Partners

Hamid Bafghi
Partner, Managing Director

An MBA graduate with over 23 years’ experience in Sales, Marketing, Product and Market Development, within the Wholesale Telecom sector; Hamid is Managing Director at Valatec Consultancy where they offer Management Consultancy to companies within Telecom and Media sector.
Based from UK, since 1998, Hamid led various teams within British Telecom and in 2006 he moved to BT Global Services, based in Dubai, as Carrier Director. In 2008, Hamid help to build the largest telecom research lab in UAE in partnership with Etisalat, BT and Khalifa University, know as EBTIC, where he currently is an Associate helping with technology exploitation.
Working for BT, in 2011, Hamid took a role as the Interim Managing Director for a mobile operator in Iran with over 350 employees, knows as Taliya. After leaving BT, in 2014, Hamid registered Valatec Consulting in UAE.
Born in 1968, Hamid left Iran to live in UK at the age of 14 and moved to UAE in 2006. His key specialties are Business Transformation, Sales, Marketing, Product Development and Strategy.

Phil Moffat
Partner

Phil began his training in Communications Engineering at the College of Royal Signals in Harrogate, N.Yorks, England. Phil then served 11 years across the globe culminating in 1991, during which he was a in charge of a Ptarmigan Trunk Node communications installation.
In 1992 Phil joined AT&T - a company heavily involved in the roll out of the Mannesmann D2 GSM network - his remit being commissioning and surveying point-to-point radio links. Phil then went on to support pan-European multi RAT deployments in Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Russia and Ukraine with multiple vendors amongst them including Motorola, EPlus, MIRS, Ericsson, ZTE and Huawei.
At Motorola and more recently Vodafone Germany, Phil has been involved in New Radio Technology architecture. At Motorola, Phil joined the team developing the Moto LTE scheduler and integrated its Wi4 WiMAX product. During his tenure with Vodafone, he designed the SuperSignal UMTS Femto-cell product E2E architecture, enabling Vodafone to increase its radio coverage across Germany.
In 2015, Phil developed the small cell transmission design on behalf of Arqiva for O2 Telefonica and EE, who utilized the network architecture in their trial prototypes for 4G and 3G offload services.
Phil is married and lives in Hockley, Essex with his wife and two boys.

Basharat Sharif
Partner, VP Business Development

Basharat is a seasoned business leader with over 25 years of experience of business transformation. He has launched new businesses and has worked with the leadership teams and the boards of various multinational organizations to help them set and execute strategy and build business critical capability. As the COO of a group of telecommunications company Basharat managed a portfolio of USD $780 million. He led a team that achieved positive EBIDA within 3 years of the operations.

Ali Shariat
Partner, ICT Strategy Expert

Ali Shariat has over 25 years experience across both the corporate and government sectors with over 8 of those years as the head of ICT at Parliament of New South Wales, in Australia. Ali is specialized in ICT Strategy, Enterprise Architecture and Governance. His consulting experience are in the areas of operational business improvement, whether it be turning businesses around, fixing systemic underlying issues and problems or growing businesses.Ali’s recent focus has been in digital transformation and cloud strategy. He has recently transformed Australian Computer Society to a fully cloud based organization and transforming business focus to digital services and online marketing.

Allan Macdonald
Associate

Allan comes from telecoms and vendor background, having started in IT in 1997 and wireless in 2004. Working in demanding environments, both physically and mentally, Allan's focus is on achieving network deployment aims and ensuring they conform with best practice down to the nuts & bolts. Prior to his appointment to Aperture Security , Allan has worked for several well-known operators including Vodafone, O2 / Telefonica, Virgin, MTN, Menatel, PCCW and KPN Base. He has also worked with large telecoms vendors and equipment suppliers including Ericsson, Alcatel Lucent, Motorola and Ruckus.

Kenan Sinasi
Partner - Eastern Mediterranean Region

Kenan is a seasoned telecoms, media and technology management consultant with proven experience in business development, financial/technical modelling and fund raising with 20 years of exposure. He has worked across Europe, the Middle East region and the CIS.
Kenan is also a known entrepreneur in establishing startup businesses and successfully divesting them.
He has a MBA degree in International Economics & Finance from Georgia State University and a BA degree with Honors in Business Administration from University of Newcastle, UK.

ROB LEWIS
Associate Partner, Strategy Expert

Very experienced senior consultant with expertise in Strategic Analysis, Market Analysis, Organisational Architecture, Change Management, Business Planning, Public policy in sport and the arts, Portfolio management. Rob was a member of British Telecom Strategy team and was responsible for portfolio investment and rationalisation strategy including review of current portfolio, key areas for financial investment, business impact of strategy, formal input to Group strategy.
Specialties: Strategic Analysis, Market Analysis, Organisational Architecture, Change Management, Business Planning, Public policy in sport and the arts, Portfolio management