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WHO WE ARE

Sanam Group of Investment is a UAE-based international investment holding company. As one of the largest and most dynamic investment holding companies in the UAE, Sanam Group of Investment is recognized as an innovative business incubator and has earned an unsurpassed reputation courtesy of its uncompromising quality and innate professionalism.

The Group’s business policy is based on a tactical and proven combination of investment planning, opportunity assessment, project initiation, execution and management, introduction of innovative management techniques and the creation of successful partnerships with multinational corporations.

Sanam Group of Investment serves as a conglomerate of subsidiaries, spanning diverse industries with equally wide-ranging products and services, each supported by a global network of partners and associates. Our subsidiaries are all recognized as pioneers within their respective industries, ensuring that Sanam Group of Investments now represents the ideal business partner for multinational corporations, governments and entrepreneurs who seek to develop and nurture a new company.

While open to all growth sectors in which it can provide value, Sanam Group of Investment’s current focus is to build and grow financial services companies to serve the MENA region. Sanam Group of Investment identifies existing companies for investment or takes a more hands on approach and assembles the right partners, investors and expertise required to make a new business successful.

Armed with an extensive network and proven track record, Sanam Group of Investment is ideally positioned to invest in regional businesses driven by strong local partners and adhering to international practices and standards.

Today, we are one of UAE's leading privately-owned conglomerates and maintain a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio of companies operating in key growth sectors and contributing directly to UAE's economic growth.


Chairman's Message

In recent years, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has risen to play a significant role in the international community. The country's steady economic growth and stable political environment have transformed Abu Dhabi into the ultimate business destination, attracting numerous global investors, businesses and a superior workforce looking for a better quality of life.

Furthermore, the UAE's enlightened policy to embrace global markets and apply best practices in good governance has also contributed to this growth. The visionary leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may his soul rest in peace) and his successors who have carried the torch, UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has ensured the UAE's on-going and remarkable development in a broad range of industries.

Sanam Group of Investment, from its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, has stayed abreast of this economic and industrial surge by investing in many key growth sectors, and establishing successful businesses such as Exeed Industries, Bloom Properties, Petromal and Rise General Trading, and creating a long-term strategic relationship with Emirates International Investment Company LLC. Furthermore, in line with our vision to broaden our portfolio, we are dedicated to diversifying our investments locally, regionally and internationally, while maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards, and giving back to the communities we live and work in.

These accomplishments provided our group with a solid foundation for growth, and gave us an incentive to continue raising our productivity levels. We also take pride in our contribution to our nation’s progress by identifying and implementing innovative investment opportunities that also create abundant long term employment.

The company has been able to occupy good standing in the local capital markets and become a reputed financial & Investment company in the United Arab Emirates and its vision to expand in the GCC markets. The quality of the service we render to our clients give much more valuable opportunities, enabling them to realize more gains in financial markets.

However, we know that we have wider responsibilities as one among the leading financial and Investment firm and an important part of our remit is to help broaden the understanding of financial services in the Middle East and also we are working to help improve the financial knowledge of the growing youth population through our thought leadership and advice as well as through our local community commitments.

We have a strong belief in the potential and future of our group and we look forward to achieving greater success in the future.
H.E. ABDULLA JUMAA AL MANSOORI (Chairman of the Board)


Vision

To build a best-in-class, fully integrated, Abu Dhabi-based diversified holding company that identifies and targets compelling business opportunities in the MENA region and other emerging and international markets.


Mission

Investing in highly selective opportunities to create superior shareholder value over the longer term.

Creating highly attractive businesses in Abu Dhabi and the region that grow into regional leaders in their sectors.

Establishing the highest standards of professionalism, promoting highly-focused execution within a nurtured ethical environment and cultivating a distinctive regional business network.

Building, maintaining and enhancing a world-class best practice work environment to become the employer of choice.

Maintaining an enterprising culture that attracts, rewards and retains top local and international talents.

Developing a comprehensive corporate social responsibility program that contributes to the communities where we operate


Values

Respect: across the group, we work as one team, developing productive relationships built on respect, emphasizing mutual interests and contributing constructively to the group’s success.

Accountability: we empower all employees and maintain the highest governance standards by promoting personal and team responsibility along with creative thinking, innovation and informed risk taking.

Customer Service: we operate with a customer-focused mindset by ensuring that internal businesses and external stakeholders are fully satisfied with all goods and services provided.

Ethics: individuals and companies within the group uphold the highest ethical standards, abiding by the values and principles of respect, fairness, integrity and professionalism.

Ambition: aware of our core competencies and sustainable advantages, we boldly stretch our targets and horizons to achieve grander objectives, while taking well-informed and calculated risks.

Commitment: our shareholders and management demonstrate long-term commitment to the growth and sustainable development of the group, its employees and all stakeholders by investing time, effort and capital.

Execution Focus: we remain proactive and entrepreneurial in implementing initiatives that drive the group forward, exhibiting persistence, determination and creativity when faced with obstacles.


Philosophy

By identifying and responding to strategic investment opportunities consistent with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, National Holding is enhancing its standing and competitive position in both the UAE and the greater MENA region.

Our investment philosophy is highly selective and identifies and nurtures investment opportunities that contribute to the economic potential, consistent with our professionalism and values.

Our investment priorities include:

  1. Financial investments
  2. Real estate and lifestyle development
  3. Manufacturing and industrial companies
  4. Oil and Gas
  5. General trading and contracting
  6. Renewables and Energy
  7. Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals

Sanam Group of Investment's strong track record was earned through its ability to make informed decisions and capitalize on potential business opportunities. With a distinct focus on creating mutually beneficial solutions, the group has established long-term relationships based on honesty, trust, respect and achievements within all of its business entities.


Economic Vision

The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 was developed under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The Vision document, developed by the Government of Abu Dhabi, emphasizes building a sustainable economy and ensuring a balanced social and regional economic development approach, which benefits us all as the two priority areas for economic development in Abu Dhabi.

The Vision document is the result of concentrated efforts between a number of public sector and joint public-private sector entities, with policy development led by the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development, in collaboration with the Department of Planning and Economy and the General Secretariat of the Executive Council.

The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 has identified the Government’s immediate economic priorities and will establish a common framework for aligning all policies and plans that contribute to the ongoing development of the economy of the emirate. It seeks to create significant opportunities for the local and international private sector in Abu Dhabi, and new employment opportunities for UAE Nationals in the future, particularly in highly-skilled, knowledge-based, export-oriented sectors.


UAE Focus

Formed in 1971, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a young country, but one with proud traditions and a firm vision for the future prosperity of its citizens. In just four decades, the country has become a highly respected and a valued member of the international community. With a young, growing population and multicultural society, the UAE is rapidly diversifying its economy while remaining true to its core beliefs and values.

The city of Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE, as well as its cultural, political and economic epicenter. Covering 85 percent of the country, the emirate contains a significant proportion of the world’s oil and gas reserves.

The UAE is led today by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, also the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and his fellow members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the six emirates: Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.

The prosperity, harmony and modern development that characterize the UAE is attributed to Sheikh Zayed, both prior to the formation of the federation and in the years that followed until his death in November 2004.

A driving force behind the creation of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed worked tirelessly to achieve his vision of a society with high quality living standards, education, health and housing for all citizens by utilizing oil revenues to fund projects throughout the federation. Sheikh Zayed gained the trust and respect of the international community and managed to establish the Emirates as a global player among the modern industrial countries. He maintained the traditional role of a father-figure to his people, approachable to every citizen to discuss any personal concerns that were brought to him.
Sheikh Zayed combined the image of a modern statesman with the characteristics and values of a traditional tribal leader.


Economic Vision

The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 was developed under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The Vision document, developed by the Government of Abu Dhabi, emphasizes building a sustainable economy and ensuring a balanced social and regional economic development approach, which benefits us all as the two priority areas for economic development in Abu Dhabi.

The Vision document is the result of concentrated efforts between a number of public sector and joint public-private sector entities, with policy development led by the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development, in collaboration with the Department of Planning and Economy and the General Secretariat of the Executive Council.

The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 has identified the Government’s immediate economic priorities and will establish a common framework for aligning all policies and plans that contribute to the ongoing development of the economy of the emirate. It seeks to create significant opportunities for the local and international private sector in Abu Dhabi, and new employment opportunities for UAE Nationals in the future, particularly in highly-skilled, knowledge-based, export-oriented sectors.


BOARD MEMBERS

CHAIRMAN - H.E. ABDULLA JUMAA AL MANSOORI
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - H.E. BATOUK KHALID OTHMAN
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER - MOHAMMED HAMDAN
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER - H.H. YASSER ABDALLAH EBRAHIM ELTOHAMY
HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - MOHAMMED MUNIR ARSHAD
DIRECTOR/BOARD MEMBER - Abdulla Al Suwaidi
BOARD MEMBER - H.H. SHEIKH AL KHALIL WALEED ASIF
BOARD MEMBER - KRISTOF BRANDT
LEGAL ADVISOR - NAJIB FAYYAD

H.E. ABDULLA JUMAA AL MANSOORI, the Chairman of Sanam Group of Investment is one of the founders of Sanam Group of Investment. In the past, he has held various important positions in prominent Institutions such as: Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Abu Dhabi Investment Company (ADIC) and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB). He holds a B.Sc. Degree in Business Administration from University of Denver, Colorado. He holds a BSc. Degree in Business Administration from University of Denver, Colorado. H.E. ABDULLA JUMAA AL MANSOORI is an extensively travelled prominent businessman in the UAE, and leads a very active social life. His personal contacts include members of the Royal Families, Government Officers, Senior Executives of Banks & Financial Institutions and Prominent Businessmen in the U.A.E.

