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Before heading the EDB, Al Rumaihi spent over 10 years at Investcorp as a Managing Director where he was also a member of the Management Committee and Head of the Institutional Placement Team covering Investcorp’s clients in the Arabian Gulf. This was preceded by a 9 year term in J.P. Morgan as head of its private client group in the Gulf region.
He also chairs the Boards of Bahrain Real Estate Investment (Edamah) and the Bahrain Development Bank. In addition, he also serves on the Boards of other companies such as the National Bank of Bahrain, Mumtalakat, McLaren Group, the National Oil and Gas Authority and Arcapita.
With a Masters degree in Public Policy specializing in Economic Development from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Al Rumaihi has also chaired the Board of the Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) and has held Board positions at Gulf Air and Securities Investment Company.
He is also the Vice-Chairman for Umniah Telecommunication Company in Jordan, and a Director for Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) and the Chairman of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bahrain (FCCIB). Mr. Durand is a graduate from ESSEC (Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) in Paris.
Rana has over 25 years’ experience in consulting, talent and diversity management, gender equality, corporate social responsibility, branding and communications. She has lived and worked in 3 continents and assumed regional and global leadership roles in multinational firms.
Rana is an advocate for women advancement to leadership roles in the private and public sectors. She sits on the advisory boards of multiple organizations such as the advisory board of “Reach”, a GCC NGO for mentoring women in Finance and supports the 30% Club GCC aiming to increase the number of women on corporate boards. She is also on the Middle East Advisory Board (MEAB) of the Olayan Business School at the American University of Beirut.
In 2017 and 2018, Rana was ranked in the top 5 “Global Champions of Women in Business” by the UK’s Financial Times (FT) and HERoes.
Prior to joining GIB in February 2016, Mr. Al-Helaissi held the position of Deputy Governor for Supervision at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) having started there in May, 2013. At SAMA, his responsibilities included the oversight of the banking and insurance sectors as well as finance company regulation (mortgages, leasing and other non-bank finance institutions). He was additionally responsible for consumer protection.
Prior to his post at SAMA, Mr. Al-Helaissi was Senior Country Officer and Managing Director, Saudi Arabia for JPMorgan Chase as well as Head of Global Corporate Banking for Middle East and North Africa. Earlier in his career, he was Saudi British Bank (Affiliate of HSBC), Central Province Area General Manager, covering all key lines of business, including corporate and consumer banking. Also, he has served on a number of boards, including Saudi Stock Exchange(Tadawul).
Mr. Al-Helaissi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas in Austin, USA.
Al Baqali has been a part of the Alba family for more than two decades and brings years of leadership and honed experience from within the Company. Al Baqali joined Alba as a Purchasing Officer back in 1998 and was appointed as the Manager for Procurement in 2010.
In 2013, Al Baqali became part of Alba’s Executive fold with his appointment as the Chief Financial Officer moving further up the ranks to become Deputy CEO and Chief Supply Chain Officer in 2017. In his Executive Management roles, Al Baqali has been instrumental in the fast-paced progress of Alba’s landmark Line 6 Expansion Project, especially in securing the US$3 billion financing for the Project and formulating sourcing strategies for key raw materials.
As a Bahraini who grew from within Alba, Al Baqali believes that Alba’s growth and success depend heavily on the Company’s entrenched principles on Safety, Development of Human Capital, Social and Civic Responsibility as well as Community Development.
Al Baqali is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), UK; Board member of the International Aluminum Institute (IAI), INJAZ and is on the Board of Tenmou, the first Bahraini Business Angels Company. Ali holds a B.Sc. degree in Accounting from the University of Bahrain and an MBA from the French Arabian Business School - ESSEC.
Prior to his present post, he was Executive Vice President of Corporate Finance, (CFO) at SABIC, Vice President of Metals SBU, EVP Shared Services, President of SADAF and HADEED, consecutively. He was also Chairman of the Board of YANSAB, SABIC Capital in Netherland, SAUDI KAYAN, SABIC Captive Insurance Limited in UK and Alinma Investment Co. He was board member of Gulf Bank in Bahrain & the Advisory Board for Economic Affairs of the Supreme Economic Council of Saudi Arabia.
