Talal Al Dhiyebi is the Group Chief Executive Officer at Aldar Properties, having previously held the positions of Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of Asset Management, among other senior positions within the group. Al Dhiyebi serves on the boards of numerous companies, including Chairman of Aldar Investment, Chairman of Aldar Estates, Chairman of Musanada, Vice-Chairman of Aldar Education, and board member of Miral Asset Management, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, Sandooq Al Watan, Abu Dhabi Housing Authority, and Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Al Dhiyebi is a graduate of electrical engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Osama Saleh served as Non-executive Chairman of SODIC from April 1, 2020 until 16 January, 2022. Saleh has over 40 years of experience during which he held several leading positions in the public and private sectors. Saleh is a renowned Egyptian economist who once served as the Minister of Investment. Saleh served as the Chairman of the Egyptian Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA), Chairman of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), and the Regional Manager of American Express Bank Ltd. He is currently the Non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ayadi for Investment and Development, Ayadi for Urban Development, Abu Soma Tourism Development Company, and Damietta City Furniture Company. He is the Founder and Chairman of Riseinvest for Financial Consultancy and Investment Solutions and Chairman of the Egyptian-Serbian Business Council. Saleh is also a board member of several authorities and companies, including the National Investment Bank, NI Capital Company, Akhbar Al-Youm Investment Company, and the Holding Company for Electricity Distribution. Saleh received a BA from the Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University.
Jonathan Emery is the Chief Executive Officer at Aldar Development and is responsible for all development activities across the company. Throughout his 30+ years in the global real estate industry, Emery has held senior positions at leading developers, including UK Managing Director at Hammerson and Managing Director of Development and Communities at Majid Al Futtaim. Most recently, he has held senior positions at Lendlease—a multinational construction, property, and infrastructure company—where he was both CEO of the firm’s global residential practice and Managing Director of Property for Europe, and prior to that, he was their Managing Director of Development for Australia. Emery graduated from Nottingham Trent University in the UK. He has also attended a number of other academic institutions including Henley Management College, Harvard, and INSEAD, and he has been a visiting professor at Yale University.
David Dudley is the Chief Partnerships and Investments Officer at Aldar Development and is responsible for executing and managing development partnerships, including joint ventures, public-private partnerships, land acquisition, and corporate acquisitions. Dudley also plays a key role in the development and implementation of Aldar Development’s strategy for international expansion and asset class diversification. Dudley has over 25 years of global experience in real estate advisory, development management, asset management, and transactions. Prior to joining Aldar, he held senior positions at JLL, including Director of Operations and Head of Abu Dhabi, KSA, and Egypt, and prior to that, he held senior roles with JLL in Hong Kong, Asia, Russia, and the UK. Dudley holds a BSc (Hons) in urban land economics from Sheffield Hallam University. He serves as a board member for various Aldar Development Partnerships.
Fahad Abdulla Al Mahmood is the Managing Director of Aldar International and is responsible for leading Aldar’s expansion into international markets. The company’s first new market entry was completed in 2021 through the acquisition of a majority stake in one of Egypt’s leading real estate companies, SODIC. Since joining Aldar in 2013, Al Mahmood has held a number of senior positions including Chief Ventures Officer at Aldar Development, Executive Director of Stakeholder Management, and Director of Infrastructure and Government Relations. Before his time at Aldar, he spent seven years at Emirates Advanced Investment as a secondee from the UAE Government, where he was employed as an engineer since 2001. Al Mahmood received his MBA from the New York Institute of Technology and his BSc in electrical and electronics engineering from the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).
Dalia Khorshid is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Beltone Financial Holding (BTFH.CA) – a leading, full-fledged investment bank in the MENA Region. Khorshid boasts over 25 years of global experience in various leadership roles across the banking and financial sector, having advised on landmark transactions including private placements, investment strategies, and M&A deals in the region.
H.E. Dalia Khorshid’s career spanned the private and public sectors. She founded and chaired MASAR Financial Advisory and Eagle Capital for Financial Investment where she advised on fundraising, corporate finance, project finance, M&A advisory and management of more than 50 strategic investments and transactions worth c.USD 44 billion. Khorshid is also the former Minister of Investment for the Government of Egypt where she led the charge on the country’s investment law and successfully launched Egypt’s 3-5-year IPO program.
Prior to her ministerial tenure, Khorshid spent 11 years as Executive Vice President & Group Treasurer at Orascom Construction Limited and Head of Investment Banking and Corporate Finance at OCI NV (2008-2016) where she successfully spearheaded the groups’ multi-billion-dollar fundraising initiatives. Khorshid was the Vice President of Corporate Finance and Investment Banking at Citibank for the MENA region (1997-2005) where she brought numerous multi-million-dollar deals to completion. Khorshid started her corporate career at Commercial International Bank (CIB) (1994- 1996).
