Ms. Salamah has been a Board Member of ABK Capital since 2016 and currently serves as Chairperson of the company as of January 2023. She joined the banking industry in 2004 and is experienced in the field of Corporate Banking and Finance, where her responsibilities included loan origination and corporate banking coverage activities across a wide range of industries and sectors. She is currently General Manager of the Structured Finance and International Corporates Division at Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK), where she oversees the Bank’s portfolio of Multinational and Government Related Entities, Large Corporates, and the Bank’s Project Finance transactions.
Ms. Salamah also oversees two product lines in the areas of Structured Workout, providing financial and debt restructuring solutions to corporate entities, as well as the Cash Management and Online Banking product line, which specialize in providing digital banking services and solutions to the Bank’s corporate clients. She also served as a Board Director at Kuwait Finance and Investment Company (KFIC) from 2012-2019 as ABK’s representative.
Ms. Salamah holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and has completed the Leadership Development at Harvard University.
Ms. Al-Mousa has been appointed as a Board Member of ABK Capital in 2023 and currently serves as Vice Chairperson of the company as of January 2023. She joined the banking industry in 2002 and has diverse exposure in the fields of Corporate Banking and Risk Management. Currently, she holds the position of Deputy Group Chief Risk Officer at Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK), where she is responsible for identifying, assessing, mitigating and managing credit risk arising from the internal and external business environment at bank-wide level. Her role also entails the responsibility for guiding the Board and Top Management in the execution of their risk responsibilities.
She also served as Vice Chairperson at Al Tijari Financial brokerage Company and Head of Credit and Investment Review at the Commercial Bank of Kuwait.
Ms. Al-Mousa holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Arizona State University.
Ms. Marafi has been appointed as a Board Member of ABK Capital, as of January 2023. She joined the banking industry in 2000 and has over 20 years of experience in the field of Retail Banking. She is currently Acting General Manager of Retail Banking Division at Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK), where she strategizes, and develops initiatives in line with bank-wide aims.
Ms. Marafi also recommends and implements banking services such as Retail International Banking, Affluent Banking, Lending Solutions, Customer Lifecycle, and more. This is in addition to overseeing and managing Retail achievements and targets.
Ms. Marafi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Kuwait University.
Mr. Behbehani has been a Board Member at ABK Capital since June 2019. He has more than 9 years of experience in the investment and financial sectors. He is also on the Board of Commercial Facilities Company S.A.K and Vice Chairman of KIC Financial Brokerage representing Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK). Mr. Behbehani is currently a Manager in the Corporate Banking Department of Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK).
Mr. Behbehani has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from University of Tasmania through the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK).
Independent Board Member
Mr. Al-Shatti has been an Independent Board Member at ABK Capital since May 2016. He has over 28 years of experience in the field of banking, administration, marketing, finance, investment, and strategic planning.
Mr. Al-Shatti is also currently serving as a Board Member at Industrial Bank of Kuwait (IBK) and as a Member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee and the Risk Management Committee.
Prior to that, he served as Vice Chairman of Munshaat where he provided high governance standards and leadership to the management team to create sustainable and substantial returns for its shareholders. He was also Managing Director of Sokouk Real Estate where he led the initiative in developing and executing long-term strategy, and continuously achieving business goals and objectives.
Mr. Al-Shatti holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration specializing in Finance from California State University, USA.
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Shahrur joined ABK Capital as Chief Executive Officer in November 2021. Previously, he spent 12 years with NBK Capital, where his last position was Managing Director within the Asset Management Group. At NBK Capital, Dr. Shahrur helped transform the business he led from one which offered one single asset class to one which offers clients investment solutions, spanning regional equities, regional fixed-income, global multi-asset exposures, and global sukuk. Prior to NBK Capital, Dr. Shahrur worked as a consultant for the Active Equity Group at State Street Global Advisors. He also served as a Professor of Finance at Bentley University in Boston from 2003 to 2009.
Dr. Shahrur has several publications in leading international finance journals. His research is in the areas of Capital Structure, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Investments. One of his most influential papers on Mergers and Acquisitions and supply-chain linkages was cited in a hearing at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. He has also published leading research on how to predict equity returns using supply-chain linkages. Factors based on this research are used in multi-factor equity models at leading international asset management companies.
Dr. Shahrur holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Georgia State University, a BBA, and an MBA from the American University of Beirut (AUB).