In addition, Mr. Al-Morished is board member of General Organization of Saudi Arabian airlines, Alinma Tokio Marine (ATMC), Aluminum Bahrain (ALBA), Gulf Petrochemical & Chemical Association (GPCA), CITI Group in Saudi Arabia, Alinma Bank and Saudi General Authority for Military Industries. Chairman of the board of National Metal Manufacturing & Casting Co. (Maadaniyah).
Mr. AL-Morished holds an MBA degree from Stanford University, a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Physics & Mathematics from the University of Denver.
She was previously based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where she was Global Head of the Operational Excellence Programme for APM Terminals responsible for implementing corporate strategy across one of the worlds most comprehensive port and integrated inland service networks.
Prior to this Susan held a number of senior management positions with Maersk, one of the worlds largest integrated container logistics companies, focusing on business transformation, growth and development. She joined in 2009 as part of the West and Central Asia Regional Management team, and in 2015 was appointed Global Head of Commercial Transformation charged with driving digital transformation worldwide, across 120 countries. She has also held senior board positions with Maersk Pakistan and the Suez Canal Container Terminal company.
Before moving to the MENA region, Susan also held a number of senior positions in the Utilities and Telecom industries within the United Kingdom.
Ronnie holds a master’s degree in International Finance and Economics from the George Washington University, and has completed an executive program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is fluent in French and Arabic. He has designed, delivered and facilitated over 80 high impact workshops that integrate technical, leadership and communication skills for World Bank, Government and non-profit organization staff. He has a long track record coaching and mentoring staff on their leadership, personal effectiveness, and careers.
Zainab has more than 15 years experience in the investment management industry in London and Dubai. She began her career as a technical analyst where she advised portfolio managers on market timing decisions, but transitioned into sales, marketing and strategy leadership roles at blue chip firms including Fidelity and Invesco. During her university years, and given her passion for charitable causes, she also fundraised professionally for various NGOs including Plan International, The Children’s Society, and Amnesty International.
Zainab’s extra curricular activities span a range of interests, including advocacy for female empowerment in the workplace as a member of Invesco Women’s Network Management Committee and Head of Corporate Partnerships for the Dubai chapter of the Ellevate network. She is also a passionate humanitarian, having most recently volunteered at refugee camps in Greece.
Zainab holds a degree in Economics and International Studies from The University of Warwick, the Investment Management Certificate from the CFA Society UK, and the Certificate in Securities and Financial Derivatives.
Jumana is a Founding Partner and Board Member of Reach, the first non-profit incorporated organization in DIFC, dedicated to female mentoring and professional development in the Middle East. She is also a co-founder and Steering Committee member of the 30% Club GCC chapter, a voluntary business collaboration platform for accelerating the representation of women on boards and in senior executive positions.
Throughout her 20 years of experience in executive management, entrepreneurship, corporate affairs, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, external relations, fundraising, coaching and mentoring, she dedicated her career to helping others in need, and therefore made a deserving winner of the 2017 Humanitarian Woman of the Year and Emirates Woman’s Woman of the Year Awards.
Jumana currently heads the Gulf Area Office for SOS Children’s Villages International as Managing Director, serving the cause of orphans and abandoned children in the MENA region and worldwide.
She has been selected as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Finance in the Middle East by the Financial News in 2019, and has received achievement awards throughout her career in addition to being lead speaker in international financial conferences.
Currently the Group CDO at Equitativa, a diversified asset management and private equity firm, focusing on the Real Estate sector, where she pioneered the expansion of the firm to the Asian markets through partnerships in Hong Kong for the Belt and Road REIT and the subcontinent including India & Pakistan, with focus on multi sector asset class.
