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Board of Directors

Chairman
H.E. Mohamed Omran Alshamsi has 35 years of experience with Etisalat, retiring as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman in 2012. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for Ras Al Khaimah Properties Company and Chairman of the Board of Governors for the American University in Ras Al Khaimah. He is also the Chairman and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, with status of Minister.

Board Member
H.E. Sheikh Salem Al Qasimi is a member of the Executive Council of the Government of Ras Al Khaimah. He is also Chairman of the RAK Department of Civil Aviation, a member of the General Civil Aviation Authority, founder and Chairman of the UAE Fencing Federation, Member of the UAE Olympic Committee and Chairman of the Arab Fencing Council, and Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah National Travel Agency (RANTA).

Board Member
Mr. Salem Al Sharhan spent 23 years at Etisalat in various positions and is the telecom company’s former Group Chief Financial Officer. He has served as an advisor to His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. Mr. Salem is currently a Board Member of the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority, a Board Member of Trustees of American University of Ras Al Khaimah, and the Chairman of RAK Insurance.

 

Board Member
Mr. Ahmed Essa Al Naeem has 39 years of experience with the Ras Al Khaimah government. He is the former Chairman of Electricity and Water for Ras Al Khaimah’s government, General Manager of RAK National Oil Company, and RAK Gas Commission. He is also a former member of the Ras Al Khaimah Municipal Council and of the Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture and has held additional posts in a number of ministries. Mr Al Naeem is currently Chairman of RAK Trade Centre and Al Naeem Mall, Al Naeem City Centre, Vice Chairman of RAK Insurance, and Director of Majan Printing and RAKBANK.

Board Member​
Mr. Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar has 30 years of experience with Etisalat Group in the UAE, during which time he held various positions, the most recent being Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ahmad has held other senior positions, such as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Thuraya Group and Etisalat Services Holding and Deputy Chair of the GSM Association. Mr. Ahmad has a number of achievements to his name, having been awarded Telecom Leader of the Year in 2014 by the Mobile World Congress and CEO of the Year – Telecom 2013 by CEO Middle East. He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering and Computer Science from Gonzaga University and is a graduate of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development. Currently, Mr. Ahmad is the Director General of the Community Development Authority in Dubai.

Board Member
Mr. Rajan Khetarpal has 36 years of banking experience with Indian and UAE Banks in Corporate and Commercial Banking, Project Finance, Debt Capital Markets, and Risk Management. Mr. Khetarpal was Deputy General Manager and Head Global Debt Capital Markets in Emirates NBD and later the bank’s General Manager of Risk. Mr. Khetarpal was also the Chief Integration Officer and CEO Designate for Emirates NBD Egypt.

Board Member​
Mr. Kantic Dasgupta is a highly qualified risk management professional with extensive banking experience across all aspects of Risk Management including Credit, Market and Operational Risk. Before joining RAKBANK as a board member, Mr. Dasgupta spent around two and a half years as Adviser and Consultant on Risk to Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, a role that included the oversight of strategic issues and where he was the chairman of the Governance and Risk Policy Committee. Mr. Dasgupta came to the UAE in 2007 following his appointment as CRO for Mashreq Bank. Prior to that, he spent a long and successful career with Citibank spanning multiple geographies and a variety of senior roles in Risk Management.