Meet our
Leadership

The Board delegates responsibility for formulating and, after approval, implementing the Group's strategic plan and for management of the day-to-day operation of the Group to the Chief Executive Officer. The Group Executive Committee supports the Chief Executive Officer in carrying out their role and manages the day-to-day operation of the Group's businesses.

The Group Executive Committee comprises the Executives and Senior Directors.

Khadija Oubala

CEO

Ms. Oubala is the CEO of Sultan Center Group and serves on its Board of Directors. Ms. Oubala joined The Sultan Group in 2016 and has a combined experience of more than 20 years in Retail, Real Estate, Investments, and Strategy. Prior to joining The Sultan Center Group, Ms. Oubala served as VP of Strategy and Investments at NREC, Principal at Arcapita Bank and Portfolio Manager at Assiya Investments. Ms. Oubala holds an MSc in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University. She is a Fulbright scholar, a recipient of MIT Memorial Fellowship and a member of Young Presidents Organization.

Nicolas Allan

COO

Mr. Nicolas Allan is the Chief Operating Officer of The Sultan Group. He joined the company in 2019 with more than 20 years of retail experience in Europe and the MENA region. Mr. Allan has extensive knowledge in Operations, Commercial, Supply Chain, Marketing and Business Development. Between 2000 and 2012, Mr. Allan was handling different assignments as General Manager in the Operation field and opening major hypermarkets in the G.C.C. Prior to joining The Sultan Group, Mr. Allan worked in Majid Al Futtaim where he served in different roles such as Vice-President Supermarkets in U.A.E., responsible for the turnaround and expansion of the business unit. Vice-President of Merchandise and Marketing in Egypt, and subsequently at a corporate level, leading the Commercial Strategy of 15 countries. Mr. Allan holds a Master’s of IESEG School of Management, a leading business school in France.

Haitham M. Shalabi

CFO

Mr. Haitham Shalabi is the CFO of the Sultan Group and joined the organization in 2004 and moved from Group Finance Director to CFO in 2019.Mr. Shalabi has a combined experience of more than 20 years in Banking & Retail sectors managing Treasury and Finance Divisions of The Sultan Group. Prior to joining The Sultan Group, Mr. Shalabi was part of the Corporate Banking group with National Bank of Kuwait a leading financial service provider in the region, and responsible for the credit operations of corporate clients.Mr. Shalabi holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Certified Treasury Professional from The Association of Financial Professionals (AFP) and Pre-EMBA from London Business School.

Badr Zemmama

CCO

Mr. Badr Zemmama is the Chief Commercial Officer of The Sultan Group and joined the organization in 2019 with more than 19 years of experience to oversee both the local and regional expansion of the Commercial Division. Mr. Zemmama expertise extends to managing key Sales and Trade initiatives for major corporate accounts in the FMCG sector. In addition to competencies in the territory and Product Management, Distributor Management, and new market entry. Specific expertise includes Shopper Marketing initiatives, Consumer Psychology, and analyzing buying trends. Prior to joining The Sultan Group, Mr. Zemmama served in other prominent roles such as VP of ADNOC Distribution, Country Manager of Zoom Stores, and General Manager at Carrefour, responsible for leading Shopper Marketing, International Merchanting and negotiations. Mr. Zemmama holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance Expertise Management from the Ecole Superieur de Gestion, France.

Toni Ibrahim

CIO

Mr. Toni Ibrahim is the CIO of the Sultan Group and joined the organization in 1999 and moved from ITG (a Sultan Division) IT director to CIO in 2016. Mr. Ibrahim has a combined experience of more than 29 years in Information Technology & Retail sectors managing IT departments of the Sultan Group. Prior to joining The Sultan Group, Mr. Ibrahim was part of MIS, a leading IT service provider in the region as the IT Manager. Mr. Ibrahim holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering, a member of The Lebanese Orders of Engineers, a certified IT professional in many technology fields.

