Board of Directors

Andre Sayegh

Chairman of the Board

André Sayegh is a seasoned C-suite executive with over three decades of experience in banking and financial services.

Prior to 2021, Sayegh served as Group Chief Executive Officer at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) and is currently a member of the board. He had played a pivotal role in the merger of First Gulf Bank (FGB) and National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) to form FAB. His 20 years at FAB and its predecessor bank, FGB, were marked with distinction, as he assumed several senior executive positions, including Chief Executive Officer of FGB from 2006 to 2017.

Sayegh’s previous experience includes senior positions with several leading international financial institutions, including Citibank.

He holds a BBA in Finance and an MBA in Corporate Finance and Banking from the American University of Beirut. He also completed a project at Columbia University majoring in the evolution of financial institutions.

H.E. Hamad Khalfan Ali Matar Al-Shamsi

Board Member

H.E. Hamad Khalfan Ali Matar Al-Shamsi is the former non-executive Vice-Chairman of International Holding Company, PJSC. He is also a general manager at The Private Affairs Department of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak and holds board directorships with Trojan General Contracting LLC, Zee Stores, Ishraq Properties Co., Al Yasat Catering & Restaurant Supplies LLC, Pal Computers LLC, Al Jaraf Travel & Tourism LLC, Hi-Tech Concrete Products LLC, Tafawuq Facilities Management LLC, Pal Group for Companies LLC, Al Sdeirah Real Estate Investment LLC, Royal Architect Project Management LLC, Fabulous Abu Dhabi Hotel Management LLC, Nshmi Development, Real Estate Investment & Services Co. LLC – REISCO.

H.E. Al-Shamsi holds a technical diploma from the armed forces, Abu Dhabi, 1996.

H.E. Mansoor Al Mansoori

Board Member

H.E. Mansoor Al Mansoori has had a diverse range of professional experiences in senior leadership positions across sectors including telecommunications, energy and government with a proven track record of setting up strategies, building institutional structures and capabilities and performance-based management systems.

Prior to joining G42, H.E. Al Mansoori served as Director General of the UAE National Media Council and was responsible for transforming the Council’s offerings across regulatory services, media policies, UAE’s national media wire services and strategic communications. He contributed to building the UAE’s brand and reputation management, locally, regionally and internationally and introduced policies and frameworks to further the country’s media and digital communication capabilities and foster innovation and development for the industry.

At G42, H.E. Al Mansoori is responsible for group and operating business units on strategic partnerships, innovation, capacity building, business efficiencies and transformation, revenue optimization, brand development, organizational culture and identifying and mentoring talent to develop future leaders of G42.

H.E. Al Mansoori is a prominent leader in the UAE and has held several board positions in leading institutions including Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and Emirates Palace Company. He is currently the Chairman of Injazat and Bayanat and serves as a board member of Etisalat and AIQ.

A voracious reader and public speaker on digital transformation and the management of change, H.E. Al Mansoori was recently selected as Counsellor, alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Duchess of Sussex, at the 2019 Young World Summit in London where he delivered a keynote speech on “The New Age of Conversation.”

H.E. Al Mansoori holds a master’s degree in Strategic Security Studies and National Resources Management from the National Defense College (UAE). A University of Toledo (Ohio, USA) graduate in Computer Science, he holds several specialized certificates including a Leadership Certificate from London Business School (UK), Innovation Strategy Leadership from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and International Institute for Management Development (Switzerland).

Rick Gerson

Board Member

Rick Gerson is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Falcon Edge, a global investment management company. He is also a co-founder and board member of Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners and a co-founder of Alpha Wave Incubation, an early-stage venture partnership.

Falcon manages a variety of investment partnerships globally including Moraine, Falcon Edge Global, Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners, Alpha Wave Incubation and Alpha Wave Ventures. Falcon has offices in New York, Miami, London, Abu Dhabi, Tel Aviv and Bangalore.

Prior to Falcon, Gerson was a founding member and Managing Director of Blue Ridge Capital for 15 years, a global investment firm started in 1996.

Gerson is a member of the Cleveland Clinic International Leadership Board, a member of the Panthera Conservation Council and a board member of 92nd Street Y (a leading cultural institution and community center in New York). He is also a member of the Belfer Center’s International Council at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at
Harvard University and was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of PAVE (a charter school in Brooklyn).

He graduated from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce with a B.S. in Commerce with a concentration in Finance. He resides in Miami, Florida.

Samia Bouazza

Board Member

Samia Bouazza is the CEO of the Company, an Abu Dhabi-based holding company with global presence across five industries. She leads the strategic development of the Company, growing organically and inorganically a diversified portfolio of high-return businesses. Her commitments towards her shareholders include driving profitability, supporting innovation, leading acquisitions and ensuring the overall sustainable growth of the Group and its subsidiaries.

Bouazza’s key focus is on balancing investments in digital solutions and disruptive platforms with sustainable assets in long term high-growth industries. She oversaw the Group’s string of stake acquisitions such as Emirates Driving Company, Viola Communications, PAL Cooling Holding, Yieldmo and Firefly.

Championing the importance of wellness (mental and physical health), a personal and corporate value, Bouazza recently launched the Group’s health-tech start-up HealthierU, an online wellness and prevention platform.

Bouazza’s leadership instils in her team a deep loyalty to a culture of trust building, intellectual growth, and data-driven, tech-based solutions. At the age of 22, she founded Multiply Marketing Consultancy LLC, a local boutique agency which she transformed into an award-winning global firm. She later closed an acquisition and merger deal with Viola
Communications, after growing the Company by 400x in the 10 years prior.

Bouazza is a well-known marketing and communications speaker who has also authored and co-authored many books emphasizing the value of learning and the power of the intellect in driving personal growth. She currently serves as a board member to several companies in Switzerland, New York and Abu Dhabi.

She holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the American University of Beirut and has completed executive education certificates in Strategic Intelligence and Digital Disruption from Harvard Business School and the University of Cambridge respectively.

Members of the Audit Committee are

Rick Gerson

Chairman

H.E. Mansoor Al Mansoori

Member

H.E. Hamad Khalfan Ali Matar Al-Shamsi

Member

Members of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee are

H.E. Hamad Khalfan Ali Matar Al-Shamsi

Chairman

Samia Bouazza

Member

H.E. Mansoor Al Mansoori

Member

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