Management Team

Management Team

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Management Team

Executive Management

 
Manaf A. Alhajeri Chief Executive Officer
Ali H. Khalil Chief Operating Officer
Khaled A. Chowdhury Chief Financial Officer
Bassam N. Al-Othman Executive Vice President – MENA Real Estate 
Amani I. Al-Omani Executive Vice President – MENA Equities 
Maha I. Al-Kadi Senior Vice President – Corporate Affairs & Fund Admin
Hussein A. Zeineddin Senior Vice President - Risk Management
Abdullatif W. Al-Nusif Vice President  Private Banking
   

Department Heads

 
M.R. Raghu Senior Vice President – Published Research
Rasha A. Othman Senior Vice President - Fixed Income & Capital Markets
Hana A. Al Zeraie Senior Vice President - Human Resources & Administration
Sohail F. Ladha Senior Vice President - Investment Banking - Advisory
Sunil K. Singh Vice President - MENA Equities - Middle Office
Leila E. Badine Vice President - Lebanon Branch
Alrazi Y. Albudaiwi Vice President - Media and Communications
George Kunnumpurathu Vice President - International Investments
Deena Y. Al-Refai Assistant Vice President - Investor Relations
Tanweer A. Tabassum Assistant Vice President - Treasury
   

Markaz Subsidiaries

 
Sami Shabshab President  Mar Gulf Management Inc.
M.R. Raghu Managing Director  Marmore Mena Intelligence. Pvt Ltd.



Markaz Management Biographies

 

Manaf-Al-Hajeri Manaf A. Alhajeri
Chief Executive Officer


Manaf  A. Alhajeri joined Markaz as General Manager in March 2004. For 10 years he was Deputy Director - Investment Department at “Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development” (KFAED), where he represented the Boards of Directors and Advisory Committee in Kuwait and Internationally. He also served as technical advisor to KFAED on project financing activities in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Certified Finance Manager - Institute of Management Accountants, New Jersey, USA
Master’s - Civil Engineering - Kuwait University
Bachelor's - Civil Engineering - Kuwait University
   

Ali-Khalil

Ali H. KhalilChief Operating Officer

Ali Khalil joined the Markaz group of companies in 1989.  He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Markaz, directly overseeing its Asset Management and Investment Banking Activities.  He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Investment and the other Management Committees at Markaz.  Prior to that, he was the President of Mar-Gulf Management, a fully owned subsidiary of Markaz located in Los Angeles, California, which manages its USA real estate investment activities. 
MBA degree from INSEAD in France
M.Sc. - Industrial Engineering - Texas A&M University, USA
B.Sc. - Industrial Engineering - Texas A&M University, USA

   
Khaled-Choudhury

Khaled A. ChowdhuryChief Financial Officer - Financial Management

Khaled A. Chowdhury joined Markaz in 1984 as Accounts Manager and now he is the Head of Financial Management Department. Prior to Markaz, he worked as Chief Accountant, Audit Manager and held other senior positions in Kuwait and Bangladesh. He has over 36 years wide experience in the field of Accounting, Finance, Audit & Taxation of various Public and Private Entities, Banks, Investment Companies and Insurance Industries.
MBA - Washington Intl. University, USA
CMA -American Academy of Financial Management, USA
CPM - Association of Certified Project Accountants, UK
M.Com - University of Chittagong, Bangladesh
Chartered Accountant - MLC- ICAB, Bangladesh 
FICM - Institute of Commercial Management, UK
FCPA - Association of Certified Project Accountants, UK 
FCCEA -Association of Certified Corporate Executive Accountants, UK

   

Bassam-Al-Othman

Bassam N. Al-Othman
Executive Vice President - Real Estate (MENA)

Bassam N. Al-Othman has over 24 years of experience in real estate development and investments, as well as, project management in the MENA region. Since joining Markaz in 2005 as Senior Vice President, he has led the MENA real estate team in launching and managing a number of funds and portfolios, spanning the whole spectrum of real estate investments themes, from income generation and land trading, to full development of residential and commercial real estate projects. Prior to Markaz, Al-Othman served executive positions at Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, and was in charge of projects’ appraisal and execution in Lebanon and Egypt.
MBA - American University of Beirut
B.S. in Electrical Engineering - North Carolina A&T State University
 

