Executive Management
Najla Al Shirawi

Najla Al Shirawi

Chief Executive Officer

Najla Al Shirawi has more than 21 years of investment banking experience. Having been part of SICO since 1997, she was appointed CEO in 2014 following her appointment as deputy CEO in 2013. Najla served with Geneva-based Dar Al-Maal Al-Islami Trust, where she established private banking operations for the Group in the Gulf region. Najla is a Board member at the Bahrain Economic Board (EDB) and a Chairperson on the Board of Directors for two SICO subsidiaries: SICO Funds Services Company (SFS) in Bahrain and SICO Financial Brokerage in Abu Dhabi. She is also an Independent Board Member of Eskan Bank BSC(c), Bahrain and a Board Member of the Deposit Protection Scheme, Bahrain, the Bahrain Associations of Banks, and the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance. She holds an MBA and a BA in Civil Engineering from University of Bahrain. 

Fadhel Makhlooq

Fadhel Makhlooq

Chief Capital Markets Officer

With over 36 years of professional experience, Fadhel Makhlooq joined SICO in 2004 as Head of Brokerage before being appointed Head of Investments & Treasury in 2008. He was re-appointed Head of Brokerage in 2010 and then assumed the position of Chief Capital Markets Officer in 2018. Prior to joining SICO, he worked for a number of leading financial institutions including Investcorp and Chemical Bank (now JPM Morgan Chase). Fadhel holds an MBA from Glamorgan University, UK.

Anantha Narayanan

Anantha Narayanan

Chief Operating Officer

With over 28 years of diversified experience in the areas of operations, audit, and risk in the banking industry, Anantha Narayanan joined SICO in 2008. He was Head of Internal Audit before being appointed to his current role of Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining SICO, he worked for Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, BBK, Commercial Bank of Oman/Bank Muscat, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Anantha is a Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant (India), a Certified Information Systems Auditor and Financial Risk Manager (USA), and an Associate Member of the Institute of Financial Studies (UK). He holds a BSc Honours from the University of Manchester, UK.

K. Shyam Krishnan

K. Shyam Krishnan

Chief Financial Officer

K. Shyam Krishnan has 28 years of experience in finance, accounting, audit, investments and risk management, with the majority of his career spent in conventional and Sharia-compliant banking. Prior to joining SICO in 2015, he was Group Head of Finance at Al Salam Bank-Bahrain. Before this, he was Head of Hedge Funds’ Operational Risk Management at Investcorp, Bahrain and Audit Supervisor at the Bahrain office of Ernst & Young. He is a Chartered Accountant and Management Accountant from India and a Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Internal Auditor and also a Certified Information Systems Auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Madras University, India.

Shakeel Sarwar

Shakeel Sarwar

Head of Equities Asset Management

Shakeel Sarwar joined SICO in 2004 and has accumulated over 24 years of investment industry experience in the UK, Pakistan and the Middle East over the length of his career. Prior to joining SICO, he worked with Riyad Bank’s Asset Management Division and was part of the team that managed over USD 3 billion in Saudi equities. He has also held positions with ABN Amro Asia Securities in the UK and Pakistan. Shakeel holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from IBA, Karachi, Pakistan.

Ali Marshad

Ali Marshad

Head of Fixed Income Asset Management

Ali Marshad has over 12 years of experience in asset management, investments, treasury and brokerage. Joining SICO in 2008 as an Analyst in the Investments & Treasury division, Ali then headed up the newly established Fixed Income Desk in 2012 before being promoted to Head of Fixed Income in 2015. Prior to joining SICO, he worked in the UK as an Analyst with Mercer Investment Consulting and as a Performance Analyst with UBS Global Asset Management - London. A Chartered Financial Analyst, Ali holds a BSc (Honours) in Banking, Finance & Management from Loughborough University, UK.

Wissam Haddad

Wissam Haddad

Head of Investment Banking and Real Estate

Wissam Haddad has 17 years of experience in investment banking, private equity and corporate finance. Prior to joining SICO in 2014, he was a Director with Gate Capital in Dubai and had previously held senior positions with UAE-based Najd Investments, Unicorn Capital, Emirates NBD’s NBD Sana Capital, Saudi National Commercial Bank’s NCB Capital, and Eastgate Capital among others. Wissam holds a BCom degree from Concordia University, Canada.