She previously held senior posts in Lehman Brothers, State Street and Bloomberg - London, she was also the head of institutional business at Menacorp, and the Mena business manager at Fidessa. Racha has, during her career, successfully built and ran profitable verticals within organizations and extensively grown existing setups, across different asset classes.
Racha sits on the board of Gate Capital, a multifamily office, and is the founder of Reach, the first nonprofit organization in the DIFC providing mentoring expertise to young female professionals.
Racha holds an MBA from Imperial College in London, UK and a BSc in Mathematics from UCL, London, UK. Mrs. Al Khawaja is fluent in English, Arabic and French.
Nouf joined Gulf Air in March 2018 as Director of Human resources prior to which she headed HR in Mumtalakat, Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund after serving the bulk of her career between Standard Chartered Bank and Zain, Bahrain. Nouf has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Bahrain, an MBA with a concentration in HR from New York Institute of Technology and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Research from the University of Bradford, UK.
Throughout her career, Nouf has been active in her community educating and mentoring university students to enhance their personal profiles and improve their employability skills.
Mr. Janahi held his first job experience in BSE First as a Trainee, and now holds numerous directorships in a number of regional and international projects. He is a well-known consultant figure, who has excelled by pioneering and introducing innovative and insightful concepts to the training methods of many training schools across Bahrain and the gulf region.
As a co-founder and the Manager of Projects and Operations for “HERA” Consultancy and Events, his responsibilities included overseeing day-to-day operations, and supervising the process of creating, planning, and implementing the consultancy/training products and events, and has worked as well on establishing the first Leadership Academy in the region based on experiential training style.
Having worked as an advisor with several projects the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth in Bahrain and the National Career Guidance Center in Oman, Mr. Janahi is experienced in advising educational programs and both public and private sectors on various issues related to Economic, Human Resources, Planning and educational matters including creative programs to develop the youth/employees understanding of economics, investment and capital market, improving interpersonal skills, personal and entrepreneurial development and many other topics. A much sought-after expert on management training and development, Mr. Janahi is specialized in the first MTa Kits in Bahrain, and was trained by professional trainers such as Dr. Martin Thomson, Dr. Brian Tracy, Dr. Tariq Al Suwaidan, among others.
Currently Dawood is the Chief Shared Services Officer - Human Resources and General Services at Bahrain Islamic Bank; where he also serve as an executive member of both the Board Remuneration Committee and the Executive Management Committee.
Prior to joining BisB, Dawood managed the Human Resources team on a regional scale at Standard Chartered Bank; covering the bank’s offices in Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. served as a member of the Regional HR Leadership team in the UAE and a member of the Executive Management Committee in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
In addition to being a member of the Society of HR Management (SHRM), Dawood is a Board member of Pearl Initiative based in Dubai as will The Gulf Business Philanthropy circle. (Dubai)
Dawood is a certified Stakeholder Centered coach from Marshal Goldsmith Global, as well as a certified Strength-Finder coach which he obtained from Gallup University in the United Kingdom. And a Global Facilitator of the 7TH Habits of Highly Effective people – Covey Institute
Dawood specialties cover Strategy management & Execution, Change Management, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, Customer/ employee experiences processes and mapping, Mergers and Acquisitions, Performance Management, Employee Relations (including union-negotiation skills), Due-diligence, HR Audit, HR cost optimizations, Service Delivery operations and transformation, Leadership Transformation. Fintech, Digital Business Transformation. Localization/ Nationalization Agendas, Diversity & Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Executive coaching.
Hisham enjoys a diversified experience; his most recent were in telecommunications & lifestyle management: Through his short tenure with Zain Bahrain as Director of Zain SIGNATURE he built an extensive VIP database and introduced the SIGNATURE Concierge; a value added lifestyle service dedicated to the elite. He then went on to work as Group Commercial Officer for Peacock Concierge where he helped in expanding the company’s customer portfolio and reach; today it rests as the largest lifestyle provider in the region.
