Meet Our Leadership Team
Meet our leadership team helping shape Dubai Holding's goals.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al MaktoumChairman
HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum is the Chairman of Dubai Holding and has been at the forefront of Dubai’s remarkable economic development for more than 25 years.
Sheikh Ahmed holds a number of important government positions, including as Second Vice Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, which is responsible for formulating policies and strategies for the Emirate of Dubai, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee, member of the Board of the Dubai Council for Economic Affairs, Chairman of Economic Development Committee and Board Member of the Dubai Corporation for Government Investment.
Sheikh Ahmed has been a highly successful corporate leader since 1985, when he was appointed President of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of the newly-launched Emirates Airline. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, which includes Dnata – the region’s leading travel services and ground handling company, and other aviation related entities.
Holder of a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Denver, Colorado, USA, Sheikh Ahmed has received many international honours, including the fellowship of the British Royal Aeronautical Society, Commandeur de l’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur (the Legion of Honour) – the highest French civilian award, and the Verfassungsportugaleser, one of Germany’s highest honours.
Amit KaushalGROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Amit Kaushal was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding in 2018. Amit leads Dubai Holding’s operations in over 13 countries and across a diverse range of sectors, including real estate, hospitality, retail, media, leisure and entertainment.
Over the course of his tenure, Amit has spearheaded several transformational initiatives that have helped drive Dubai’s thriving tourism industry and spur growth in strategic sectors in line with its economic diversification agenda. Most recently, he led the successful integration of Meraas into Dubai Holding to form one of the UAE’s largest and most diverse conglomerates. Amit has been instrumental in the success of key strategic projects of the Group in the UAE and internationally, including Ain Dubai, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai Hills Estate, Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab, The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, and many more.
Prior to his role as Group Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Holding, Amit held the position of Group Chief Financial Officer.
Amit has vast experience in financial services, having spent the earlier years of his career as an investment banker in London and Dubai. He has worked at Goldman Sachs, UBS and Deutsche Bank for more than a decade across transaction advisory, structuring and capital markets disciplines.
In addition to helming Dubai Holding as Group Chief Executive Officer, Amit currently sits on the boards of several regional and international hospitality, energy, retail and real estate organisations. Amit holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Finance from the University of Cambridge and a BSc with First Class Honours in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics from the University of Warwick.
A British national, Amit was schooled and raised in Kenya before attending university in the United Kingdom.
Khalid Al MalikMANAGING DIRECTOR
Khalid Al Malik is the Managing Director of Dubai Holding, where he leads the real estate portfolio including urban planning and infrastructure strategy and development, as well as overseeing the land bank – one of the Emirate’s largest. He is also responsible for the company’s international real estate investments in places such as Malta and Kochi as well as managing its strategic relations with local and international investors, and its government affairs.
Al Malik also lends his expertise to key real estate projects within Dubai Holding’s subsidiaries, where he also serves as Dubai Holding Real Estate Chief Executive Officer.
In the past, Al Malik has held a number of key positions within the Dubai government and private sector, including Director of Operations at the Dubai Development and Investment Authority, CEO of Dubai Industrial City and CEO of Tatweer.
He is currently on the board of several organizations including SmartCity Malta, SmartCity Kochi, Empower, Dubai Waste Management Company, Dubai Creek Harbor, UAE International Investment Council, and is also a member of the Dubai Council for the Future Cities.
Al Malik holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, USA, with a double major in Management Information Systems and Production and Operations Management. He also has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Zayed University, UAE. He is a graduate of the Government Leaders’ Program, a component of the Mohammed bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development.
Aldrin SequeiraCHIEF INTERNAL AUDIT OFFICER
Aldrin Sequeira is the Chief Internal Audit Officer responsible for overseeing the Group’s Internal audit and risk management functions and providing independent and objective assurance on its financial and operational activities.
Sequeira is an industry leader with over 28 years of experience in conducting assurance, advisory and forensics reviews on strategic, financial, operational and technology matters, and contributing to Boards and Sub-Committees.
Prior to his current role at Dubai Holding, Sequeira was with Jumeirah Group as Chief Internal Audit Officer as well as at PricewaterhouseCoopers working in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the UAE.
Sequeira holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from The University of Central Queensland, is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – UK (FCMA). He is a qualified US Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has a Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL) from IIA Global.
Edward SunnaCHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
Edward holds the position of Chief Legal Officer. He has more than 21 years of experience in legal practice and strategy in the areas of construction, engineering, utilities, infrastructure, real estate development, corporate, commercial, capital markets, banking and finance, cross border transactions and arbitration.
Prior to moving in‐house, Sunna led Al Tamimi & Company’s construction law practice and acted for various government institutions and publicly listed corporations both locally and internationally; and was internationally rated during his time in private practice.
Sunna founded the legal function of the Meraas Group where he was the Chief Legal Officer and also the General Legal Advisor at the Engineering Office, a post he held from 2008.
He is a Chartered Arbitrator and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; he is on the panel of some of the leading arbitration centres including the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the LCIA‐ DIFC Arbitration Centre, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.
Sunna is a former part‐time member of staff at Heriot‐Watt University, Dubai Campus; he was an Advisor with the Dubai Real Estate Institute and the author of numerous publications. He also lectured for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Sunna holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with Honours and Industrial Relations from the University of New South Wales in Australia. He also has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and is admitted as a barrister of the High Court of Australia, a solicitor in NSW and an admitted legal practitioner of the DIFC Courts in Dubai.
Huda BuhumaidCHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Huda Buhumaid is the Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for the Group's branding, marketing, corporate communications and corporate social responsibility functions.
Since joining Dubai Holding in 2006, Buhumaid has successfully launched several strategic projects both at the Dubai Holding corporate office and across its portfolio companies, which have received numerous national and international awards.
Previously, Buhumaid worked with Citibank UAE as Assistant Vice President – Marketing and Business Development. At Citibank, Buhumaid launched several first initiatives, including the online and mobile banking services, which received several advertising recognitions.
Buhumaid is a board member at a number of organisations including Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, Dubai Women's Establishment, Hala China and Dubai Waste Management Company. She is the Vice Chair of the Private Sector Advisory Council and a member of Dubai International Communications Committee. Previously, she was a board member at Khaleej Times and the Vice Chair of Dubai First, a consumer finance company.
Buhumaid is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Programme, INSEAD, UAE, and 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.
Nasser Al AwadhiCHIEF HUMAN CAPITAL OFFICER
Nasser Al Awadhi is Group Chief Human Capital Officer, where he oversees the implementation of Dubai Holding’s Human Capital governance framework, strategy and policies across the Group. Leadership development is at the helm of his responsibilities, which includes developing and implementing executive training programmes, succession planning and leadership incentive programme.
Al Awadhi has nearly 20 years of experience in Human Capital Management. Prior to joining Dubai Holding, Al Awadhi held several senior positions, the most recent being Director of Human Resources at the Ministry of Education, preceded by stints at TECOM Investments; Tamweel LLC; EPPCO; and Dubai Municipality.
Al Awadhi is a member of the board Jumeirah. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, USA and is a graduate of INSEAD’s International Directors Program.
Boris RusafovChief Technology Officer
Boris Rusafov is the Chief Technology Officer at Dubai Holding. In his role, Boris oversees the technology functions of the Group across a diverse range of industries including hospitality, retail, media, leisure, and entertainment. He brings a wealth of global experience from the United States, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and a 30-year track record of delivering major technology change and operational excellence across diverse sectors with expertise in business and technology strategy, enterprise digital transformation and Board advisory.
Prior to his current role at Dubai Holding, Boris held Group Chief Information Officer positions at Yas Holding in Abu Dhabi, and at Majid Al Futtaim Properties in Dubai. In addition, he has been the Group Chief Information Officer of Deutsche Bahn International based in London and Frankfurt, and before that he led the technology function for DHL in the Asia Pacific region based in Singapore. He spent the first 10 years of his career in the United States, delivering technology change for clients such as Microsoft, AT&T and Hoffmann-La Roche.
A US national, Boris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina in the United States, and later studied for an MSc at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School.
Omar KarimCHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
Omar Karim is the Chief Investment Officer, where he is responsible for driving the overall investment strategy for the Group and overseeing the execution and management of portfolio investments.
Karim has extensive experience as an adviser and principal, having worked at both international and state-owned financial institutions with specialist roles across private equity, mergers & acquisitions and capital markets.
Prior to joining Dubai Holding, Karim was a Senior Vice President in Investments and Strategic Capital at Meraas Holding.
He trained as an investment banker and spent the majority of his career at UBS Investment Bank, where he was responsible for the execution of a broad range of mergers, acquisitions, debt and equity financing transactions with clients across the consumer & retail, telecommunications & media and real estate sectors. Karim also covered sovereign wealth funds from the GCC providing strategic advice to assist them enter, manage and exit their international investments.
Karim holds several board positions with companies operating in the real estate, hospitality and technology sectors.
Karim received a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance, with high distinction, from Monash University, Australia.
Sharjil AnwarCHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Sharjil Anwar is the Chief Financial Officer of Dubai Holding. With over 24 years of financial management experience including corporate finance, restructuring, funding, financial and management accounting, corporate governance and management consulting, Anwar has a proven track record in this role to oversee the overall financial functions of the Group.
Anwar has worked in the Middle East since 1994. Prior to joining Dubai Holding in 2018, he was the Group Chief Financial Officer at Nakheel PJSC from 2011, leading the Group’s overall financial management with an active role in the successful implementation of the highly complex financial restructuring and the execution of a revised business plan that placed Nakheel on a new path to growth.
In addition, he has also held various senior positions Saudi Arabia at Ernst & Young, Siemens Limited, Emaar, The Economic City, and Red Sea Gateway Container Terminal Limited.
Anwar is a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), Chartered Global Management Accountant (“CGMA”) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from Arizona State University in the United States.