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Board of Directors

Aref Ahmed Al Kooheji

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Independent Director
Biography
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Chairman: Greenline Group
"Islamic Finance Advisory Council" for Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC).
Liquidity Management Center "LMC" – Kingdom of Bahrain (LMC is an investment bank, owned by 4 major regional banks; Bahrain Islamic Bank, Kuwait Finance House, Dubai Islamic Bank and Islamic Development Bank).
Millennium Finance Corporation "MFC" – DIFC, Dubai (MFC is the Financial Advisory and Private Equity arm for Millennium Capital Holding, the investment arm of Dubai Islamic Bank).
Vice Chairman: Islamic Conference Youth Forum (a multilateral socially responsible organization falling under Organization of Islamic Countries "OIC") – Republic of Turkey.
Advisor: Invited candidate for the Advisory Board of "Future Generations Fund" for the Government of Kazakhstan.
Board Member: Bahrain Islamic Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank – Pakistan, Bank of Khartoum, Emirates Sudan Bank, Bosnia Bank International, Deyaar Real Estate Company, Abaad Real Estate Company (Bahrain), Emirates National Securitizations Company, CanarTel, and others.

Yahya Ibrahim Nooruddin

Vice chairman of the Board of Directors
Independent Director
Biography
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Board Member & Chief Executive Officer: t’azur Company b.s.c. (c) Bahrain.
Board Member and Executive Committee Member: Ibn Al-Nafees Hospital - Kingdom of Bahrain.
Director: DAMAC Properties Dubai Co. (PSC)

Mahmood Mohammed Zainal

Board member
Non-Executive Director
Biography
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Executive Director - Investments: Venture Capital Bank, Bahrain
Mahmood Zainal has extensive experience in investment banking across the Middle East. His specialist expertise includes deal origination, valuations and modelling, post-investment management and due diligence, with a particular focus on real estate and private equity. Prior to assuming his current position in 2019, Mahmood was a senior member of the Bank’s Investments team. Before this, he spent five years with Kuwait Finance House - Bahrain, where he worked in Investments, Retail Banking and Customer Service; having started his career with American Express, Bahrain. Mahmood holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. He has also attended Executive Leadership Programmes conducted by the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Nasir Maqsood

Board Member
Non-Executive Director
Biography
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Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer: Venture Capital Bank, Bahrain
Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer: : Nasir Maqsood has an impressive track record in global financial services gained from working with leading multinational institutions in public practice and banking, across North America and the Middle East. His experience covers auditing and accounting; retail, commercial and investment banking (both Islamic and conventional); private equity and asset management; M&A and capital markets; and regulatory reporting. Nasir joined VCBank in November 2019 as Chief Financial Officer, and was appointed Acting Deputy CEO in 2020. Prior to this, he was Chief Financial Officer at HSBC Bank - Bahrain, and CFO of Commercial Banking at HSBC Bank - Canada. Previously, Nasir worked with Ernst & Young - Canada, where he provided auditing and business advisory services; and with Ernst & Young - Bahrain, where he managed the development of a new Regulatory Capital Framework for Islamic Banks, the first of its kind globally. Nasir holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Hayworth College of Business, Western Michigan University, USA; and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Arkansas University, USA. He is an Associate Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Robert C. Wages

Board Member
Non-Executive Director
Biography
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Profile: Senior Executive Director - Head of Post-Acquisition Member of Executive Management Committee Joined VCBank in 2017 33 years' experience Robert Wages has extensive experience in sourcing, executing and managing institutional direct private equity investments across multiple industry sectors spanning the US, Europe, MENA and Asia. Prior to joining VCBank, he was Managing Director of US-based Gazelle Capital Investors, a consulting firm advising family investment offices. Before this, Robert was Head of Private Equity with Emirates International Investment Company, the proprietary investment arm of National Holding, Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Executive Director, Private Equity at the government-owned Abu Dhabi Investment Company (Invest AD). Previously, he spent 17 years with Castle Harlan, a leading New York-based middle market buyout firm, where he rose from an Associate to Managing Director. Robert holds a Master’s degree in Computational Finance and Risk Management from the University of Washington, USA; and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Princeton University, USA. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and Financial Risk Manager.