Our Board of Directors

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
H.E. Said Darwazah

Said Darwazah is the Chairman of the Queen Rania Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is the CEO and Chairman of Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC, a leading multinational pharmaceutical group listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). He joined Hikma in 1981, was appointed CEO in 2007 and became Hikma Chairman as well as CEO in 2014.

From 2003 to 2006, he joined the Government of Jordan as Minister of Health. Said is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of “Jordan University of Science and Technology” and a member of the Global Advisory Board at Babson College in the USA. In addition, Said serves as a trustee at the American University of Beirut (AUB) where he also co-founded the Samih Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. 

Said founded the “Health Care Accreditation Counsel”, a Jordanian not for profit organization that accredits healthcare providers and works across the region to improve standards in healthcare.  He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Jordanian Royal Health Awareness Society. Said is a Board Member of the Central Bank of Jordan. Said holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in the US and an MBA from INSEAD.

VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD - CHAIR OF FINANCE COMMITTEE
Saad Mouasher

Saad Nabil Mouasher is Managing Partner of AlNabil for Trade and Investment LLC, a Levant based investment firm with strategic stakes in financial services, hospitality, restaurant, real estate, and manufacturing companies. Saad is also Vice Chairman of Jordan Ahli Bank, where he leads the board's strategy committee to govern the strategic direction of the bank, to focus on business transformation and IT innovation, to create strategic alignment between the board and management, and to implement a detailed board governance plan. Saad previously served as Senior Deputy CEO of Jordan Ahli Bank, Jordan's oldest bank, where he drove strategy, business transformation and innovation there since 2005. Saad is a board member and founding member of the Jordan Strategy Forum, Jordan's first private sector funded economic think-tank and advocacy group.

In addition, Saad was officially invited to join the West Asia North Africa (WANA) Institute as member of the Executive Circle. Mouasher is also Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and is designing a new NGO to support and accelerate charitable donations across the MENA region.  In addition, he is a member of Young President's Organization, as well as Endeavor VentureCorps, and is an active startup mentor and angel investor. He earned his MBA from Stanford University, and his BA in Economics from Northwestern University.

BOARD MEMBER - CHAIR OF FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
Samer Said Khoury

Samer Said Khoury is President of Engineering & Construction of Consolidated Contractors Company a multi-billion engineering group and the largest construction company in the Middle East. Samer is of Palestinian descent from the area of Safad in the Galilee. He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from California State University in Chico and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Samer is at the helm of CCC which today is a large conglomerate with a broad range of activities ranging from its conventional engineering and construction role to the more complex role of an oil and gas and power developer.

CCC employs more than 100,000 individuals worldwide. According to the annual Engineering News Record (ENR) surveys, CCC ranks continuously among the top 20 largest International Contractors and first in the Middle East region. Samer is highly involved in business, social and educational activities in the US, the Middle East and Europe focusing on Engineering Innovation, Sustainability, Economic Collaborative Development, Peace & Conflict Resolution Dialogues, Youth Empowerment, Knowledge Societies and Social Enterprise Philanthropies.

BOARD MEMBER AND CHAIR OF AUDIT COMMITTEE
H.E. FAWAZ ZU'BI

Fawaz is Founder and Chief Executive of Accelerator Technology Holdings, the MENA’s first technology venture capital firm. He served as Minister of ICT in Jordan’s Government between 2000-2004, leading the liberalization of Jordan’s telecommunications sector and establishing the foundation of the country’s technology industry as well as that of the Jordan Education Initiative. He was awarded the regional ITP e-Visionary Award in Dubai in 2002.

He is a founding member of the Jordan Trade Association, Jordan Quality Association, Young Entrepreneurs Association and Jordan’s YPO . As well as being a member of the Queen Rania Foundation’s board he is a director on the boards of Endeavor Jordan as well as a number of private companies.

He served on HM King Abdullah’s Economic Consultative Council, and as a Trustee of the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, the Princess Sumaya University for Technology and the regional board of the World Presidents Organization. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University

Board Member
Majid Jafar

Majid Jafar is the CEO of Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East’s oldest private oil & gas company, and Vice-Chairman of the Crescent Group of companies which includes interests in port management, logistics, contracting, private equity and real estate.  He is also Managing Director of the Board of Dana Gas (PJSC), the leading publicly-listed natural gas company in the Middle East, in which Crescent is the largest shareholder. His previous experience was with Shell International’s Exploration & Production and Gas & Power Divisions.

In addition to his professional commitments, Majid Jafar is the founder and Chairman of the Centre for Economic Growth (CEG) in partnership with INSEAD Abu Dhabi, and also serves as: Chairman of the Oil & Gas Independents Community at the World Economic Forum, Co-Chairman of the Business Backs Education campaign launched with the GEMS Foundation, and Vice-Chairman of the Global Energy Initiative (GEI) in New York.

