Content creators, advertising chiefs and internet pioneers take their place alongside broadcast technology innovators in the inaugural Digital Broadcast power list. The initial inductees will appear on these pages during the coming weeks.
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10. Slaheddine Maaoui
Director General, Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU)
Slaheddine Maaoui holds arguably the most politically influential position in the Middle East broadcast industry. Originally a journalist and editor-in-chief of a daily newspaper, Maaoui has been involved in politics and has been an active member of regional broadcast associations since the late-1980s.
Following several high-ranking roles in the Tunisian government, Maaoui began his four year term as director general of the ASBU in January, 2007. His media background together with his political experience means he is well-placed to deal with the challenges his position presents.
One of the organisation’s most recent successes under Maaoui was the development of the MENOS content exchange programme.
The ASBU and Maaoui also take the leading role in negotiating broadcast rights to major international events, on behalf of ASBU members. Maaoui also guides the ASBU in developing technical frameworks for regional broadcast services.
9. Ahmed Nassef
General manager, Yahoo! Maktoob
Maktoob enjoyed several years of success building up a base of 16 million users. Now the Yahoo! Maktoob era has begun and the new entity claims to have a monthly reach of 40 million users in the region.
Maktoob co-founder Ahmed Nassef had already secured his position as an Arabic internet pioneer – now he has an online vehicle promising serious clout to work with.
With a number of affordable satellite broadband rollouts expected over the next few years, Maktoob Yahoo! is well positioned to capitalise on the commercial opportunities that arise.