OUR PEOPLE

SHUAA’s strength is derived from our experienced and diverse workforce

We’re proud to employ a workforce from over 24 different countries. A quarter of our employees are women, and the average experience of our management team members spans ~23 years.

24+

Nationalities

23+ years

Average experience of senior management

28%+

Female representation

Board of Directors

Chairman

Fadhel Al Ali

Vice Chairman

Badr Al-Olama

Director

Murshed Al Redaini

Director

Maha AlQattan

Managing Director

Jassim Alseddiqi

Chairman

Fadhel Al Ali

Fadhel Al Ali was appointed as a Board Member to the SHUAA Board in June 2019 and was appointed as the Chairman in July 2019.

His last position with First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) was as Deputy Group CEO and Group Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining FAB 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. Mr. Al Ali led the financial restructuring of Dubai Holding’s investment groups and led the new business model of Dubai Holding as a strategic investor.

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.

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

Mr. Al Ali is the Chairman of Dubai Financial Services Authority and is a board member with Abu Dhabi Holding (ADQ), Commercial International Bank (EGYPT) and is the Vice-Chairman of WIO Bank. Apart from this, he is the Chairman of IMKAN WATERFRONT-Morocco and MIRA BANK-Serbia.

Mr. Al Ali holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and System Engineering from University of Southern California and a degree in High Performance Boards, International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne.

Vice Chairman

Badr Al-Olama

Badr Al-Olama is the Executive Director of the UAE Clusters unit within Mubadala’s UAE Investments platform which has been formed to accelerate the UAE’s economic transformation by investing in national champions, fostering vibrant industrial and commercial clusters, and partnering with world-class global organizations.

In addition to his responsibilities in overseeing a diverse portfolio of businesses in multiple sectors spanning across technology, aerospace, and healthcare, Badr is leading a dynamic team that are incubating new sectors and startups to further diversify the UAE’s economy, and is also heading the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) – a pioneering collaborative platform that has been jointly established by the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Badr is the Chairman of Strata Manufacturing (Strata), the Sanad Group (Sanad), and Emirates Post Group, and also serves as a Board Director at Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), Mubadala Health, SHUAA Capital, Oumolat Security Printing, YAS Holding LLC, TASIAP GmbH – a joint venture with Daimler AG, as well as a number of automotive and energy joint ventures in Algeria. Through GMIS, Badr also oversees the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity – an open innovation platform that aims to accelerate solutions that solve real world challenges that are linked to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Nominated as a ‘Young Global Leader for the Middle East and North Africa Region’ by the World Economic Forum in 2016, Badr began his career as a lawyer and holds a degree in Shari’a and Law from the UAE University (2002) as well as an LL.M from Harvard Law School (2005).

Director

Murshed Al Redaini

Murshed Al Redaini is the Advisor to the Chairman of Yas Holding, prior to which he held the position of Group CEO at Yas Holding. During his 16-year tenure with the group, Murshed guided the transformation of Yas Holding into a thriving, agile and diversified portfolio that today spans more than 50 companies employing 7,000 employees.

Murshed has been with the group since its inception in 2006, initially as the Founder and CEO of C4 Advanced Solutions (now an EDGE Group company). Thereafter, he assumed the role of Group CEO to spearhead Yas Holding’s rapidly expanding portfolio.

Under his leadership, the group delivered acquisitions spanning vital economic sectors, including agriculture, food, healthcare, education, aviation, real estate, and technology services. Murshed also led the group’s expansion into international markets, including Serbia, Morocco, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Egypt.

Murshed values his 15-year service with the UAE Armed Forces with pride, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the USA and an MBA from the UAE. As an accomplished business leader, he serves on several internal and external boards.

Director

Maha AlQattan

Maha AlQattan has been leading the People function at DP World since 2017. As Group Chief People & Sustainability Officer, Maha is focused on empowering DP World’s global trade portfolio of more than 71,000 people in over 69 countries.

Maha is passionate about driving strategic business value through culture, performance management and talent development, and sees the people function as key to fostering smarter thinking, more creative innovations, and stronger outcomes.

Since joining DP World, Maha has transformed the HR function from more traditional practices to more innovative and agile ways of working, from introducing AI applications to improve productivity, to introducing DP World Principles.

