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Faisal Al Bannai

Founder & Managing Director

Faisal Al Bannai is the Founder and Managing Director of DarkMatter Group.

He founded DarkMatter Group in the UAE in 2014 and served as CEO until 2018, during which time the company evolved into a $400m revenue business, with over 600 employees and branches in three countries.

As Managing Director, Faisal oversees DarkMatter Group’s strategic direction. He is responsible for the group’s long-term growth strategy, the oversight of the group functions and its Research & Development initiatives. He also plays a vital role in the continued development of key relationships with leaders in the public and private sector.

To address the growing cyber security gap globally, Faisal vision was to build an organization that can truly provide world-class end-to-end cyber security solutions and to shape the future of the industry.

Prior to establishing DarkMatter, Faisal founded Axiom Telecom in 1997, a regional leader in wireless technology and mobility devices. It became the largest distributor of prominent consumer brands in the Middle East with an annual turnover of over $2bn, distributing 40% of all devices in the region.

Faisal has been a recipient of numerous accolades over the years including: the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and the Gulf Business Awards Technology Personality of the Year in 2017; while he was included in Gulf Business’ 100 Most Powerful Arabs list and Arabian Business’ 100 Most Inspiring Leaders list in 2018.

Faisal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Boston University, USA, and a Masters in Shipping Trade and Finance from City University, UK.