Ghanim Bin Saad Al Saad Al Kuwari (Non-Executive Chairman)
Mr Ghanim Al Saad is the founder of Ghanim Bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings which is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups with investments in more than 40 companies around the world operating in the fields of aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels and hospitality, information technology and telecommunications. In addition, until 2012, Mr Al Saad was managing director of Qatar Diar Real Estate Investment Company, which was established in 2005 by the Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar.
Lau Lian Seng Glen (Chief Executive Officer)
Mr Lau graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1989 with a BSc in Mathematics and Economics and achieved a MSc in Financial Engineering from the same university in 2001. He has over two decades of experience working in the financial sector, with a particular expertise in investment banking and fund management. He also has significant experience in the offshore infrastructure sector, having been the Deputy Chairman of PPL Shipyard Pte Ltd, one of Singapore’s pre-eminent offshore rig builders, and he was instrumental in helping to secure the Amedeo’s joint-venture investment with Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd. Mr Lau is a Director of Fulton Capital Management Limited.
Zafarullah Karim (Executive Director)
Mr Karim has over two decades of business and financial experience, including investment banking, investment and risk management, financial strategy and growing and restructuring companies. Mr Karim has been the impetus driving change and growth in several companies where he has served as a board member. He has also acted as a consultant to various businesses and entrepreneurs in relation to their financial and investment strategies.Mr Karim started his career in 1990 in investment banking with Salomon Brothers. He then worked for several years for NM Rothschild & Sons in a variety of developed and emerging markets. Mr Karim has an M.A. (Hons) in economics from the University of Cambridge.
Philippe Petitpierre (Non-Executive Director)
Mr Petitpierre is a Swiss national who holds two Masters Degrees in Environmental Sciences and Energy from the EPFL (Lausanne Institute of Technology). He represents Switzerland on the Board of IGU (International Gas Union) and is a member of the Board of Directors of EUROGAS in Brussels. Mr Petitpierre is vice-chairman of the SWISSGAS Company and of the Swiss Gas Industry Association. He is also active in the regional economy, chairing two Banks and the Economic Development Council of Canton de Vaud.