Najla Al Shirawi has more than 20 years of investment banking experience, bookended with her appointment as SICO’s Chief Executive Officer in 2014. Having joined SICO in 1997, her extensive career with the Bank also included an appointment to Deputy CEO in June 2013. Najla also worked for a number of institutions owned by the Geneva-based Dar Al-Maal Al-Islami Trust, where she was responsible for establishing private banking operations for the Group in the Gulf region. Her career also includes a Lectureship in Engineering at the University of Bahrain. 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, Board Member of the Deposit Protection Scheme, Bahrain, Board Member of Bahrain Associations of Banks, and a Board Member of the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance. She holds an MBA and a BA in Civil Engineering from University of Bahrain. She was included in the Forbes Middle East 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen List 2017 for the third consecutive year and was honoured by HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Women, and by the University of Bahrain for her contribution to the Kingdom’s banking and financial sector as part of Bahrain Women’s Day 2015.
With over 35 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.
With over 27 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 has 27 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 joined SICO in 2004, and has accumulated over 23 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 has over 11 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 has 16 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 has 13 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 an 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 has close to 15 years of diversified 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 beginning of 2009 when he joined the Bank and actively covers sectors such as telecommunications, consumers, aviation, and construction across the GCC. Prior to joining SICO, Nishit worked for an Iceland-based private equity firm with a focus on the Indian 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 (specialising in Finance) from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, India.
Amal Al Nasser has more than 29 years of banking experience. After having joined SICO in 1997, Amal was Head of Operations at the Bank for 10 years before being appointed General Manager of SFS, a wholly owned subsidiary of SICO, when it was established in 2004. Amal resumed her role as Head of Operations at SICO in 2010. Before joining the Bank, she spent 10 years with ALUBAF Arab International Bank in Bahrain, working in the areas of credit, investment, and commercial banking operations. Amal holds a BA in Economics from Poona University, India.
Nadia Albinkhalil 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. She was honoured by HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Women, and also by the University of Bahrain for her contribution to the Kingdom’s banking and financial sector as part of Bahrain Women’s Day 2015.
Nadeen Oweis joined SICO in 2008, and has accumulated over 18 years of professional experience. Prior to joining SICO, Nadeen was in charge of 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.
Mohammed Ibrahim has over 17 years of experience in the field of information technology (IT), which includes IT project management, business analysis, complex system builds and interfaces, business continuity planning, and information security. After having joined SICO’s IT division in 2007, he was promoted to Head of Information Technology in 2016. Prior to SICO, he was Training Head & Technical Consultants Team Lead at the Bahrain Insti- tute of Technology and Technical & 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 & Education degree and a Postgraduate Special Diploma in Science & Education from Alexandria University, Egypt.
Joseph Thomas has over 15 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, where he led risk-based internal audits for conventional and Sharia-compliant investment banks, firms, and other entities. He began his career with Bharat Overseas Bank in India, followed by an internal audit role at the South Indian Bank. He later led assurance engagements as Audit Manager for a Dubai-based auditing firm and also held the position of Partner in their Bahrain office. A founding Board member of the Institute of Internal Auditors Bahrain, Joseph is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor, and a Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (USA). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mahatma Gandhi University in India.
Sreenivasan Konnat has over 26 years of professional experience, with the majority of this time spent in funds administration, financial control and accounting, and back office operations. Joining SICO in 1998 as a member of the Financial Control department, he transferred to the Bank’s subsidiary, SICO Funds Services Company (SFS), in 2007 as Head of Asset Administration. He was promoted to Acting General Manager in 2015 and assumed his current position as General Manager in 2017. Prior to joining SICO, Sreenivasan was Back Office Supervisor and Systems Administrator with GWK Bank-Bahrain and Chief Accountant with Al Namal Group of Companies in Bahrain. He holds a BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Calicut, India and has completed an Intermediate Level certification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, India.
Bassam A. Khoury has over 32 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 Head of 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 and Economics from King’s College, New York, USA.