H.E. BATOUK KHALID OTHMAN is the CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER at Sanam Group of Investment. His career comprises of over 30 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas sector, in Academics and the Real Estate sector. He holds a PhD in Sustainable Economic Development Strategies from Coventry University, UK. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Management) from Woodbury University, USA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California, USA.

H.H. YASSER ABDALLAH EBRAHIM ELTOHAMY [CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER]
H.H. YASSER ABDALLAH EBRAHIM ELTOHAMY has over 24 years of professional experience in Banking & Accounting. He joined Sanam Group of Investment late 1999, as a Financial Controller, responsible for Financial Reporting, Risk Management and Operations. By 2007, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer and then Acting CFO by June 2016. H.H. YASSER ABDALLAH EBRAHIM ELTOHAMY formerly worked with Commercial Bank of Dubai as the Deputy Manager, Business Group. He was responsible for the MIS and Financial Studies Department. He also previously worked as Chief Accountant at Al Rodan Group in Kuwait and a Credit Officer at Commercial Bank of Dubai. H.H. YASSER ABDALLAH EBRAHIM ELTOHAMY was involved in several successful projects as a Coordinator namely, The Dubai Quality Award; Segregation of Corporate & Retail Business; CRM Implementation; and the ISO 9001-2000, as Lead Auditor. H.H. YASSER ABDALLAH EBRAHIM ELTOHAMY holds an MBA in Finance from University of Lincoln, UK and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration/ Banking & Finance from King Saud University.

H.H. MOHAMMED HAMDAN [CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER]
MOHAMMED HAMDAN has over 17 years experience in the Financial Services Industry in both Jordan and United Arab Emirates. In 2010, he established the Global Markets Division at Noor Capital. Prior to starting this venture, he was the Head of VIP Department at Mac Sharaf for Local and Global markets. MOHAMMED HAMDAN began his professional career in Information Technology at the Securities Depository Center in Jordan, and later relocated to Dubai where he joined the Local Equities Department at Emaar Financial Services. He holds a Telecommunications Engineering Degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology.

H.H. ABDULLA AL SUWAIDI [Executive Director – Strategic Planning and Innovation]
Abdulla Al Suwaidi is a member of the Board of Directors of Commercial Bank International PJSC, UAE, and is the Executive Director of Strategy and Chief Operations Officer at Sanam Group of Investment. He is also the Founder of Excellence Target; a leading Management-Consulting and Training firm, one of the industry leaders in the UAE. Abdulla Al Suwaidi has vast experience in Senior Leadership roles within the Government & Private Sector spanning over 20 years. He also has Local & International experience in Operations Management, Engineering, Investment, Business Development and Project Management. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Management and a Masters’ Degree in Total Quality Management. He previously held several leading positions in Abu Dhabi Company for Petroleum Oil Operations (ADCO), Abu Dhabi Municipality and Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Dubai.

Mr. MOHAMMED MUNIR ARSHAD [HEAD OF INVESTMENT BANKING]
MUNIR ARSHAD is a career Banker with 17 years of experience in Investment Banking, Financial Institutions and Structured Finance within the GCC. Prior to joining Sanam Group of Investment, MUNIR ARSHAD was Head of Debt Capital Markets & Structured Finance, responsible for arranging and structuring Debt Transaction. Before that, he was Director in the Structured Finance Division of Qinvest (Qatar), responsible for Financial Institutions Coverage and Syndications for the whole IB Division. He is a Specialist in both Conventional and Islamic Finance Structures, having spent 7 years at Doha Bank (Qatar) as Senior Manager, International Banking, arranging Syndicated Loans and covering International Financial Institution clients. MUNIR ARSHAD has an MBA in Banking and Finance from Birmingham Business School.

Mr. NAJIB FAYYAD [LEGAL ADVISOR & Board Directors Reporter]
Mr. NAJIB FAYYAD has over 25 years of professional experience at Law in UAE and abroad as a Magistrate, an Advocate and a Legal Advisor. He is an expert in preparing various different Legal Memorandum, Contracts and Agreements including varioius Business Setups, Employment Contracts, Sale and Purchase Contracts. He is an Expert in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A). Mr. NAJIB FAYYAD as a Board of Directors Reporter, has extensive legal knowledge to drafting Resolutions and Decisions of General Assembly and Board of Directors. Mr. NAJIB FAYYAD holds a Bachelor’s Degree at Law, and is member of Eygptian Bar Advocates.

Mr. KRISTOF BRANDT is a member of the Board of Directors of Sanam Group of Investment, and the Managing Director in Al-Kifah Holding Company and its subsidiaries. Mr. KRISTOF BRANDT is also the Chairman of Board of Al-Ahsa Amusement & Tourism Co., (AHSANA) and Vice Chairman of Arbah Capital. He holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Seattle University, U.S.A. and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Information Science from University of Sunderland, UK.

H.H. SHEIKH AL KHALIL WALEED ASIF is a board member of several Real Estate and Investment Companies. He has experience in the field of Investment, Hedge Funding, Private Equity and Real Estate Funding. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from University of Missouri.