John Iossifidis is the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) at Al Ghurair Investment, responsible for leading what is one of UAE’s largest diversified family businesses, comprising six distinct industry sectors and more than 28,000 people. Committed to driving transformational business change, John is mandated to deliver the next phase of the company’s growth journey, whilst preserving the core heritage values of the prestigious Al Ghurair family name.
Prior to joining Al Ghurair Investment, John served as Chief Executive Officer at Noor Bank from 2017-2020 and through instilling a culture of transparency and innovation, he successfully doubled shareholder value over a period of two years. Before this, John spent over eight years at Mashreq Bank, in a range of positions including Group Head & EVP Corporate and Investment Banking. Prior to moving to the UAE in the year 2000, John held a number of senior executive roles within international banks in Singapore, Sri Lanka and his native Australia. Throughout his career, John has built over thirty-five years of banking industry expertise, and has continuously been recognised for his purpose-led approach to doing business.
John holds an Executive MBA from Australia’s prestigious Monash University.
“My personal Purpose is to strive, every day, to have a positive impact on those around me – and to leave a meaningful legacy behind. As a leader, I am passionate about encouraging and inspiring others to innovate, embrace change and aspire for excellence.”
Arturo Lujan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ventures arm of Al Ghurair Investment. He is responsible for driving the transformation of the multi-diversified group of businesses, ranging from Automotive, Printing & Publishing, Exchange, Retail, Education, Shipping, Logistics, Travel, amongst others, while seeking to enhance stakeholder value, improve the engagement of our employees, uplift the community and create a positive social and environmental impact. Arturo also serves as Governor for Al Ghurair University and Dar Al Marefa International Baccalaureate School, both in Dubai.
With over 25 years of experience leading global companies, Arturo’s purpose-driven, and transformational leadership approach has enabled organisations to achieve exceptional financial results; while many becoming simultaneously ranked as Great Places to Work (GPTW). Prior to moving to the Middle East, Arturo held global leadership positions in Global Fortune 100 Companies and Private Equity Firms across Europe, USA and Latin America.
Arturo holds an MBA, with Honours, from the prestigious Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a BSE (Economics, Finance and Management), with Honours, from the Wharton School of Business, in addition to Advanced Management Programs from Harvard Business School.
Arturo is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB-CEO) and is recognised as the first CEO in Spain with the prestigious Marshal Goldsmith SLC for Leadership Development.
“My personal Purpose is to Enhance Life for our employees, customers and the communities that we serve, whilst building sustainable businesses to leave a better legacy for future generations. In this way, we achieve the dual impact of leading the business towards profitability, whilst actively serving as a force for good for our stakeholders.”
Since taking over the reins at Al Ghurair Construction, Badr has demonstrated sound leadership in not only managing the existing business portfolio, but also effectively growing a presence across Saudi Arabia, India and Qatar.
An economics graduate from Boston University – USA, Badr Al Ghurair is the Chief Executive Officer of Al Ghurair Construction, in addition to being a Board Member of Oman Insurance Company and Al Ghurair.
Divya Bathija is the Group Head of Enterprise Excellence at Al Ghurair Investment where she is responsible for delivering compelling customer experience and delivering next-generation operating models across our businesses. Thereby ensuring that AGI can sustain new levels of customer centricity, agility, efficiency, and capabilities, that continuously builds value.
A strategic and creative change leader, Divya has over 18 years of global experience in leading organisations in the financial services sector. With an approach that balances customer experience and the commercial agenda, she has been successful in transforming businesses during periods of growth, consolidation, and transformation.
As a highly specialised Transformation professional, Divya is known for leading and running cross-functional programs focused at improving business performance. Prior to joining Al Ghurair Investment, she held the position of Chief Client Officer at CyborgIntell, an Enterprise AI software company, where she was part of the founding team driving the vision and strategy of the organization, responsible for overall customer relationships and strategic technology partnerships.
Earlier roles included Director of Projects at RAKBank, where she spearheaded digital transformation initiatives which delivered best in class customer journeys, reduced operational cost, and increased revenue, while enabling digital ecosystems and modernising the enterprise architecture; and Vice President, Transformation Office at Mashreq Bank where Divya delivered end to end transformation across several corporate functions delivering customer centric growth and business impact.
Divya holds a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration, Banking and Marketing from Mount Carmel Institute of Management.
“My personal Purpose is to continuously strive to be the best version of myself in everything I do, and to encourage, engage and enable others to believe in a better tomorrow.”
