Management Profiles

 

Najla M. Al Shirawi
Chief Executive Officer
Joined SICO in 1997 

Najla Al Shirawi has more than 19 years’ investment banking experience. Her appointment as Chief Executive Officer in March 2014 was preceded by her promotion to Deputy CEO in June 2013. Prior to this, she held various positions in the Bank, including Chief Operating Officer for seven years, Head of Asset Management, and Head of Investments & Treasury. 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 embraces a Lectureship in Engineering at the University of Bahrain. Najla is Chairperson of the Boards of Directors of two SICO subsidiaries: SICO Funds Services Company (SFS) and SICO UAE; an Independent Board Member of Eskan Bank, Bahrain; a Board Member of the Deposit Protection Scheme, Bahrain;  a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Human Resources Development Fund, Bahrain;a Board Member of Bahrain Associations of Banks; and a Member of the Board of BIBF.Najla holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, and attended the Management Acceleration Programme at INSEAD, France. She was ranked 19th regionally and third in Bahrain in the Forbes Middle East Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen list for 2015; 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 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. 

 

 

 

Anantha Narayanan
Chief Operating Officer
Joined SICO in 2008

Anantha has more than 25 years’ experience in the areas of operations, audit and risk in the banking industry. He was Head of Internal Audit at SICO for six years before appointment to his present position in 2014. 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 degree from the University of Manchester, UK.

 

Abdulrahman Saif 
Head of Investments & Treasury
Joined SICO in 2003

Abdulrahman has over 16 years’ experience in investments and treasury.Prior to joining SICO, he was with the Asset Management team at Taib Bank. He has also worked for Gulf International Bank and Arab Banking Corporation.A Certified Investment Representative, Abdulrahman holds a MSc in Finance from DePaul University – Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, a BSc in Accounting from the University of Bahrain, and a Treasury & Capital Markets Diploma from the Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance. He has also undertaken specialised training at INSEAD, France. 

 

K.Shyam Krishnan 
Chief Financial Officer
Joined SICO in 2015

Shyam has 25 years’ 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, 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. Shyam is a Chartered Accountant and Management Accountant from India.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Internal Auditor and also a Certified Information Systems Auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Madras University, India.

Nadia Albinkhalil
Head of HR & Administration
Joined SICO in 1995

Nadia has more thann 32 years' professional experience. She has been with SICO since its establishment, during which time she established the HR & Administration department as well as being responsible for Board meetings 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.

Shakeel Sarwar
Head of Asset Management
Joined SICO in 2004

Shakeel has over 21 years of investment industry experience in the UK, Pakistan and the Middle East. Prior to joining SICO, he worked with the asset management division of Riyad Bank, and was part of the team that managed over US$ 3 billion in Saudi equities. Previous experience includes working with ABN Amro Asia Securities in the UK and Pakistan. Shakeel holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from IBA, Karachi, Pakistan.

Fadhel Makhlouq
Head of Brokerage
Joined SICO in 2004

Fadhel has over 33 years' professional experience. He was Head of Brokerage at SICO for five years before being appointed as Head of Investments & Treasury in 2008. He was re-appointed Head of Brokerage in 2010. 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. 

Wissam Haddad
Head of Corporate finance
Joined SICO in 2014

Wissam has more than 14 years'  experience in conventional and Sharia-compliant investment banking and private equity in the GCC .Prior to joining SICO, he was a Director with Gate Capital in Dubai.Previously, he held senior positions with UAE-based Najd Investments, Unicorn Capital, EmiratesNBD’s NBD Sana Capital, and Saudi National Commercial Bank’s NCB Capital and Eastgate Capital. He also worked with Gulf Finance House, Shamil Bank and BDO Jawad Habib in Bahrain during the early part of his career. Wissam holds a BCom degree from Concordia University, Canada.

 

Ali Marshad
Head of Fixed Income
Joined SICO in 2008

Ali has over 9 years’ experience in asset management, investments, treasury and brokerage. Joining SICO in 2008 as an Analyst in the Investments & Treasury division, he then headed up the newly-established Fixed Income Desk in 2012, before being promoted to his current position in January 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) degree in Banking, Finance & Management from Loughborough University, UK.

 

Mohammed Ibrahim
Head of Information Technology
Joined SICO in 2007

Mohammed has over 16 years’ 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. Joining SICO’s IT division in 2007, he was promoted to his present position in 2016. Prior to SICO, he was Training Head & Technical Consultants Team Lead at the Bahrain Institute of Technology; and before this, 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.

Amal Al Nasser
Head of Operations &  Client Relations
Joined SICO in 1997

Amal has more than 27 years’ banking experience. She was Head of Operations at SICO for 10 years before being appointed General Manager of SFS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SICO, on its establishment in 2006. Amal resumed her role as Head of Operations at SICO in 2010. Before joining SICO, 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 degree in Economics from Poona University, India.

Nadeen Oweis
Head of Corporate Communications
Joined SICO in 2008

Nadeen has more than 16 years' 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. Previous experience includes working for Proctor & Gamble Jordan and managing the advertising and promotions account for Radio Fann FM in Jordan. Nadeen holds a Master’s degree in Diplomatic Studies from the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Jordan University.

Nishit Lakhotia
Head of Research
Joined SICO in 2009

Nishit has over 11 years’ diversified investment experience in the fields of risk management, hedge funds, private equity and sell-side research. Joining SICO Research in 2009 as a senior analyst, he was responsible for actively tracking the telecommunications, aviation, construction and cement sectors in the GCC. Nishit was promoted to Head of Research in 2013. Prior to SICO, he worked for an Iceland-based private equity firm with a focus on the Indian infrastructure sector. 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.

Joseph Thomas
Head of Internal Audit
Joined SICO in 2015

Joseph has over 13 years’ experience in internal audits, assurance engagements and other financial advisory services. Prior to joining SICO, he was Head of Internal Audit at Global Banking Corporation. Before this, he worked 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. Joseph is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor, and a Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (USA); and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

 

 

Sreenivasan Konnat
General Manager
SICO Funds Services Company (SFS)
Joined SICO in 1998

Sreeni has over 24 years’ professional experience 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 in 2017. Prior to SICO, Sreeni was Chief Accountant with Al Namal Group of Companies in Bahrain; and Back Office Supervisor and Systems Administrator with GWK Bank-Bahrain. He holds a BSc degree in Chemistry (with Maths and Physics) from the University of Calicut, India; and has completed Intermediate Level certification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, India.

Bassam A. Khoury
General Manager
SICO UAE
Joined SICO in 2008

Bassam has over 25 years’ international experience in brokerage, investments and financial consultancy. He was Head of Brokerage at SICO from 2008 to 2010, before leaving to join QInvest, Qatar as Head of Regional Brokerage. Prior to rejoining SICO in 2013 as General Manager of SICO UAE, 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 & Economics from King’s College, New York, USA.