Some of the most eminent business personalities of the UAE, with enviable reputations of leading large organisations constitute our Board of Directors.
Click on the names to read their profiles
Marka’s world class management team, combines decades of experience in the international retail industry.
Click on the names to read their profiles
Jamal Al Hai is the Executive Senior Vice President of Dubai Airports. He has helped with the rapid growth of Dubai International Airport, one of the fastest growing airports in the world and recognised as the aviation hub of the Middle East. Mr. Al Hai is currently working on the rapid expansion of Dubai World Central (DWC) airport, expects to host 25-30 airlines by 2015 and after completion is expected to be the largest airport in the world.
Mr. Al Hai is the Chairman of ExecuJet Middle East, an aircraft management provider of private leasing jets, jet services and maintenance; Global Jet, flights and leasing aircrafts; Alpha Tours, airline ticketing, fleet of buses for tourism, a cruise ship, and hotels; ALPHA-55, a group of companies representing international companies in the fields of simulator, soil testing and sports fields (indoor and outdoor); and Al Hai Motors, which represents three different Chinese car manufacturers with a showroom and a facility for parts and services.
Mr. Al Hai was a former member of FNC – Federal National Council UAE Parliament, representing the Emirate of Dubai. Mr. Al Hai is a current member of the Canadian Business Council and the Dubai Airshow Supreme Committee.
Mr. Khaled Almheiri is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Evolvence Capital and has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development. He primarily focuses his efforts on strategic direction, business development, and investor and regulatory relations. Mr. Almheiri has extensive capital raising and investment experience and holds operational management and board mandates of various Evolvence Capital initiatives.
He is the chairman of the Evolvence India Fund, the first independent India focused Fund of Funds; Repton Dubai, the first overseas partner school of the prestigious UK public school; Evolvence India Life Sciences Fund, a private equity fund focusing on pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in India; and Evolvence Knowledge Investments, formed to promote educational institutions in the GCC. Mr. Almheiri has successfully established franchised operations in the GCC region for reputed international brands such as Nina Ricci, Vogue, Zadig and Voltaire, among others. Mr. Almheiri also currently serves on the board of Arady Real Estate, and Amzaan.
Prior to founding Evolvence Capital in 2000, Mr. Almheiri worked in the North America Department of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) where he specialised in technology and telecommunication equity investments. Mr. Almheiri holds a B.S. in Finance from Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA.
Hamad Al Shamsi is the CEO of Private Investment Company whose objectives inter alia, encompasses investments and large scale real estate development projects. Mr. Al Shamsi served in the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority prior to gaining the Private Department of the Late His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Furthermore, Mr. Al Shamsi is represented in the Board of Directors of several leading Government and Private Institutions engaged in commercial, financial, aviation and service based activities. Mr. Al Shamsi is a graduate in Business Administration from UAE University, Al Ain and, also, has an MBA in Business Administration majoring in Finance and Banking.
Abubaker Al Khoori is the Chairman of Aldar Properties P.J.S.C. and was previously the Managing Director of Sorouh Real Estate P.J.S.C. Mr. Al Khoori has more than 13 years of experience in the fields of finance and investment in private equity funds and direct deals in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Sorouh, Mr. Al Khoori worked as the Assistant Director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), where his role was to oversee the Private Equities Portfolio of ADIA.
He was also responsible for the daily operation of the department and its investments globally. He was seconded by ADIA in 1998 to Advent International in the UK and the United States for six months, where he worked on direct deals with the Advent team. Mr. Al Khoori holds a Bachelor Degree in Finance from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, USA. He is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of AIMR. He also completed the Executive Business Program at the Harvard Business School in 2001.
Mohammad AlQahtany is the Managing Director of Abwab Capital, a DIFC regulated Investment Company. Under his leadership he oversaw a fundamental restructuring of Abwab Capital (formerly Univest Capital) into an investment boutique firm focusing on GCC investment banking transactions and asset management.
Mr. AlQahtany is also the Chairman and Managing Director of First Equilease, a leading leasing company in Kuwait with a focus on providing equipment leasing solutions for the GCC construction market. Previously, Mr. AlQahtany was the founder and CEO of Alaman Investment Company, a leading Shariah-compliant investment bank listed on the Kuwaiti Stock Exchange.
Under his leadership, Alaman was considered to be one of the largest Islamic firms in terms of assets under management in the GCC.
Prior to joining Alaman, Mr. AlQahtany was the Deputy General Manager of Industrial and Financial Investments Company (IFIC), a publicly listed investment company on the Kuwaiti Stock Exchange.
During his time at IFIC, Mohammad was part of the team that launched the first ever private equity fund in Kuwait (Direct Investment Fund) in1998, the first Islamic venture leasing fund (Commvest Ijara) in 2000 and the first Kuwaiti internationally recognized index fund in Kuwait (IFIC Dow Jones Kuwait Index Fund) in 2005.
Mr. AlQahtany is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He holds a Masters degree with honors in Accounting from the University of Miami (Florida, USA) and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Kuwait University.
Jamal Abdulla Ali Al Shaafar is the CEO of Al Masaood Group. The Al Masaood Group was established more than fifty years ago and has grown under the guidance of Mr. Al Shaafar from being a small trading house, to one of the largest trading and commercial organisations in the UAE and the Middle East.
Mr. Al Shaafar is a partner at 365 Marine Services Centre Co., which provides solutions, repair and maintenance of marine equipment and engines; and Emirates Mountain Valley Water, an American premium domestic bottled water. Emirates Mountain Valley Water is a two time gold medal winner of “The Best Water in the World” spring water and silver medal winner for sparkling water in the USA. Mr. Al Shaafar holds a B.S. in Business Management from Southeastern University, Washington D.C., USA.
Copyright © 2017 Marka. All rights reserved.