In addition, Khorshid has held board appointments across local and regional private and public sector organizations. She is the former Chairwoman of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zone (2016-2017), Chairwoman of Egypt’s Dispute Resolutions Committee (2016-2017), Chairwoman of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Committee (2016-2017), Founder and Executive Head of the Supreme Investment Counsel (2016-2017), Board Member at the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation EGPC (2016-2017), Board Member at New Cairo Urban Communities Authority NUCA (2016-2017), Board Member at the Industrial Development Authority (2016-2017), Board Member at the Agricultural Development Authority ADA (2016-2017), and Board Member at the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone (2016-2017).
In recognition of her impact across the market, Khorshid was recognized in 2017 by Forbes Magazine as one of the most powerful Arab women.
She holds a BA in Business Administration from The American University in Cairo (AUC)
Sherif has over 35 years of professional experience, including several leadership positions with prominent companies in the industry. Past positions include Egypt Country Head and Properties Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim Properties Egypt as well as General Manager and Senior Vice President at Palm Hills Developments for a 10-year period starting from the company’s inception. Sherif was also Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Hyde Park Properties for Development from 2012-2014.
Sherif was most recently the Co-founder and Managing Director of The Venturers LLC in Orlando, Florida as well as the Co-founder of AA Investments LLC, Orlando. Earlier in his career, Sherif worked as Head of the Privatization Unit at Arthur Anderson, in addition to spending seven years at Bechtel Egypt and Bechtel Limited.
He began his career as a Site Engineer with Orascom Construction Industries in 1986. Sherif holds a BSc in Architecture from Cairo University, Egypt, in addition to an MBA from The American University in Cairo.
Roque Solabarrieta is an Executive Director at ADQ.
Prior to joining ADQ, Roque was the Chief Operating Officer for E-Vision, the media arm of Etisalat Group. Prior to this role, Roque led Etisalat Group Strategy unit for numerous years as the Group VP of Corporate Strategy and Business Development.
He also served as an Associate Management Consultant at Booz & Company, a Senior Consultant at Capgemini UK, and a Director of Wholesale at Primus Telecommunications. Roque has substantial Board experience during his historical and current board and board committee experience at Etisalat Nigeria, E-Vision, twofour54, ImageNation, Abu Dhabi Media Company, StarzPlay, ADNEC Group, Eltizam Group, and ExCeL London.
Roque holds an MBA from Helsinki School of Economics, Finland, and a bachelor’s degree in Commercial Engineering from Universidad Adolfo Ibanez, Chile.
Khalifa AlBlooshi is an Investment Manager (Energy and utilities) at ADQ.
AlBlooshi has also served as a Senior Associate at Mubadala (International Real Estate Investments) and an Associate at Prudential Real Estate Investments. He is also a Board Member in Sustainable Water Solutions Holding Company, Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company (Tadweer), Al Wathba Veolia Besix Wastewater Company, and Al Etihad Biwater Wastewater Company.
Khalifa holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States.
Emma O’Brien has been Group General Counsel at Aldar since 2014 and is responsible for the company’s legal and governance affairs.
Prior to joining Aldar, Emma had previously practiced in a number of international law firms, both in Abu Dhabi and London. Emma has also advised on a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, international arbitrations, public-private partnerships, and major development projects.
Emma is a graduate of the Universities of Birmingham and the West of England in the United Kingdom and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.
Ayman Amer is SODIC’s General Manager. Amer has over 20 years of experience across the Real Estate, Project Management, and Construction industries in North Africa. Amer previously held the position of SODIC’s Chief Operating Officer, where he headed the development business unit, and oversaw operations from land acquisition and project development to the marketing and sales of SODIC’s developments. He also served as SODIC’s Chief Business Development and Procurement Officer, where he was responsible for setting and monitoring SODIC’s procurement strategy across all divisions, as well as expanding the company’s land bank and forming strategic partnerships. Prior to joining SODIC, Amer spent four years at Turner International Middle East (TIME), following his tenure at Orascom Construction Industries (OCI). Amer holds a BSc in architectural engineering from Cairo University, and a diploma in project management from the American University in Cairo, as a Certified International Procurement Professional.
Ashraf Hamdy is SODIC’s Chief Financial Officer. Hamdy has over 25 years of experience across the financial services, real estate development, hospitality, and industrial sectors. Prior to joining SODIC, Hamdy held key positions at prominent organizations, including Ernst & Young, CFO of Morocco at Orascom Development Holding, Group CFO at Jordan Projects for Tourism and Development and Managing Partner at Sovereign Global Partnership in Egypt.
