H.E. Shaikh Ahmed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa is a leading business figure in Bahrain who brings to the GFH Financial Group extensive experience in banking, public and private advisory, and key ministerial roles. He is currently the Chairman of GFH Capital and Vice Chairman of GFH Financial Group. Previously Shaikh Ahmed was the Advisor for Community Affairs at the Crown Prince Court (Rank of Minister) and for His Royal Highness the Crown Prince (Rank of Minister) (2009). He was also the Secretary General of Supreme Council for Defence (Rank of Minister) (2006) and served as the Kingdom of Bahrain’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates during the period 2000 to 2006. Prior to these roles he was the Head of the Arab Banking Corporation (ABC) office in Abu Dhabi.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and accounting from the University of Bahrain, a certificate from the College of Science of King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, a Global Credit Analysis certificate from BPP Training and Consultancy – London, and a Gulf Executive Management and Strategic Leadership certificate from Colombia University New York.
Hisham Alrayes is leading the GFH Financial Group forward towards its vision of becoming the region’s most prominent, diversified financial Group, and one that provides a remarkable platform for delivering superior Wealth Management, Real Estate, Commercial Banking and Asset Management services. Hisham brings extensive expertise and an in-depth knowledge of GFH. He was instrumental in driving the development and execution of the Group’s regional and international investment strategy and managed the bank’s liabilities as Chief Investment Officer prior to his appointment as Group CEO in 2012, and since his appointment as CEO, has driven the development and execution of the Group’s regional and international diversification strategy.
Prior to joining the Group in 2007, Hisham was part of the senior management team of the Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait (‘BBK’), a leading commercial bank in the Kingdom of Bahrain where he was responsible for a number of key projects and new venture initiatives. He currently chairs and holds a number of directorships in financial, Industrial and real estate companies including Esterad Investment Company, Khaleeji Commercial Bank and GFH Capital.
Hisham holds a Master’s degree with honors in Business Administration from the University of DePaul, Chicago (USA), and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with honors from the University of Bahrain. Hisham was awarded ‘Banker of the Year’ in the MEA Finance Awards 2020 in recognition of his role in steering the Group’s diversification strategy which has seen the Group expand its business lines and geographic reach, while remaining resilient in the face of unprecedented market conditions. He was also ranked one of the top CEOs in Financial Services & Investments in 2019, and named ‘Investment Bank CEO of the Year’ at CEO Middle East 2019.
Jassim Alseddiqi is the Chief Executive Officer of SHUAA Capital psc, the leading asset management and investment banking platform created by the merger of SHUAA Capital and Abu Dhabi Financial Group (“ADFG”), with c. USD 13 billion in assets under management.
Jassim is known for his dynamic and innovative approach, having pioneered many investment strategies in the region. He is currently the Chairman of GFH Financial Group (GFH), SALAMA Islamic Arab Insurance Company, Eshraq Investments, Khaleeji Commercial Bank and The Entertainer. He also serves on the boards of First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), Abu Dhabi Capital Group, ADNOC Distribution and Dana Gas.
Jassim holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He has also served as a noted lecturer at the Abu Dhabi-based Petroleum Institute.
Ali Murad is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Pinnacle W.L.L., Bahrain. He also serves as a board member in several companies including C5 Accelerate W.L.L., EAT App, Wavepoint Publishing W.L.L.
Throughout his career, Murad occupied several positions in the banking sectors before he moved into the private sector. He commenced his banking career at Arab Banking Corporation where he remained for five years. During this time, he held the position of credit analyst of ABC Islamic Bank EC, money market dealer and thereafter, as a deputy manager of the Treasury and Marketable Securities Department. Mr. Murad then joined Unicorn Investment Bank (now, Bank Alkhair) in the Investment Development and Distribution Department and later First Energy Bank as a director in Investment Placement, where he placed numerous financial products and services to high-net-worth individuals, governments and quasi-governmental Organizations, publicly listed and unlisted companies, as well as private banking clients. Murad was part of the investment team, where he also worked on tailoring customized investment products catering to the tough market conditions at the time. In 2010, Murad embarked in a career in the private sector and founded Pinnacle W.L.L. as a holding company for stakes in various sectors including technology, music publishing, real estate to name a few. He continues to explore, review and monitor active and potential investments both regionally and internationally.
Murad holds a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration in Marketing from Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts.