Board of Directors
H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak
H.E. Mohamed Al Mubarak is a member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, overseeing some of the Emirate’s most significant institutions across the culture, tourism, media, entertainment, and real estate sectors, HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak plays a critical role in driving Abu Dhabi’s growth as a sustainable, diversified and globally-integrated economy.
Al Mubarak was appointed as the Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) in 2015, where he oversees the cultural development of the Emirate and its promotion as a global destination, through the integration of tourism regulations and the active engagement of local, regional and international audiences.
Since its inception and under His Excellency’s leadership, DCT Abu Dhabi has achieved remarkable milestones including the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2017, recognised globally as one of the world’s most iconic cultural attractions, as well as the reopening of Qasr Al Hosn, the oldest landmark in Abu Dhabi, representing the emirate’s evolution into a modern, global metropolis.
Al Mubarak is also the Chairman of Aldar Properties, the Emirate’s leading real estate developer, which also plays a key part in the development and provision of international-standard education through Aldar Academies.
In addition, his Excellency is Chairman of Miral Asset Management, where he has led the transformation of key areas within the Emirate, including Yas Island, and has developed strategic partnerships such as the one established with Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi™. Al Mubarak is also the Chairman of twofour54, Abu Dhabi’s media freezone and content creation hub, which encompasses broadcast, publishing, music, digital media, and gaming. He is also the Chairman of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the Emirati film production and media company. Through these roles, he continues to guide the Emirate’s urban development as well as the growth of its creative ecosystem.
Al Mubarak is a member of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, where he is joined by international religious leaders, educational scholars, and cultural leaders across the world, to support and spread the values of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. The Committee provides counsel on various initiatives, including the Abrahamic Family House, which is to be built in Abu Dhabi.
His Excellency also serves as Vice-Chair on the Foundation Board of ALIPH, the international alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas. Furthermore, Al Mubarak is a board member of the Emirates Schools Establishment, an independent federal entity with a mandate to manage and operate public schools.
Al Mubarak is a graduate of Northeastern University (Boston, USA), with a double major in Economics and Political Science.
Waleed Ahmed Almokarrab Al Muhairi
Waleed is also a member of Mubadala's Investment Committee, which is mandated to develop the company's investment policies, establish investment guidelines, and review proposed projects and investments to ensure they are in line with business objectives. He is also the Chairman of Mubadala's new investment and business planning committee, which approves deals within a certain financial threshold in addition to the responsibility of annual and multi-year business planning. Furthermore, Waleed has oversight of the Real Estate & Infrastructure and Disruptive platforms.
Waleed currently serves as Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Waha Capital, Global Institute for Disease of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland Clinic in the United States. He is also a board member of Aldar, Noon.com, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), Hub71, Ellipses Pharma Limited, and Investcorp
Waleed holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, USA, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, USA.
H.E. Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi
H.E. is a member of the Board of Directors at ADNOC Distribution, Abu Dhabi Pension Fund, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), Aldahra Holding and Lulu Group International.
Before joining ADQ, H.E. led Metals and Mining for Mubadala Investment Company, where he worked in investment management across a wide range of sectors including Real Estate, Hospitality, Infrastructure, Utilities, Technology, Agriculture, and Metals and Mining
Prior to that, H.E. held several board positions, which included Suyadi CPC plant in China, Guinea Alumina Corporation in Guinea, Sociedad Minera de Santander Gold Mine in Colombia, Minas de Aguas Teñidas Copper Mine in Spain, Muharaq STP in Bahrain, Mubadala Reinsurance and Almanhal Development Company. H.E. also gained experience in Retail Banking and Finance from Union National Bank, Abu Dhabi Ship Building and General Secretariat of Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
H.E. holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from United Arab Emirates University.
Hamad Salem Mohamed Al Ameri
Mr. Al Ameri is a graduate of Civil Engineering from the American University in Dubai, and also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Canadian University.
Khalifa Abdullah Khamis Al Romaithi
Khalifa Al Romaithi is the Executive Director of the UAE Real estate unit within Mubadala’s UAE Investments platform. The platform contributes to the acceleration of the UAE’s economic transformation, and investing in national world class champions, fostering vibrant industrial and commercial clusters, and partnering with world-class global entities.
With over 19 years of experience, Khalifa holds several Board positions across several portfolio companies including Aldar Properties, DEPA Group, Emirates Driving Company & Abu Dhabi National Takaful Company.
Khalifa holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Portland, United States.
Sofia Abdellatif Lasky
She has overseen the acquisition of numerous companies in a variety of core industries, including real estate, contracting, food processing, preventive healthcare, and capital investments. Her contribution towards the growth of companies within the Royal Group has been invaluable. Sofia has also served as a Board Member of Macquarie Capital Middle East LLC.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Technology from the United Kingdom.
Ali Saeed Abdulla Sulayem Al Falasi
His contribution was so great that he was appointed as Undersecretary for Operations Department in the private Department of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Where he oversaw all the activities of the Operations Department during that period.
Bin Sulayem joined the Royal Group after his tenure in the private Department and his role was Director of Internal Audit and currently a member of the Audit Committee, as well as a large number of other companies in the industrial fields, real estate, finance and trade fields.