Mariam Isa

Mariam Isa

Head of Brokerage

Mariam Isa has 14 years of experience in regional equity trading and sales. She joined SICO in 2005. Before becoming the Head of Brokerage, she held the positions of Chief Broker. Mariam has also worked as a Senior Officer in the Placement Department at Gulf Finance House. She holds an MBA in Islamic Finance from University College of Bahrain and has a n Associate Diploma in Accounting from University of Bahrain; and a Treasury & Capital Market Diploma from BIBF, and has completed the Leadership Development Program, University of Virginia, USA.

Nishit Lakhotia

Nishit Lakhotia

Head of Research

Nishit Lakhotia has nearly 16 years of experience in the fields of investment research, risk management, hedge funds and private equity. He has been involved in sell side Research in SICO since 2009 actively covering sectors such as telecommunications, consumers, aviation, and construction across the GCC. Previously, Nishit worked for an Iceland-based private equity firm focusing on India’s infrastructure sector and a US-based global hedge fund. Nishit is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and a Financial Risk Manager from the Global Association of Risk Professionals. He holds an MBA in Finance from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, India.

Haitham K. Haji

Haitham K. Haji

Head of Distribution and Business Development
Haitham Haji has 20 years of experience in conventional and Islamic banking with an emphasis on alternative investments, asset management, business development and banking operations. Prior to joining SICO in 2019, Haitham was the Chief Executive Officer of Investrade in Bahrain. Prior to that, he served as a full-time consultant with Gatehouse Bank in London. He also previously held roles at a number of established financial institutions across the GCC including Director and Senior Relationship Manager at Credit Suisse AG in Bahrain and Director at Arcapita Bank in the UAE, in addition to a number of roles at BBK. Haitham holds a BA (Honors) in Public Administration and Management from the University of Kent, UK, and an MBA from Durham Business School, Durham University, UK.
Jithesh K. Gopi

Jithesh K. Gopi

Head of Proprietary Investments

Jithesh Gopi has over 24 years of experience in the investment industry spread across asset management, investment strategy, corporate and product development, research and analytics. Since 2013, he worked with Al Rajhi Capital, Riyadh in various roles such as Head of Asset Management, Head of Research and more recently as Director of Corporate Development and Proprietary Investments. He previously worked with SICO as Head of Research until 2013 after joining as a Senior Analyst in 2006. Jithesh holds B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum, India and an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines. He is also a CFA charter holder and has completed the Asian International Executive Program at INSEAD Singapore.

Shaikha Mohammed Kamal

Shaikha Mohammed Kamal

Head of Market Making

Shaikha Kamal has over 14 years of professional experience in Treasury at SICO, which she leverages in her current role as Head of Market Making. Shaikha joined SICO in 2004 as a Senior Dealer with the Treasury Department, where she was exposed to all functions within the department, such as liquidity management, proprietary investments and market making, before being appointed as a Portfolio Manager in 2011. During that period, she was responsible for the proprietary investment within Treasury, where she specialized in various asset classes such as equities and fixed income.

Hussain Najati

Hussain Najati

Head of Treasury

Husain Najati currently holds the post of Head of Treasury at SICO. He has over 13 years of experience in financial control, fixed income and foreign exchange trading. Husain joined SICO in 2006 as a Financial Controller where he was responsible for accounting support for operational management. Since 2008, Hussain has been serving as a Senior Dealer in the Investment and Treasury Department, where he is responsible for money market, FX, and fixed income management and monitoring investments across primary and secondary markets.

Nadeen Oweis

Nadeen Oweis

Head of Corporate Communications

Nadeen Oweis joined SICO in 2008 and has accumulated over 19 years of professional experience. Prior to joining SICO, Nadeen oversaw corporate communications and public relations for Microsoft in Bahrain. Before this, she handled regional accounts for Lowe Contexture, a regional branding and communications consultancy based in Bahrain. She also held posts at Proctor & Gamble Jordan and managed the advertising and promotions account for Radio Fann FM in Jordan. Nadeen holds an MA in Diplomatic Studies from the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, a BA in Law from the University of Jordan, and a Certificate of Digital Marketing from Columbia Business School.

Fatima Mansoor

Fatima Mansoor

Head of Client Relations

With more than 13 years of experience in regional equity trading and client relations, Fatima Mansoor joined SICO in 2006 as a broker, assuming the role of senior broker in 2008. She moved to the Client Relations Department in 2017 and was appointed head of the department in 2019. Fatima holds a B.SC in Banking and Finance from the University of Bahrain and an MBA in Finance from the New York Institute of Technology.

