Alain Bejjani joined Majid Al Futtaim in 2006 and in his decade at the organization he held a number of critical roles. His career in the Group culminated with his appointment to the CEO position in February 2015.
He has been instrumental in driving a significant transformation of the organizational archetype and operating model of the Group and in setting a common business vision and sense of purpose.
He was also the main ‘architect’ behind Majid Al Futtaim’s corporate rebranding. Mr. Bejjani serves on the Board of Directors for several of Majid Al Futtaim’s joint ventures.
Before joining Majid Al Futtaim, Mr. Bejjani was Executive Vice-Chairman of the Investment and Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL) and a founding partner of legal advisory firm, Bejjani – Melkane – Rached in Lebanon.
Mr. Bejjani holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Law and a Master’s Degree in Civil and Corporate Law from Paris-Est Créteil.
Shrimati Damal is the Chief Financial Officer & Interim Chief Investment Officer at Majid Al Futtaim Holding. Ms. Damal is responsible for the financial health and control of the Majid Al Futtaim Holding Group and its operating companies, as well as risk mitigation in relation to delivery of the company's strategic objectives. Ms. Damal joined Majid Al Futtaim in 2008 as Deputy Treasurer and was appointed Senior Vice President- Group Treasury in 2014.
Before joining Majid Al Futtaim, Ms. Damal was with Procter & Gamble for 16 years where she held several Finance leadership roles in Japan, India, Belgium and the USA.
Ms. Damal has a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and is a CFA charter holder.
Mouien Al-Madhoun has more than 26 years of experience in senior human resources management positions. His career includes key human resources roles with Nokia Siemens Networks, PepsiCo International and Mashreq Bank PSC, covering many thousands of employees across countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
He graduated with a Master of Science in Human Resources and Labor Relations from the University of North Texas in the United States.
Joe is the Chief Corporate Development Officer at Majid Al Futtaim, the leading Shopping Malls, Retail and Leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Joe is responsible for driving growth strategy, business development, startup investments, innovation, and strategic partnerships, and is a board member of several leading startups. He also oversees advanced analytics and technology centres of excellence, and digital labs.
Joe holds a multi-disciplinary engineering degree from Telecom Paris Tech and an MBA degree from INSEAD. He brings over 15 years of management consulting and corporate development experience in consumer, technology, media, and real estate industries across the Middle East, S.E. Asia, Europe, and Africa. Joe previously held positions with Booz Allen Hamilton, OSN, Booz & Company, Nokia, Siemens, and Gemalto.
Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Majid Al Futtaim-Holding. In his current role, Ibrahim oversees the group-wide Sustainability strategy of Majid Al Futtaim and is in charge of raising the company’s Sustainability Profile in the Middle East and globally. One of Ibrahim’s top priorities is to develop and drive ‘Net positive’ sustainability strategy across the company’s different business units.
Ibrahim joined Majid Al Futtaim Properties in 2011 as the Head of Sustainability for Majid Al Futtaim Properties where he played a pivotal role in driving sustainable real-estate practices across the business, leading our properties business toward regional and international amongst both governing bodies and our industry peers.
Ibrahim brings over twenty years of experience in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. He is currently a Board member of the Emirates Green Building Council, Vice Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), Member of the Advisory board of Dubai Real Estate Institute – Government of Dubai and UAE representative in the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction – a COP21 initiative. Ibrahim is a Senior Associate at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is also the Vice Chair of the UN Global Compact UAE network and the UAE Council of Climate Change and Environment launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum - UAE’s Prime Minister. In addition, he represents Majid Al Futtaim in the Private Sector Advisory Council for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is a member of the Global Council for SDG13. Ibrahim also served as the Senior Advisor –Sustainability for the Dubai Land Department, Government of Dubai.
Selected as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Europe and the Middle East by Center for Sustainability and Excellence in the US, he has taken sustainability and CSR initiatives to another level in the Middle East and internationally through awareness campaigns for environmental issues, climate change and education programmes, as well as private sector engagement.
Ibrahim is an official ambassador and education representative for the Honourable Al Gore Climate Reality initiative. He is also the West Asia Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) UNESCO Youth Xchange Project.
Tracy Faulkner is the Chief Communications Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company’s corporate communications function. Having joined Majid Al Futtaim in 2017, Tracy leads a team of external, internal and digital communications professionals, who build and protect the company’s reputation in local, regional and global markets.
