Market Watch
Management Team
Executive Management
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Diraar Yusuf Alghanim Chairman
Manaf A. Alhajeri Chief Executive Officer
Ali H. Khalil Chief Operating Officer
Gopal Menon Executive Vice President - International Investments
Bassam N. Al-Othman Executive Vice President – Real Estate (MENA)
Amani I. Al-Omani Executive Vice President – Equities (MENA)
Khaled A. Chowdhury Executive Vice President – Financial Management
                       
Senior Management

Mandagolathur Raghu Senior Vice President – Research
Ali Mustafa Abdal Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Administration
Maha Al-Kadi Senior Vice President - Support Services
Johny Al-Khoury Vice President – Information Technology
Basma Ghareeb Vice President – Media and Communications
Leila Badine Vice President - Lebanon Branch

Markaz Subsidiaries
Sami Shabshab President - Mar Gulf
M.R. Raghu, CFA FRM CMA Managing Director - Marmore Mena Intelligence. Pvt Ltd.
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Markaz Management Biographies

Diraar Y. Alghanim
Chairman
 

Diraar Y. Alghanim has been the Chairman of “Markaz” since 1982. He has a career spanning 40 years, starting in accountancy and audit to investment, insurance and varied commercial and professional enterprises, locally, regionally and internationally.

Mr. Alghanim is a Board member of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2001 and presently Chairman of the Finance committee.

Furthermore, Mr. Alghanim was the founding Chairman of the Union of Investment Companies from 2004-2009 and founding member of the Kuwait Association of Accountants & Auditors in 1975, also member of the Board of Directors of Kuwait Association for the Care of Children in Hospital, amongst other local and international NGO’s.

Manaf A. Alhajeri
Chief Executive Officer

Manaf 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.
Bachelor's - Civil Engineering - Kuwait University
Master’s - Civil Engineering - Kuwait University
Certified Finance Manager - Institute of Management Accountant (New Jersey-USA)

Ali H. Khalil
Chief Operating Officer
Ali Khalil joined “Markaz Group” (United States) in 1988 where he held several senior positions. He moved to Kuwait in 1997 and joined Kuwait Financial Centre ‘Markaz’ as Executive Vice President. He is also the President of Gulf Pacific America.
MBA – INSEAD (France)
Master's - Industrial Engineering -University of Texas A&M (USA)
Bachelor's - Industrial Engineering -University of Texas A&M (USA)

Gopal Menon
Executive Vice President - International Investments
Gopal Menon joined Markaz in 2000 as Executive Vice President - Investments from Taib Bank(Bahrain) where he served as Executive Director  and  Head  of  London  Office. He also served in various other organizations in senior positions like Merrill Lynch International Bank as a private banker, Newcrest I nvestment  and  Securities Ltd, London as a Partner and Director, Union Bank  of Switzerland  as  Assistant Director and Head of Middle East Sales, Kuwait Foreign  Trading  and  Contracting Co. as Chief Securities Dealer and Portfolio Advisor.
Masters in Economics -Kerala University (India)

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

Bassam Al-Othman has Over 24 years of experience in real estate development and investment, 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, Mr. Al-Othman assumed executive positions at Kuwait Fund for Economic Development, 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 I. Al-Omani
Executive Vice President - Equities (MENA)
Amani Al Omani joined Markaz as Assistant Vice President, Local & GCC Investments. Currently, she is Head of the MENA Equities Department; she is also Manager of Mumtaz, co-manager for MIDAF, Islamic, Forsa and Gulf 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)

 

Khaled A. Chowdhury
Executive Vice President - 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).

Mandagolathur R. Raghu
Senior Vice President - Research
Mandagolathur 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.
Bachelor of Commerce - Loyola College (Chennai, India) 
CMA (The Institute of Cost Accountants of India) 
CFA Charterholder - CFA Institute (USA) and Past President of CFA Kuwait Society
FRM - Global Association for Risk Professionals (USA)

Ali M. Abdal
Senior Vice President - Human Resources & Administration
Ali M. Abdal joined Markaz in July, 2011 as Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Administration, has (30) years experience in both Engineering and Human Resources fields and before joining Markaz, he held senior positions with Kuwait Oil Sector and several companies in Kuwait, such as KGL; HEISCO and Agility.
Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) USA

Maha Al-Kadi
Senior Vice President - Support Services

Maha 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) 

 

Basma Ghareeb
Vice President – Media & Communications

Basma Ghareeb heads the Media & Communications Department; she joined Markaz in 2005 as Manager, Client Relations from the National Bank of Kuwait where she was a Private Banking Manager for six years.
M.Sc. in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations – Manchester Business School - UK
B.Sc. in Communication with a minor of Business Administration - University of Miami - USA
Chartered Wealth Manager (CWM) by American Academy for Financial Management, Dubai

Leila Badine

Vice President - Lebanon Branch
Leila 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.

 

Markaz Subsidiaries
Sami Shabshab
Mar-Gulf Management - President

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.
Bachelor of Commerce - Loyola College (Chennai, India)
CMA (The Institute of Cost Accountants of India)
CFA Charterholder - CFA Institute (USA) and Past President of CFA Kuwait Society
FRM - Global Association for Risk Professional (USA)



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