Djamal is the Chief Executive Officer for Al Ghurair Resources Oils and Proteins (AGROP) and Al Ghurair Foods (AGF). Through his leadership, the businesses have transformed from small regional players, to become major supply chain solution providers of soft commodities such as flour, wheat, maize, barley and oil seeds, across markets in the GCC, South East Asia, and Africa. In 2020, AGROP marked a milestone year in its history, crushing more than 1 million tons of canola seeds in a single year.
During his time in this role, Djamal has been an active part of the US Wheat Association, International Association of Operative Miller, Global Grains Association, Grain and Feed Trade Association and US Soybean Export Council, committed to enhancing a food security and safety in the global food market.
Prior to becoming CEO, Djamal was Vice President of the company heading trading and procurement of Grains and Oilseed. In 2004, the Oil business was added, with the company then re-branding to become AGROP, as it is known today. Before joining Al Ghurair, Djamal held roles in commodity and currency trading and exchange across diverse industry sectors.
Djamal graduated from the School of Economics in Algeria with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Major in Management, and completed his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at San Diego State University, USA.
Lisa Nichols is the Chief Executive Officer at Al Ghurair Energy. Prior to this role, she was the Vice President of Finance for Al Ghurair Foods and Resources for four years, during which time, Lisa significantly contributed to the growth of the Foods and Resources business. Under her financial counsel, and with the transformative drive of the business’ leadership, the company became a leading player in soft commodities industries, such as flour, wheat, maize, barley and oil seeds, across markets in the GCC, South East Asia, and Africa.
Lisa has over 30 years of experience in senior roles in Finance and Strategy across the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Europe, the USA and Africa. During her career, she has built substantial capabilities in leading finance, strategy, audit and shared services teams. Prior to joining Al Ghurair Investment, Lisa held leadership roles in multinational food and drinks companies, the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industry, and in a successful drone start-up business.
Lisa graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Mathematics and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Passionate about wellness, she is also a qualified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner.
“My personal purpose is to love life, so I aim to be kind to everyone and create an environment where people feel free to give their best, and enjoy the journey!”
Marinda Sheahan is the Group Vice President IT at Al Ghurair Investment. She is responsible for overseeing and developing the Group’s IT and digital strategy, modernising the technology stack and ensure the smooth operations of our IT ecosystem. In her role, Marinda brings her drive for transformation and innovation, along with her innate ability to build high performance teams, to enable the Group’s transformational journey.
With over 20 years of experience, Marinda is a seasoned IT professional with a wealth of experience in leading enterprise transformations and creating customer-led solutions; this includes experience in leading global companies and financial services organisations. She is passionate about transformation and leveraging innovative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Advanced analytics, IoT, Microservices, Cloud-native solutions, building modernised architectures, to enable companies to digitize services quickly to meet rising customer demands in an agile manner.
Prior to joining Al Ghurair Investment, Marinda led major IT transformation programs at Al Futtaim Group in Dubai to drive efficiencies and fuel business growth; before moving to Dubai she held executive roles in leading financial institutions in her native South Africa, including Deloitte Consulting, Standard Bank Group and Nedbank.
Marinda holds a degree in International Executive development, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Leadership.
“My personal Purpose is to make a difference every day, and to help people realise their potential and believe in themselves.”
Michael Montgomery is the Group Chief Audit Executive, Group Chief Risk Officer, Group Chief Compliance Officer at Al Ghurair Investment. He is responsible for leading the organisation’s governance, risk and internal audit functions. In his role, Michael provides insight and strategic counsel into business risk, the regulatory landscape and opportunities to augment internal controls, to support the business’ overall objectives and performance.
Michael has over 30 years of internal audit, risk assurance and finance experience across both private and public sectors, as well as a broad range of international clients across Europe, USA, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to leaving practice, Michael's professional career had been exclusively developed within three of the 'top five' global firms, following his qualification as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) during his time at PwC in the UK.
Michael has a proven track record of building teams that provide a tailored service to organisational stakeholders, driving business improvements through insightful governance, risk management and agile delivery. His approach and methodology comply with leading international standards of corporate governance, risk management and internal controls. Prior to joining Al Ghurair Investment, Michael was the Global Group Chief Audit Executive at Al Muhaidib Group in Saudi Arabia.
