TECOM Group, (formerly known as TECOM Investments) a member of Dubai Holding, is a strategic business enabler that contributes to the realisation of Dubai’s economic aspirations, through the creation of sector-focused business communities and work environments that provide innovative ecosystems.
TECOM Group’s Business Communities reinforce Dubai’s position as a global hub for business and commerce. Covering seven vibrant industry sectors, we offer a home in the region to 5,100 companies ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations with a total workforce of 76,000.
Mr. Sharafi’s distinguished career started at the Emirates Industrial Bank, where he worked and led various departments for over 21 years. Presently he Chairs the Board of Directors at Acacia Investments BSC in Bahrain, and is a Board Director at Dubai International Capital LLC, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, and Takaful Re Limited.
In addition, he is the Chairman of Emaar Industries & Investments, Chairman of Amlak Finance & Real Estate Investment in Egypt, and Board Member of Al Salam Bank in Algeria.
Arif has a wealth of knowledge and experience gathered from over 20 years in leadership roles at leading regional and international financial institutions, including HSBC, ABN AMRO and Dubai Islamic Bank.
He is a well-known industry spokesperson at a number of key platforms across the MENA region, including Cityscape Dubai and IFC Dunya Conference in Turkey.
Since 2013, she has overseen the company’s innovation strategy, in line with Dubai’s vision to transform the Emirate into an innovation-led economy, and led TECOM Group’s efforts to play a major role in the UAE National Agenda to achieve Vision 2021 which focuses on economic diversification, competitiveness and entrepreneurship, as well as innovation and smart services.
Dr. Amina has championed the development of Dubai Design District (d3), a pioneering, purpose built creative destination for the Middle East’s growing design industry, and the launch of Dubai Wholesales City to enable Dubai to become global hub for wholesale trade.
Dr. Amina is Chairperson of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council. She is also a Board member of the National Media Council, Dubai Media Incorporated, Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA) and Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower).
She has also previously worked with Citibank, quickly moving up the ranks from Marketing Manager – Credit Cards to Assistant Vice President – Marketing and Business Development.
Stefan Leser joined the Jumeirah Group as Group Chief Executive Officer in February 2016. During his time with the company, he has overseen a number of important milestones. These include the launch of The Terrace at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and the opening of Jumeirah Al Naseem, a 430 luxury room hotel in Dubai, which completes the award winning Madinat Jumeirah Resort.
Stefan continues to drive Jumeirah’s commitment to attracting top talent. He has visited international hospitality schools to share Jumeirah insights and meet students as well as support Jumeirah’s National Graduate Programme, which develops the Emirati leaders of tomorrow.
As Jumeirah Group CEO, Stefan has put operating excellence and efficiency at the centre of focus, implementing organisational changes and driving growth.
Prior to joining Jumeirah, Stefan worked with Swiss travel services provider, Kuoni Travel Holding, where he held executive management positions for more than 10 years. As a member of Kuoni’s Executive Board, he was most recently Executive Vice President of its outbound travel businesses, covering the Nordics, UK, Benelux, India, China, Hong Kong as well as the home market, Switzerland. In addition, he was responsible for all businesses specialising in inbound destination management. In this role, he held responsibility for $3 billion of revenues and 8,000 employees.
Earlier roles with Kuoni included Executive Vice President, CEO Division, Emerging Market and Specialist Businesses where he oversaw the growth and development of Kuoni’s global visa outsourcing business, VFS, which today accounts for $300m in annual sales.
Before joining Kuoni, Mr. Leser spent eight years working in IT service companies, with over five years in senior positions with EDS Corporation.
Originally from Bavaria in Germany, Stefan holds a MBA from Augusta University, Georgia in the USA.
He brings over 15 years of experience in senior leadership roles including the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), TECOM Investments, now TECOM Group, DuBiotech, now Dubai Science Park and Dubai Media City. Prior to joining GDMO, Al Mansoori was Deputy CFO and Head of Finance Operations of DIFC and the Chief Executive Officer of DIFC Arbitration Centre. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer of RAPID, an innovative payment solutions initiative launched by DIFC.
At DIFC Investments, he was responsible for managing a USD $1 billion portfolio consisting of 10 companies in various sectors including aviation, real estate, financial services, IT distribution, outsourcing and media publishing, apart from serving on the boards of all DIFC companies.
Before joining du, Amer was the Senior Vice President of Group Services at Dubai Airports, where he played a leading role in shaping the long-term business strategy, internal and external governance structures and development of local talent within the organisation.
Earlier in his career, Amer spent eight years with Emirates Airline where he held various positions, the most recent one being the Senior Vice President of Finance.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Emirates NBD – Egypt bank, Audit Committee Member of Ducab and Audit and Risk Committee Member of Al Ghurair Investment. He has previously served on the Board of Empire Aviation Group and as an Audit Committee member of Dubai Healthcare City and the Economic Zones World.
Mohammad Saeed Al-Shehhi is the Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Design District, also known as d3, the region’s first community dedicated to the design industry.
Prior to d3, Mohammad held a number of prominent roles within the broadcast sector. For example, in 2008 he was appointed was Deputy CEO at DMI where he was responsible for developing the organisation’s corporate strategy and analysing operational and performance efficiencies. He also launched the first DMI native HD channels, developed DMI’s state of the art technical infrastructure and led DMI’s digital offering. Prior to this, Mohammad was Senior Director of Broadcast Services at du, where he managed the telecommunications company’s strategy and growth plans for the broadcast divisions achieving year on year growth of 24% and expanding the growth of du’s media and broadcast services regionally.
Mohammad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the American University of Sharjah, and a Master’s degree in Digital Wireless Communications from the University of Leeds. Mohammad is a graduate of EDAAD as well as the Young Arab Leaders programmes. He was also voted amongst the most influential people in the Middle East in Digital Media.
Luc Mathern joins TECOM Group as the Chief Strategy Officer.
Prior to TECOM, Luc spent 7 years at QATARI DIAR, the real estate investment arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, where he played a vital role in the development of the company by leading a number of strategic initiatives aimed at corporate improvement, operational and business excellence, and assets optimization. Having worked for several global brands out of markets in the East Asia, Europe and north America for over 10 years, Luc brings TECOM great experience in working across international markets and with all levels of government and commercial
Luc has held board membership for a number of international entities and is part of strategic executive committees within TECOM Group.