On September 1, 2008 Alex Shalaby was appointed Chairman of the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (Mobinil) by Board consensus; prior to that he was its President and CEO since 2005. This step came because of Shalaby's remarkable achievements at Mobinil over the preceding three years where the company witnessed continued market share leadership, tripled its subscriber base from six to 19 million, doubled the revenues, and increased net profits by 30%.
Shalaby came to Mobinil from Washington, DC where he was AT&T Director for Public Affairs, serving as the company's link to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and lobbying the executive branch of the U.S. government. He helped in achieving more liberalization of the telecoms sector internationally for the emerging nations of the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe through the relevant bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies. During these years, he served on the boards of the American Chamber of Commerce becoming its president during the period (1991 – 1992), the Bi-national Fulbright Commission, and Seeds of Peace; he currently chairs the board of Injaz & SIFE in Egypt. Between 1993 and 1995, Shalaby became Regional Director for International Public Affairs for AT&T, based in Cairo, Egypt, where he was the principal interface with key agencies within the governments in the region on matters impacting AT&T's operations.
In 1966 Shalaby graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alexandria and earned a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from San Jose State University in California.