Global Finance’s first annual list of Who’s Who in The Middle East.     

Author: Gordon Platt

Jadwa Investment

Tariq Al Sudairy, Managing director and CEO

Al Sudairy was named to his current position in May 2014. Previously, he was head of private equity and investment banking at Jadwa Investment. Before that, he held senior positions at private equity firm Amwal AlKhaleej and management consulting firm McKinsey.


Jordan Islamic Bank

Musa Shihadeh, Vice chairman and general manager

Shihadeh worked at conventional commercial banks from 1961 until 1980, when he joined Jordan Islamic Bank, a subsidiary of Al Baraka Bank. He has also served as chairman of the accounting committee of the Accounting and Auditing Standards Board for Islamic Financial Institutions, and on the board of the General Council for Islamic Banks.

Kingdom Holding

Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairman

Prince Alwaleed is founder, chairman and 95% owner of Kingdom Holding, a publicly traded company listed on Tadawul (Saudi Stock Exchange), and chairman of Alwaleed Foundations. He has a personal fortune of approximately $30 billion. Kingdom Holding is building the world’s tallest tower in Jeddah.



Masaud Hayat, CEO, banking

Hayat was named CEO of banking at Kuwait Projects Company, Kuwait’s leading project management company, in 2010. He is chairman of United Gulf Bank, Syria Gulf Bank, and Tunis International Bank. Hayat is vice chairman of Gulf Bank Algeria, Bank of Baghdad, and Royal Capital.



Manaf Alhajeri, CEO

Alhajeri has been CEO of Markaz since 2004. He had been deputy director in the investment department at Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. He speaks five languages and is a certified financial manager from the Institute of Management Accountants in the US.


Mashreq Bank

AbdulAziz Al Ghurair, CEO

In addition to serving as CEO of Mashreq Bank, Al Ghurair is also chairman of Dubai-based Abdulla Al Ghurair Group, one of the largest conglomerates in the region. In 2012 he was appointed chairman of the UAE Banking Federation. Al Ghurair was elected as speaker of the UAE Federal National Council, the country’s parliament, for four years ended in 2011.

MasterCard Middle East and Africa

Michael Miebach, President

Based in Dubai Internet City, Miebach joined MasterCard in 2010 from Barclays Bank, where he was managing director for the Middle East and North Africa. He has held senior level positions at Citi and helps bring the voices of young business leaders to the attention of the G20 as a member of the G-20Y Association’s advisory board.


National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Alex Thursby, Group CEO

Thursby was named group CEO of NBAD in 2013. Previously, he was CEO of international and institutional banking and of Asia-Pacific and America at ANZ Bank. Before that, he held various senior wholesale banking positions in his 21 years at Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, London, Indonesia and Singapore.


National Bank of Kuwait

Isam Jasem Al Sager, Group CEO

Al Sager was named group CEO of NBK in March 2014. Previously, he was deputy group CEO. Al Sager began his career at NBK in 1987, rising from a relationship officer in the corporate banking group to become general manager of the retail and wholesale banking group in 1992, deputy CEO of NBK Kuwait in 1998, and CEO of NBK Kuwait in 2008.


Noor Investment Group

Hussain Al Qemzi, Group CEO

Al Qemzi heads Noor Investment Group and is also CEO of Noor Bank, a shariah-compliant bank in the United Arab Emirates. Previously, he was chief executive of Sharjah Islamic Bank. He has served on the board of the Dubai Financial Market and been chief operating officer of the Dubai International Financial Centre. Al Qemzi is vice chairman of Emaar Properties.


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