Marwan Juma is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Kinz for Information Technology, the country’s leading corporate data provider, and dot.jo, one of Jordan’s top web application providers. Juma also served as the country’s Minister of Information of Communications and Information Technology from Dec 2009 till Feb 2011. Prior to his government service, Juma was the Chief Executive Officer of Xpress Telecommunications, one of Jordan’s leading mobile operators. Prior to his tenure at Xpress, Juma was the Chief Executive Officer of Batelco Jordan, the country’s second fixed line operator and a leading data communication provider.
Today Juma serves on several boards including the King Abdullah Fund for Development; Oasis500, the region’s leading IT fund and accelerator; Int@j, Jordan’s Information Technology Association; the King Abdullah Center for Excellence in Government Performance, the Jordan Education Initiative, JEI; and Princess Summaya University for Technology. In addition, Juma serves on the board of DAI, a US firm working in the international development arena.
Juma also served on the “National Agenda’s” Royal Steering Committee entrusted with developing the country’s ten-year strategy for the years 2006-2015. In addition, he is a founding contributor to Jordan’s national initiative for establishing Jordan’s IT Industry, known as the “REACH Initiative”. The REACH Initiative is a five-year action plan to advance Jordan’s nascent IT sector, and strengthen its position to compete in local, regional, and global markets.
Holder of a Masters in Management from North Carolina State University, and two Bachelor degrees in Business Management and Economics from the same school, Marwan has been an active player in Jordan’s Information Technology sector since 1990. Upon completing his studies, he joined Ideal Group, (the Apple Computer and Compaq distributor in Jordan), and moved up the ranks to become Vice President. In 1995, he took over as the General Manager of NETS, Jordan’s first e-mail and second Internet Service Provider. Six years later, NETS, and a second data provider, Firstnet, and Bahrain Telecom, a regional leading telecom provider completed the first IT merger in Jordan and formed Batelco Jordan.
An outspoken character, Marwan has lobbied long and hard towards the establishment of a world-class telecom infrastructure in Jordan, and has been an ardent supporter for increased private-public partnerships to further enhance and accelerate the country’s modernization and economic development.