With more than 25 years of multi industry and cross functional communications experience across six continents, Tracy has extensive private and public-sector experience. During her career, she has worked for globally recognised organisations such as Royal Dutch Shell, the U.S. Federal Government, Fiat Group and General Motors.
Tracy received a bachelor’s degree in Communications Management from Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed the Centre for Creative Leadership – Leadership Development Program and the Harvard Business School Executive Education programme. Tracy is also a member of Arthur W. Page Society and the Institute for Public Relations, and a former Trustee of the National Urban League Board.
As General Counsel & Interim Company Secretary at Majid Al Futtaim Holding, Khaled Rabbani leads the Legal and Compliance functions, working in partnership with the businesses as an enabler of sustainable growth and risk mitigation. Khaled is responsible for defining the visions and priorities for the Legal and Compliance functions, the development and execution of proactive legal and compliance strategies and ensuring that the Legal and Compliance functions support the present and future needs of the business in an increasingly complex environment. Khaled is also the Interim Company Secretary to the Board of Directors of Majid Al Futtaim Holding.
Prior to joining Majid Al Futtaim, Khaled worked for 16 years at Mars, Incorporated, where he led the legal and public affairs functions in a number of regions around the world, including the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and North America. In his latest role as Global General Counsel for Mars’ Food, Drinks and Multisales divisions, Khaled successfully built and led a highly engaged team of lawyers responsible for managing the legal affairs of the various businesses. Prior to joining Mars, Khaled worked for 10 years as a corporate and securities lawyers in the Washington DC, Dallas, London and Riyadh offices of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.
Khaled is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO Washington, D.C. Chapter) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Adoption Support and Education. He holds a law degree from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and History from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Khaled is fluent in English, Dutch and spoken Arabic and has a working knowledge of French.
Ahmed Galal Ismail was appointed as CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Properties in November 2018. He was the CEO ofMajid Al Futtaim Ventures for 10 years overseeing seven business verticals including fashion retail, leisure and entertainment, cinemas, financial services and facilities management. Mr Ismail first joined Majid Al Futtaim Group in January 2007 as Vice President of Strategy. Prior to that, he was a principal with Booz Allen Hamilton in Dubai having started his career with Procter and Gamble in Egypt and then Germany. Mr Ismail holds an MBA with distinction from London Business School and a B.Sc. in computer science from the American University in Cairo.
Ahmed El Shamy is the Chief Financial Officer of Majid Al Futtaim Properties, responsible for the financial health and risk and compliance practices of the business unit. In his previous role as financial consultant to our Communities business interests in Egypt, Ahmed has built a solid understanding of our operations and aspirations.
Prior to working with Majid Al Futtaim, Ahmed worked as a partner and Group Chief Financial Officer for Qalaa Holdings, one of the world largest Arab Private Equity where he led the restructuring and development of a number of the firm’s business interests.
Specialising in transformation and turnaround operations, Ahmed’s last role was as Board Member and Head of M&A for Misr, a leading MENA glass manufacturer. Previous to this he was Group Chief Financial Officer for Orascom Development Holding, a publically listed leading developer of fully integrated destinations including hotels, villas and apartments across the Middle East and Europe.
Shireen El Khatib is the Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim – Shopping Malls and leads a portfolio of 26 shopping malls across the Middle East and North Africa. In her role as Chief Executive, Ms El Khatib leverages her 25 years of expertise in building strong management teams, healthy organisational cultures, and robust partnerships with global brands.
Prior to assuming this position, Ms El Khatib served as Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim - Fashion and played an instrumental role in developing customer-centric retail concepts and driving operational excellence. Under her leadership, Majid Al Futtaim – Fashion revamped its portfolio of fashion and lifestyle brands and developed a successful expansion strategy into high growth markets across the region.
Ms El Khatib was the Chief Executive Officer of Al Tayer Insignia, the luxury arm of the Al Tayer Group. In this role, she was the driving force behind building a strong retail portfolio of leading luxury fashion and jewellery brands across the region, and the international expansion of UK and US-based luxury department stores, Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdales, into Dubai.
In 2008, Ms El Khatib was named by TIME magazine as one of 10 women who revolutionized luxury globally.
Khalifa Bin Braik is the Managing Director of Hotels at Majid Al Futtaim Properties, leading the business unit’s growth strategy across the entire portfolio of existing assets and new developments. Mr. Bin Braik is responsible for portfolio performance and expansion in alignment with Majid Al Futtaim’s vision of developing integrated lifestyle destinations.
