Hani is a Partner at NXN Advisory Group, focused on business development and delivery of various smart city/district initiatives in various MEA markets. Internally, he also oversees the resource management activities for the Group’s various business units. He is also co-leading the smart city masterplan development for the City of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In the early 90’s, Hani started his career by managing and executing various transformation projects using electronic data interchange (EDI) solutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and since then he continued his interest in technology innovation over the years working in various advisory and consulting roles around e-marketplaces, big data, and marketplace exchanges in both the public and privates sectors in both the Americas and Middle East markets.
Hani previously served as a senior advisor to the UAE TRA (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority ) leading the merger activities between two distinct UAE federal government Authorities.
He also led the development of the federal UAE Information Security Guidelines as well as the development, enhancement and execution of the UAE eGovernment strategy in liaison with the Prime Minister’s Office under the supervision of the Director General of Office of the Prime Minister.
Moreover and in the capacity of Director, he created and managed the UAE TRA e-commerce team, developing and executing all the required regulatory instruments for executing the UAE ecommerce federal law no.1 of 2006. Finally, Mr. Obeid was selected as a part of the UAE Free Trade Agreement Negotiation Team (focus: Telecom/eCommerce) with the United States, Australia and Singapore.
Other experiences include a regional VP for the Middle East operation of a Canadian telecommunications organization specialized in deploying ruggedized broadband wireless solutions that enable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, connect digital oil fields and smart grids, facilitate and enhance public safety networks; Here, Mr. Obeid managed the go-to-market strategy of the Middle East leading all customer and partner engagements.
Also for a Data Solutions company with head office in Chicago, Mr. Obeid, in the capacity of MD, managed and led a regional team in providing a suite of enterprise data solutions (from extraction to transformation to loading to governance of company data) in various public and private sectors across MENA.
Hani holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Oregon State University, USA. He is also a Certified Management Consultant from the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI.org) and is Green Belt Six Sigma Certified.