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.

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.

Mr. TAREQ ABDULAZIZ SULTAN AL- ESSA

Chairman

Mr. Tareq Sultan is the Chairman of The Sultan Center Group and is the Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Agility, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. Mr. Sultan’s experiences span over 30 years in managing a multitude of companies. Mr. Sultan has also previously served as advisor to the Singapore Economic Development Board, sat on Wharton’s International Advisory Council, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Gulf Bank and Burgan Bank. Mr. Sultan is an active supporter of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is a member of the WEF’s International Business Council, which brings together 120 business leaders to represent global business from all industries. He is also a Steward of the WEF’s Stewardship Board of the Platform on Shaping the Future of Mobility and a Governor of the World Economic Forum’s Supply Chain & Transport Industry Community. Most recently Mr. Sultan was named one of the Top 100 CEO in Forbes Middle East 2022. Mr. Sultan holds a Master of Business Administration from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s Degree from William’s College, USA.

Mr. ESSAM KHALIL AL- RIFAI

Vice Chairman

Mr. Essam Al-Rifai has occupied different positions across his 30 years of experience that extend into Legal Affairs, Public and Governmental Relations. These notable and prominent roles were serving the Free Trade Zone for over 10 years as General Manager of the Free Trade Zone under NREC and was one of the founding committee members of mediation for the Free Trade Zone where he established several commercial project frameworks during his tenure. He served in several government bodies that include the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Commerce. Mr. Al-Rifai was a board member of Agility, and a former Chairman and board member of Gulf Real Estate. Mr. Al Rifai holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Kuwait University and a Law license from the University of Alexandria, Egypt.

Mr. FAWZI SULTAN AL-ESSA

Board Member

Mr. Fawzi Al-Essa holds an impressive portfolio of positions that span over 40 years in experience. The most notable positions Mr. Al-Essa has held over his career extend as the Managing Director of the Bank of Kuwait and the Middle East, (now Al Ahli United). Mr. Al-Essa was also Executive Director of the World Bank in Washington, and the President 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. Mr. Al-Essa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s in Finance and Global Management from Yale University, USA.

Ahmed Wassim Al-Arabi

Board Member

Mr. Ahmed Al-Arabi is a seasoned retail and hospitality executive with over 35 years of solid experience across retail, investments and real estate industries and a proven track record of successfully developing and growing organizations internationally. Mr. Al Arabi previously served as a CEO of Alshaya Group for more than a decade, played a key role in growing and diversifying its business portfolio and placed it amongst one of the leading international franchise groups. He also served till end of 2019 as a Board Member of several Real Estate companies, including Mabanee Co. SAK and Shumool Real Estate Co. in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Al-Arabi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of Arkansas, USA.

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.