Management Team

Management Team

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Executive Management

/getmedia/e90dc012-2417-4f72-8567-916751396813/Manaf_1.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Manaf A. Alhajeri
Chief Executive Officer

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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

/getmedia/5bf5b8d6-71de-491a-9190-a2466f7667eb/Ali-Khalil.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Ali H. Khalil
Chief Operating Officer

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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

/getmedia/68a8b1dc-df7f-4ed1-a993-4a296fead8ac/Khaled-Choudhury.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Khaled A. Chowdhury
Chief Financial Officer - Financial Management

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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

/getmedia/07714dfb-1a41-4af8-a9ac-6ada5bb23bea/Bassam-Al-Othman.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Bassam N. Al-Othman
Executive Vice President - Real Estate (MENA)

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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

/getmedia/226d89dd-ce80-4ad7-9b37-cced9f2ce1b6/Amani-Al-Omani.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Amani I. Al-Omani
Executive Vice President - Equities (MENA)

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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

/getmedia/25a34b77-d037-45e1-825a-6c379c93d8b7/Maha-Al-Kadi.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Maha Abdul Salam Emad
Senior Vice President - Corporate Affairs & Fund Admin.

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Maha Emad joined Markaz in October 1997 to work in the Private Equity Funds Investments Department, wherein she became head of department in 2000. Maha managed the portfolio of investments in international private equity funds until 2009 when the board of Markaz decided to cease the program. During that period, she built up a portfolio of 54 funds very well diversified in terms of strategy and markets based on the company’s strategy.

In January 2005, she set up the Fund Administration Department to manage the regulatory and legal affairs of Markaz-managed funds and entities, across different jurisdictions; and in the process set-up the in-house legal team. Currently, the department manages the regulatory and legal affairs of entities (comprising funds and investment vehicles) established in Kuwait, Saudi, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the Cayman Islands.

In February 2014, Maha was appointed as the Board Secretary of Markaz.

Prior to Markaz, Maha spent seven years at Banque de la Méditerranée in Lebanon where she worked in the Credit Department.

BSc. In Business Management – Lebanese American University (Beirut).

/getmedia/f761d8f2-65e8-4db4-981d-625d2878b932/Hussein-Zeineddine.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Hussein A. Zeineddin
Senior Vice President - Risk Management

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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

/getmedia/cd991043-e483-4730-9ad8-3cd69e619dd7/Abdullatif-Al-Nusif.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Abdullatif W. Al-Nusif
Vice President – Private Banking

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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. 


Department Heads

/getmedia/050d323e-7471-443a-b1e6-15aeec7eee5b/M-R-Raghu_1.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg M. R. Raghu
Senior Vice President - Research

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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

/getmedia/bedd7994-4763-4be3-91c3-8ef6bc7ae74e/Rasha-Othman-Edited.JPG.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Rasha A. Othman
Senior Vice President - Capital Markets (Investment Banking)

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Rasha has 17 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 bonds 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 in Cairo

/getmedia/a5d3c577-9c6f-4282-87df-6e94826cefe9/Hana-Al-Zeraie.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Hana A. Al Zeraie
Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Administration

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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

/getmedia/c084b6ac-ec20-4f0c-a4a6-674cdcfec245/Suhail-Ladha.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Sohail F. Ladha
Senior Vice President – Advisory (Investment Banking)

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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

/getmedia/e261178d-25e1-4001-9ea9-1d5859e1715c/Sunil-Singh.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Sunil K. Singh
Vice President - MENA Equities - Middle Office

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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

/getmedia/76ec66d3-efc2-498e-9097-a1a5a78e1504/Leila-Badine.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Leila E. Badine
Vice President - Lebanon Branch

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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.

/getmedia/3715df5b-4720-4aa2-bf17-cc723e0834a3/Alrazi-Al-Budaiwi.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Alrazi Y. Albudaiwi
Vice President - Media and Communications

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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.

/getmedia/261a2d02-3d52-4f6c-bf34-f8b6916b41a8/George.JPG.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg George Kunnumpurathu
Vice President - International Investment

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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 

/getmedia/92208c46-1eb2-4182-8ec2-65abdcac0fbe/Deena-Al-Refai.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Deena Y. AlRefai
Assistant Vice President - Investor Relations

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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.

/getmedia/9a32936e-dee3-49b4-8578-2ed74da9bcf6/Tanweer.jpg.aspx?width=105&height=120&ext=.jpg Tanweer A. Tabassum
Assistant Vice President - Treasury

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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 TOP