Board of Directors
The Msheireb Properties culture of integrity starts with our Board of Directors and touches every member of the company. Together with the Management, they focus on the areas of strategy and risk management.
View the profiles by clicking on the names of each individual.
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser plays a key role in supporting the country’s National Vision – a far-reaching agenda to transform Qatar into a thriving, knowledge-based society by 2030. For more than 15 years, Sheikha Moza has been a driving force behind education and social reforms in her country. Sheikha Moza is also active on the international stage, spearheading projects to promote peace and human development throughout the world.
Domestically, she serves as Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), a private non-profit organization founded in 1995. Its flagship project is Education City, which covers over 14 million square meters and houses branch campuses of renowned international universities and institutions. QF is also engaged in numerous scientific research and economic and social development projects. In addition to her work at Qatar Foundation, Sheikha Moza served as the Vice Chair of the Supreme Council of Health from 2009-2014 and as the Vice Chair of the Supreme Education Council from 2006-2012. In these roles, she has helped enact major top-down reforms of Qatar’s public schools and healthcare system. More recently, she chairs the Sidra Medical and Research Centre, a new training and research hospital that is envisaged to become a leading institution for women and children’s specialty care.
On a regional and international level, Sheikha Moza has launched multiple projects including the International Fund for Higher Education in Iraq, the Silatech initiative to address the growing challenge of youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa, and Education Above All (EAA), a global initiative that aims to bring new life chances and real hope and opportunities to poor and marginalised children, youth and women in the developing world. EAA is carrying out its objectives through a number of existing programmes such as Educate a Child (EAC), Protecting Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) and Al-Fakhoora.
Sheikha Moza plays an active role with the United Nations (UN) to support global education. In 2003, she was appointed as UNESCO’s Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education; in 2008 she was appointed by the Secretary General of the UN as Alliance of Civilizations (AOC) Ambassador; and in 2010 she became a member of the UN Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group with a special emphasis on Goal 2 – universal primary education. In 2012 she was appointed as a Steering Committee Member of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative.
Among Sheikha Moza’s many honors are the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and the George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2013. In June 2009, she was inducted into the Academie des Beaux Arts de l’Institut de France (Academy of Fine Arts of the Institute of France), the prestigious French society that generates awareness of the arts through education and helps develop artistic relationships on an international level. In 2007, Sheikha Moza was presented the prestigious Chatham House Award for her contributions to improving international relations.
Sheikha Moza graduated from Qatar University with a degree in sociology and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas A&M University, Carnegie Mellon University, Imperial College London and Georgetown University.
Eng Saad Al Muhannadi
Vice Chairperson of Board of Directors
Engineer Saad Ebrahim AlMuhannadi was instrumental in the establishment of Qatar Foundation more than two decades ago, and has been an integral part of the organization’s fabric since its inception in 1995. A Lifetime Board Member of QF, and President of the organization from 2013 to 2016, he is also a member of its current Board of Trustees –reflecting his long, impactful, and valued association with QF, and his contribution to realizing its vision and advancing its mission.
He was a member of QF’s Founding Board, having joined the organization in 1995 as Project Manager within its Capital Projects Directorate, and subsequently assuming the roles of Assistant Director and Director before, in 2005, being appointed Vice President of Capital Projects and Facilities Management.
Engineer Saad played a pivotal role in the development of the educational, science and research, and community development infrastructure required for QF to support Qatar’s vision of building a sustainable, diversified economy. He was responsible for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of QF’s buildings and supporting infrastructure and ensuring a healthy and safe environment, across its 15 million sqm Education City campus. In addition to buildings housing QF’s core operations, Engineer Saad and his team were central to the development of numerous QF projects, including the Al Shaqab equine and equestrian center, Qatar Science & Technology Park, and Qatar Leadership Academy.
He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of both Msheireb Properties, having led the
planning for the establishment of the company and for its Msheireb Downtown Doha project. He is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of Qatar Solar Technologies. Prior to joining QF, he began his career at Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment, first as Assistant Manager for the landmark West Bay development in Doha, and subsequently as Head of Design Development.
Engineer Saad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Miami in the US.
HE Hassan Al Thawadi
Member of the Board of Directors
HE Hassan Al Thawadi holds the position of Secretary General of Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the organization responsible for coordinating amongst government agencies within the state to ensure infrastructure and development projects are in readiness for the event in 2022.
A graduate in Law from Sheffield University, HE Hassan Al Thawadi is also General Counsel at Qatar Investment Authority and Qatar Holding. Prior to joining Qatar Investment Authority, HE Hassan Al Thawadi worked for Qatar Petroleum. Hassan also holds a board position with Hassan Food Company, Qatar’s premium worldwide investor/developer in the agriculture and livestock sector.
