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Chairman’s Profile


Mr. Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim



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Mr. Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim is the Chief Executive Officer for wasl Asset Management Group and is responsible for leading the organisation’s transformation into a world-class asset management company. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, the Chairman of Emirates Islamic, one of the leading Islamic banks in the region and Emirates NBD Egypt; both are subsidiaries of Emirates NBD PJSC.

Mr. Al Qassim’s leadership role at wasl has seen him spearhead asset management, real estate, hospitality and project development. This portfolio of achievement, combined with a wealth of financial sector experience from over 17 years in the banking industry, makes him one of the most experienced CEOs in the region.

Under Mr. Al Qassim’s stewardship, wasl has achieved remarkable success in the management and ownership of large-scale real estate projects undertaken for the government of Dubai. He was responsible for restructuring and developing a clear mechanism for the Group’s provision of high quality services, which included operating three key subsidiaries; wasl properties, wasl hospitality and dubai golf. wasl properties is a leading real estate company that manages over 25,000 units across Dubai. wasl hospitality owns and manages several international 5-star hotel chains in Dubai, while dubai golf is home to two world-ranked golf courses across the emirate. This portfolio expansion was achieved in the face of the toughest global economic conditions. Mr. Al Qassim’s senior level financial experience includes a period as General Manager at the National Bank of Dubai, during which he was an architect for new strategies in retail and corporate banking as well as treasury and trade finance. His innovations led the bank to become a leading financial institution in the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Al Qassim’s current Chairmanship roles at Emirates NBD, Emirates Islamic and Emirates NBD Egypt reflect his prominent role in shaping the future direction of these prestigious institutions. A graduate of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development, Mr. Al Qassim is an advocate for the importance of recognising and developing local talent. This commitment to nurturing home-grown skills and abilities led him to become a founding member of the Young Arab Leaders organisation.

Mr. Al Qassim’s board memberships include Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Authority, Gulf Finance, National General Insurance Co., Amlak Finance and Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Services (EIBFS) as well as the International Humanitarian City. His professional and vocational qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance, a Master’s Degree in International Business and an Executive Leadership Degree.