Christian M. DeFaria, Executive Director, MTN Communication

Mr. Christian M. DeFaria, CA, serves as Chief Executive Officer at Bharti Airtel Africa B.V. Mr. de Faria serves as Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Africa of Airtel Uganda Limited.

He has been the Head of Telecom at Bharti Enterprises Limited since January 2014. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Africa at Bharti Airtel Limited since January 1, 2014 and served as its Managing Director of Africa.

He has been Executive at MTN since 2006. He served as Group Chief Commercial Officer at MTN Group Ltd. until January 31, 2013 and also served as its Regional Vice President of West Africa since May 2006. He served as Senior Vice President of Commercial & Innovation, Vice President of Operations and Regional Vice President for WECA Region at MTN Group Ltd.

He served as the Chief Executive Officer of PT Excelcomindo Pratama, known as XL. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Group Berhad since February 2003. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of TM International Sdn Bhd at Telekom Malaysia Berhad since February 2003 and served as its Chief Executive Officer of Excelcomindo since January 2005.

He also served various positions including Finance Director, Group Financial Controller, Group Finance Director and Business Development Director in various companies in Europe and Asia. Mr. de Faria has extensive experience in the telecommunication and multimedia industry. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Telekom Malaysia, where he was responsible for international strategy.

He contributed to the divestment in Africa and concluded acquisitions for the group. He was involved in the rapid growth of investments in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia. He served as President Director of PT XL Axiata Tbk since January 2005.

He has been a Director of Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) B.V. since November 1, 2013. He served as a Director of Airtel Networks Zambia Plc since December 1, 2013. He has been an Executive Chairman of Airtel Africa at Bharti Airtel Limited since February 2016.

He serves as a Director of MTN (Dubai) Ltd. and MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd. He served as a Director of Bharti Airtel Limited. He served as a Director of PT XL Axiata Tbk. Mr. de Faria holds Degree in Finance and Administration from the University of Toulouse, France.


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