Ashraf is the Chairman and CEO of Abu Issa Holding, overseeing over 100 sister companies operating around the world under the group umbrella. AIH is known across the GCC region for its corporate management climate and portfolio of businesses across industries, recognized as an experienced and well-positioned partner. Ashraf received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2011, spearheading retail concepts and brands. Over 10 business concepts have been developed in-house including Mosafer, Al Bahie Auction House and e-Pro. Ashraf leads business growth and supports the overall economic development in Qatar, through continued investment in public sector related business and affiliations including INJAZ “Achievement” Qatar, and the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Qatar, with a focus on philanthropic endeavors. Ashraf completed the Harvard Management Program (OPM) and is a graduate of the American University of London - Atlanta, USA.
Nabil Abu Issa serves as the Vice Chairman of Abu Issa Holding, and is the brother of Ashraf Abu Issa. An authority on innovation, growth and customer service, Nabil’s expertise has been a key factor in the growth of AIH. Currently, he is a member of several affiliations that represent his activity in the region, including the Qatar Businessman Association, and the Young President’s Organization (YPO Qatar). Nabil’s philanthropic activities include his honorary ambassadorship at the Qatar Cancer Society. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas in Business Administration. Nabil is the President of the Basketball Operation at Al Sadd Sports Club in Qatar.
Fawaz serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Abu Issa Holding, joining the company over 20 years ago. Holding high-profile positions in the United Kingdom previously, during Fawaz’s tenor as Senior Vice President at Abu Issa Holding he has played a critical role in the development and growth of the many subsidiaries under the group umbrella. Fawaz steered the growth of AIH during his time at the company, with expertise in brand development, sales management and new business development.
Salim Is the Vice President of Business Development at Abu Issa Holding, and has served since the very founding of its first luxury department store, Blue Salon, in 1981. Salim has contributed to the transformation of major brands and building of businesses, through strategic expertise and sales acumen, advancing the process optimization of the business development division. His expertise in retail and distribution has been pivotal in both divisions at the company.
Baber is the Director of Human Resources at Abu Issa Holding, a position he has held since 1994, following HR best practice to create an employee-orientated, high performance culture. Baber began his career in consultancy in the USA, followed by a number of high profile positions across the USA and Pakistan. Baber has created and solidified the recruitment and selection, training and development processes at Abu Issa Holding. Baber is a Business Administration and Management Sciences graduate of NYIT and Lock Haven University, respectively.
Marco is the Director of Retail and Brand Management at Abu Issa Holding. A recognized authority across retail disciplines; FMCG, Fashion, Luxury & Financial Services, Marco’s strategy formulation and organizational development have helped grow and scale both Retail and Brand Management divisions at AIH. Marco has over 10 years of experience in the Middle East region in several High profile positions, currently overseeing the International Portfolio at AIH. He is a member of the Financial and Job Creation Committee of South Africa, the Chamber of Business & Commerce, the ICSC (International Counsel of Shopping Centers) and the IGDS (International Group of Department Stores), and has over 23 years experience in International Retail.
Hatim has over 20 years of experience in the management of Finance and Accounting across industries; Retail, FMCG, FMCD, Real Estate, Investment, Construction and Consultancy, He holds the title of Group CFO at Abu Issa Holding. A graduate of the Harvard MBA program, a Qualified Chartered Accountant and a fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Hatim also represents the ICAI Doha Chapter as Chairman. His past experience contributes to key expertise in implementing controls, M&A, risk mitigation, valuation, quality assessment and due diligence.
Mohamad Holds the bachelor degree of electrical engineering with specialty of electronics and communication followed by an EMBA from HEC Paris In addition to entrepreneurship & innovation certificate from Babson university. Member of IEEE & Jordan engineers association with 15 years Experience in establishing new companies, sales, services, business development, companies evaluation, acquisitions and utilizing the available resources and market intelligence to maximize the Group and its partners gain from all business opportunities.