Mr Rashid Nasser Al Kaabi
Member of the Board of Directors
Rashid Nasser Al Kaabi is a member of the board of Directors of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry(QCCI); Chairman of the industry committee at QCCI; and Head of the Qatari side in the Qatari-Lebanese Business Council, in addition to his roles at Sraiya Holding Group.
Rashid Nasser Al Kaabi graduated from the faculty of law; and is one of the most influential and successful Qatari businessmen who achieved a good reputation for himself both locally and internationally.
Mr Tamim Al Kuwari
Member of the Board of Directors
Tamim Al Kuwari is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Qinvest. Before joining Qinvest, Tamim Al Kuwari was Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and Country Head of Qatar and prior to this role, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat). At Nakilat, his main responsibility was to implement an $8 million program to finance 27 liquefied natural gas vessels that ship LNG from Ras Laffan to end users worldwide. Tamim Al Kuwari holds a BA in International Business with a minor in Political Science from George Washington University, and an MBA from the American University in Washington DC.
HE Akbar Al Baker
Member of the Board of Directors
His Excellency, Mr Akbar Al Baker, is one of the most recognisable figures in the global aviation industry. His vision and commitment enabled the ground-breaking development of Qatar Airways from a small regional carrier into one of the world’s leading global airlines in the span of 20 years. Today, Qatar Airways flies more than 200 state-of-the-art aircraft to over 150 destinations across six continents.
In August 2017, HE Mr Al Baker was announced as the Chairman of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the prestigious global aviation industry body, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which came into effect in June 2018. In November 2017, he was proudly named ‘Aviation Executive of the Year’ by the CAPA Centre for Aviation in recognition of his global influence and visionary approach to the airline industry.
HE Mr Al Baker is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO) and is a non-executive Director of Heathrow Airport Holdings (HAH) – the company responsible for the running and development of the UK’s largest airport. In 2019, HE Mr Al Baker was appointed Secretary-General of Qatar’s National Tourism Council (NTC).
A highly motivated individual, HE Mr Al Baker is a successful businessman, holds a private pilot license, and is also CEO of Qatar Executive, Hamad International Airport, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Aircraft Catering Company, Qatar Distribution Company, Qatar Duty Free, and Internal Media Services, to name a few.
Born in Doha, he has a degree in Economics and Commerce and worked at various levels in the Civil Aviation Directorate before being tasked with creating the world’s best airline in 1997.
HE Ahmad Mohammed Al-Sayed
Member of the Board of Directors
His Excellency Ahmad Al-Sayed the Minister of State and the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Free Zones Authority, Qatar.
The Free Zones Authority is established to regulate and promote Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to Qatar and working to make Qatar a Global business hub.
His Excellency Al-Sayed served as Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Investment Authority and Qatar Holding, where he played a critical role to build, oversee and manage Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund. During his tenure, he executed mega deals such as the QIA/QH’s investment in Credit Suisse and Barclays Bank, engineered the Merger of VW and Porsche as well as Xstrata and Glencore, the take-over of Songbird and Canary Warf Group, and the acquisition of Harrods Group, Iberdrola Energy, Tiffany, Heathrow Airport and others.
Prior to QIA, His Excellency Al-Sayed held key roles in various local and international institutions, including the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment. His Excellency Al-Sayed has also served as board member for different local and international companies like Qatar National Bank, Canary Wharf Group and Volkswagen Group, Vice Chairman of Qatar Exchange and Executive Chairman of Harrods LHD.
His Excellency Al-Sayed holds his MBA with Trium Global (from LSE, NYU Stern, HEC Paris), and a Master of International Banking & Financial Law from Boston University, and an LLB from Qatar University. He is a PhD candidate at Oxford University, London.
Mr Adel Mohammed Tayeb Mustafawi
Member of the Board of Directors
Adel Mustafawi has twenty seven years of experience in Banking and capital markets. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, USA, majoring in Finance.
In addition to his responsibilities as GCEO Masraf Al Rayan, Adel Mustafawi is
Mr Ali Al Kuwari
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Ali brings eighteen years of experience with him, specialising in the fields of cost and planning engineering, and project management. He has successfully implemented many projects within Qatar, including the construction of the Ras Laffan Cracker, LPG Tanks at Mesaieed, field support workshop warehouses, the QNCC plant’s new fuel gas supply pipeline in Dukhan, the Family Affairs HQ in Doha, and the University of Qatar’s multipurpose hall, to name a few.
Before Joining Msheireb Properties, Ali previously held positions in Technip in Paris and spent fifteen years rising through the ranks at Qatar Petroleum where he eventually became the Acting Lead Cost/Planning Engineer.
At Msheireb Properties, Mr. Al Kuwari is responsible for developing and implementing strategic and operational plans for the Design and Delivery directorate. He ensures that the projects are devised and delivered within the agreed timeline, budgets, and quality measures as per Msheireb Properties’ stakeholders’ expectations.
