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Board & Management

Waha Capital’s Board of Directors is comprised of some of the most distinguished public and private sector business leaders.

Waha Capital’s Board of Directors is comprised of some of the most distinguished public and private sector business leaders.

  • SALEM-RASHID-AL-NOAIMI

    H.E. Salem Rashid Al Noaimi

    Chairman

    H.E. Salem Rashid Al Noaimi is Waha Capital’s Chairman of the Board. Previously, H.E. Al Noaimi served as Waha Capital's Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director since 2009 until March 2018 after which he was elected as the company's chairman. 

    Additionally, H.E. Al Noaimi also held various positions since joining the company in 2004.

    H.E. Al Noaimi holds a number of board positions with large public and private companies. He is Chairman of Seha, Dunia Finance and Anglo Arabian Healthcare. He also a board member of New York-listed AerCap Holdings. Earlier in his career, H.E. Al Noaimi held various positions at Dubai Islamic Bank, the UAE Central Bank, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, and Kraft Foods.

    H.E. Al Noaimi is a UAE national and holds a degree in Finance and International Business from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.

  • AHMED-BIN-ALI-AL-DHAHERI

    Ahmed bin Ali Al Dhaheri

    Vice Chairman

    Mr. Al Dhaheri is Chairman of Ali & Sons Holding LLC, Foodco Holding PJSC, and Sense Gourmet PSC. He is also a board member of Al Wathba National Insurance Co PJSC and Abu Dhabi Aviation PJSC.

    Mr. Al Dhaheri is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor degree in Accounting from Seattle Pacific University Washington, USA.

     

     

  • CARLOS-OBEID

    Carlos Obeid

    Director

    Mr. Obeid is the Group Chief Financial Officer of Mubadala Development Company. He is also Chairman of Mubadala GE Capital and Mubadala Infrastructure Partners Ltd (MIPL). He currently serves on the boards of several companies, including Mubadala Petroleum LLC, Abu Dhabi Future Energy (Masdar), Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD), and GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.

    Mr. Obeid holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from American University of Beirut, Lebanon and a Master’s in Business Administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. 

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    Rashed Darwish Al Ketbi

    Director

    Mr. Al Ketbi is the current Chairman of the Board of the RDK Group. He is also vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Al Wathba National Insurance Company PJSC and Foodco Holding PJSC. He currently serves on the board of Darwish Bin Ahmed & Sons Co LLC.

    Mr. Al Ketbi holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce degree from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from the University Of St. Louis University of Management, USA.

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    Rasheed Ali Al Omaira

    Director

    Mr Al Omaira holds board positions on the Al Wathba National Insurance Company and Abu Dhabi National Company for Building Materials (Bildco) and he is the chairman of Vision capital Brokerage co.

    Mr Al Omaira is the Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi National Company for Building Materials (Bildco), an Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange listed company and have three subsidiaries (Bildco Reinforcing Steel Services Est., Bildco Aerated Concrete Products LLC, Bildco Cement Products LLC that provides and manufactures building products for residential and commercial construction projects.

    Mr Al Omaira has over 22 years of experience in leading businesses. He has led his family business Omaira Group of Companies manages the daily business and assets, helps maintain it profitable and grows revenue. Mr Al Omaira was also the CEO of Vision Capital Brokerage Company between 2006 and 2010.

     

     

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    Khaled Al Shamlan

    Director

    Mr. Khaled is Head of Sovereign Investment Partnerships at Mubadala Capital, where he is responsible for managing government to government investment programmes.

    Khaled is a founding member of the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC)and played a key role in the joint venture transaction with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)to establish the second largest chip manufacturing company in the world, Global Foundries, in January 2009.

    Khaled holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from State University of New York at Buffalo in the U.S., and a Leadership Development Certificate from University of California, Berkeley.

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    Mohamed Hussain Al Nowais

    Director

    Mr. Mohamed is an Investment Associate at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). Prior to this role, Al Nowais worked briefly with J.P. Morgan in New York, USA, as an Investment Banking Analyst.

    He also completed multiple internships with international financial institutions including HSBC in Abu Dhabi and Citi Bank in London, UK. In addition, Mohamed worked with Al Nowais Investment Company in Abu Dhabi as a Business Analyst.

    Al Nowais holds a Bachelor’s Degree with joint honours in Economics and Business Finance from the Brunel University in London, UK.

Waha Capital’s senior management team is comprised of talented professionals with significant regional and international experience and world-class expertise developed at leading global investment firms.

  • MICHAEL RAYNES

    Michael Raynes

    Chief Executive Officer

    Michael Raynes, Chief Executive Officer of Waha Capital, brings an intricate understanding of investing and value creation, having held senior leadership positions at global financial institutions.

    Mr. Raynes has a long track record of success at Waha Capital, and was previously the Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for all investing activity including in capital markets, private equity, infrastructure and real estate.

    Prior to this, he served as global head of several Investment banking divisions at Barclays Capital in London and New York, including aerospace and defence, capital goods, trade finance and cross-border Leasing. He was also a member of the Senior Managing Directors' Committee for European Investment Banking. During his time at Barclays Capital, Mr. Raynes led the execution of large-scale structured finance transactions , which included a number of benchmark high-value asset-backed financing mandates.

    Mr Raynes is currently also the Managing Partner of MEA Energy Advisory UK LLP, an Energy focused investment partnership, and Board Member of MEA Energy Investment Company Limited, London- and Canada-listed SDX Energy Inc. and the MENA Infrastructure Fund.

  • SANA-KHATER

    Sana Khater

    Chief Financial Officer

    Ms. Khater is Waha Capital’s Chief Financial Officer. She oversees the company’s financial strategy, planning, and regulatory reporting activities. She is also responsible for the company’s overall capital structure including debt financing and treasury management. She has 20 years of experience in the banking and financial services industries.

    Prior to joining Waha Capital, Ms. Khater was CFO and a Director of North Africa Holding, a Kuwait-based investment holding company focused on Private Equity. Previously she was CFO of NBK Capital, the investment banking subsidiary of the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) and CFO and Acting Co-Head of Asset Management in the Investment Banking, Private Equity and Treasury Group. 

    Ms. Khater is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant at McGill University in Montreal. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and an MBA from the American University of Beirut. She has recently obtained the ACA accreditation by the ICAEW.

  • ABDELLAH-SBAI

    Abdellah Sbai

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Mr. Abdellah Sbai is the Chief Strategy Officer of Waha Capital. He works closely with the CEO to identify new corporate growth opportunities that deliver on Waha’s core objectives.

    Mr. Sbai has over 20 years of experience in asset management, investment banking and aviation.  

    He was previously responsible for Waha Capital’s capital markets investments, and raising third-party capital for the fixed income and equities funds.

    Prior to joining Waha Capital, he was the global head of Barclays Capital’s aerospace group and head of aviation finance for the company in London, where he advised clients on debt and derivative solutions. Previously, he held a number of senior positions at Airbus in France, including Commercial Head for the MENA region.

    Mr. Sbai has a degree in engineering and a PhD in Aerodynamics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace. He also holds a master’s degree in mathematics from Lille University in France.

     
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    Chakib Aabouche

    Chief Risk Officer

    Mr. Aabouche heads the Risk Management function at Waha Capital, covering the company’s capital markets and principal investments activities. 
    Previously, he was a Director in the Risk Solutions Group covering the Middle-East and North Africa at Barclays Capital in Dubai.  

    Prior to that, Mr. Aabouche served as Director in Citigroup’s corporate and investment bank in Bahrain, heading the Treasury Sales and Derivatives Marketing team for the MENA region (excluding UAE). Earlier with Citigroup, he was Head of Sales and Trading in Morocco. 

    Mr. Aabouche holds an MBA in Finance and an MSc in Financial Engineering form Laval University, Canada. He is a CFA Charterholder.

  • HAZEM-SAEED-AL-NOWAIS

    Hazem Saeed Al Nowais

    Chief Executive Officer, Waha Land

    Mr. Al Nowais is CEO of Waha Land, the real estate arm of Waha Capital, managing its industrial development, ALMARKAZ. With 21 years of experience in construction, design management and real estate development, Mr. Al Nowais has held senior positions with organizations including Aldar Properties, the Abu Dhabi Public Works Department and the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company.

    Mr. Al Nowais holds a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, USA. He received the Sheikh Rashid Award for Academic Excellence in 1997, and is a member of the Tau Sigma Delta National Honor Society in Architecture and Applied Arts (USA).

  • Fahad-Al-Qassim

    Fahad Al Qassim

    Managing Director, Head of Principal Investments

    Mr. Al Qassim heads Waha Capital’s Principal Investments team, managing strategic proprietary investments, such as AerCap, Dunia Finance and Waha Land. He sits on the board of a number of companies, including Bahrain’s Addax Bank, Al Bashayer Investment Banking, First Education Holding; in addition to serving as the company’s representative on Dunia Finance’s board. 

