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Shaikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel, a Saudi Arabian national, is a well-known and highly respected international businessman and a pioneer of Islamic banking, with a lifetime of experience spanning more than 50 years. Shaikh Saleh holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is the founder of Dallah Al Baraka Group and the founder of the Al Baraka Banking Group. He serves as a Director on the boards of a number of organisations and associations across the world. Currently he is Chairman of the following organisations: General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions; Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Dallah Al Baraka Holding Company E.C. As a renowned pioneer of Islamic banking and in recognition of his achievements and his role in promulgating Islamic economic principles - encapsulated in the message of his group: "Reconstruction of the Earth" - Shaikh Saleh Kamel has been awarded the highest of certificates, trophies, and accolades by many countries and organisations over his lifetime.

Mr. Saudi, a Libyan national, is a world-renowned and respected international banker with over 50 years' experience. He holds a Certificate in Management and Accounting. He worked at the Central Bank of Libya for 14 years, holding various positions including that of Manager of the Banking Department and Head of the Foreign Investment Department. He was the founder of Libyan Arab Foreign Bank, where he served as Executive Chairman between 1972 and 1980, establishing branches of the Bank worldwide. He was the founder of Arab Banking Corporation (B.S.C.), Bahrain and served as its President & Chief Executive from 1980 to 1994. He also founded Arab Financial Services (E.C.), Bahrain in 1982 and ABC Islamic Bank (E.C.) in the early 1980s. Mr. Saudi received an award from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. as a result of being voted one of the "Most Innovative Bankers" by the representatives of governments and international commercial bankers attending the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in 1980. In 1991 he was awarded the accolade "Best Banker" by the Association of Arab American Banks in New York. He was the first to receive the “Arab Banker of the Year” award in 1993 from the Union of Arab Banks. In recognition of his role in the development of banking relationships between Arab and European states, Mr. Saudi has been honoured, over his career, with several gold medals and awards, notable amongst which are those bestowed in 1977 by the King of Spain and the President of Italy and the Grand Medal of the Republic of Tunisia in 1993. Also in 2012 he was awarded the Integrity Award by the Arab Union for Combating Forgery - Subordinate  of the Arab League. He is currently the Executive Chairman of ASA Consultants W.L.L., Bahrain and Chairman of United Bank for Commerce and Investments, Tripoli, Libya.

Mr. Abdulla Kamel, a Saudi Arabian national, studied Economics at the University of California at Los Angeles, USA. Mr. Abdulla Kamel has held a number of executive positions at Dallah Group over the years and has acquired over 25 years' experience in various fields. He headed the real estate and property management and central logistics division during the period 1988-1989, was President's Assistant for Trade Affairs 1989-1995 and worked as Vice President for Business Sector over the period until 1999 when he assumed his current position as President and CEO of Dallah Albaraka Group. Moreover, Mr. Abdullah Kamel is  Chairman of Aseer Company, Chairman of Amlak Real Estate Development and Finance and Chairman of Okaz Press and Publishing Corporation. He is also Vice-Chairman, King Abdullah Economic City Eimaar, and Board Member of Aljazira Bank. Mr. Abdulla Kamel has been and remains very active in public and charitable activities through his membership of many international and local organizations and associations, such as Jeddah Chamber of Commerce (two times as Board Member), Young Presidents' Organization, Friends of Saudi Arabia, The Centennial Fund and the Board of Trustees of the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum.

Mr. Al Yousef, a Kuwaiti national, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from Kuwait University. Mr. Al Yousef is a Kuwaiti businessman with over 31 years' experience in the banking industry. He served as Chairman and Managing Director of The Industrial Bank of Kuwait K.S.C. from 1988 to 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Al Yousef held a number of executive positions with The Industrial Bank of Kuwait and the Central Bank of Kuwait. He is a past Chairman of ABC Islamic Bank (E.C.), Bahrain and of the Supervisory Board of Arab Banking Corporation - Daus & Co. Gmbh, Frankfurt. He served as a Director of the Financial Securities Group during 1986. He has also served on the boards of a large number of other financial institutions, including Gulf Bank K.S.C., Kuwait, Arab Banking Corporation (B.S.C.), Bahrain, Ahli United Bank B.S.C., London and Gulf Investment Corporation. He was Chairman and Managing Director of Afkar Holding Co. until September 2010 and Commissioner, Capital Markets Authority, Kuwait from September 2010 to February 2012. He is currently a Board Member of Al Baraka Bank Lebanon.