Amani-Al-Omani

Amani I. Al-Omani
Executive Vice President - Equities (MENA)

Amani I. Al-Omani joined Markaz as Assistant Vice President - Local & GCC Investments. Currently, she is Head of the MENA Equities Department; she is also the Fund Manager of Mumtaz, Co-Fund Manager for MIDAF, Islamic, Forsa and Arabian Fund. Prior to that, she served seven years with Bank of Kuwait & the Middle East in the Treasury Department as a Foreign Exchange and Money Market dealer.
BA in Accounting & Auditing - Kuwait University, Kuwait
ACI fellowship - Financial Market Association, Paris

   

Maha I. Al-Kadi
Senior Vice President - Corporate Affairs & Fund Admin.



Maha I. Al-Kadi joined Markaz in 1997. Prior to Markaz, she spent seven years at Banque de la Mediterranee in Beirut where she served in the Credit Department.
BA Business Management - Lebanese American University, Beirut
 

   

Hussein-Zeineddine

Hussein A. Zeineddin
Senior Vice President - Risk Management

Hussein A. Zeineddin has over 13 years of experience in investment banking, derivatives, operations, risk management as well as software structuring and project management. He joined Markaz in September 2002 as a Financial Analyst in the Corporate Finance Department where he was involved in various projects including company valuations, feasibility studies, equity researches, IPOs and others. In 2004, he moved to the Structured Finance Department at Markaz to contribute to structuring Forsa Fund, the first derivative fund in Kuwait and the GCC. Mr. Zeineddin was appointed as the Head of the MIS & Operations Department in 2013.
MBA - American University of Beirut
B.S. in Mathematics - Beirut Arab University
CFA charterholder - 2009

   
Abdullatif W. Al-Nusif
Vice President – Private Banking
Abdullatif W. Alnusif joined Markaz in 2004 and has over 10 years of experience in the asset management and investment banking industry with roles in the corporate finance, international and MENA real estate.
Bachelor’s degree in Finance - University of Denver. 
 
   

M. R. Raghu
Senior Vice President - Research


M. R. Raghu joined Markaz in September 2006 as Senior Vice President - Research from Wealth Management Group where he served as Director of Investment Management. Prior to that, he worked for CCFI, Saudi Arabia in the area of investment research and advisory. He has over 25 years of experience with specialization in investment analysis and research.
CFA Charterholder - CFA Institute, USA and Past President of CFA Kuwait Society
CMA - The Institute of Cost Accountants of India
FRM - Global Association for Risk Professionals, USA
Bachelor of Commerce - Loyola College, Chennai, India

   

Rasha A. Othman
Senior Vice President - Fixed Income and Capital Markets

Rasha has 14 years of Investment Banking Experience during which she executed numerous mandates covering advisory services such as, restructuring, listing, credit rating advisory and debt structuring, in addition to several capital markets transactions such as Equity placements, sukuk and bond structuring and placement. In 2009, Rasha spearheaded and co-managed Markaz Fixed Income Program which invested over USD120 million in GCC discounted bonds and sukuk, and in 2011, Rasha played a leading role in launching Markaz Fixed Income Fund which invests in MENA bonds and sukuk.
Msc. in Economics from the University of London
BA in Economics from the American University of Cairo

   
Hana-Al-Zeraie

Hana A. Al ZeraieSenior Vice President – Human Resources & Administration

Hana A. Al Zeraie joined MARKAZ in December of 2015 as Senior Vice President - Human Resources & Administration Department.
She has over 27 years’ of experience in Human Resources, mainly in the Banking and Investment sectors. She joined Markaz after having spent approximately 7 years with Kuwait and Middle East Financial Investment Company (KMEFIC) as GM – Group Human Resources.
Al Zeraie has also worked with Ahli Bank of Kuwait as an Executive Manager Recruitment & Manpower Development. Prior to that she worked with National Bank of Kuwait as Career Development Manager and Ahli United Bank as Human Resources MIS Officer.
Associate Degree in Computer Science from Citrus College, USA

