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Fadel Al Ali

Fadhel A.B. Al Ali


Al Ali currently serves as the Deputy Group CEO & Group Chief Operating Officer of First Abu Dhabi Bank.

A strategic leader with extensive experience in corporate governance and commercial roles in a variety of business contexts such as start ups, rapid growth, fix-it and turnarounds. Focused on value creation to meet shareholder expectations. Breadth of experience, having worked in multiple industries including real estate, hospitality, investment and banking and having led corporate functional organizations such as Finance, HR, Legal, Business Excellence and Marketing and Communication.

Depth of banking experience in managing the risk to reward tradeoffs in the consumer business products, in setting client service goals and in achieving a profitable portfolio in a competitive working environment. Extensive experience on boards of publicly listed companies across industry sectors.

Prior to joining First Abu Dhabi Bank in 2017, Mr. Al Ali was the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding, a global group with assets of USD 35 billion across 21 countries and interest in 14 economic sectors. Al Ali also served in a number  of C-Suite roles at Dubai Holding including as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Al Ali started his career at Dubai Municipality in 1987, before joining Citibank in 1989.  At Citibank Al Ali quickly rose up the ranks and was appointed as UAE Head of Distribution, before his departure to join Dubai Holding in 2004.

Al Ali is a member of the Executive Committee of First Abu Dhabi Bank and is a board member of  its  FAB(Suisse) Private Bank SA and Vice Chairman of  First Gulf Libya Bank. He is the Chairman of Board of Directors of MIRA Bank, Serbia. He is also  the Vice Chairman of  Dubai Financial Services Authority, and a board member of Abu Dhabi Development Holding (ADQ). 

Mr. Al Ali holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and System Engineering from University of Southern California.

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Ahmed Bin Braik

Vice Chairman

Bin Braik is a prominent UAE national banker, Ahmed Bin Braik ranks amongst the senior most finance professionals in the GCC and MENA region. Mr. Bin Braik initially joined Citibank N.A. in 1981 as an Account Officer – Relationship Management. Having held key roles such as Corporate Banking Head and Private Banking Group Head, to then become Business Manager UAE & Gulf, Mr. Bin Braik went on to lead Citibank N.A. UAE & Oman as CEO for 12 years. He established a diversified business in Commercial and Retail to become today a premier institution in the UAE and the first in many areas including leadership in credit cards and  winning of Dubai Quality Awards. During his tenure, Citibank N.A. registered an explosive growth in profits from a loss of AED 1 million in 1990, to touch a record AED 150 million.

Most recently, Bin Braik held senior positions within Majid Al Futtaim Holding (MAF) where he worked for nearly 10 years, retiring as the Deputy CEO of the Group Holding Company and a member of the Holding Board. Bin Braik was instrumental in shaping the overall strategy of the business, negotiating key joint ventures and making acquisitions for the Group including the successful signing of the JV Agreement with Orix and JCB International to issue credit cards. During his tenure at MAF, Bin Braik has held various key roles including the Chairman of MAF Ventures, Deputy Chairman of MAF Properties, Board Member of MAF Retail, MAF Trust, CEO of MAF Ventures and Acting CEO of MAF Properties.

Prior to joining MAF, Bin Braik founded and served as CEO of Dubai Bank, the first UAE Bank to be successfully launched in a record time of 4 months, thus creating a new benchmark in delivery cycles as well as sheer innovation in new products and services.

A seasoned industry veteran, he was also Founder Board member of the Dubai International Financial Centre and Dubai Economic Council, as well as a board member of Bank Islam Malaysia, MasterCard Middle East, Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, Al Masraf Bank UAE, and British Telecom Saudia, as well as Chairman of 3D Consulting.

Bin Braik is a graduate of Leeds University, UK, and is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

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Murshed Alredaini


Murshed Alredaini holds the position of Group CEO of Yas Holding LLC (YHL), a UAE-based holding company with over 60 subsidiaries in the UAE and abroad. In addition to this, he is a Board Member of several companies including Mira Bank, a Serbian commercial bank, part of the United Arab Emirates-based Royal Group conglomerate.

Murshed joined Yas Holding in 2006 as CEO of C4 Advanced Solutions (now an EDGE Group company) and was appointed to Group CEO in 2015. Since this time he has overseen the growth and diversification of Yas Holding’s operational capabilities into a range of business sectors. Murshed has expanded the YHL group into nine new markets spanning three continents and multiple countries including Serbia, Morocco, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iceland, Egypt, Jordan. The YHL Group continues to support the UAE’s strategic requirements including food security, education, healthcare, and government services.

Murshed had previously served in the UAE Armed Forces for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics Engineering from the USA and holds an MBA from the UAE.

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Christopher Ward


Chris Ward has had over 30 years’ experience in corporate finance, during which time he has advised on many transactions and capital raisings in a wide variety of sectors and markets.

Chris was an equity partner of Deloitte in the UK from 1979 to 2008 (when he relocated to Dubai), and held a number of roles at various times, including Head of Corporate Finance Advisory in the UK and Global Head of Corporate Finance Advisory. More recently, from September 2008 to May 2011, Chris established and ran the Financial Advisory Services practice of Deloitte in the Middle East, as the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Corporate Finance Limited (DFCL), a company regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. In February 2012, he joined the Board of Qannas Investments Limited, and has served as the Company’s chairman since then. From September 2014 to April 2018, he served on the Board of Gems Education Group, and chaired the Investment Committee of the Board..

