Dr. Ahmed Al-Mutawa, Vice Chairman of GFH Financial Group, brings almost 38 years of financial and economic experience to the bank. With numerous papers appearing in international publications and journals, he is an established and respected researcher and economics academic. He has been closely involved in the restructuring of the Group and in the development and implementation of its current strategy.
Dr. Al-Mutawa also currently serves as the Advisor to the Board of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and has a wealth of experience in advising and consulting. He has served as a board member in some of the region’s largest and most reputable universities and organizations, namely Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Company (ADBIC), Dubai University, and Dunia Finance among others. He is also a board member in Khaleeji Commercial Bank, Summit Bank, Cemena, GFH Capital and National Qualification Authority.
He began his career as a teaching assistant at the UAE University, and went on to become a well-known professor and director at the University. He has also spoken and presented at a number of key finance and economics conferences throughout the region.
Dr. Al-Mutawa holds a PhD in Economics from Georgetown University, Washington DC, and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina, USA. He also holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Cairo University in Egypt.
Kamal Bahamdan is a Director and member of the Executive Committee of Samena Capital. He is the Vice Chairman of the Bahamdan Group (a global investment-holding group) and Chairman of Sara Holding (the Bahamdan Group’s regional investment holding company). The Bahamdan Group, founded by his grandfather in 1955, has a diversified portfolio of holdings across the Middle East and international markets. Under Mr. Bahamdan’s leadership the group’s portfolio, initially industrial focussed, has developed to include investment and operating platforms in telecommunications, education, infrastructure and retail across the MENA region. Mr. Bahamdan is also the founder and CEO of Safanad Limited (a global principal investment firm). Founded in 2009 with offices in New York, Dubai and London, Safanad seeks to identify global and selective investment opportunities across private equity and real estate. Since inception, Safanad has completed 32 transactions representing $9.3 billion in total value, predominately in the healthcare, education, student housing and suburban office sectors.
Prior to that, he was co-founder and managing partner of the BV Group, a private equity investment firm formed in 1995, focused on technology and real estate investments, and operating in the US, Europe and Asia. In addition, Mr. Bahamdan was a Co-Founder of Al-Khabeer Capital, which provides Islamic corporate finance services and asset management solutions. Mr. Bahamdan is a five-time equestrian Olympian and was a bronze medallist in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Mr. Bahamdan was named a Young Global Leader 2006 by the Forum of Young Global Leaders, an affiliate of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Bahamdan is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering.
Mr. Mazin Al Saeed is the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer for Mazen M. Al Saeed Holding Company (“MASHCO”), based in Khobar with various business units specializing in fields such as Construction, Engineering and Oil Services, Energy and Industrial Services, Building Materials, Mechanical, Medical & Electrical Supplies, Operations & Maintenance Services, Hospitality & Catering, Transportation & Logistics, Cement & Steel, Real Estate and Financial Investments.
Throughout his career Mr. Al Saeed occupied several positions, early in his career life in 1991 he joined Mohammed Abdulrahman Al Saeed & Sons Co. In 1996 he became a partner in Maher and Mazen Al Saeed Co. Mr. Al Saeed served as chairman in Mazen Mohammed Saeed Development Group during the period (2000-2006). Mr. Al Saeed serves as a member of board in several companies across different organizations including Aseer Trading Co. Al Mutaqadima Petrochemical co. Mena Capital co. and the Saudi Cancer Society.
Mr. Mazin holds a Bachelor degree in Architectural Design from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals.
Mr. Jassim Al Seddiqi has been a Board Member of GFH since April 2016 and brings extensive financial expertise amassed throughout his career in the fields of investment, finance, and accounting.
Mr. Seddiqi is the ex-chairman of Integrated Capital PJSC and sits on GFH’s Board along with holding membership of several boards across different organizations. Mr. Seddiqi is the Chairman of Shuaa Capital and also Director of First Gulf Bank and Tourism and Development Co., UAE.
Over the last 10 years he has occupied a number of Directorship positions in the United Arab Emirates, he started his career as a Structuring Manager at Abu Dhabi Capital Group, and today he is the Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Financial Group and a Board member in Abu Dhabi Capital Group.
Mr. Al-Seddiqi currently holds a Master of Mechanical Engineering from the Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), and a Bachelor degree in the same major from University of Wisconsin (Madison), and a postgraduate qualification from South Bank University London in Accounting (UK).
