Meet Our Leadership Team

Meet our leadership team helping shape Dubai Holding's goals.

H.E. Abdulla Ahmed Al Habbai

Chairman
Since inception, Dubai Holding has played an instrumental role in delivering Dubai’s ambition of a thriving diversified economy and is well positioned to drive Dubai’s’ journey towards being the smartest, most productive and happiest cities in the world.

Abdulla Al Habbai is the Chairman of Dubai Holding. In his role as Chairman of Dubai Holding, Al Habbai will drive Dubai Holding investments in projects and initiatives that will deliver new creative, infrastructural and technological excellence, and add value to the knowledge-based economy, in line with the UAE’s ambitious growth plans.

He is also the Group Chairman of Meraas and Chief Executive Officer of the Engineering Office – The Private Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, a post he has held since 2004.

Abdulla Al Habbai has more than 25 years of experience in the property and real estate sector. He was also mandated by Dubai Municipality, where he spent 18 years of his career, to oversee and translate the Emirate’s vision for Urban Planning.

In addition to his capacities at Dubai Holding, Meraas and the Engineering Office– The Private Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Al Habbai is also the Chairman of Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai Hills and Valiant Healthcare. He additionally serves as the Deputy Chairman of Rove Hospitality.

Abdulla Al Habbai is a board member of several leading private and government entities in Dubai, including Dubai Real Estate Corporation (DREC) and Museum of the Future.  Abdulla Al Habbai is also the CEO of Shamal.

Yousuf Al Mulla

Chief Strategy Officer
Al Mulla supports the Dubai Holding’s long-term investment strategy and oversees the enterprise value targets. His key focus areas include strategy, governance and leadership.

Al Mulla has been the Chief Strategy Officer at Dubai Holding since 2012. His responsibilities include supporting the company’s long-term investment strategy and overseeing the enterprise value targets. The key focus areas under his supervision include governance, leadership and strategy. Evaluating Dubai Holding’s risk appetite, portfolio management and target setting are amongst his responsibilities. He is also in charge of creating and sustaining a strategic management governance model, organisational design and strengthening related skills and competencies in the company and its companies.

Al Mulla is a senior executive specialised in corporate strategy, operations and corporate finance. He brings a wealth of experience from his entrepreneurial background and government roles and has contributed to the development of Dubai’s strategic vision.

Al Mulla was one of the founding members of TCO Management Consulting, the management consulting company initiated by the Dubai government and previously known as the Consulting Office. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2010, following his position as Head of Strategy, Business Development and Alliances. He also advised senior leadership in the Dubai government and the UAE federal government on high-level strategic projects.

In his former capacity as Associate Project Manager of the Government Innovation and Development Unit at the Executive Office, from 2006 to 2007, Al Mulla was in charge of developing and implementing efficiency programmes across a wide range of government departments, as well as setting an educational endowment fund. Additionally, he had a significant contribution to the development of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015, and the establishment of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority. His other achievements at the Executive Office included advising the Minor Affairs Foundation on their investment policy.

Al Mulla’s previous experience included his advisory and operational role with Dubai Autodrome to setup the business and organise the 1st international track motor race in Dubai, from 2004 to 2006. He also worked with his family to setup and manage Mayfair Hotels Management from 2003 to 2005.

Al Mulla holds a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD, Masters in Public Administration from Lee Kuan School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and a BSc in Business Administration with concentration in Corporate Finance from Marshall Business School at University of Southern California.

 

Mohamed Sabah

Chief Information Officer
A Dubai Holding veteran, Sabah previously served as CIO of TECOM Group, rolling out company’s leading-edge IT infrastructure, allowing the Group to scale up its capacity and foster future business growth.

Mohamed Sabah assumed the role as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Dubai Holding in August 2016 to oversee Information Technology operations and support services for more than 22,000 staff.

A Dubai Holding veteran, Sabah previously served as CIO of TECOM Group (TECOM), a Dubai Holding company. During his tenure at TECOM, Sabah was responsible for rolling out company’s leading-edge IT infrastructure, allowing the Group to scale up its capacity and foster future business growth. Sabah also successfully streamlined the company’s internal technology infrastructure to enhance the Group’s efficiency.

Prior to joining TECOM Group, Sabah Executive Director of Information Security & Networks Services at Dubai Holding, where he built the Information Security Department and established the Network Services Department. With more than two decades of experience, majority of which is at Dubai Holding and its companies, Mohamed has gained unparalleled knowledge and expertise in developing mission-critical technology solutions, while managing budget controls to deliver bottom line savings and enable overall growth.

Mohamed holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Leeds Metropolitan University, along with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Hult International Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Gerald Lawless

Head of Tourism and Hospitality
Lawless joined Dubai Holding from Jumeirah Group, where he built the company into one of the world’s best-known luxury hospitality brands.

Gerald Lawless joined Dubai Holding in 2016, having served for 18 years at the helm of the Jumeirah Group, assuming a new leadership position responsible for tourism and hospitality in Dubai Holding. At Dubai Holding, Lawless advises Dubai Holding on strategic tourism and hospitality projects within the Dubai Holding portfolio.

