Jassem Hasan Zainal
Mr. Zainal is currently the Chairman and CEO of Arzan Financial Group. Among his other portfolios, he is a Board Member in Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, a position he has held since 1994. He is a Board Member in Kuwait International Bank, Automated System Co, in Kuwait, and in Miami International Holdings INC - NY, USA.
Earlier, he held the position of Chairman and Managing Director in both Z-Invest, an investment firm in Kuwait established in March 2005, and Automated System Co. For 25 years, Mr. Zainal worked at Gulf Bank Kuwait, where he held different positions like Corporate Secretary (Spokesman of the Bank) and General Manager of the Investment Group as well as Acting CEO.
In his illustrious career he has been Chairman of International Fund Managers Ltd in Ireland & Khaleej Islamic Investment Bank in the Kingdom of Bahrain as well as Deputy Chairman of Al Madina Finance and Investments, Kuwait.
Mr. Zainal is one of the founders of Addax Investment Bank, Bahrain.
Mr. Zainal, is widely acknowledged as one of the best seasoned investors in the region. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of General Studies in Mathematics from University of Miami. He also got his Masters of Science - Civil Engineering - from Kuwait University, and completed several Executive Programs in Harvard, Wharton and other prestigious institutions.
Mr. Abulhasan has over 20 years of diversified experience in the investment industry. He joined Arzan Financial Group in 2011 as the Executive Director of Investment. He has provided 11 years of service as the Executive Director of Real Estate Investments in Arcapita Bank, where he initiated a global real estate line of business for the bank and recruited teams in various locations such as London & Singapore. Prior to that, he headed the Property Department at Kuwait Investment Office in London where he was responsible for a global property portfolio.
Mr. Abulhasan received his Masters in Finance from London Business School, UK, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, USA. Currently, he is a Board member of Dreamworks SPA – Dubai & Kuwait Prospects Company – Kuwait.
Mr. Ahmed Ramdan is the Founder & Group Chief Executive Officer of Ròya International, the first and oldest MENA based advisory firm. Specialized in hospitality, asset management, development and project management, Ròya has delivered more than a hundred completed assignments ranging in scale from boutique hotels to green city concepts. Working in its MENA region base as well as internationally since 1998, Ròya is now widely recognized as one of the leading hospitality advisory firms in the GCC.
Ròya is the direct result of Ahmed’s lifelong passion for the hospitality industry. When there were only a handful of small hotels in the GCC, to his family’s astonishment, he enrolled at the Cornell University Hotel School. He then embarked on a 30 year career journey working across all the various fields in hotel management, including the running and expansion of multiple properties on behalf of global chains such as InterContinental and Le Méridien.
At the request of private investors interested in creating their own hospitality portfolios, Ahmed’s career moved from hotel operation and management to an exceptionally successful career in strategic development and advisory.
Beginning as a Client Representative, he was committed to delivering enhanced long term return on all client investments. His industry expertise, unique grass roots area knowledge and guidance has helped turn investor visions into exceptional hotel properties and landmark mixed-use developments for the last two decades.
Mr. Marzouq is the CEO of IFA Food, based in Kuwait and is responsible for the overall direction of IFA’s food business units through planning, developing and leading the business in line with the Board’s directives. Mr. Marzouq is also the General Manager of Al Wafir Markets and Marketing Company – a USD 110mn entity based in Kuwait and engaged in operating a unique BOT project for the Government of Kuwait. His responsibilities include coordinating with the Government of Kuwait, managing the company’s operations and arranging funds.
Mr. Marzouq completed his Bachelor’s Degree at California State University, specializing in Business and Economics.