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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.

  • HUSSAIN-JASIM-AL-NOWAIS

    H.E Hussain Jasim Al Nowais

    Chairman

    His Excellency Mr. Al Nowais has over 26 years of experience in business management, banking, project finance, investment, as well as within the hospitality and real estate sectors. He has extensive experience in the development of industrial, infrastructure, and energy projects. Moreover, he has led the establishment of new businesses and acquisition of existing companies, primarily in the Gulf and wider Middle East region.

    H.E. Al Nowais holds a number of board positions with large public and private companies. He is Chairman of Waha Capital, SENAAT, National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, Al Nowais Investments and MENA Infrastructure Fund. 

    H.E. Al Nowais holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, USA. He has since attended various Executive Management courses at INSEAD in France and London Business School in the UK.

  • ABUBAKER-SEDDIQ-AL-KHOORI

    Abubaker Seddiq Al Khoori

    Vice Chairman

    His Excellency Mr. Al Khoori is the Chairman of Aldar Properties. Previously, he was the Managing Director of Sorouh Real Estate, and worked as the Assistant Director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. 

    Mr. Al Khoori has over 15 years of experience in the fields of finance and international investment and over 8 years in the real estate sector. He is currently the Vice Chairman of both Waha Capital PJSC and Senaat. He is also a board member in Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC).

    Mr. Al Khoori holds a degree in Finance from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, USA, and is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of AIMR.

  • SALEM-RASHID-AL-NOAIMI

    Salem Rashid Al Noaimi

    Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

    Salem Rashid Al Noaimi is Waha Capital’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. 

    Mr. Al Noaimi has led Waha Capital since 2009, overseeing the company’s strategic transformation into a leading investment company, managing proprietary and third-party assets. Previously, he served as the Deputy CEO of Waha Capital, and CEO of Waha Leasing. 

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Al Noaimi held various positions at Dubai Islamic Bank, the UAE Central Bank, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, and Kraft Foods. He serves on the board of a number of companies, including New York-listed AerCap Holdings, Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Dunia Finance and Anglo Arabian Healthcare.

    Mr. 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 Khalifa Al Dhaheri

    Director

    Mr. Al Dhaheri is Chairman of Ali & Sons Holding LLC, Foodco Holding PJSC, and HQ Creative Live Communication Co LLC. He also serves on the boards of Syriatel, Al Wathba National Insurance Co PJSC and Abu Dhabi Aviation.

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

  • FAHAD-SAEED-AL-RAQBANI

    Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani

    Director

    His Excellency Mr. Al Raqbani is the Director General of Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development. He previously held senior roles at Mubadala Development Company and UAE Offsets Group. In addition to Waha Capital, he serves on several boards including Senaat, Emirates Steel Company, Tabreed, Duke University and Future Centre for Special Needs.

    H.E. Al Raqbani holds a degree in International Economics from the American University of Paris and a Master’s degree in Finance and Risk Management from Lille Graduate School of Management.

  • MANSOUR-MOHAMED-AL-MULLA

    Mansour Mohamed Al Mulla

    Director

    Mr. Al Mulla serves as the Head of Finance - Energy at Mubadala Development Company, in which he overlooks all financial matters relating to the Energy platform’s portfolio assets, comprising mainly oil and gas and renewable assets. 

    In addition to Waha Capital, he serves on the boards of Aldar Properties PJSC and Anglo Arabian Healthcare. Mr. Al Mulla has 14 years of work experience.

    Mr. Al Mulla holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA.

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.

  • SALEM-RASHID-AL-NOAIMI

    Salem Rashid Al Noaimi

    Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

    Salem Rashid Al Noaimi is Waha Capital’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. Mr. Al Noaimi has led Waha Capital since 2009, overseeing the company’s strategic transformation into a leading investment company, managing proprietary and third-party assets. Previously, he served as the Deputy CEO of Waha Capital, and CEO of Waha Leasing. Earlier in his career, Mr. Al Noaimi held various positions at Dubai Islamic Bank, the UAE Central Bank, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, and Kraft Foods. He serves on the board of a number of companies, including New York-listed AerCap Holdings, Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Dunia Finance, Siraj Finance, and Anglo Arabian Healthcare.

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

  • ALAIN DIB

    Alain Dib

    Chief Operating Officer

    Alain Dib joined Waha Capital in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer, to oversee the company’s operations, business development and investment activities. Mr. Dib joined Waha Capital after a 20-year career at BNP Paribas, where he held senior investment banking positions, including in leveraged finance, acquisition finance, high yield debt and convertible bond origination. 

    Prior to that, Mr. Dib was based in London as the Managing Director, Head of Equity Capital Markets EMEA, for BNP Paribas and a member of the Corporate Finance Management UK and CIB Management Committees. He had also headed the bank’s Restructuring and Advisory Group, the Distressed Finance Group, and was joint-head for the European High Yield Group. Mr. Dib previously also worked at Deutsche Bank as a Managing Director in its European Leverage Finance Group. He holds a Sup de Co degree from the Reims Management School in France. 

  • 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.

  • 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 12 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).

  • ABDELLAH-SBAI

    Abdellah Sbai

    Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets

    Mr. Abdellah Sbai is the head of the Capital Markets division, leading investment in emerging markets fixed income, equities and private credit. He is also responsible for raising third-party assets for Waha Capital Markets funds. Mr Sbai has over 20 years of experience in asset management, investment banking and aviation. 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.

  • HANI-RAMADAN

    Hani Ramadan

    Managing Director, Head of Private Equity

    Mr. Ramadan heads Waha Capital’s Private Equity team, and is responsible for capital raising, origination and execution of transactions, and overall investment strategy. 

    Mr. Ramadan joined Waha Capital in 2009 and has over 17 years of experience in investment banking, principal investing and private equity in New York, London and the United Arab Emirates

    Before joining Waha Capital, Mr. Ramadan held an Executive Director position with the investment banking team at Morgan Stanley in London and Dubai, covering sovereign wealth funds and financial sponsors.  Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Ramadan held the position of Vice President with the investment banking team at UBS in New York and London, where he primarily covered the industrials and transportation sectors. Mr. Ramadan began his career with Abdul Latif Jameel Group in Saudi Arabia where he was part of the consulting and operational enhancement team.

     

     

    Mr. Ramadan holds a Master of Business Administration from New York University, Stern School of Business, a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University of Beirut, and is a CFA charter holder.

  • 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.

  • Chakib

    Chakib Aabouche

    Managing Director, Head of Risk Management

    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.

  • SAFWAN-SAID

    Safwan Said

    General Counsel & Company Secretary

    Mr. Said leads the Waha Capital legal team, and is responsible for the company’s legal affairs, corporate governance, and company secretarial and compliance functions. He is also a member of the company’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining Waha Capital in 2010, Mr. Said practised law for over 10 years at top-tier international law firms in Dubai and Melbourne, where he led a wide variety of international corporate transactions.

    Mr. Said is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Australia and the International Bar Association.

  • Fady

    Fady Sleiman

    Head of Information Technology

    Mr. Sleiman is responsible for information technology at Waha Capital and spearheads the company’s operational transformation programme. He has over 15 years of experience in the finance, oil and gas, healthcare and aviation sectors in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. Prior to joining Waha Capital, Mr. Sleiman was Chief Information Officer for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey at GE, having started his career with the company’s Information Technology Leadership Program at GE Crotonville’s Jack Welch Management Institute. 

    Mr. Sleiman has a BSC Honours in computer science with business information systems from Nottingham Trent University.

  • 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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    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.

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