The following members make up the Yalla Board of Directors.  Please select an individual member below to learn more about them and the committees they contribute to.

  • Tao Yang

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Tao Yang has been the Chairman of the board of directors of our company since February 2018. Mr. Yang has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of our company since January 2016. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Yang served as a manager of ZICT Technology Co., Ltd., from June to December 2015. From September 2013 to June 2015, Mr. Yang worked as vice president of Beijing Feinno Communication Technology Co., Ltd. Prior to that, he worked at ZTE Corporation for more than 10 years and was the general manager of ZTE Corporation Abu Dhabi Branch before he left ZTE Corporation. Mr. Yang holds a master’s degree in computer science from Northeastern University in China and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the same school.

  • Saifi Ismail

    Director and President

    Saifi Ismail has been a director of our company since August 2020. Mr. Ismail has been a member of our management team since October 2019 and currently serves as the President of our company. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Ismail served as the director of modern trade at Etisalat, a telecommunications services provider based in the UAE, from 2013 to2019. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Ismail worked as a vice president of sales and business development at NetComm Wireless. Prior to that, he worked as a manager of devices at Etisalat. Mr. Ismail holds a post graduate certificate in management from Macquarie University in Australia and a bachelor’s degree of computer engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology.

  • Jianfeng Xu

    Director and Chief Operating Officer

    Jianfeng Xu has been a director of our company since May 2018. Mr. Xu has been a member of our management team since January 2016 and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of our company. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Xu served as a manager of ZICT Technology Co., Ltd. from June to December 2015. From December 2013 to June 2015, Mr. Xu worked at Beijing Feinno Communication Technology Co., Ltd., where he focused on business development and marketing in MENA. Mr. Xu holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of Wollongong in Australia.

  • Osman Sultan

    Independent Director

    Osman Sultan has been a director since September 2020. Mr. Sultan has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunication industry. He is the founder and chairman of Fikra Tech, a company established in 2020 that provides advisory services for telecommunication digital transformation. Before founding Fikra Tech, Mr. Sultan served as the founding chief executive officer of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (DU) UAE, a telecommunication services operator in the UAE, from 2006 to 2019. Prior to that, he served as the founding chief executive officer of Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (ECMS) and Mobinil Telecommunications Company, the first operator providing mobile telecommunications services in Egypt and is publicly traded on the Cairo stock exchange, from 1998 to 2005. Mr. Sultan holds a master’s degree in material sciences from Institut Galilee, Paris University 13 in France.

  • David Cui

    Independent Director

    David Cui has been a director since September 2020. Mr. Cui is currently serving as the chief financial officer of Vipshop Holdings Limited (NYSE: VIPS) since November 2020. Before joining Vipshop, Mr. Cui was the Chief Financial Officer of Huami Corp. (NYSE: HMI) from August 2017 to September 2020. Mr. Cui has also served as an independent non-executive director of Inke Limited, a leading Chinese mobile live streaming company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, since June 23, 2018, and 9F, Inc, a Nasdaq-listed leading digital financial account platform in China, since August 2019. Mr. Cui has extensive experience in public accounting and financial management. From August 2015 to April 2017, Mr. Cui was the chief financial officer of China Digital Video Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Prior to that, Mr. Cui was an independent financial advisor to high growth companies on business strategies, fund raising, corporate governance and accounting matters. From April 2011 to August 2013, Mr. Cui was the chief financial officer in iKang Healthcare Group, Inc., a company listed on Nasdaq. He was an audit senior manager of Deloitte Touche Tohmutsu, China from April 2007 to April 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Cui was the financial reporting manager of Symantec Corporation. From April 2004 to August 2006, he served as an audit manager of Ernst & Young, California. Mr. Cui was a senior auditor in the Audit and Advisory Services practice of Health Net, Inc., California from May 2001 to April 2004. From January 1996 to May 2001, Mr. Cui worked in public accounting in Canada and the United States. Mr. Cui has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Simon Fraser University, Canada and is a licensed CPA in the United States and Canada.

  • Lili Xu

    Independent Director

    Lili Xu has been a director since February, 2021. Ms. Xu is currently serving as the chief financial officer of Hangzhou KangSheng Health Consulting Co., Ltd. since October 2020. In addition, Ms. Xu has been serving as an independent director of MINISO Group Holding Limited (NYSE: MNSO). Ms. Xu received a bachelor's degree in international business from Nanjing University in June 2003 and a master of science degree in local economic development from the London School of Economics and Political Science in November 2004. Ms. Xu is a public accountant certified by the Board of Accountancy of Washington State of the United States.