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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.

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    Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi

    Chairman

    Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi is the Chairman of Waha Capital.

    In addition, Mr. Al Muhairi is the Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer of Mubadala Investment Company, where he has strategic oversight of the company’s broad investment portfolio and special projects at the group level while ensuring that the company’s four platforms are coordinating efficiently.

    He is also Chief Executive Officer of the Alternative Investments & Infrastructure platform and leads Mubadala’s healthcare, real estate & infrastructure, and capital investment portfolios.

    Mr. Al Muhairi is a member of Mubadala’s Investment Committee, which is mandated with developing the company’s investment policies, establishing investment guidelines and reviewing all proposed projects and investments to ensure they are in line with business objectives.

    He currently serves as Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland Clinic in the United States. He is also the Vice Chairman of Aldar Properties and a board member of Abu Dhabi Global Market, Emirates Investment Authority, Tamouh Investments, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) and InvestCorp, Bahrain.

    Mr. Al Muhairi was one of the principal architects behind the Abu Dhabi 2030 Economic Vision. Prior to joining Mubadala, he worked with the UAE Offsets Program Bureau as a Senior Project Manager. Past roles include working with McKinsey & Company as a commercial and governmental consultant. 

    Mr. Al Muhairi holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Foreign Service in Economics and Finance from Georgetown University, USA.

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    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.

     

     

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    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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    H.E. Nader Al Hammadi

    Director

    H.E. Nader Al Hammadi is an established member of the Abu Dhabi business community and joined the Waha Capital board in 2019.

    He is the current Chairman of Abu Dhabi Aviation, Decovision and Tamouh Investments, and Vice Chairman of International Holdings Company. He also holds board positions at several private companies including Royal Jet and Maximus Air Cargo.

    In 2017, he was announced as a member of Abu Dhabi’s Aviation Sector Development Committee. Mr. Al Hammadi has previously held senior positions at Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) and Presidential Flight, where his roles included Managing Director and CEO.

    He holds a post-graduate degree in Engineering Business Management from Warwick University, UK, and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Electronics (Avionics) from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, USA. He has also trained at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

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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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    Mohamed Hussain Al Nowais

    Director

    Mr. Mohamed is the Chairman and Managing Director of Tama Investment & Development LLC. Previously he was an Investment Associate at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). Also, Al Nowais worked briefly with J.P. Morgan in New York, USA, as an Investment Banking Analyst and worked with Al Nowais Investment Company in Abu Dhabi as a Business Analyst.

    He also completed multiple internships with international financial institutions including HSBC in Abu Dhabi and Citi Bank in London, UK. In addition.

    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.

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    Ahmed Khalifa Al Mehairi

    Chief Executive Officer

     

    As Chief Executive Officer of Waha Capital PJSC, Ahmed Khalifa Al Mehairi drives the overall direction and strategy of the company, seeking to build on its diversified investment portfolio and generating greater returns for its stakeholders and shareholders.

    Prior to his appointment at Waha Capital, Mr. Al Mehairi was a senior investment professional at the Global Special Situations Department of the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC). Before joining ADIC in 2008, he worked in the field of equities investments at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).

    Mr. Al Mehairi has extensive experience within a wide range of asset classes and sectors in the field of Asset Management and Investments. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company PJSC, and previously served on the Boards of  Al Dar Properties PJSC, Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), TAQA Morocco, National Health Insurance Company – Daman, Massar Solutions, Foodco Holding, Aseel Finance and Sorouh Real Estate.

    Mr. Al Mehairi holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from The John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He has also completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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    Simon Reeves

    Chief Financial Officer

    Simon Reeves joined Waha Capital from J.P. Morgan in London, where as CFO, he had led the firm’s financial function and was instrumental in improving performance across a number of the company’s business divisions including private banking and investment management in Hong Kong, Japan and Brazil.

    Simon brings close to 20 years of financial management experience and an extensive background in financial management, strategic planning and budget control. He is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and holds a Master of Science in Strategic Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK.

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    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).

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    Mohamed El Jamal

    Chief Investment Officer, Capital 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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    Bhaskar Mehta

    Executive Director, Head of Risk Management

    Bhaskar Mehta heads the Risk Management function at Waha Capital, covering both the asset management and principal investments activities.

    He has more than 12 years of experience in the financial service industry with expertise in enterprise risk management. He is part of the risk committee and manages the overall risk and risk controls for the business.

    During his time at Waha Capital, Bhaskar has been instrumental in developing the performance & risk models for the asset management business along with the enterprise risk management framework for the firm. Prior to joining Waha Capital, Bhaskar worked with the structured product team for UBS where he was involved in building the pricing and risk models for derivative products covering the APAC region. He was involved in designing bespoke structuring solutions for clients in coordination with sales.

    Bhaskar is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and has done his MBA in International business & finance from IMT Ghaziabad.

     

     
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    Khalid Meah

    Senior Vice President, Head of Internal Audit

    Khalid Meah is Head of Internal Audit at Waha Capital. He is responsible for providing independent audit reports to the Board of Directors and Management on the effectiveness of the Internal Control environment. He is a seasoned auditor with over 16 years of experience in audit and risk management across top tier institutions in the UAE and the UK.

    Before joining Waha Capital, Khalid held senior Internal Audit roles at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB). Prior to that, he held audit and risk roles at leading banks in London, including Lloyds Bank, Bank of America and UBS.

    Khalid holds a BA (Hons) History & Politics from Queen Mary, University of London and a Master’s in Management from Loughborough University. Additionally, he holds professional certifications, including the International Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance (Int.Dip GRC), and Certified AntiMoney Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

     

     

     
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    Hilary Rowe

    Head of Human Resources and Administration

    As Head of Human Resources & Administration at Waha Capital, Hilary is responsible for overseeing the Human Capital and Administration for the firm and its Assets. 

    Hilary has over 20 years of Human Resource management experience in investment banking and asset management. Prior to joining the company, Hilary worked at a number of leading global firms in both the UK and the GCC.  

    Hilary holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Surrey, a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from the University of Westminster, London and is a Master Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Hilary also holds an Executive Master’s in Leadership Development and Executive Coaching from Hult-Ashridge Business School, UK.

     
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    Omar M. Khaled

    Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications

    Omar is Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications at Waha Capital. He is a seasoned marketing & communications expert with over a decade of experience in some of the leading firms in the UAE.   

    In his role at Waha Capital, Omar is responsible for maintaining the company’s corporate identity and brand image. He is also responsible for overseeing communication with the media and relevant stakeholders, as well as managing the company’s various marketing activities 

    Prior to joining Waha Capital, Omar held a number of managerial and executive roles at several leading Abu Dhabi-based firms including Etihad Rail, Etihad Rail DB and Al Qudra Holding.  

    Omar was born and raised in the UAE. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California (USC) in the US.

     

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