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. She is also a graduate of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development Promising Leader’s programme run by Duke University and INSEAD 

Managing Director

Jassim Alseddiqi

Jassim Alseddiqi is a serial entrepreneur, he is the founder of several financial, technology, and real estate ventures.

He is currently Board Member and Managing Director of SHUAA Capital, the leading asset management and investment banking firm in the Middle East, listed on the Dubai Financial Market. He is also the Chairman of Salama Insurance, one of the largest insurance companies in the Middle East, and also the Chairman of Eshraq Investments, a billion dollar investment platform listed on the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange. Jassim also serves on the boards of First Abu Dhabi Bank, the largest bank in the Middle East, and Dana Gas.

Jassim holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He has also served as a noted lecturer at the Abu Dhabi-based The Petroleum Institute (now known as Khalifah University for Science and Technology).

Management Team

Group CEO, Head of Investment Banking

Fawad Tariq Khan

Bechara Raad
Group Chief Operating Officer

Bechara Raad

Group Chief Legal & Compliance Officer

Bachir Nawar

MD, Head of Public & Private Markets

Ajit Vijay Joshi

Head of Debt

Natasha Hannoun

Group CEO, Head of Investment Banking

Fawad Tariq Khan

Fawad is the Group CEO, Head of Investment Banking at SHUAA Capital psc, the DFM-listed entity and a leading asset management and investment banking platform.

Fawad also serves on the Board of Directors of Northacre-London and NCM a global FX and commodities platform.

Fawad started his career with Deloitte based out of London before joining the Dubai office where he helped set up its Middle East debt advisory practice.

He holds an MSc in Business Studies from UCD Smurfit Business School and a BSc in Computer Science from University College Cork. Fawad also served with the Irish Reserve Defence Forces in the military police.

Bechara Raad

Group Chief Operating Officer

Bechara Raad

Bechara is the Group Chief Operating Officer responsible for overseeing the Group’s support and operational functions and ensuring timely provisions and allocation of human, financial and physical resources. Bechara has nearly 30 years of professional experience, having held several senior positions in the financial services industry, including Chief Operating Officer at Credit Suisse for the Middle East and Africa and Chief Operating Officer at Audi Capital in Saudi Arabia. He also has extensive experience in hi-tech firms and entrepreneurial ventures.

Bechara holds an MBA from INSEAD (MBA ’95D), an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech (MS ’91), and a BEng from the American University of Beirut (BE ’89).

Group Chief Legal & Compliance Officer

Bachir Nawar

Bachir is the Group Chief Legal & Compliance Officer of the Group and manages the multijurisdictional legal and compliance requirements of the business.

With over 18 years of experience, Bachir focuses on transactional cross border work, strategic distressed opportunities and contentious matters. He is known for his expertise in the area of shareholder activism, he specializes in governance improvement while implementing portfolio turn-around strategies.

Bachir holds an LLB from Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon.

MD, Head of Public & Private Markets

Ajit Vijay Joshi

Ajit is the MD, Head of Public & Private Markets. He is also the investment manager of Goldilocks Investment Company Limited, an investment fund launched in 2015. Goldilocks has a mandate to invest in listed equities by taking a constructive activist role and unlock value.

Ajit joined the Group in August 2014 and has over 16 years of professional experience in technology consulting, equity research, investment banking and investment management.

Prior to joining the Group, Ajit worked with Bank Muscat’s investment banking team where he advised and executed equity and debt advisory transactions across GCC’s petrochemicals, contracting, oil gas services, marine and hospitality sectors.

Ajit holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering and holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Lucknow.

Head of Debt

Natasha Hannoun

Natasha is the Head of Debt.

She has broad experience in advisory, origination, structuring and execution across multiple asset classes including Private Equity and Debt Investments, Real Estate and Fixed Income.

Over the last five years, in her previous role as a Director with the Private Debt platform of the Group, she has structured over USD 7 bn in financing including last mile and mezzanine financing.

Prior to joining the Group in 2014, Natasha was part of the Corporate Finance and Debt Advisory team at Deloitte Corporate Finance Advisory in Dubai.

Natasha holds an MSc in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Bristol in the UK with a year at University of Bologna, Italy.