Mr. Yousif, is an International Banker, holds a Master of Business Administration degree, University of Hull, UK. Mr. Yousif has  been a Director of Al Baraka Banking Group since its inception and President & Chief Executive since August 2004. He is also Chairman of Jordan Islamic Bank, Banque Al Baraka D'Algerie, Al Baraka Turk Participation Bank, Al Baraka Bank Ltd., South Africa, Al Baraka Bank Egypt, Al Baraka Bank Lebanon, Al Baraka Bank Syria, Al Baraka Bank Sudan and Al Baraka Bank (Pakistan) Ltd., Vice Chairman of Al Baraka Islamic Bank, Bahrain and Director of Al Baraka Bank Tunisia. He has over 38 years' experience in international banking, including involvement with numerous financial institutions and social organisations and has twice been the recipient of the "Islamic Banker of the Year" Award at the World Islamic Banking Conference, in December 2004 and December 2009. He was appointed Chairman of the Union of Arab Banks in April 2007 and re-elected for a further three-year term in April 2010. He was honoured with the Tatweej Award for excellence in leadership and institutional performance in the category "Wise Leadership in the field of Arab banking for 2012" granted by the Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO) - an organisation affiliated to the Arab League - in cooperation with the Tatweej Academy. In addition, he was awarded by LARIBA American Finance House the 2012 "LARIBA Award for Excellence in Achievement", in recognition of his leadership role in consolidating and operating the largest diversified Islamic Banking Group in the world.

Mr. Sabbahi, a Saudi Arabian national, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Faculty of Economics & Administration, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Sabbahi has had over 32 years' experience in international banking, the last 22 of which with the Dallah Al Baraka Group in Saudi Arabia. He is currently Vice President, Dallah Al Baraka Group. He also holds positions as Chairman of Al Baraka Bank Tunisia, Arab Leasing International Finance, Saudi Arabia and La Societe de Promotion du Lac de Tunis. Mr. Sabbahi is also a Member of the Boards of Dallah Al Baraka Holding Co. E.C., Bahrain, Al Amin Investment Co., Jordan and a number of other international companies.

Mr. Al Shamsi, a U.A.E. national, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He brings with him over 41 years' varied experience in the financial services industry and in service of the U.A.E. Government. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Islamic Bank, Dubai and has served as a Director of Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development, Kuwait over the period 1983-2010. Mr. Al Shamsi has been a Director of Al Baraka Banking Group since August 2006 and is also a Board Member of Al Baraka Turk Participation Bank and Al Baraka Bank Syria.

Mr. Ghalaita, a U.A.E. national, holds a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree from the University of Arizona, USA. His career as a banker spans over 23 years, with key roles in the corporate, retail, trade finance and human resources sectors at Emirates NBD Group. His significant achievements include the planning for the launch of Emirates Islamic Bank and the establishment of several new areas of business at Emirates NBD, including Private Banking, Asset Management and Emirates Money. In addition, he is credited with overseeing the growth of the core Consumer Banking and Wealth Management business. He now serves as the Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Islamic Bank, a position he moved into in October 2011, from his previous post as Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Consumer Banking and Wealth Management at Emirates NBD. Since his appointment he has driven unprecedented growth at Emirates Islamic Bank, marking the bank as the fastest growing in the country over the past few years. His focused approach has been recognized and acknowledged across the industry through multiple awards both locally and internationally, including the recognition of Emirates Islamic Bank as the "Best Islamic Bank" in the U.A.E. Mr. Ghalaita also serves as the Chairman of Emirates Islamic Financial Brokerage LLC and is a Board Member of Tanfeeth LLC and SHUAA Capital PSC.

Mr. Fadil, a U.A.E. national, is an experienced banker with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics & Computer Science from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington State, USA. He has more than 28 years' experience. During the period 1984-1998, Mr. Fadil held a number of senior positions in the National Bank of Umm Al Qaiwain. He then served Dubai Islamic Bank as Executive Manager for Investment over the period 1999-2002. In 2003 Mr. Fadil was appointed General Manager of the Emirates Financial Company. Mr. Fadil has also served as member of the Board of Directors of several financial institutions including, amongst others, Union Insurance Company, U.A.E., Bahrain Islamic Bank, Bosnia International Bank and is a past Board Member of Dubai Islamic Insurance Company. He is currently a Board Member of Al Baraka Islamic Bank, Bahrain, Ajman Bank and Gulfa Mineral Water.