Gisele Zouein

General Counsel

Ms. Gisele Zouein is the General Counsel for The Sultan Group and joined the organization in 2018. Ms. Zouein has more than fifteen years of experience and prior to joining The Sultan Group worked in several in-house and private practice roles, focusing particularly on Corporate Law, M&A, Finance, Corporate Organizations, and Commercial Disputes. Ms. Zouein holds a Ph.D. from Paris 2 University (Panthéon-Assas), an LL.M. from Harvard University, an Executive MBA from the American University of Beirut, a Master of Laws, and a Bachelor of Laws from Saint-Joseph University in Beirut. Ms. Zouein is fluent in Arabic, English, and French and has several publications. Her Ph.D. thesis has been awarded the Emile Tyan Prize.

Marianna Oneissi

HR Director

Mrs. Marianna Oneissi is the HR Director of The Sultan Center Group and joined the organization in 2009 and assigned the HR Director in April 2020. Mrs. Oneissi has a combined experience of more than 18 years in Human Resources, Business and Project Management, Corporate Governance, Strategic Planning, and Investments. Prior to joining The Sultan Group, Ms. Oneissi was part of the MIS team with Lebanon & Gulf Bank, one the leading banks in Lebanon. Mrs. Oneissi holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from Notre Dame University - Louaize (NDU) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in computer Science from the American University of Beirut (AUB).

Fawaz Al-Qanae

Audit Director

Mr. Fawaz AL-Qanae is the Audit Director of Sultan and joined the organization in 2020 with a combined experience of 20 years in Operations, Audit & Risk. Mr. AL-Qanae has spent 10 years in the field of Audit/Risk Management with esteemed organization such a Gulf Bank and RSM. Prior to joining Sultan Mr. AL-Qanae was the Finance Director, helping strategize financial growth in the Healthcare sector. Mr. AL-Qanae holds a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting degree from University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL)

Maya Dabbous

Communications & CX Director

Ms. Maya Dabbous is the Communications and Customer Experience Director at Sultan and joined the organization in 2021. Ms. Dabbous has a combined experience of more than 18 years in CX, Strategy Building, Branding, Training, and Project Management. Ms. Dabbous has spent over 13 years in the banking sector with esteemed organizations such as NBK and Burgan Bank pioneering CX practices. Prior to joining Sultan, Ms. Dabbous was a Senior Consultant at Khayal Consultants, helping businesses shape their strategic growth both internally and externally. Ms. Dabbous holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Operations from DeVry Institute of Technology from Calgary, Canada.

Our business is driven and managed by a high standard of corporate leadership, business integrity and professionalism in all departments and business dealings. The TSC Group pioneered the adoption of a comprehensive corporate governance model prior to the introduction of regulations by the Capital Markets Authority.

We have set an efficient culture of business management for our group through a diverse representation across our board of directors, and through active board committees and mindful engagement and involvement of our associates.

Our board of directors comprises a blend of executive and non-executive positions, all of whom bring to the table a wide range of skills and experiences.

Tareq Abdulaziz Sultan Al-Essa

Chairman

30 years of experience in managing companies. Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Agility, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. Masters of Business Administration from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s Degree from William’s College.

Essam Khalil Al-Rifai

Vice Chairman

Occupied different positions across 28 years in the field of Public Relations and Legal Affairs, Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Kuwait University and a Law license from University of Alexandria.

Khadija Oubala

CEO

Ms. Oubala is the CEO of Sultan Center Group and serves on its Board of Directors. Ms. Oubala joined The Sultan Group in 2016 and has a combined experience of more than 20 years in Retail, Real Estate, Investments, and Strategy. Prior to joining The Sultan Center Group, Ms. Oubala served as VP of Strategy and Investments at NREC, Principal at Arcapita Bank and Portfolio Manager at Assiya Investments. Ms. Oubala holds an MSc in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University. She is a Fulbright scholar, a recipient of MIT Memorial Fellowship and a member of Young Presidents Organization.

Fawzi Sultan Al-Essa

Board Member

Vast experience of more than 40 years whilst occupying different positions such as the Executive Manager of the International Bank in Washington, Head of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and The General Secretary of the Development and Reform Committee led by the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait. Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s in Finance and Global Management from Yale University.

Ahmed Wassim Al-Arabi

Board Member

30 years of experience in retail, investments, and real estate sectors 28+ years of experience with M.H.Alshaya Co, most recently as Chief Executive Officer. In addition to being on the board of Mabanee Co. SAK. Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Arkansas – US