Michael holds a Bsc. Econ (Hons) Business Administration from the University of Wales. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy with Commendation from the University of Ulster. Michael is also a UK Chartered Accountant.
“My personal Purpose is to bring a professional focus on practical and proportionate Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Internal Control frameworks; good governance is good for business.”
Mohamed Adil Haneef is the Chief Operating Officer at AG Facilities. He joined Al Ghurair Investment in early 2017 and was instrumental in establishing the company’s Facilities division. He is responsible for managing the UAE and Qatar operations of AG Facilities, MBM, a leader in soft service solutions in the UAE, and AG Marbles, a specialist in supply and installation of natural stones for interior and exterior finishing.
As a Purpose-led organisation, AG Facilities and its subsidiaries have successfully implemented a range of processes to streamline operations and improve operational efficiencies, while enhancing employee morale and stakeholder satisfaction.
With over 30 years of experience, Mohamed Adil is a result-oriented professional with extensive technical and commercial expertise, coupled with a hands-on approach to leading strategic planning to establish new ventures, improve efficiencies in existing operating units, and streamline systems and business processes. Prior to joining Al Ghurair Investment, Mohamed Adil was with the ETA group since 1988, where he was responsible for developing ‘ground-up’ departments to drive business growth.
Mohamed Adil holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras.
“My personal purpose, is to continuously motivate my team, inspire them to innovate and assist them to learn – unlearn – relearn."
Samer Amro is Group Vice President - Legal at Al Ghurair Investment. He is responsible for overseeing the organisation’s legal and governance affairs. In his role, Samer provides advice and senior counsel across AGI’s diversified divisional structure on a variety of business aspects, including policy and contract, corporate finance, commercial transactions, organisational restructures, dispute resolution, and mergers and acquisitions.
With over 15 years of experience, Samer is a highly influential corporate lawyer with a proven track-record of advising regional investment banks, major groups and companies across the Middle East. Samer has significant corporate finance transaction expertise, with a specialised focus on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, funds and private placements, collective investment schemes, structured finance, and Islamic finance.
Prior to joining Al Ghurair Investment, Samer served as Group Chief Legal Officer with ETA, where he was responsible for establishing the company’s legal department. Before that, he was a National Partner AT Dechert LLP.
Samer holds a PhD in private law, specialising in civil and consumer law in France, from the University of Toulouse. He also holds a Master’s degree with Honours in Private Law from the University of Toulouse, and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Jordan.
“My personal Purpose is to motivate and empower my team to do their best every day: we succeed together.”
Stephen Rea is responsible for all procurement activities across the business, from demand management, supplier identification, contract negotiation to ongoing vendor management and evaluation. In his role, Stephen provides leadership, management and professional expertise to enable a Group Procurement function that ensures quality and cost-effective services are provided across AGI, delivering in accordance with the specific needs of each business.
With over 12 years of experience, Stephen began his career on a Graduate Leadership programme at Royal Bank of Scotland Group, previously one of the most reputed financial institutions in the UK, now part of NatWest Group. In his early career, he specialised in driving continuous improvement and Lean efficiency through high-profile change programmes, such as NatWest becoming the first UK lender to offer a fully paperless mortgage. Since joining AGI in 2015, Stephen has been instrumental in establishing the company’s first Group Lean function, driving business transformation and change. In 2019, he was appointed to his current role, bringing his vast experience of building agile, structured and optimised functions into Group Procurement.
A passionate and versatile change management professional with a proven track record of delivering outstanding results, Stephen leads his team with a transformational approach – and a passion for driving operational excellence.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Mass Media from Glasgow Caledonian University. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is working towards his Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply qualifications.
“My personal Purpose is to never stop aspiring for excellence, to help others do the same, and to continuously look for ways to elevate standards through innovative thinking. With this mindset, you are never without a Purpose, and that is what drives me, both professionally and personally, every day.”
Sultan Al Ghurair is the Chief Executive Officer at Al Ghurair Properties, a company respected for its position at the forefront of the UAE’s real estate industry for more than three decades. He is responsible for leading the development and diversification of the property business, across residential, commercial and retail sectors.
With a purpose-driven and people-centric approach to leadership, Sultan has a proven track record of corporate success, actively leading a number of business units since he formally joined Al Ghurair Investment in 2004. Joining the family business as a fresh graduate, his first assignment was in the Special Projects Division, where he learned the business from the ground up.
Sultan holds a degree in Finance from Suffolk University in Massachusetts, USA.