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Ali joined ABK Capital as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in November 2023. He has almost 24 years hands-on experience in the local and Arab markets, and has held many leadership positions in investment companies and banks, such as Rasameel, Global Investment House (Global), and Gulf Bank. He also served as a board member in a group of companies and investment funds in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Al Fulaij holds a degree from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and is a Certified Wealth Manager from the American Academy of Financial Services.
Chief Operating Officer
Rana joined ABK Capital as Chief Operating Officer in July 2022, overseeing support functions including Operations, Finance and Corporate Communication and providing back up to Compliance, Risk and Audit functions directing activities in line with regulations, policies, and best practices. Rana brings in more than 22 years of experience to ABK Capital. She is currently working to increase efficiency through increasing automation aligning people, procedures, and practices. Prior to joining ABK Capital, Rana worked at NBK Capital for 14 years with the last position being Head of Operations, Fund Administration and Client Relations overseeing 23 persons managing the Operational and Administrative functions to both Asset Management and Brokerage. In 2021, she restructured and led Client Relations setting up the department for new challenges in the business process and regulatory framework. Early in her career, Rana spent 9 years in the Prime Minister Cabinet (“Central Fund for the Displaced-Beirut”). She handled senior roles in financing housing and rebuilding projects.
Rana holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies and Computer from the Lebanese American University (LAU), Beirut.
Head of Asset Management
Rajesh joined ABK Capital as Head of Asset Management in February 2016. He has more than 20 years of experience in asset management, which include managing traditional as well as alternative assets. He is responsible for developing and structuring new product solutions and managing the current investment offerings. Throughout his career, he held several senior positions within reputable financial firms. Before joining ABK Capital, he was working as the Vice President of the International Asset Management Division of Global Investment House in Kuwait. Prior to that, he was working at Sun Life Financial in Canada.
Rajesh has an MBA majoring in Finance from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Kerala University, India. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
Director - Asset Management
Wajih joined ABK Capital in July 2022. He is currently a Director with the Asset Management Division. He comes with over 16 years of experience in asset management, investment services, and economics. Prior to joining ABK Capital, he held various positions within the asset management division at NBK Capital, where he progressed through the ranks as Equity Analyst, to heading the research team, and ultimately to Portfolio Manager responsible for regional strategies. Concurrently, Wajih also played an important role in overseeing and promoting global markets liquid solutions at the firm. Prior to that he also held several positions in the economics department at the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK).
Wajih holds a master’s degree in Financial Economics from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and is a CFA Charterholder.
Vice President - Head of Investment Advisory
Masoumah joined ABK Capital in November 2017 and is currently Vice President - Head of the Investment Advisory Department. Masoumah previously worked at Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK) and Gulf Bank. She has international certification in Wealth and Investment Management from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Masoumah has also received a Goldman Sachs Asset Management accreditation from Goldman Sachs University, Singapore and a Strategic Investment Management certification from London Business School. Masoumah has attended the Executive Management & Leadership Studies at American University of Beirut (AUB) - The Suliman Olayan School of Business.
Masoumah holds a bachelor’s degree in Insurance Statistics from Kuwait University.
Head of Corporate Communications, Marketing & Investor Relations
Bassel joined ABK Capital as Head of Corporate Communications, Marketing & Investor Relations in July 2022. He is a communication and PR professional with almost 2 decades of experience in the Kuwaiti market. He served several local, regional, and global institutions and corporations, to name a few: stc Kuwait, NBK Capital, Al Seyassah & Arab Times daily newspapers, and GOPAC, a global anti-corruption organization working alongside the UN to fight corruption in the governmental institutions. He led stc’s corporate communications champion committee to rebrand VIVA Telecom to stc Kuwait. A few years ago, he was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador of IIMSAM, a global NGO working with the UN to eliminate malnutrition in developing countries, in recognition of his contributions in the media and press domain as member of the Kuwait Journalists Association and the International Federation of Journalists.
Bassel holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Lebanese University in Beirut.
Head of Risk Management
Nasser joined ABK Capital in March 2021 and is currently Head of Risk Management. He has more than 9 years of experience in banking and investment, and worked in risk management in leading organizations, such as the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK). In addition, Nasser has completed several executive leading programs including international qualifications to keep up with the best international practices and provide protection for practitioners in securities activities.
Nasser holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Minor in Economics from University of Denver (DU), USA.
Head of Finance
Jacob joined ABK Capital in August 2008 and is currently working as Head of Finance. He has over 14 years of experience in the investment sector.
Jacob holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Mahatma Gandhi University in India.