Faisal Al Bannai
Faisal Al Bannai
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DarkMatter
Personal philosophy: "Impossible is just the beginning." Faisal prefers to focus on what needs to be done to achieve a desired outcome, rather than concentrate on the problems that may lie in the way of its achievement.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Boston University, USA
  • Master’s Degree in Shipping Trade and Finance from City University, London, UK

The journey so far

Axiom telecom

Founded Axiom telecom in 1997. Built it into the largest distributor of mobility products in the Middle East, counting over 2,500 employees in the GCC region, with annual turnover of over US$2.5 billion.

DarkMatter

Founded DarkMatter in 2014. Headquartered in UAE, with development centers in Canada, Finland and China focusing on creating a new, global end-to-end cyber security player.

The firm specializes in everything from specific cyber operations such as incident response, security operation centers, and advanced test and validation labs, through to researching vulnerabilities. DarkMatter also develops products that are raising the bar in cyber security, in areas that include secure communications and big data analytics.

DarkMatter has been successful in attracting amazing talent from around the world, and in a short space of time has begun have a real and noticeable impact in cyber security.

Awards

  • 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
  • Arabian Business 2005 “Entrepreneur of the Year” award
  • 2011 Arab Achievement Award
  • 2012 CEO of the Year Award
  • 2012 Dubai Quality Award