Salah Sharif

Chief Administrative Officer

Salah Sharif, Chief Administrative Officer, is a key player in the strategic as well as day-to-day management of the Group’s core corporate support functions. In addition, he is responsible for ensuring that the highest standards of operational excellence are achieved for the Group’s Special Purpose Vehicles and Project companies. He also serves as a Board member in several project/operating companies that fall under the GFH Financial Group brand.

An industry veteran with over 30 years of international exposure and experience in both conventional and Islamic financial institutions, Salah is conversant with industry best practices in all aspects of commercial, wholesale banking, and in the industrial and infrastructure advisory sector. Prior to his appointment at GFH, Salah was the CEO of Cemena Holding Company (CHC), an industrial subsidiary of the Group which was one of the largest cement holding companies in the MENA region. Previous to this he held a number of senior roles in leading, global financial institutions, including Operations and Facilities Manager, Middle East & North Africa at American Express in Bahrain and at Standard Chartered Bank in Bahrain where he held various managerial and executive positions including Head of Operations.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Wales, U.K.