Ali is further charged with a wide purview, namely directing the development and overseeing the implementation of policies, systems, procedures and controls to meet the objectivity, efficiency and effectiveness of operations. He further manages the Lead Design and Delivery directorate to ensure the achievement of objectives, while maintaining sustainability across the directorate’s functions, projects and resources.
Ali has consistently demonstrated a commitment to lifelong learning and upgrading his skills to keep pace with international innovations in engineering. Subsequently, he excelled in training courses and programs such as project, leadership and management, effective planning and scheduling, Primavera project manager, contracts reading, writing and negotiation and contracts management.
Ali holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris in Qatar.
Current Board Memberships:
- Chairman of the Board, Premier Inn Doha Hotels
- Chairman of the Board, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Doha
- Chairman of the Board, Alwadi Hotel MGallery Doha
- Member of the Board, TiME Qatar for Project Management
Mr David Oayda
Chief Officer - Commercial Directorate
A Real Estate expert in mixed-use projects specializing in Property and Asset Management, Facilities Management and Strata Management. Managing and implementation of best practices and compliance.
David’s overall management of Projects and Operations of Master communities and optimisation of services is key in running a successful community, David has the knowledge and proven expertise to implement new initiatives and embraces new ideas and requirements in this fast paced technological environment.
A successful track record in implementation of policies and procedures, monitoring and measuring objectives versus efficiency and effectiveness of operations. A solid reputation gained in leading some of the largest developments in Australia and the Middle East.
Prior to joining Msheireb Properties, David has held key senior roles in Australia and throughout the Middle East.
David holds an Adv. Dip in Property Valuations in addition to a Bachelor of Business Management from the University Swinburne Australia and a Masters of Property from Newcastle University Australia.
Mr Mohammed Al-Buainain
Acting Chief Officer - Design & Delivery
Mr. Mohammed Al-Buainain has more than 24 years of experience in the fields of engineering and management, including 5 years of top management expertise, and is currently the Acting Chief Officer for Design & Delivery at Msheireb Properties, leading the overall project execution.
Prior to joining the team at Msheireb Properties, he held leadership positions in national organizations including Executive Director of Development and Asset Management at Qatari Diar, Deputy CEO at Seef Lusail, and Deputy CEO at Qatar Rail Development Company.
Al-Buainain started his career at the Ministry of Electricity and Water as a construction Engineer, and subsequently held senior roles at Ras Gas and on the Qatar Olympics Committee.
Al-Buainain is a Qatar Leadership Center (QLC) executive leadership graduate, a project management professional (PMP), Stanford Certified Project Manager. A fellow of the American Academy of Project Management, and a member of both the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Institute of Directors and Managers (IIDM).
He holds an Engineering degree from QU and a Master of Science (MS) in Engineering Management from the CUA in Washington DC, USA
Mr Atif Manzoor
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Atif Manzoor joined Msheireb Properties as the Chief Financial Officer in October 2018. Qualified FCCA with a MBA degree in finance and over 10 years of senior management experience, his responsibilities include financial leadership in business and stakeholder management of equity and debt providers.
Before joining Msheireb Properties, Mr. Manzoor headed the group finance function at Mapeley Estates in London which is part of Fortress Investment Group LLC. He has also held senior roles in major public and private organisations as well as in construction, asset management and private equity sectors.
Selected as one of the Young Business Leaders of United Kingdom (by WHOSWHO Publication UK for 2009 & 2011 directory), Mr. Manzoor comes with a track record of formulating and executing successful growth strategies and change management both in the UK and abroad.
Mr Arun Panangatt
Acting Chief Officer - Development and Asset Management
With over 20 years of experience in property development and property management, Mr. Arun Panangatt is the Acting Chief Officer – Development and Asset Managementfor Msheireb Properties. His responsibilities cover strategic insights, market intelligence, consumer insights, real estate and market analysis.
Mr. Panangatt brings with him vast and wide-ranging knowledge of market intelligence from the region including survey management, market price indexing, and other customer feedback systems to ensure customer satisfaction.
In addition to working for Msheireb Properties, Mr. Panangatt is a guest lecturer at Qatar University. He has, also, completed several certifications for Data Science, Global Trends in Business, and Business Analytics from The Wharton School and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Central University of Pondicherry.
Mr Sean O’Donoghue
Acting Chief Officer Corporate Planning & Support
With 18 years’ experience working within engineering, construction and real estate industries, Sean is the Acting Chief Officer for Corporate Planning & Support.
His portfolio with Msheireb Properties covers leading the Corporate Planning, Quality and Excellence, Risk Management, Health and Safety, Human Resources and Information Technology functions.
Before joining Msheireb Properties, Mr. O’Donoghue established and led support functions for a multi-project corporate, creating strategic support services for development projects in energy, hospitality, residential, sporting and civic sectors