Dr. Awadallah, a Jordanian national, earned an M.Sc. degree and a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK in 1985 and 1988 and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA  in 1984. He has over 27 years' experience in a variety of fields. Dr. Awadallah worked in the investment banking field in the United Kingdom from 1986 to 1991. He then held a succession of positions in Jordan: as Economic Secretary to the Prime Minister (1992-1996); Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister (1996-1999); Director of the Economic Department at the Royal Hashemite Court (1999-2001); Minister of Planning and International Cooperation (October 2001-February 2005); Minister of Finance (April 2005-June 2005); Director of the Office of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan (April 2006-November 2007) and Chief of the Royal Hashemite Court (November 2007-September 2008). Dr. Awadallah was chosen as a Lee Kuan Yew Fellow in Singapore in 2004 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2005, and is the recipient of the Al Hussein Medal for Distinguished Service of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Al Kawkab Decoration of the First Order of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Al Istiqlal Decoration of the First Order of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In addition he has been awarded a number of high decorations from several countries in Europe and Asia. Dr. Awadallah is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Tomoh Advisory, a financial and strategic advisory practice based in Dubai, U.A.E.

Mr. Mohyedin Kamel, a Saudi Arabian national, studied Economics at the University of San Francisco, USA. He is a prominent Saudi businessman with many years' experience, currently serving as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Dallah Al Baraka Holding Company and Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Projects at Arab Media Company. Mr. Mohyedin Kamel has also served on the boards of many other companies and institutions, including as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dallah Media Production Company and of Al Rabie Saudi Foods Co. Ltd., and member of the Board of Directors of, respectively, Dallah Real Estate Consulting Company – Egypt, Almaza Real Estate Development Company - Egypt, Arab Company for Real Estate and Tourism Investment - Egypt, Arab Radio and Television Network (ART) and Sports Events International Company, where he was Managing Director. He has also served as a member of the Management Committees of Dallah Al Baraka Holding Co., Jabal Omar Development Company, Halawani Brothers, Al Khozami Company, Saudi Research and Marketing Group, Dallah Health Co., Saudi Fund Equestrian and Okaz Organization for Press and Publication. Mr. Mohyedin Kamel is active in public and community work in Saudi Arabia and is a past member of the Board of Directors of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mr. Al-Rajhi, a Saudi Arabian national, was appointed a Member of the Board of Directors of Al Baraka Banking Group in March 2011 and is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Al Baraka Turk Participation Bank. He has over 35 years' experience in a variety of business and financial fields. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management (1978) from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Al-Rajhi is the Chairman of FAR Venture Holding Company, a position he has held since 2008, and a Member of the Board of Deutsche Gulf Finance. Earlier, he was a treasurer in Al-Rajhi Bank between February 1995 and May 2008. He is also currently serving as Board Member of Resort Cement Co., Najran Cement Co., Bukhait Investments Group and Tabuk Agricultural Development Co.

Mr. AlSaleh, a Saudi Arabian national, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Portland State University, Oregon, USA and an M.A. in Economics from The University of Rhode Island, USA. Mr. AlSaleh has had over 30 years' experience, including 25 years in domestic and international banking where he progressed from management positions at Arab National Bank, Riyadh through to high office as General Manager of The Saudi Investment Bank, Riyadh, which was followed by service as Secretary General of the Supreme Economic Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is currently Chairman of MAAD International and his previous positions in both the public and private sections include Board Memberships of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI), The Higher Education Fund, and Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC); Directorships of Saudi Orix Leasing Company (SOLC), Boeing Industrial Technology Group L.P. (BITG), AMLAK International for Real Estate Development and Mortgage Finance (where he was also Chairman of the Executive Committee) and The Mediterranean & Gulf Cooperative Insurance & Reinsurance Co. (MEDGULF), in addition to serving as Vice Chairman, American Express (Saudi Arabia) Limited (ASAL) and Chairman of SAIB-BNP Paribas Assets Management.

Shaikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel

Mr. Abdulla A. Saudi
Vice Chairman

Mr. Abdullah Saleh Kamel
Vice Chairman

Mr. Saleh Al Yousef

Mr. Adnan Ahmed Yousif
Board Member and President & Chief Executive

Mr. Abdul Elah Sabbahi

Mr. Ebrahim Fayez Al Shamsi

Mr. Jamal Bin Ghalaita

Mr. Yousef Ali Fadil Bin Fadil

Dr. Bassem Ibrahim Awadallah

Mr. Mohyedin Saleh Kamel

Mr. Fahad Abdullah Al-Rajhi

Mr. Saud Saleh Al Saleh



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