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 KaushalCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Amit Kaushal is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding, where he leads the company’s operations in over 10 countries and across 12 industries focused on hospitality, tourism, real estate, retail and entertainment. He also sits on the boards of several regional and international hospitality and real estate organizations.
Prior to joining Dubai Holding in 2017, Kaushal was the Chief Financial & Investment Officer at Meraas Holding, a Dubai based conglomerate. During his tenure, Kaushal facilitated Meraas’ smooth transition through its development, construction and operational stages.
Kaushal's vast experience includes 10 years in Investment Banking, where he worked for Goldman Sachs, UBS and Deutsche Bank. Kaushal helped build successful platforms for each of these banks, as they looked to expand into Emerging Markets including the GCC and Central and Eastern Europe. In doing so, he became a recognised specialist across advisory, structuring, capital markets and funding disciplines.
Kaushal holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Finance from the University of Cambridge and a BSc (First Class Hons.) in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics from the University of Warwick.
Kaushal is a British national, schooled and raised in Kenya before attending university in the UK.
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, Kochi, and Morocco 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, Noor Bank, 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.
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.
Neetan ChopraCHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Neetan Chopra is the Chief Technology Officer, where he is responsible for driving digital, analytics and technology outcomes for the overall Group and co-creating new digital business models.
Chopra is a digital leader with long-standing experience in technology implementation, impacting the core of companies’ business models, including customer experience, operational excellence and operating culture.
Prior to joining Dubai Holding, Chopra was the Senior Vice President at Emirates Group, where he was responsible for the Group’s technology and innovation strategy. Chopra was instrumental in developing the digital vision of Emirates, steering the global Innovation ecosystem, creating a world-class enterprise architecture function and establishing a real-time, cognitive customer hub.
Chopra began his career at Accenture, where he delivered several IT strategy, technology and restructuring assignments as a Senior Consultant.
Chopra holds several board and advisory positions with technology companies and start-ups. He is a TEDx speaker and frequently speaks on topics such as digital transformation, emerging business models and change management.
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. Anwar enjoys over 24 years of financial management experience including corporate finance, restructuring, funding, financial and management accounting, corporate governance and management consulting.
Prior to joining Dubai Holding, Anwar was Group Chief Financial Officer at Nakheel PJSC, 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 senior positions at Emaar, the Economic City, Siemens Limited and Red Sea Gateway Container Terminal Limited.
Anwar currently serves on the boards and advisory panels of various organizations, including Axiom Limited, and Urban Foods.