Hisham’s financial experience ranges from credit underwriting, investment banking, venture capital and private equity. Most of that experience came from Venture Capital Bank where he worked as Investment Placement Manager & Head of Corporate Communications. He contributed to the team who managed to place the Bank as a regional pioneer in Islamic investment, in addition to attracting considerable investments from government bodies, private investment firms and high net worth individuals. Hisham further stretched his financial knowledge by working at Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance as Head of Marketing where he was given a two-year project to establish the Marketing function, employ the responsible caliber and increase the institute’s reach locally, regionally and Internationally.
Hisham’s aviation experience was gained through Gulf Air when he worked as the Head of Corporate Communications & CEO Office Manager. Through diligent execution of a robust communication strategy and managing a strong team, he led Gulf Air to new heights allowing it to compete with regional giants.
Alongside his corporate life, which also includes advertising in Promoseven Group, Hisham Abu Alfateh is a well-known Public Speaker, TV Presenter, Master of Ceremony and Moderator. He has presented many shows on TV, mastered prestigious events and moderated several conferences, workshops and debate sessions in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, UAE, Lebanon, Egypt, London and Australia.
Through his ability to truly understand the needs of clients, Mohamed has instilled a strong customer centred focus to the business and established long lasting relationships with many of Bahrain’s leading organisations. Mohamed is a true believer in continuing personal development formalising his education in the UK with a Degree from the University of South Wales and has also undertaken further study to become a qualified assessor with Savile Consulting as well as holding a Certificate in Strategic Marketing from Insead Business School and a Certified Project Management Professional.
Razi has worked in various retail and wholesale banks in Bahrain. His diverse background and experience in the fieldsets direction and coordinates Infrastructure and service deliver across NBB transformation. He is responsible for IT units that support enterprise applications, digital platforms, enterprise data, infrastructure, and IT security.
Karina’s most notable work in D&I Division is managing the Mentorship Program which has evolved over the years to serve the Saudi Aramco’s needs. The program is the only mentoring program in the Company to receive global accreditation from the International Mentoring Association for being a comprehensive program from recruitment to evaluation. Both mentees and mentors have stated that this program drastically improved their career and life.
Karina believes in volunteerism and lifelong learning. In 2005 Karina founded Fundacion Activa Houston, a grassroots non-profit aimed at serving underprivileged communities in El Salvador, Mexico and Houston. Since 2015 Karina has been managing Eastern Flames Football Club (EFFC). EFFC is the first women’s football club in the Kingdom and the first club to play competitively internationally (Bahrain) recognized by FIFA since 2017. EFFC has gained so much visibility, support, and distinctions from Saudi’s General Sports Authority (GSA) and Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) that EFFC players have represented the Kingdom from USA to Malaysia on official projects. In 2018, EFFC up-scaled to a sports club expanding to basketball and futsal. I look forward to being part of the movement in creating Saudi professional basketball players as well.
Previously, he was focusing on financial services with the Bahrain Economic Development Board, which is a dynamic public agency that is responsible for attracting inward investment into Bahrain, enhancing the investment climate and driving economic development. He focused on promoting Bahrain's financial services sector and attracting new investments into this sector. Successes include expanding existing companies and attracting new ones such as banks, asset & wealth managers, insurers, ancillary services providers and FinTechs.
Before joining the Bahrain Economic Development Board, he worked for Ernst & Young and SEI Investments in London.
He has MSC from Imperial College London and a BSc from the University of Exeter (first-class honors).
Prior to Tamkeen Esam worked for Dubai Holding, a key investment organization in the UAE, where he managed the marketing strategy for a number of large scale real estate developments within the GCC. He began his career with Batelco as a Market Segment Manager, where he developed the organization’s offerings to small and medium businesses and helped in setting up the first telephone account management department.
Esam obtained his bachelor’s studies in Business and Marketing at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and an Executive MBA from London Business School and IESE Business School in Barcelona.