Abdulwahab Ahmad Al-Nakib – Chairman

Abdulwahab Al-Nakib, is the chairman and managing director of Al-Deera Holding (ALDEERA.KSE). He is also the chairman of Univest Group, a company he co-founded in 2001.

With 17 years of experience in private equity and asset management, Al-Nakib had served as Investment Funds Assistant Vice-President at Global Investment House, a new dynamic company where he was part of the founding team. At Global Investment House he structured, analyzed, monitored and placed hedge and private equity funds to the company's clientele base. He also worked at United Gulf Management in Boston, USA where he assisted the management in the structuring and placement of Corporate Finance deals, Real-Estate management and private equities portfolios. His experience at the National Bank of Kuwait has allowed him to develop a deep working knowledge of the development and marketing of financial and banking products.

Mr. Al-Nakib holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego; and attended a post-graduate certificate from Harvard University. He also holds a Series 7 certificate from the acclaimed New York Institute of Finance.

Board Memberships and Affiliations:

Previously held positions include:

  • Board Member Global Communications & Wireless Co.
  • Board Member Good Food Company
  • Board Member Show Tec Entertainment
  • Board Member Kuwait Commercial Complex Company
    (Listed in the Kuwait Stock Exchange)
  • Board Member, ABC Real Estate Co.
  • Board Member, Univest Brokerage
  • Board Member, Diwan Capital
  • Board Member, Yotel Investment Ltd
  • Board Member of the Young Arab Leaders (YAL) as well as the pre-incorporation committee of the Oman Kuwait Investment Holding Co.

Talal jassim Al-Bahar - Board member

Chairman - International Financial Advisors (IFA)
Vice-Chairman & CEO. - IFA Hotels & Resorts

Mr. Talal Jassim Al-Bahar is the Chairman of (IFA), one of the largest investment companies listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange since 1987 (Ticker:IFA) and on the Dubai Financial Market since 2005.

With over six years in the investment sector, Mr. Talal has served in various positions during his career, starting as Chairman & Managing Director of Kuwait Invest Holding Company.

Mr. Talal has been the driving force behind IFA Hotels & Resorts' global expansion, leading the company through its listing on the Kuwait Stock Exchange in January 2006, and the subsequent creation and listing of its South African subsidiary on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in February of the same year. Under Mr. Talal's leadership the company has tripled in size and expanded its reach to North America, Europe, Asia and further into Africa.

Board Membership and Affiliation:

Previously held positions include:

  • Chairman & Managing Director, Kuwait Invest Holding Company
  • Vice Chairman & CEO, Kuwait Holding Company
  • Vice Chairman, Jeezan Holding Company
  • Vice Chairman, Al-Deera Holding Company

Mr. Talal holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies from Loyola Marymount University and is a 6 Sigma Development Champion.

Khaled Magdy El-Marsafy - Vice Chairman
Mr. Khaled Magdy El-Marsafy is the General Manager of AL-DEERA Holding (ALDEERA.KSE), a position he assumed since 2005. El-Marsafy is also the Vice Chairman of Univest Group, a company he co-founded in 2001.

Mr. El-Marsafy’s combination of principled management and practical experience in financial markets and investment banking has helped propel AL-DEERA's expansion into the global arena. Since assuming his role as general manager, Mr. El-Marsafy has successfully pursued a strategy of expansion and diversification, culminating in the conclusion of a series of high-profile financing, merger and acquisition deals worth close to $92 million.
El-Marsafy currently serves on the board of several renowned regional and global companies, traversing key economic sectors, including: Chart Group LP, Yotel Investments Ltd, BPL Global Ltd, Kuwait Holding Company, ABC Real Estate Company, Univest Good Food Company International (PCNY), Univest Brokerage Company, Diwan Capital (D1), and Kuwait National Lube Oil Company.

A 17-year veteran with a solid track record in private equity and asset management, El-Marsafy has worked throughout his career with a number of world-class financial institutions, the like of Fletcher Asset Management that resorted to his expertise for the structuring of its multi-sectoral private equity investments endeavors for publicly-traded companies in his capacity as Vice President. Prior to that, he spent 4 years at Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) – New York office serving as Product Manager and Risk Controller of the bank's Equity Trading Group. During his tenure at UBS, El-Marsafy worked closely with all the Equities Group's trading desks, including: Convertible Arbitrage, Option, OTC, Block Trading, Index Trading, Analytical Trading, Risk Arbitrage, Latin America and Distressed Arbitrage. El-Marsafy has also worked in the past with Arab Bank PLC in New York, covering its Private Banking Group's Asset Management and Portfolio management initiatives.

A graduate of University of Hartford, El-Marsafy holds a degree in Business Administration & International Finance. He is a member of the Young Arab Leaders (Dubai Chapter), a network of empowered entrepreneurs acting as catalysts of change in their respective communities. El-Marsafy is also member of the Arab Bankers Association of North America


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