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Hisham Alrayes is leading the GFH Financial Group forward towards its vision of becoming the region’s most prominent, diversified financial Group, and one that provides a remarkable platform for delivering superior Wealth Management, Commercial Banking and Asset Management services.

With over 23 years of experience, Hisham brings extensive expertise and banking knowledge to the Group and was instrumental in driving the development and execution of the Group’s regional and international investment strategy. Hisham currently chairs and holds a number of directorships in financial, Industrial and real estate companies including Esterad Investment Company, Khaleeji Commercial Bank, GFH Capital and Infracorp.

Hisham holds a Master’s 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. In 2021, Hisham was ranked ‘One of the top listed CEOs’ in CEO Today Middle East Awards, ‘Best CEO in Investment Banking Sector-Bahrain 2021’ from the Global Economics. And during 2020, Hisham received ‘Banker of the Year’ in the MEA Finance Awards 2020 in recognition of his role in steering the Group’s diversification strategy which has seen the Group expand its business lines and geographic reach, while remaining resilient in the face of unprecedented market conditions. He was also ranked one of the top CEOs in Financial Services & Investments in 2019, and named ‘Investment Bank CEO of the Year’ at CEO Middle East 2019.

A key player in the strategic management of the Group’s core operational functions, Salah Sharif, Chief Operating Officer of GFH, is also responsible for ensuring the highest standards of operational excellence across the Group and its Special Purpose Vehicles and Project Companies.

He has more than 30 years of regional and international exposure to conventional and Islamic banking and finance, with experience across commercial and wholesale banking and in industrial and infrastructure advisory sectors. In addition to his executive role at the Group, Salah also serves on a number of investee company boards. He is the Chairman of Falcon Cement Company, Vice Chairman of Infracorp and Vice Chairman of Gulf Holding Company, and a Board Member of Khaleeji Commercial Bank, GBCorp and CapCorp.

Prior to his current role in GFH, Salah was seconded as the CEO of Cemena Holding Company (CHC), an industrial subsidiary of the Group, one of the largest cement holding companies in the MENA region. Previously, he held a number of senior roles in leading, global financial institutions, including American Express and Standard Chartered Bank where he held key executive positions.

Salah holds an MBA from the University of South Wales, UK. And most recently, he completed the Senior Executive Leadership Program offered by Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.

Mr. Ali Murad is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Pinnacle W.L.L., Bahrain. He also serves as a board member in several companies including EAT App, Wavepoint Publishing W.L.L, Alareen Holding Company GFH Financial Group.

Throughout the 19 years of experience, Mr. Murad commenced his banking career at Arab Banking Corporation where he held the position of credit analyst of ABC Islamic Bank EC, money market dealer and thereafter, as a deputy manager of the Treasury and Marketable Securities Department. Mr. Murad then joined Unicorn Investment Bank (now, Bank Alkhair) in the Investment Development and Distribution Department and later First Energy Bank as a director in Investment Placement.

In 2010, Mr. Murad embarked in a career in the private sector and founded Pinnacle W.L.L. as a holding company for stakes in various sectors including technology, music publishing, real estate to name a few.

Mr. Murad holds a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration in Marketing from Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts.

Nael AlKujok is Co-Chief Investment Officer – Real Estate at GFH Financial Group. He is responsible for developing and executing the Group’s global real estate investment strategy and oversight of its growing portfolio of assets across the Middle East, Europe and the US.

Nael has more than 30 years of experience in investment banking with a proven record in regional and international investments. This includes deep expertise in capital markets, corporate finance as well as Shari’ah compliant alternative investments in North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Nael spent 17 years at Arcapita in a number of senior positions, he was Managing Director for Strategic Investments & Business Development, Member of the Global Investment Committee and Board Member on Real Estate Funds and Private Equity, he also served as Arcapita’s Head of MENA Investments, Head of Real Estate and Head of Real Estate – MENA. Previously, Nael was the Head of Corporate Finance at SICO Bank in addition to working with BNP Paribas and GM TAIB Securities in Bahrain.

Nael is a Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a B.Sc in Accounting and Finance from the University of Bahrain and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.

With over 11 years of experience in the field of investment, Business & finance, Mr. Mohammed Al Rashed is an Executive Officer at Rashed Abdul Rahman Al Rashed & Sons Group.

Mr. Al Rashed is the Chairman of Food Capital and a board member at Khaleeji Commercial Bank, Orange Gas Station, Tamkin Non-Profit Organisation and Wahj Holding.

Mr. Al Rashed is a holder of Bachelor of Science, International Business and Entrepreneurship from Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver Canada.

Mr. Alageel is the budget controller at Jarir Marketing responsible for designing effective budget models for departments and the entire company.

He previously worked for Credit Suisse, HSBC and has more than 12 years of experience in a variety of industries spanning from banking, fashion and apparel and food & beverage, he is the founder and MD of Shawarmix.

Mr. Alageel holds a BSc. Degree in Business Administration (Finance and Marketing) from American University of Sharjah.

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