Mr. Bin Braik has over 15 years of Real Estate and Hospitality leadership experience in various organisations. Starting his career with Dubai Holding, he joined Majid Al Futtaim - Properties in 2014 from Sharjah Holding as a Director in the Shopping Malls Business Unit and soon after was appointed as Head of Asset Management for the Hotels Business Unit. In his last role, Khalifa was responsible for optimising the operating and financial performance of the entire portfolio of Majid Al Futtaim Hotels, as well as building robust relationships with our international hotel partners.
Mr. Bin Braik Holds a Masters in financial economics from Boston University and a B.Sc. in Economics from Northeastern University.
Roberta Calarese is Chief Legal Officer of Majid Al Futtaim Properties. In her current role, Roberta is responsible for all legal matters including advising the Board of Directors and CEO on legal and reputational risks, contributing to the setting and implementation of strategy for the company and driving the legal risks agenda.
Roberta joined Majid Al Futtaim in 2015 as Chief Legal Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Holding and quickly established her position as a strong business partner and role model for the company’s leadership attributes.
Prior to joining Majid Al Futtaim, Roberta was Chief Legal Officer and Executive Committee Member at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Authority. During her twelve-year tenure at DIFC, Roberta held a number of other positions including Secretary General of the Board of Directors of DIFC Authority and DIFC Investments, Chairwoman of the Legislative Committee, Data Protection Commissioner, and Director Policy and Legal Services of the Dubai Financial Services Authority.Roberta is currently the Vice President of the board of directors of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the UAE and board member of the UAE Tennis Federation
As Country Head of Levant, Waddah represents Majid Al Futtaim Properties in the Levant in areas concerning financial government and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining, Waddah founded and managed Projective Development Group Inc. and he also worked as Construction Manager for the Broadway Plaza Apartment at the Chaarani-Khan Construction Division in the USA.
Waddah El Solh is Country Head of Levant. He has held this position since 1999. In his role, Waddah represents Majid Al Futtaim Properties in the Levant in areas concerning financial, government and regulatory affairs.
Prior to joining Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Waddah founded Projective Development Group Inc. and managed the company’s construction activities and legal obligations for both private and public sector projects. He also worked as Construction Manager for the Broadway Plaza Apartment at Chaarani-Khan Construction Division in USA.
Waddah holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from California State University, United States, and was awarded the Engineer-in-Training Certification from the California State Licensing Examination Board.
Khaled Al Ajmi is the Country Head for Majid Al Futtaim Properties for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, State of Qatar and State of Kuwait. As such, he acts as the leading representative of the company in these countries, identifying potential business opportunities, ensuring that projects proceed smoothly through a constantly evolving network of the authorities and local contacts. He also serves as Chairman of Aswaq Al Emarat (Mall of Saudi), Chairman of Majid Al Futtaim Proprieties Bahrain B.S.C, Chairman of AYA Project in Bahrain and Chairman of KSA Sustainability Committee.
Mr. Khaled Al Ajmi joined Majid Al Futtaim in 2007. Prior to joining Majid Al Futtaim, he held several Executive positions in Diplomatic organizations and international foundations. He also serves as Board member and advisor in several Charity Organisations and Government Committees.
Talib Omar is the Country Head, Oman for Majid Al Futtaim Properties. As such, he acts as the leading representative of the company in Oman, identifying potential business opportunities, ensuring that projects proceed smoothly through a constantly evolving network of local contacts. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Almouj project, Muscat. Mr. Omar joined Majid Al Futtaim in 2001 as Administration and Personnel Manager for Carrefour and also held the position of General Manager of Business Development from 2005 to 2007.
Prior to joining Majid Al Futtaim, Mr. Omar was Administration and Personnel Manager at Target LLC in Oman. Mr. Omar has also held the positions of Director of H.E. the Secretary General’s Office of University Council and Director of Public Relations at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman.
He was Member of Parliament in Oman from 2003 to 2007, holding the position of Deputy Chairman for the Economic Committee. He was also a Member of Omanisation Committee, part of Ministry of Manpower, a Member of the National Product Committee, part of the Chamber of Commerce, and an ex- Board Member of the Omani Economic Association.
Mr. Omar has a Masters degree in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Hani Weiss is Chief Executive Officer of
Majid Al Futtaim – Retail, the exclusive franchisee to operate Carrefour in 31 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Mr. Weiss is responsible for developing and growing the company’s Carrefour franchise business, and establish market leadership across all countries it operates in through exceptional customer centricity and a strong omnichannel offering. This includes reimaging the stores of the future and the execution of a digital transformation.
Hani began his career at Majid Al Futtaim - Retail in 2001 and his lengthy experience within the operation, and unparalleled understanding of the food retail business saw him promoted to Chief Executive Officer in September 2017. Today, Hani leads a business of 37,000 colleagues, operates over 290 Carrefour stores across 15 countries in the region, and serves more than 750,000 customers a day.
Hani holds an Executive MBA from the London School of Business (Dubai campus) and has completed the Senior Executive Development programme at HEC Paris.
Mark Aylwin is responsible for leading Carrefour Business, Majid Al Futtaim Retail’s business-to-business, one-stop-shop service that provides food and non-food products for the HORECA industry and other businesses.
In this role, Mr. Aylwin devises and delivers a multi-channel strategy for the business-to-business sector, leveraging the company’s scale, network and supply chain capabilities.
With more than 35 years of experience under his belt, Mr. Aylwin has a deep understanding of the Retail and Wholesale industry. Starting out as a Supply Chain Director at Safeway Stores UK, he has held a number of positions during his extensive career, including CEO of Bluehealth Plc and Managing Director at Booker Direct, where he led the development of Booker’s Delivered wholesale business.
Prior to joining Majid Al Futtaim Retail, Mr. Aylwin was Managing Director at Matthew Clark and Bibendum.
Mark Aylwin holds an Executive MBA from Kingston Business School.
Khaled El Chidiac was appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim Ventures on November 2018. In this role, Mr El Chidiac is responsible for the development of the group’s capabilities and building world class processes.
Previously, Mr El Chidiac spent over 13 years with General Electric (GE) where he graduated from its premier Finance and Leadership development programs and held various leadership assignments in finance, controllership, internal audit and general management across Europe, the Middle East and the United States. As CFO for GE Corporate in Middle East and Africa, he effectively partnered with the CEO in crafting GE’s expansion strategy in the region and played a critical role in building the finance team and infrastructure.
Mr El Chidiac holds a Masters in Management from the Lyon Business School (EM Lyon) in France and earned his MBA degree from London Business School.
Nasma Abbas’s tenure with Majid Al Futtaim began in 2010 when she joined Majid Al Futtaim Fashion as Head of Human Resources and was appointed in her current role in 2015. Nasma brings more than 20 years of experience in various Human Capital leadership roles, including with Vodafone, IKEA, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sony Ericsson.
Nasma is responsible for building a world class Human Capital function and developing Majid Al Futtaim Ventures’ capabilities to support and enable planned growth and expansion.
Cameron Mitchell is the Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas, the owner and operator of the VOX Cinemas brand, the Middle East’s largest cinema exhibitor. VOX Cinema’s operates 12 locations (129 screens) in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Oman, and by 2018, the company will be operating over 400 screens in at least 7 countries. Cameron has worked with Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas since January 2007, and is overseeing the company’s aggressive expansion plans across the MENA region, along with the company’s film distribution business.
Cameron completed a business degree in Australia, majoring in Business Management & Marketing, and brings more than 20 years of experience in the cinema industry to the company.
Rasool Hujair has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim Finance since its inception in 2007. Rasool previously spent twenty years with American Express, managing several different business units across the Middle East, Europe and Africa, with his last role as Regional Director for the GCC and Country Manager of the United Arab Emirates. He also served as CEO of AFS (Arab Financial Services), the region’s leading provider of payments and consumer finance services and was appointed CEO of Euronet Middle East.
With unparalleled expertise in credit, merchant servicing, relationship management, business analytics, customer-experience and operations, Rasool has been an integral part of the growth of Majid Al Futtaim Finance.
With more than 23 years of experience, Murtaza Muhammad, has an extensive knowledge of auditing having provided consultancy services to a variety of industries. He was appointed as Vice President – Internal Audit at Majid Al Futtaim Ventures in 2013 after spending 12 years at Majid Al Futtaim, and is responsible for maintaining a professional and independent audit function at Majid Al Futtaim Ventures. As Internal Audit, Murtaza works independent of the Management and reports directly to the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Prior to joining the Company, Murtaza worked with KPMG where he was engaged in performing statutory audits and consultancy services for a number of companies within the region. Murtaza is a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and is currently a member of the UAE Internal Audit Chapter.