ChairmanAn industrialist and business strategist, Hussain AlNowais is the founding member and Chairman of Abu Dhabi based ALNOWAIS Investments. Currently, Mr. AlNowais is spearheading ALNOWAIS Investments’ strategy of global expansion and strategic project development in energy, industry, infrastructure, hospitality and real-estate.
Mr. AlNowais has over 30 years of combined experience in various countries and across numerous sectors including: banking, financial services, investments, heavy industries, petrochemicals, industrial development, infrastructure development, Public-Private Partnership, project finance, hospitality and real estate. He accumulated a solid track record of acquiring unprofitable companies turning them into profitable business, sold many businesses, and has realized lucrative IPO’s. Holding senior positions in both the public & private sectors, Mr. AlNowais has been actively involved in building organizations, developing effecting structures, recruiting winning management teams, creating viable strategies, policies and regulations on both national and regional levels.
Mr. AlNowais is currently Chairman of Waha Capital a publicly listed company with diversified investments, Chairman of MENA Infrastructure Fund a Middle Eastern fund investing in infrastructure, power, water, ports and airports, a Board Member of Rotana Hotels & Real Estate Investment the premier regional investor in hospitality and hotel management.
Mr. AlNowais was previously Chairman of Abu Dhabi Basic Industries (ADBIC), an industrial conglomerate and prime mover in implementing the Abu Dhabi government’s industrial diversification policy (which merged with General Holding Company –SENAAT); was a Board Member and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones “Zones Corp” overseeing infrastructure and utilities development, was Chairman of Etihad Railway, a UAE railway for freight and passengers linking the various cities of UAE, was a Board Member of Abu Dhabi Ports Company, with a 4 billion dollars investments in building the largest industrial zone in Abu Dhabi, known as Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), was the Vice Chairman of Abraaj Capital the largest private equity group in the Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia(MENASA), with 7 billion dollars investments in emerging markets, was Advisory Board Member of Khalifa University for Science & Technology (KUSTAR), and was a Board Member of InvestBank.
Mr. AlNowais works closely with regional and national NGOs and not for profit organizations to create employment opportunities, direct educational reform programs, develop small business and foster entrepreneurship advancement. He is Chairman of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and member of the Board of Nations Fund.
Executive Director in Project Management
Executive Director in Project ManagementRamesh Bhargava specialises in the execution of major projects in Oil and Gas and the Fertilizer industry.
He has worked with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Abu Dhabi Gas Industries (GASCO) for over thirty years prior to joining the AlNowais group.
He has been involved with the implementation of major projects right from concept through to the EPC and commissioning stages and has successfully managed the execution of projects with capital values in excess of US$30 Billion.
His areas of specialisation are Project Management and Project Control (Planning, Cost Control, Contract Management and Procurement Management). He is an Electrical Engineer by profession.
Director - Investments
Director - InvestmentsKassem Tawil holds an MBA in Business Management from Cornell University and a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from the American University in Beirut with vast experience in development, structuring and management oversight of direct investments at AlNowais Investments, particularly in manufacturing, building materials and real estate.
Prior to that, he held various roles at BASF North America, managing major capital investments and financial planning of several regional business units, corporate IT and logistics.
Tawil also has extensive project management experience in construction and fabrication industries in the GCC.
Nadine Debbas Achkar
Outside Legal Counsel
Nadine Debbas Achkar
Outside Legal CounselNadine Debbas Achkar is outside legal counsel to AlNowais Investments on select projects. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the United States, France and the Middle East, specializing in international commercial arbitration and project development.
She was previously the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation (ADBIC, since rebranded as SENAAT). Achkar holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law and earned her Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Economics from Georgetown University.
She is a member of the New York Bar and speaks four languages fluently.
Director – Business Development
Director – Business DevelopmentHussein Matar joined AlNowais Investments in 2012, focused primarily on the Oil and Gas sector.
He has over 10 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas industry ranging from consulting, strategic planning and business development.
He worked for Deloitte in London for five years as an Oil and Gas consultant and then joined Hess in their strategic planning division before leaving for the UAE in 2007.
Just prior to joining AlNowais Investments, he worked for Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation.
He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London and Masters in Energy Studies from Dundee University Scotland.
Director - Project Finance
Director - Project FinanceAqueel Bohra joined AlNowais Investments as Project Development Director in August, 2011.
He is primarily involved with Project Finance and Corporate Investments at AlNowais Investments.
Bohra is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a qualified Mechanical Engineer and has over 16 years of experience in project finance, private- public partnership (PPP), infrastructure advisory and corporate finance.
Prior to joining AlNowais Investments, Bohra led KPMG infrastructure advisory team in Abu Dhabi. In the course of his career Bohra has advised a number of leading private and public institutions, mainly in, power, oil and gas, public transport and real estate sectors.
Director - Corporate Finance
Director - Corporate FinanceMohammed Shaikley is primarily focused on Project Finance and Strategic Investments at AlNowais Investments.
He has eleven years of experience in fund management, corporate finance and advisory services in the infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, petrochemical, industrial, manufacturing and real estate sectors.
Shaikley was previously a founding member and Managing Director of Investbridge Capital, a Dubai-based private equity firm.
He has also advised a number of prominent governmental and quasi-governmental institutions on strategies and policies related to infrastructure development and PPPs.
He holds a Juris Doctorate in Law and a MBA from Chapman University and a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of California and has also recently completed an executive program in Infrastructure and Project Finance at Harvard University.
Head of Internal Audit
Head of Internal AuditEhab Abuali joined AlNowais Investments as Head of Internal Audit at 2013.
He holds a Bachelor of accounting and auditing from Cairo University, he is a US Certified Public Accountant “CPA”, as well as licensed from Colorado Board of Accountancy.
He has more than 13 years of professional experience at E&Y and PwC Cairo, he was managing a portfolio of multinational clients operating in different industries, such as Oil and Gas, Drilling, Constructions, Manufacturing, Trading, Telecommunication, Entertainment, Hotels, Services companies, USAID and Sarbanes Oxley Act “SOX” engagements.
Director - Corporate Communications
Director - Corporate CommunicationsAfaf Jbara has over 15 years of international experience in Marketing Communications. Before joining AlNowais Investments, she was responsible for Corporate Communications of Emirates NBD, a leading bank in UAE, and previously was responsible for Investors Relations at Abraaj Capital, a leading private equity firm in Dubai. Within the same organization she managed the corporate communications and media relations.
Afaf worked across many sectors: finance, banking, healthcare, energy, technology and Media. She began her career as an engineer. As a certified project manager she led the rebranding of Sharjah Islamic Bank and managed its marketing and advertising. She was part of Dubai Holding team to create its then-new brand via the Arabian Radio Network and Dubai TV where she was involved in the launch of radio stations, communications and production.
Afaf is a graduate of the American University in Dubai with an MBA in International Marketing/Finance. She holds an engineering bachelor, Summa Cum Laude, from AUI. Recently, She earned an executive education certificate from Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania.