Executive Management

Abdul wahab Al-Halabi

Director & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Al-Halabi has over 20 years of experience in the fields of executive management. He involved in the REIT industry in the region. Prior to that, he was the Group Chief Investment Officer of Meraas Holding, a leading UAE based developer where he was responsible for the group's capital markets, investments, funding and finance functions. He has also been the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Properties and held various senior positions within the Dubai Holding group focusing on their development and leisure businesses.  He started his career with KPMG in London working on debt advisory services and restructuring and for two years was a partner at KPMG Dubai co-heading the transaction and restructuring unit in the UAE and Oman.

 

Mr. Al-Halabi is also a current board member of DXB Entertainments, a DFM listed entity and was previously on several boards including Emirates REIT Management which managed Emirates REIT, a NASDAQ Dubai listed entity and several other private enterprises related to Meraas.

 

Mr. Al-Halabi holds a degree in Economics from London School of Economics, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Sulaiman M. Al-Rubaie

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Al-Rubaie has more than 16 years of experience in merchant banking and private equity. He has a wealth of experience across many areas including advisory, mergers & acquisitions, equity and debt capital markets and restructuring.

 

He started his career with boutique investment bank, Brask and Company (Acquired by Kaupthing Bank), in their placement and later in their M&A team with a focus on the high growth industries. He then moved back to Kuwait to join the investment banking team at Global Investment House where he led and co-led the formation, placement, and strategic monitoring of companies in various sectors. He later joined Eastgate Capital Group, the private equity and real estate investment arm of National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia, in Dubai and was a member of their transactions team. He joined Global again in 2010 as Vice President in the alternative asset management group and managed the overall restructuring of the Private Equity department and the numerous funds. He was promoted to become Executive Vice President in 2015 and Deputy CEO in April 2017. Mr. Al-Rubaie is a member of the Frontiers Market and Middle East Councils of the EMPEA and is a board member of numerous companies in the GCC and the Levant.

 

Mr. Al-Rubaie received his MBA from London Business School and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Nawal Mulla-Hussain

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Mulla-Hussain is a professional with over 28 years of experience. With a Law degree fresh out of Kuwait University, she joined the Legal Department of Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) and left KNPC five years later to join Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) in 1994 where she held a Legal Counsel position. At KIA she was part of the team entrusted with the establishment of Kuwait Small Projects Company, the first government initiative aimed at supporting small to medium projects in the local market. She left KIA in March 2004 to join Global Investment House.

 

Since joining Global, Ms. Mulla-Hussain headed the Legal Department and was promoted to Executive Vice President Legal & Compliance in 2010 and played a vital role in the development and restructuring of the Company. In 2017 she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer heading the entire “Support Group” which consists of Legal, Compliance, Operations, HR & Admin, Marketing and IT.

 

Ms. Mulla-Hussain is Chairperson of Global Investment House DIFC Limited.

Sunny Bhatia

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Bhatia is a finance professional with over 28 years of experience. He joined Global in 2006 and brought with him a wealth of experience in banking, finance, accounting, auditing, consulting and financial advisory. Prior to joining Global, he was Financial Controller at National Bank of Bahrain. He has also worked with notable multinational firms including KPMG, Siemens and PricewaterhouseCoopers in various capacities. He obtained his Chartered Accountancy and Cost & Management Accountancy qualifications in 1988 and Bachelor of Commerce (with Honors) from Delhi University in 1985.

Bader G. Al-Ghanim

Executive Vice President - MENA Asset Management

Mr. Al-Ghanim has over 15 years of experience in investment advisory, asset management, and derivatives. He has a wealth of experience in portfolio and fund management with focus on equities and fixed income in the MENA region.

 

He started his career with Kuwait Investment Authority as Assistant Financial Analyst. He then joined the Forward Trading department at Kuwait & Middle East Financial Investment Company to assist in managing the first forward trading operations in the region. He later joined Kuwait Financial Center where he contributed to structuring Forsa Fund, the first derivative fund in Kuwait and the GCC, and also established and managed the first GCC fund launched by the company. He joined Kuwait & Middle East Financial Investment Company again as AGM to head the GCC asset management business. Bader joined Global in 2010 to assist in managing the asset management business in the GCC.

 

Mr. Al-Ghanim holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston University.

Rasha A. Al-Qenaei

Executive Vice President - Wealth Management

Mrs. Al-Qenaei has more than 16 years of experience in the Wealth Management arena covering various client segments throughout the region including sovereign wealth funds.

She started her career with Global Investment House in Corporate Finance. She later moved to help set up the Wealth Management Department at Global and headed a team focusing on high net worth individuals. Later on, she was promoted as Head of Corporate and Institutional clients unit in Kuwait. In December 2008, she was promoted to head the Wealth Management Department covering Kuwait, where she successfully managed the relationship with clients. In 2011, she was promoted to manage the newly merged Wealth Management Department covering Kuwait and International markets. During this time, she re-engineered the processes and modified the strategy of the Department to best suit the challenges faced by the capital markets. In parallel, she also headed and grew the Portfolio Management Unit, a third party funds platform at Global.

Mrs. Al Qenaei has historically served in many board positions and is currently on the board of the following:

- Vice Chairman - Shurooq Investment Services Company, Oman
- Board Member – Al Mazaya Holding Company, Kuwait

Mrs. Al-Qenaei received her Bachelors of Science in Biological sciences from Kuwait University with a specialization in Molecular Biology and Genetics.