    Prior to joining Waha Capital in 2009, Mr. Al Qassim held various positions at the Executive Council in the Government of Dubai, Dubai Islamic Bank, and Dubai Aluminum Company. 

    Mr. Al Qassim is a UAE national and holds a BSc. (Hons) in Applied Computing from Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) specializing in Finance & Investments from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

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    Mohamed El Jamal

    Managing Director, Head of Public Markets

    Mohamed El Jamal is responsible for Waha Capital’s investments in capital markets and the company’s fund offering to third-party investors.

    Mohamed joined Waha Capital in 2010, since then, he has been instrumental in setting-up and developing Waha’s asset management platform. He is the lead portfolio manager of the flagship funds -- Waha CEEMEA Credit Fund and the Waha Mena Equity Fund – both of which have a long term track record of outperformance and have attracted a compelling mix of regional and international investors.

    Mr El Jamal has more than 13 years of professional experience investing across capital structure, including public equities and bonds, private senior and subordinated debt. Prior to joining Waha Capital, he worked for Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking in London focusing on equity and debt financing transactions with an aggregate size in excess of $10 billion covering transport, defense, healthcare, oil & gas, waste and utilities industries.

    Mohamed holds a Master Degree in Financial Engineering, which he obtained with Honors, from ESSEC Business School in France.

     
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    Mirza Beg

    Managing Director, Head of Private Debt

    Mirza Beg is Head of Private Debt at Waha Capital, leading the development of the business, including sourcing and execution of transactions and raising third-party capital.

    Mirza has over two decades of experience in investing and investment banking in the United States, Europe, Asia and the MENA region. Mirza previously helped establish the European offices of GSO Capital Partners (now part of the Blackstone Group) where he was involved in multiple public and private market investments.

    Prior to joining Waha Capital, Mirza held senior roles at HSBC in the UAE, advising mid-market companies on financings, capital structure advisory and restructurings, and in London as Head of HSBC Direct Principal Investments (Europe and Middle East) where he led multiple private equity investments and managed the European private equity portfolio. He also spent several years at Credit Suisse, including as Managing Director heading the ‘illiquid investing’ business for the European Special Situations Group and as a senior member of the European Financial Sponsors Group. During his banking career, Mirza has executed over $50 billion worth of M&A and financing transactions for various private equity sponsors and corporates.

    Mirza graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Peter Haoly

    Peter Howley

    General Counsel & Company Secretary

    Mr. Howley leads the Waha Capital group legal team.  Mr. Howley is responsible for the company’s legal and regulatory affairs, corporate governance and company secretarial functions. Prior to joining Waha Capital in 2013, Mr. Howley practiced law for a top-tier international law firm in London, where he led a variety of M&A, private equity and other international corporate transactions.

    Mr. Howley is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and is licensed to practise by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority of England and Wales.  Mr. Howley holds a degree of Bachelor of Laws with European Law form the University of Leeds. 

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    Amer Aidi

    Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications

    Amer Aidi leads Waha Capital’s marketing and corporate communications efforts, and advises the company’s senior leadership team. He is responsible for the stewarship of the Waha Capital brand  and the delivery of marketing and communications programmes that support the company’s business ambitions. Prior to joining Waha Capital in 2014, Mr. Aidi worked with globally-renowned organisations such as BMW, Citibank, Nestlé, Majid Al Futtaim and Amlak Finance, helping them build their brands regionally and internationally.

    Mr. Aidi holds a BA in Business Communications from the University of Kansas, USA and is currently pursuing a Masters in Integrated Marketing from New York University. He is an active member of the Chief Marketing Officer Council and the Middle East Public Relations Association.

  • ERGHAM-ALBACHIR

    Ergham Al Bachir

    Head of Human Resources and Administration

    Ms. Al Bachir heads the human resource and administration functions at Waha Capital, focusing on talent mapping, performance management, learning and development, and Emiratization . She has over 14 years of experience in the private and the public sector, and has held a number of positions leading strategic human resources teams and developing national talent programs.

    Before joining Waha Capital, Ms. Al Bachir was Director of Corporate Affairs at Istithmar World, an investment company part of Dubai World. Prior to Istithmar, she served as Advisor and Head of the Technical Support Unit at UAE National Human Resources Development Authority. 

    Ms. Al Bachir holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool, UK.

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