Board of Directors

Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani

Chairperson

Sheikha Hanadi is the Founder & Chairperson of Amwal, founder & CEO of AL Waab City Real Estate development project, Vice Chairman of Nasser Bin Khaled AL Thani & Sons Group, Founding Chairperson of Q-Auto.
A fervent supporter of entrepreneurship and its positive effect on the community, Sheikha Hanadi serves as a trustee on the board of the College for Business and Economics at Qatar University, the Chairperson of “INJAZ Qatar” and board member of “INJAZ AL Arab” the regional arm of “Junior Achievement Worldwide”, a member of the ME Board of “Planet Finance”, a member of the Board of Governance of the Pearl Initiative, a member of the advisory board of the Harvard Business Review Al Arabiya and a Founding co-Chairperson of the 30% Club GCC chapter.
Over the span of her career, Sheikha Hanadi sat on various boards and committees, she served as a board member in “Dana Gas”, as an Executive Committee Member in “Silatech”, as well as a Special Advisor to Standard Chartered Bank and a member of the Bank’s Gulf Advisory Council (GAC).
She was a member of the Advisory Board of the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Receiving numerous awards and recognition, Sheikha was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2005 and voted as personality of the year by Arraya, Qatar’s leading newspaper, for her vision and contribution to the economy. She was named Woman CEO of the Year by the Middle East CEO Awards Institute in 2006, for her significant contribution in developing Qatar’s economic and social presence in the Arab world., she was selected by Arabian business magazine to be one of the 100 world’s most influential Arabs for the consecutive years , she was also named the economic personality of the year 2007 by Qatar chamber of commerce and business council , Sheikha Hanadi was voted, by the Financial Times in 2008, among the top 20 global banking and finance women role models and in 2008 and 2010 she received the ‘Businesswoman of the Year ’award by ITP publishing Group.
Sheikha Hanadi holds an Executive-MBA from London Business school, a Masters degree in Economics from the University of London, and a Bachelor degree in Economics from Qatar University.

Sheikh Mohamed A. J. Al Thani

Vice Chairman

His Excellency Sheikh Mohamed A. J. Al Thani is a former Minister of Economy and Trade in the State of Qatar. Previously he spent over seventeen years working in the oil and gas industry, mainly with Qatar Petroleum, RasGas and QatarGas. His main activities now are consulting, energy research, and the GCC political economy, for which he is a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic studies. He is a board member of the London Business School global advisory board and a visiting board member of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He holds a BAA in Industrial Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University, a Global MBA from Duke University, and a Senior Executive programme from London Business School. Shaikh Mohamed has authored two books; The Arab Spring and the Gulf States "Time to Embrace Change" and Jassim, the Leader Founder of Qatar.

Farrukh Abbas

Non-Executive Director

Farrukh Abbas has over 30 years’ experience in manufacturing, distribution, management and private equity. In his current capacity as Chief Operating Officer at Nasser Bin Khaled & Sons (NBK), Farrukh executes the strategic targets and manages the day to day operations. He also sits on the board of several companies including Centegy Technologies and Global Bank Assurance and is on the management board of NBK.

Farrukh was appointed Country Head of Pakistan where he revitalised one of Abraaj Capital's highest profile investments, the Karachi Electric Supply Company, to profitability through deep restructuring and focused implementation of the value creation plan. Prior to his role at Abraaj Capital, Farrukh was General Manager of Coca-Cola in Malaysia, turning it around from a net loss business to double digit growth in just two years.

Hani Abdo

Executive Director

Hani Abdo is a focused, energetic and driven investment and operations executive with over 18 years of experience with blue chip organizations, family groups and private equity.
In his current capacity as an Executive Director at Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani & Sons Holding Company (“NBK”), Hani has strategic and operating roles at the group level and sits as a Board member on several of NBK’s operating entities. He is the mastermind behind NBK’s strategic road map whereby he has made explicit recommendations on restructuring, divestments, as well as new investments in order to meet the Shareholder’s aspirations over a 10 year time horizon and prepare NBK for a market opportunity. Hani drove the entire consolidation and restructuring of the group’s debt and put together a robust plan to optimize the group’s balance sheet. He drafted specific value accretive strategic initiatives that aim at institutionalizing the group and putting it on the path to a market event by 2020. Operationally, Hani is responsible for the growth and development of 10 operating entities and 8 joint venture partnerships.
In his capacity as Vice President at Abraaj Capital he executed and managed transactions with an aggregate enterprise value of US$ 3 billion in various industries including grocery retail, aviation, healthcare, distribution, media, FMCG, education, manufacturing. He has also worked closely with members of the asset management team exploring large cap investments in commodities (gold and copper operating entities).
Hani’s passion for investment and operations keeps him deeply involved in pre as well as post acquisition providing strategic and tactical guidance to drive operational improvement and create value for all stakeholders.