Lawless joined Dubai Holding from Jumeirah Group, where he built the company into one of the world’s best-known luxury hospitality brands and led the drive to establish Burj Al Arab Jumeirah as the world’s most luxurious hotel and a symbol of Dubai as a luxury destination. Lawless spearheaded the expansion of the Company’s portfolio, which now includes 22 hotels in 10 destinations and over 100 restaurants from London to Shanghai.

Before joining Jumeirah Group in 1997, Lawless held a 23-year long career with Forte Hotels.

He is Chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council; a member of the Global Agenda Council for the Future of Travel and Tourism of the World Economic Forum; a fellow member of the Institute of Hospitality; a member of the International Advisory Board of the Ecole Hôtelière Lausanne; the Chancellor of the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management and Honourary President of the Jumeirah Group.

Lawless is a Graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management in Ireland and holds an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management by the Johnson & Wales University, State of Rhode Island in the US, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the National University of Ireland, Galway. 

Morgan Parker

Chief Operating Officer, Jumeirah Central
Parker’s versatility and wealth of experience has led him to hold a number of board positions globally since 2005. He is widely recognised as an industry thought-leader.

Morgan Parker joined Dubai Holding in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer for Jumeirah Central.

Jumeirah Central is envisioned as a city centre – home to the city’s most sought-after real estate, its best shopping, apartments, office buildings, entertainment, and a global tourist destination that will further Dubai’s reputation as one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Parker oversees all aspects of the US$20 billion Jumeirah Central, and leads a world-class multi-disciplinary team of colleagues and consultants responsible for planning, development, capital partnerships, marketing and financial analysis of this 47 million sf city district.

Parker joined Dubai Holding from the Rockefeller-owned private equity firm - Rose Rock, where he served as CEO. His senior executive experience in Asia-Pacific at Morgan Stanley, Macquarie Bank and Lend Lease spans more than two decades acting as a developer, investor and banker. Parker has completed 65 projects in nine countries.

Parker’s versatility and wealth of experience has led him to hold a number of board positions globally since 2005. He is widely recognised as an industry thought-leader.

Morgan Parker holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Law from Bond University in Australia, and an Executive Management certificate from IMD Business School in Switzerland.

Huda Buhumaid

Chief Marketing Officer
Buhumaid successfully steers Dubai Holding’s Marketing including matters pertaining to its companies; Jumeirah Group, Dubai Properties Group, TECOM Group, Emirates International Telecommunications, Jumeirah Central, Dubai Group and Dubai International Capital.

Huda Buhumaid joined Dubai Holding in 2009 as Head of Communications. She was appointed as the Chief Marketing Officer in 2016 and is responsible for the conglomerate’s Branding, Marketing, Corporate Communications and Public Relations.

Over the last few year, Buhumaid has successfully launched and several strategic projects both at the Corporate and portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Dubai Holding Corporate Office, Buhumaid was Managing Director – Marketing & Communications, Dubai Group. She oversaw the marketing and communications strategies for Dubai Group subsidiaries in various international markets. Buhumaid successfully developed and launched new brand identities for companies such as Borse Dubai, Emirates Investment Authority, as well as re-branding Dubai International Financial Exchange into NASDAQ Dubai.

Previously, Buhumaid worked with Citibank UAE quickly moving the ranks from Marketing Manager – Credit Cards to Assistant Vice President – Marketing and Business Development. At Citibank, Buhumaid launched several “first” initiatives, including the internet and mobile banking service, which received several advertising recognitions.

Buhumaid is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Programme, INSEAD, UAE, holds a master’s degree in Organisational Excellence with Honours from Bradford University, UK and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai.

Ayesha Sultan

Chief Business Development Officer

Ayesha Sultan leads the development of new projects aligned with the strategic direction of Dubai Holding to enable Dubai’s economic diversification.

Ms. Sultan has worked in the UAE, UK and France, with multinational organisations including DP World, Dubai Expo 2020, PA Consulting Group, Royal Bank of Scotland, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Government entities. 

She has a wealth of experience spanning over 18 years in high growth strategic and managerial roles, covering the formulation and implementation of strategy, development and execution of mergers and acquisitions, influencing and building stakeholder relationships and implementing change.

Ms. Sultan has previously served as an Independent Non Executive Board member of TECOM Group, Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee, and Vice Chairperson of the Executive Human Capital Committee (2012-2016), as well as in the capacity of Board member and Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee of Smart City Dubai, part of Dubai Holding (2016-2017).  She has also served on the Boards of DP World London Gateway Port and DP World London Gateway Park, in the UK (2012-2015).

Ms. Sultan holds an MSc. in Operational Research and BSc. in Mathematics and French from the University of Southampton, UK, and completed the Leadership programme from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, USA.  

She is also a Fellow and Chartered Director from the UK Institute of Directors (MSc, BSc, CDir, FIoD) and was a mentor on the first ‘European Women on Board’ programme in Brussels, Belgium (2015-2016).