Bin Sulayem holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Sharjah, a BSc in Production and Operations Management from California State University, USA, and a BA in Accounting from UAE University.
Talal Al Dhiyebi
Chief Executive Officer, Aldar Group
In 2022, Aldar secured a USD 1.4 billion investment from Apollo Global Management which is one of the largest foreign direct investments into Abu Dhabi’s private sector. The investment is helping to drive Aldar’s transformational growth strategy and diversify its business. In total, the company deployed more than USD 3 billion in 2022, including new market entries, strategic acquisitions, and expansion into new business verticals such as logistics.
Aldar’s development business has achieved record sales over the course of 2022, with almost USD 4 billion secured in home sales across Abu Dhabi and Egypt. In line with the development business’ strategy, sales to overseas buyers increased from 4% to 15% over the course of the year.
Aldar is a well governed business and has taken a leading position on ESG in the region. Most recently, Aldar reached a major milestone in its sustainability journey by committing to becoming net zero in Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions by 2050.
Talal serves on the boards of numerous companies, including Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Abu Dhabi Housing Authority, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, Miral Asset Management and Sandooq Al Watan – the UAE’s national fund focused on social contribution. Talal also serves on the boards of a number of Aldar subsidiaries, including Aldar Education, Aldar Estates, and SODIC, the real estate company acquired by Aldar in Egypt in 2021.
Talal is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia
Acting Group Chief Financial and Sustainability Officer at Aldar Properties
Faisal Falaknaz is the Acting Group Chief Financial and Sustainability Officer at Aldar Properties. In his role, Faisal is responsible for a broad remit that covers finance, corporate finance, investor relations, treasury, group digital services, and sustainability. He also sits across the group’s various executive management committees and boards.
Prior to his current role, Faisal served as Chief Financial Officer of Aldar Investment, Aldar’s core asset management business, which includes Aldar Investment Properties, Aldar Education, Aldar Hospitality, and Principal Investments.
A seasoned finance and investment professional, Faisal has held several senior roles working for sovereign wealth funds and public companies such as Mubadala Investment Company and Emaar Properties. His experience includes M&A and asset management having deployed capital across the US and Europe as Vice President of Global Real Estate Investments at Mubadala Investment Company.
Faisal holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the American University of Sharjah. Faisal is also a CFA charter holder.
Jassem Saleh Busaibe
CEO Aldar Investment
Jassem Saleh Busaibe is the Chief Executive Officer at Aldar Investment. He has over 15 years of experience in finance and investment, having held a number of high-profile roles at several private and public sector companies in Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining Aldar, he was the Chief Finance Officer at SENAAT and previously served as CEO of Arady Properties.
Mr Busaibe was also formerly Senior Vice President of Private Equities at the Abu Dhabi Investment Company, Invest AD, and spent seven years at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), where he worked as a Portfolio Manager focusing on European Equities.
Mr Busaibe is a CFA Charter holder and holds an MSc in Finance from London Business School, UK.
Bayan Al Hosani
Chief People and Communications Officer, Aldar Properties
Bayan Al Hosani is the Chief People and Communications Officer at Aldar Properties. In her capacity, Bayan is responsible for leading Aldar's talent agenda and advancing its marketing and communications strategy as the company continues to push ahead on its transformational growth journey.
Bayan's career with Aldar started in 2005, and through her hard work and dedication became the first female member of the Executive Management team. In 2019, she was appointed Executive Director of People, Culture & Performance, focusing on creating and maintaining a positive and productive workplace culture supporting Aldar's business strategy.
Over her time with Aldar, Bayan has played a key role in developing and strengthening the company's position as an employer of choice in the UAE and the real estate sector in general. She has also spearheaded Aldar's Emiratisation strategy, with the company on track to create 1,000 jobs for UAE nationals by 2026 in alignment with the NAFIS programme that launched in 2021.
Bayan serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Aldar Education and Musanada.
She is a Graduate of Business Administration from the Higher Colleges of Technology and is a certified professional from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Emma O’Brien is the General Counsel at Aldar, and is responsible for the company’s legal and governance affairs.
Emma joined Aldar in 2014, having previously practiced in a number of International law firms, both in UAE/Abu Dhabi and the UK/London. She has advised on a wide range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, international arbitrations, public private partnerships and major development projects.
Emma is a graduate of the Universities of Birmingham and the West of England in the United Kingdom, and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.
Chief Executive Officer, Aldar Development
Jonathan Emery is the Chief Executive Officer at Aldar Development and is responsible for all development activities across the company.
Throughout his 30+ years in the global real estate industry, Jonathan has held senior positions at leading developers including UK Managing Director at Hammerson, Managing Director of Development and Communities at Majid Al Futtaim and most recently at Lendlease, a multinational construction, property and infrastructure company, where he was both CEO of the firm’s global residential practice and Managing Director of Property for Europe, and prior to that he was their Managing Director of Development for Australia.
Jonathan is a graduate of Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom, and has attended a number of other academic institutions including Henley Management College, Harvard, INSEAD, and has been a visiting professor at Yale University.