Samer Alhaj

Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Samer Alhaj contributes to leading the growth of Dubai Holding through strategically steering its performance and operational efficiencies.

Samer Alhaj has been the Chief Financial Officer at Dubai Holding since 2012. In this role, he contributes to leading the growth of the company, through strategically steering its performance and operational efficiencies. Among his key responsibilities are funding, budgeting & planning, and strategic investment allocation.  He also leads certain projects, and sits on various Dubai Holding boards, board committees and task forces at its companies.

Alhaj combines world-class leadership skills and international business credentials with 35 years of multi-industry experience that span the GCC, Levant, North Africa, USA, UK, Europe, India, China, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Throughout his career, Alhaj has demonstrated keen business acumen coupled with excellent executive and financial management as well as corporate governance competencies, both in the private and the publicly-listed sectors.

Before joining Dubai Holding, Alhaj was the Chief Operating and Financial Officer of the Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation, Chief Executive Officer of Waha Capital, both in Abu Dhabi, and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Gulf Investment House in Kuwait. 

Alhaj possesses over three decades of rich experience in multi-industry executive roles, including heavy industry, aircraft leasing, maritime support, real estate development, financial management, investment banking, private equity, and various industrial development sectors across the U.S., Europe and GCC.  Of these, Alhaj has spent over 18 years in C-level and Board of Directors/Committees roles in publicly listed, private, and government organizations in London, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.  Earlier, Alhaj held leadership positions in major Wall Street investment banks such as William Blair & Company in Chicago and London, and Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, and Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup) in New York.  

Alhaj is an INSEAD Certified International Director (IDP-C), and holds an MBA in Banking and Finance, an MSc in Project and Engineering Management and a BSc in Civil Engineering from the USA and UK.

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