Samer Alhaj joined Al Ghurair as Group Chief Executive Officer in 2017. He oversees Al Ghurair’s strategic businesses and operations, steering them to new levels of profitability, efficiency and sustainability.
Samer brings 35 years of multi-industry experience spanning across the globe. Previously, he served as Group CFO of Dubai Holding, CFO/COO of ADBIC, CEO of Waha Capital (both in Abu Dhabi), and Deputy CEO of Gulf Investment House (Kuwait). He is an accomplished Wall Street investment banker (Corporate Finance, M&A and Private Equity) having served with William Blair (Chicago and London), Merrill Lynch, and Lehman Brothers/Salomon Smith Barney Citigroup (New York).
Samer has an MBA in Banking and Corporate Finance, MS in Construction/Engineering Management, BSc in Civil Engineering from the USA and UK, and is INSEAD Certified International Board Director.
Appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2009, Djamal is responsible for leading Al Ghurair Resources, providing strategic guidance and direction to the business, ensuring the organisation achieves its objectives.
Djamal has 30 years of experience in the agri-business across the Middle East. He began his career in 1983 with Mashreq Bank before moving into various roles with Al Ghurair Resources in 1990. Djamal holds an MBA from San Diego State University, USA.
Sultan joined Al Ghurair in 2004. Since then, he has been actively and successfully leading a number of the family's business units. His first assignment was at the Special Projects Division where he learnt the business.
A good business leader, Sultan has a strong proven track record of corporate success. He holds a Degree in Finance from Suffolk University in Massachusetts, USA.
Since taking over the reins at Al Ghurair Construction, Badr has demonstrated sound leadership in not only managing the existing business portfolio, but also effectively growing a presence across Saudi Arabia, India and Qatar.
An economics graduate from Boston University – USA, Badr Al Ghurair is the Chief Executive Officer of Al Ghurair Construction, in addition to being a Board Member of Oman Insurance Company and Al Ghurair.
As Group Chief Financial Officer, Dirk provides leadership to the Group finance function and facilitates the development and implementation of corporate strategy, ensuring growth of shareholder value as per goals set by the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Al Ghurair, Dirk served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dubai Aluminium for over six years. He holds a Master's Degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and also an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.
As Group Chief Information Officer, Mohamed develops and executes the Group’s digital transformation strategy, architecture, and program / project management ensuring tight linkage to the Group’s business strategy.
Prior to joining Al Ghurair, Mohamed had extensive experience both regionally and globally where he led large digital transformation programs for major retailer in the GCC and USA such as SuperValu, Lowe’s, Kaiser Permanente, 7-ELEVEN, Al Tayer Group, and Majid Al Futtaim Ventures. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA from the University of Dallas.
As Group Vice President – HR, Brad is responsible for the overall HR operational activities ensuring medium to long-term solutions are aligned to the Group, and outlining long-term business strategy, philosophy and plans.
Prior to joining Al Ghurair, Brad held senior positions in Human Resources with Alyasra Fashion and Alghanim Industries, both in Kuwait. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Labour Relations from the University of South Australia.
As Group Vice President – Legal, Samer oversees the overall legal aspects of the Group and provides legal advice and appropriate solutions to assist with the affairs of the Group companies and their operations.
Prior to Al Ghurair, Samer served as Group Chief Legal Officer with ETA, where he was responsible for developing the legal department. Samer has a Bachelor of Law from the University of Jordan and Doctorate of Law from Université des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse.
As Group Vice President Strategy, Georges leads group-wide strategy development and key strategic initiatives implementation, ensuring profitable and sustainable growth for Al Ghurair businesses.
Prior to joining Al Ghurair, Georges held senior positions with Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company), leading projects across the MENA region, and with Path Arabia, a boutique consulting firm.
Georges holds an MBA from INSEAD (France and Singapore), a Master's Degree in Operations Research from Columbia University (New York) and Master's Degree in Engineering from Supelec (France).
As Head of Procurement, Pekka manages and leads all Group activities related to procurement and contract management, ensuring the provision of quality, cost effective and timely solutions as per the requirements of all stakeholders.
Prior to joining Al Ghurair in June 2012, he held various senior procurement roles with Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and Siemens LLC. Pekka holds a Diploma in Marketing and a Diploma in Export Marketing Management.
Paul is responsible for managing the internal audit, risk and lean function, adding value by evaluating existing internal controls and processes, and providing the management with recommendations for improvement.
Prior to joining Al Ghurair, he was the Group Head of Internal Audit and Risk at Bukhatir Group and the Regional Head of Audit at British American Tobacco. Paul graduated from Keele University with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Geography.