Simone Del Nevo

Simone Del Nevo

Head of Legal

Simone Del Nevo joined SICO as Head of Legal in July 2018 and has over 12 years of experience in managing legal affairs both as private practitioner in major international firms and as in-house counsel. Before joining SICO, Simone worked several years at the international law firm BakerMcKenzie in Europe and Japan where he specialized in banking, finance and securities law. After successfully taking upon a role as finance-specialist counsel to Snam, European largest gas infrastructure group, Simone moved to the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2014 working as Senior Associate in the leading regional firm ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners. He received his Law Degree from Bocconi University of Milan in 2004 and was admitted to the Milan Bar Association as a qualified lawyer in 2007.

Mohammed Juma

Mohammed Juma

Head of Compliance and MLRO

Mohammed Juma holds over 15 years of experience in compliance, investment and operations management. Mohammed joined SICO in 2016 as Head of Compliance and MLRO where he is responsible for monitoring SICO Group’s operational adherence with the guidelines of regulatory authorities. Previously, Mohammed was Head of Compliance and MLRO with the International Investment Bank and JS Bank Limited in Bahrain. Mohammed holds a BA in Banking and Finance from the University of Bahrain and has completed the Leadership Grooming Executive Program with the Ivy Business School in Canada and Hong Kong. He is a Certified Compliance Professional and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

Joseph Thomas

Joseph Thomas

Head of Internal Audit

Joseph Thomas has over 16 years of experience in internal audits, assurance engagements, and other financial advisory services. Joseph joined SICO in 2015 after having been Head of Internal Audit at Global Banking Corporation and holding a post with the Risk Consulting division of KPMG Bahrain. He began his career with Bharat Overseas Bank in India, followed by an internal audit role at the South Indian Bank. He later served as Audit Manager and Partner at a Dubai-based auditing firm. Joseph is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mahatma Gandhi University in India.

Husain Ahmed

Husain Ahmed

Head of Operations

Husain has 13 years of banking experience, having joined SICO in 2006. Before becoming Acting Head of Operations in 2019, he held the position of Vice President of Operations at SICO. Husain holds an MBA from Arabian Gulf University and a BSc in Business Informatics from AMA University. Husain has also received numerous anti-money laundering and back-office operation training certifications.

Mohammed Ibrahim

Mohammed Ibrahim

Head of Information Technology

Mohammed Ibrahim has over 18 years of experience in the field of information technology (IT) including IT project management, business analysis, complex system builds and interfaces, business continuity planning, and information security. Prior to joining SICO in 2007 he was Training Head and Technical Consultants Team Lead at the Bahrain Institute of Technology and Technical and Training Manager at YAT Group, Egypt. Mohammed is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSIP), a Master Certified Internet Web Professional (MCIW), a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Education degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Education from Alexandria University, Egypt.

Nadia Albinkhalil

Nadia Albinkhalil

Head of HR & Administration

Nadia Albinkhalil more than 24 years of experience and has been with SICO since inception, during which time she established the HR & Administration Department and had been responsible for Board meeting administration. Prior to joining SICO, she provided administrative support for the Private Banking Unit of Chase Manhattan Bank. Nadia holds a Diploma in Office Management from Bahrain University. 

Naser Obaid

Naser Obaid

Chief Executive Officer, SICO Funds Services Company (SFS)

Naser Obaid has over 23 years of experience in the financial services industry across the region. Prior to joining SFS in 2019, he was a Financial Advisor to the Chairman at NBB Capital and BBIH Group. Naser previously held positions at a number of leading trust and fund service providers including Chief Executive Officer at Crestbridge Bahrain, Executive Director and Member of Senior Management at Ohad Trust, and Assistant Vice President at TAIB Bank. He has also held positions in Deloitte & Touché and KPMG in Bahrain and Yemen respectively. Naser holds a BA in Commerce from Osmania University as well as an MA in Accountancy and Management Audit from Bangalore University.

Bassam A. Khoury

Bassam A. Khoury

General Manager, SICO Financial Brokerage LLC

Bassam has over 33 years of international experience in brokerage, investments, and financial consultancy. He joined SICO in 2008 as Head of Brokerage before leaving in 2010 to join QInvest, Qatar as Headof Regional Brokerage. Prior to re-joining SICO in 2013 as General Manager of SICO Financial Brokerage, Bassam was Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain-based ABC Securities. Previously, he worked with Banque Saudi Fransi in Saudi Arabia, BMB Investment Bank and Lehman Brothers in Bahrain, a private family office in Paris, and M Sternburg & Company in the USA. Bassam holds a BSc degree in Business Administration & Economics from King’s College, New York, USA.