Hamdy played a pivotal role in his previous CFO position at Macro Group Pharmaceuticals, where he led the finance transformation and contributed significantly to the institutionalization of the company. He was instrumental in successfully guiding the company through an IPO and listing on EGX.
Hamdy holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting, from Ain Shams University, French department in Egypt (DGCI), and an MBA from IBAS Switzerland.
Ahmed El-Halawany is the Chief Development Officer at SODIC. He has over 15 years of experience in managing the development portfolio of prominent real estate players in Egypt and the region. Prior to joining SODIC, El-Halawany served as the Chief Development Officer at Orascom Development in Egypt, where he led the real estate business unit in El Gouna with special focus on projects’ progress, revenues, deliveries, and cash flow management. El-Halawany also served as the Development Director for Malls and Residential Units at Marakez and as the Development Director at Eagle Hills Properties. At SODIC, El-Halawany held the same position, overseeing Eastown for over two years. Earlier in his career, El-Halawany spent five years as Development Manager at Emaar Properties, Mivida, following his role as Design Architect at Dar El Handasah. El-Halawany holds a BSc in architecture from Cairo University
Yasser El Said is the Chief Projects Officer at SODIC with over 30 years of experience in the real estate, project management, and construction sectors in Egypt and the Gulf region. In his capacity, he oversees the technical, controls, and design divisions. Prior to joining SODIC in 2010 as Senior Projects Manager, El Said spent four years as Project Manager at Dubai-based Nakheel Co. and served as Construction Manager at project management firm Hill International. During his work in Egypt, El Said spent nine years with ABB SUSA, taking part in various USAID projects. El Said holds a BSc in civil engineering from Mansoura University.
Ahmed Samir is SODIC’s Cheif People and Capabilities Officer, overseeing SODIC’s Human Resources function, Center of Excellence & Transformation as well as Innovation. Ahmed has over 17 years of experience in Human Resources & Organization Development across different industries and operating levels. Prior to joining SODIC in 2014, Samir held the position of Head of Organization Development at Orascom Telecom Holding. Before that, Samir had successfully led the HR startup for three new operations, including WIND Mobile in Canada. Before joining Orascom, Samir held the position of Organization Consultant at LOGIC Management Consulting and was involved in developing an array of HR foundations and strategies as well as running assessment centers and mega recruitment projects for many clients in different sectors including but not limited to tech, shipping, FMCGs, and telecoms. In 2011, Samir joined Vodafone as Senior Team Leader for Organization Effectiveness and Change. He started his career in 2005 with Saudi German Hospitals Group, Dubai. Samir holds a BA in business administration from the Faculty of Commerce, English section at Cairo University, as well as a number of certifications from renowned HR institutes, including HAY Group, Towers Watson, and SHL.
Nadine Okasha is the Cheif Strategy, Brand, and Sustainability Officer at SODIC. In her current capacity, Okasha heads SODIC’s strategy management office and several other corporate functions, including market research and customer experience, as well as SODIC’s corporate marketing, public relations, social responsibility, and sustainability functions. Prior to joining SODIC, she held the position of Business and Organizational Development Senior Manager at Azza Fahmy Jewelry from 2007, where she oversaw the Dubai and Bahrain markets. In 2004, Okasha relocated to France, where she served as Business Development Manager and Headquarter Representative at Kato International S.A.S, tasked with growing the UK and German markets. Okasha began her career in Nasgeyat for Trade and Industry in a marketing role in February 2003. She earned her BSc in chemical engineering from Cairo University in 2002 and her certification from the Wharton School of Business Executive Development program in 2009.
Aly El Samra is SODIC’s Chief Commercial Officer. El Samra has over 18 years of experience in the Real Estate Development sector.
El Samra joined SODIC in 2008 as a Property Consultant, he then moved on to hold many managerial positions within the sales department. In 2022 El Samra was appointed as SODIC’s Executive Director of Sales, where he oversaw regional and international sales teams, achieving the highest sales record for SODIC since inception.
Prior to joining SODIC, El Samra held the position of Account Supervisor at Fortune Promoseven and Account Executive at Marcom.
Aly El Samra holds a BA degree in Mass Communication from the American University in Cairo (AUC), specializing in marketing studies.
Marwa El Khodary is SODIC’s General Counsel, overseeing the Legal & Compliance departments. El Khodary has over 23 years of legal expertise in managing public and private companies and providing various commercial legal services.
Prior to joining SODIC, El Khodary held the position of Arab Legal Consultant partner, Foreign Trade Analyst at the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade, and Attorney at Law at various well-reputed organizations.
El Khodary has extensive experience in Commercial, International Trade, and Financial Law.
She is a member of the Arab Lawyers Union, the Egyptian Bar Association, and the British Chevening Scholars Association. El Khodary was granted the British Chevening Scholarship to undertake studies for an LLM in International Business Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.