   
Sohail F. Ladha
Senior Vice President – Advisory (Investment Banking)
Since joining Markaz in 2004, Sohail has been involved in the execution of numerous corporate finance mandates and real estate transactions involving financial restructuring, capital raising (equity and debt), merger and acquisitions, strategy development, valuation, transaction structuring and product development.
CFA charterholder - CFA Institute, USA
MSc Economics - London School of Economics, UK
BSc Economics - London School of Economics, UK
   

Sunil K. SinghVice President - MENA Equities - Middle Office


Sunil K. Singh joined Markaz in April 2012 as Vice President – MENA Equities. Prior to joining Markaz, he was Assistant Vice President, Investment Advisory Services for KAMCO Investment Company K.S.C.(Public). He has over 19 years of experience in Asset Management, Valuations, Financial Planning, Performance Measurement and Operational Risk Control.
CFA Charterholder - CFA Institute, USA
CMA - The Institute of Management Accountant, USA
CFM - The Institute of Management Accountant, USA
ACMA - The Institute of Cost Accountants of India

   

Leila E. Badine
Vice President - Lebanon Branch
Leila E. Badine joined Markaz as Vice President, in charge of Client Relations- Qatar, she is now managing the Markaz Lebanon Branch. Leila was previously with Amwal as  Assistant Vice President – Asset Management. Prior to this, she worked as Assistant Vice President – Financial Consultant for over 16 years at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner and Smith (M.E.) Beirut Office. She had Approved NASD & CBOE Registration. Previously and for over 9 years, she worked as Head of the Foreign Exchange Department at the bank of Nova Scotia in Beirut, Lebanon.
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature & Normal Diploma from Haigazian University, Beirut Lebanon.

   

Alrazi Y. Albudaiwi
Vice President - Media and Communications

Alrazi Y. Albudaiwi joined Markaz in 2011 as a Manager at the Media & Communication Department. His career spans 10 years of experience in corporate communications, advertising and journalism.
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications - University of Oregon.

   
George Kunnumpurathu George Kunnumpurathu
Vice President - Structured Finance
George joined Markaz as a Senior Analyst in 2009 and has over 7 years of experience within the areas of Corporate Finance, Structured Finance and International Investments. His prior experience include stints with Goldman Sachs and Barclays Capital.
MS in Electrical Engineering - University of Pennsylvania
MSc in Accounting & Finance - London School of Economics & Political Science 
   
Deena-Al-Refai Deena Y. AlRefai
Assistant Vice President - Investor Relations

Deena Y. AlRefai Joined Markaz in 2005 and has over 10 years’ experience in institutional and HNWI clients relationship, private banking and investor relations.
Bachelor’s degree in Business administration with emphasis on MIS - California State University.

   
Tanweer - Markaz

Tanweer A. Tabassum
Assistant Vice President - Treasury

Tanweer A. Tabassum joined Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz) in 1992 and worked in different sections of the company. Presently working as Assistant Vice President in the Treasury Department. 
 

   

Markaz Subsidiaries


Sami Shabshab
President - Mar-Gulf Management Inc.
Sami Shabshab joined Mar-Gulf Management in 1993 and now acts as President. Sami Shabshab has been active in the real estate and construction field for 17 years. His real estate consulting firm, Shabcon, established in 1987, also provided services such as market analysis and research for real estate appraisers and investors.
Bachelors in civil and structural engineering - American University, Beirut
California real estate broker license


M. R. Raghu, CFA FRM CMA
Marmore Mena Intelligence, Pvt Ltd - Managing Director
Raghu heads Marmore, a research subsidiary of Markaz. Raghu is the Head of Research at Markaz. He has over 25 years of experience in investment research and analysis, out of which over 15 years is dedicated to the Gulf region.
CFA Charterholder - CFA Institute, USA and Past President of CFA Kuwait Society
CMA - The Institute of Cost Accountants of India
FRM - Global Association for Risk Professionals, USA
Bachelor of Commerce - Loyola College, Chennai, India