferenc said, “The quality of the list of companies on the shortlists shows how the telecom and technology sectors are strengthening across the Middle East.”

This year’s finance conference is supported by Qtel Group (Ticker: QTEL.QA) as Patron, Clifford Chance, Booz&Co PricewaterhouseCoopers, Qualcomm, Qatar Airways, Denton Wilde Sapte, American Tower Corporation and Intel.

For more information about the conference and to register visit

Further details on the nomination process can be found at