Chris served from 2007 to 2011 as a member of the Board of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (“ICAEW”). He was the Faculty’s Chairman from 2004 to 2008 and during his tenure the Faculty launched the Corporate Finance qualification. Until his move to Dubai, he was a member of the Council of the ICAEW. In 2011, he received the award of ‘Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Finance’ from the ICAEW.

Chris is a qualified UK Chartered Accountant (a Fellow of the ICAEW) and while at DFCL, was authorised by the Dubai Financial Services Authority to conduct investment business. Prior to moving to Dubai, he was authorised by the UK’s FSA. He is a graduate in Commerce & Accounting (B.Sc.) from Southampton University, and is a holder of the Corporate Finance qualification (CF).

Badr Al Olama

Badr Al-Olama


Badr Al-Olama is the Executive Director of the UAE Clusters unit within Mubadala’s UAE Investments platform. 

The platform contributes to the acceleration of the UAE’s economic transformation, and investing in national world class champions, fostering vibrant industrial and commercial clusters, and partnering with world-class global entities. 

In addition to his responsibilities in overseeing a diverse portfolio of assets in multiple sectors including technology, aerospace, and healthcare, Badr is leading a dynamic team that are incubating new sectors to further diversify the UAE’s economy such as clean energy and life sciences. 

Through his career journey Badr led aerospace investments at Mubadala which included key portfolio assets such as Strata Manufacturing PJSC (Strata), Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, and Sanad Group (Sanad). Prior to that, Badr was the Chief Executive Officer at Strata and was instrumental in positioning the company as a global tier-one supplier to both Airbus and Boeing. 

Badr is the Chairman of both Strata and Sanad, and also serves as a Board Director at Mubadala Health, Yahsat, Oumolat Security Printing and TASIAP GmbH – a joint venture with Daimler. 

In addition to his role at Mubadala, Badr heads the organizing committee for the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit (GMIS) where he oversees the Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity – an open innovation platform that seeks to solve real-world challenges by fore-fronting the corporate social responsibility of global manufacturers. 

Badr holds a degree in Shari’a and Law from the UAE University, LL.M from Harvard Law School, and was nominated as a Young Global Leader for the Middle East and North Africa regions by the World Economic Forum. 

Maha Al Qattan

Maha AlQattan


Maha has been leading the HR Function at DP World since March 2017, as Group Chief People Officer.  DP World is a leading enabler of global trade and an integral part of the supply chain. From marine and inland terminals, maritime services, logistics and ancillary services to technology-driven trade solutions, DP World’s global trade portfolio, has more than 56,000 people in over 50 countries around world.

Maha is an experienced HR professional, who is passionate about driving strategic business value through culture, performance management, talent development, rewards, and technology. Maha has a wealth of international experience, introducing HR led solutions in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East across different industries, including Property Development, Healthcare, Power Generation Services, Ports, Logistics and Trade. Throughout her career, Maha has led several business integration and transformation processes at a global, regional, and local level, including Alstom (GE’s largest industrial acquisition), Jafza, Dubai Dry Docks, P&O Ferries, Unifeeder, and Nakheel’s Northern Project. 

Since joining DP World in 2017, Maha has driven the HR transformation from more traditional HR practices to agile ways of working, she has led cultural change through introducing DP World Principles, a  stronger Performance Management Model, redefined Reward strategy, and deployed Leadership Development Programs at different levels. Maha has also led the capability building to support DP World’s new business ventures in Logistics and Technologies.  She has also been a great supporter of introducing AI applications across the business to improve productivity. Maha is also a board member for companies located in Dubai, India and Turkey, like Dry Docks World Dubai LLC, Hindustan Ports Private Ltd (SCO), DP World Yarimca and Member of the Board of Trustees for the Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II). 

Maha has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labour Relations, from Cornell University (USA) and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was awarded the Undergraduate Excellence Award for academic achievement. She is also a graduate of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development Promising Leader’s program run by Duke University and INSEAD.


Lamis Al Hashimy


Lamis Al Hashimy is the Co-Founder of Palmade®, a UAE initiative aimed to replace single-use plastics through a new biodegradable composite that uses date palm biomass. The company’s mission is to create a new economy around palm made products that help our society make conscious choices about how we consume and live in harmony with our natural world.

Lamis is a seasoned finance professional who has held senior positions in the fields of Finance, Investor Relations and Corporate Governance. At Dubai Holding, for more than decade, Lamis set up and led the Investor Relations and Corporate Governance Departments. She participated in global road shows to raise funding for Dubai Holding and its subsidiaries, assisted in the management and refinancing of debt structures, and led discussions with rating agencies, investors and stakeholders. She also played a leading role in institutionalizing independent boards of directors for Dubai Holding and its subsidiaries.

Since 2014, Lamis is a founding Board Member of the Milele Zanzibar Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded by a group of concerned global citizens with the aim of ensuring the sustainable development and improved quality of Zanzibari communities. With an endowment of $15m, the organization is helping to accelerate progress in the areas of health, education and livelihood opportunities.

In her earlier career, Lamis built her international expertise at top firms such Deloitte in Boston, Massachusetts and Morgan Stanley in London, UK.

Lamis holds a Bachelors and Master Degree of Science in Accounting from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College in Massachusetts, USA.

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