Mr.Ahmed Said Bajaber (Kenyan) - Chairman
Mr. Ahmed Said Bajaber is the Chief Investment Officer of Fadeed Commercial & Investment Company Limited in Saudi Arabia – in charge of African Investments. He has over 25 years experience and been involved in setting up large investment projects across the world.
He has also served on one of the investment boards of Citigroup Venture Capital Group (CVC). Is currently the Chairman of API Limited (Ethiopia), the largest Bio Diesel farm in the world.
Mr. Admassu Tadesse
Admassu Tadesse is the President and Chief Executive of PTA Bank, the Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank, with Head Office in Bujumbura, Burundi, and regional offices in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Mauritius. He was appointed in December 2011.
Previously, he was Executive Vice-President at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, responsible for international finance and corporate strategy, where he served for 10 years. Prior, he served as a project advisor and project evaluation specialist, with various international funds and organizations, as well as an economist and management consultant in Johannesburg, Windhoek and New York.
He has served on several boards, trusts and industry bodies, in Africa and internationally. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the African Association of Development Finance Institutions and a Non-Executive Director at Gulf Africa Bank and ZEP Reinsurance in Kenya, and GAIN and FISEA in Geneva and Paris. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics, an MBA from Wits Business School, and post-graduate training in strategic banking, private equity and executive management at INSEAD, Harvard Business School and Euromoney.
He is the recipient of a number of honors, most recently the 2012 African Business Leader of the Year by the US Corporate Council on Africa in Washington DC. He has lived and worked internationally for over 35 years, in some ten countries across three continents, including South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and the Sudan, as well as the US, the UK, France and Canada. He is conversant in French and Arabic, and fluent in English and Amharic, his mother tongues.
Mr.Abdalla Abdulkhalik (Kenya)
Mr. Abdulkhalik is currently the Managing Director, Gulf African Bank. He brings over 25 years of work experience. He was previously with SAMBA Financial Group, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where he last served as Assistant General Manager & Head of Western Region. Prior to that he worked at Citibank as assistant General Manager, Country Treasurer. Mr. Abdulkhalik holds an MBA from Washington International University. He is a certified Islamic Banker/Islamic Finance Institute-London. In addition he has attended various professional qualifications which include school of FX and Derivatives, Foreign Exchange Derivatives, advanced technical analysis among others. Previously, he has been part of special committee at Central Bank of Kenya and, a part time lecturer at Kenya School of Monetary Studies.
Nawaal Mohamed Salim (Kenya)
Nawaal Mohamed Salim is the first independent woman director on the Gulf African Bank’s board of Directors. She studied sociology and economics at the University of Nairobi. Nawaal worked in various state corporations before joining the Central Bank of Kenya where she served as the Branch Manager, Mombasa. She also served on the task force that drew up recommendations on rules and regulations to guide the Ministry of Mining. Nawaal has attended various local and international trainings on Leadership, Public Procurement and Corporate Governance. She currently sits on boards of two local schools in Mombasa, and is also the chairperson of Mbaraki Women’s Vision Self-Help Group.
Junaid Rahimullah has been the Group Chief Financial Officer at Dubai World since 2011, and is responsible for managing the finance functions at the holding company level.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Rahimullah was involved in setting up the finance functions within The Group. Prior to joining Dubai World in 2005, Mr. Rahimullah was the Senior Advisor at Arthur Andersen, providing professional consultancy to various service industries for almost 12 years.
Mr. Rahimullah is a qualified Chartered Account by profession and has completed his CPA at Illinois, USA.
Richard Showell BSc (Hons) FCA
Richard Showell is a Director within Dubai World’s Corporate Finance team and performs a broad role throughout the Dubai World Group. He has direct asset management responsibility, and serves as a Non-Executive Director, for a number of Istithmar World’s investments across a range of sectors including financial services, IT, hospitality, energy and commercial real estate.
Richard was a key member of the team that successfully refinanced USD14.6m of Dubai World Group debt across a syndicate of lenders in 2015 and he continues to play an active role in lender and risk management. Prior to Dubai World, Richard was a Corporate Finance Director with BDO LLP specialising in Transaction Services and Buy and Sell side M&A. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and gained a BSc (Hons) degree from the University of Birmingham.
Professionally qualified and experienced Accountant, with 18 years of experience in the Accounting and Auditing field, in various business sectors such as Manufacturing, Hospitality and specialised in the Banking and Financial services industry especially with respect to Finance and Enterprise risk management.
A fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a member of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya CPA(K), with an MBA from the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK. A member of the Institute of Directors, Kenya, trained in Corporate Governance and Certified in Enterprise Risk Governance (CERG) with the Enterprise Risk Management Academy, Singapore.