Mr. Rashid Al Kaabi is the Vice Chairman for Al Sraiya Holding Group, a group with diversified operations in engineering consultancy, civil construction, readymix, concrete blocks, interlock tiles, electrical products, landscaping and water management. Mr. Al Kaabi is member of the board of directors of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI), Chairman of the industry committee at QCCI and Head of the Qatari side in the Qatari-Lebanese Business Council, member of the Steering Committee of Manateq (Qatar Economy Zones Company) and member of the board of Qatar Enterprises Company.
Despite his young age Mr. Al Kaabi was able to become one of the most outstanding Qatari Businessmen who achieved a good reputation nationally and internationally. He believes that family companies had and still have a major role to play in managing private economic enterprises, not only in Qatar but also in Gulf region and in most other countries.
Mr. Al Kaabi holds a Bachelor degree in Law from Beirut Arab University and a Doctor of Honours in Business Management from the Open International University for complementary Medicine and Medicina Alternativa.
Mr. Ghazi Al Hajeri is the Managing Director of Wafra InterVest Corp. He established Wafra’s regional office in 2007 and remain its Regional Director. Mr. Al Hajeri is responsible for firm’s regional business strategy and product development and has served as a corporate liaison with the firm’s largest clients.
Mr. Ghazi Al Hajeri is responsible for directing the firm’s largest client relationships. He has devised strategic plans to grow the firm’s expansion in assets from $7 BN to $20 BN in a period of 10 years. Mr. Al Hajeri managed long and complex projects for sovereign wealth and pension clients that include asset allocation, business development and investment planning.
Mr. Al Hajeri was also a member of the Alternative Investments Division Committee and responsible for reviewing and monitoring external investment managers while directing departmental strategy at Wafra New York from 2000 – 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Al Hajeri also served as an Assistant to Financial Consultant at Merrill Lynch.
Mr. Al Hajeri holds a Bachelor degree in Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver.
Mr. Mosabah Al-Mutairy, brings extensive financial expertise amassed throughout his 17 -year career in the fields of investment, finance, and accounting. He is currently a member of several boards across different organizations including the Investment Committee of Royal Guard of Oman Pension Fund, in which he plays a pivotal role in managing funds. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Hotels Management Co. Int and Dhofar Power Company and a member of India Entertainment City and Mena Resident among others.
Mr. Al-Mutairy currently holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University Of Humberside & Lincolnshire and a Bachelors degree in Accounting from South West London College in the UK. In addition, he holds several internationally recognized accounting qualifications.
Mr.Bashar AlMutawa joins GFH as aboard member, bringing his knowledge and experience to bear on decisions regarding the bank’s operation going forward. Prior to his appointment as Board Member and Board Advisor, Mr. Almutawa occupied the position of Managing Director of Noon Investment Company, a real estate focused investment company. Precious to that position, he was a employed as consultant with KPMG’s Corporate Advisory Department, responsible for providing corporate advisory to major corporation and companies in Bahrain, including financial institutions, industry, government entities and real estate companies.
He also hold a number of Directorship positions, including Al Jazeer Tourism Company, Naseej BSC©, Tahsyeed Properties, Bahrain Film production Company and Saar Investment Company.
Mr. Bashar Almutawa graduated from Babson College, Boston, MA (USA) in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance and Economics.
Hisham Alrayes is the Chief Executive Officer as well as the member of the Board of Directors of GFH Financial Group, one of the regional leading financial groups with USD 6.2 billion assets and fund under management and shares listed in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Dubai and Kuwait.
In 2012, Mr. Alrayes assumed leadership of the firm with an objective to establish a diverse and well-recognized regional financial group offering a remarkable platform for Wealth Management, Real Estate, Commercial Banking and Asset Management.
Prior to his role as the Group’s CEO, Mr. Alrayes was GFH’s Chief Investment Officer during which he was responsible for driving the development and execution of its regional and international investment strategy along with management of the bank’s liabilities.
Before joining the group in 2007, Mr. Alrayes was part of the senior management team of the Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait (‘BBK’), a leading commercial bank in the Kingdom of Bahrain. During his tenure at BBK, Mr. Alrayes was responsible for a number of key projects and new venture initiatives. These included establishing one of the bank’s key subsidiaries, as well as developing BBK’s E-Banking platform.
Alrayes is the chairman of Balexco, Gulf Holding Company and hold directorship in GFH financial Group, Khaleeji Commercial Bank, Falcon Cement Company and GFH Capital.
Mr. Alrayes holds a Masters degree with Honors in Business Administration from the University of DePaul, Chicago (USA), and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with Honors from the University of Bahrain.