He serves on the Board of: Queen Rania Foundation (QRF), the Carnegie Middle East Advisory Council, the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) Industry Advisory Council, the Iraq Energy Institute, and the WEF Global Agenda Council for Middle East-North Africa, and is an active member of: the GCC Board Directors Institute, the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Young Arab Leaders organization (YAL), and an Accredited Director of the Institute of Directors (IoD Mudara).

Majid Jafar attended Eton College and graduated from Cambridge University (Churchill College) with Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Engineering (Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics). He also holds an MA (with Distinction) in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), and an MBA (with Distinction) from the Harvard Business School.

Board Member
Omar AlJazy

Omar Aljazy is an international business lawyer and arbitrator. He is currently the Managing Partner of Aljazy & Co. (Advocates and Legal Consultants).

Dr. Aljazy has participated in the drafting of various Jordanian laws. He is currently a Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law Institute, and a Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration. The current President of Board of Trustees of Amman Arab University, and the former representative of Jordan to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). He is currently the President of the Eisenhower Fellowship Association.

Dr. Aljazy is serving as a board member of Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC). Additionally he is a board member of the Jordanian Insurance Commission and the Military Credit Fund (MCF). In 2009, he was selected by Middle East Business Intelligence (MEED) amongst six prominent business lawyers as key figure in Jordan’s international business law community.

Omar Aljazy holds a Ph.D. in International Commercial Arbitration Law from University of Kent, an M.A. in International and Comparative Business Law from London Guildhall University, and a B.A. in Law from University of Jordan.

Board Member
Rabea Ataya

Rabea Ataya is focused on providing employment opportunities for Middle Eastern youth by aiding in developing both the Internet and Small and Medium Enterprises sectors in the region.  Rabea is the founder and CEO of Bayt.com, the Middle East’s leading job site, which now serves over 15 million professionals and 40 thousand employers from its 12 regional offices.  He also founded Gonabit.com, the region’s first group purchasing site, InfoFort, the Middle East's first and leading records management company, and he serves on the board of several Middle Eastern startups. Rabea is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Economic Systems. 

Board Member
Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh

Mr Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh (born 2nd October 1976) is a prominent businessman, art collector and philanthropist.

Since 2013 he has served as Chairman of United Cables Industries Company (UCIC), a public shareholding company listed on the Amman Stock Exchange.  The company has undergone a significant transformation under Abu Ghazaleh’s leadership and profits have risen by more than 350%.

Concurrently Abu Ghazaleh is Chairman of Augustus Management International and National Poultry. Since 2007 he has been Vice Chairman and CEO of the Royal Jordanian Air Academy, of Queen Noor Technical College, Arab Wings and Gulf Wings in the UAE.

Abu Ghazaleh is also Vice Chairman and CEO of the Abdali Celemenceau Hospital project in Amman. The $250 million development recently broke ground and is expected to commence operations in the third quarter of 2018.

Abu Ghazaleh has been an integral member of both the Board of the Arab Pharmaceutical Company and the Board of Modern Pharma, facilitating the merging of the two companies and the subsequent acquisition by Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC.

Alongside Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh’s career in business, he is also a collector of Western, Middle Eastern and Arab art, having established the Abu Ghazaleh Collection with his family.

His most recent project is as President of the Mohammad and Mahera Abu Ghazaleh Foundation (MMAG Foundation), whose mission is to make art and culture accessible to the broadest public. Inspired by Abu Ghazaleh’s passion for the arts, the Foundation supports curatorial posts, exhibitions and education programmes at leading cultural institutions around the world including Spring Sessions in Jordan, Chisenhale Gallery, Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Galleries, Delfina Foundation (all UK) and the New Museum in the US. The family also supported the development of the Palestinian Art Museum and the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (both Palestine).

Abu Ghazaleh is currently establishing the MMAG Foundation campus in Amman, which will include a free art school, community centre and permanent gallery spaces together with a public art education programme.

Abu Ghazaleh is an active member of museum councils and advisory groups including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Middle East Circle of Friends (US), the International Council of the New Museum (US), the Centre Pompidou Acquisition Committee Middle East (France), the Director’s Circle at Chisenhale Gallery (UK) and Middle East Acquisition Committee at Tate Modern (UK).

His board memberships include locally-focussed organisations, including the Queen Rania Foundation, Endeavor Jordan and the Young President’s Organisation, Jordan Chapter.

Abu Ghazaleh was raised in Chile and studied Economics at Northeastern University in Boston. He has been based in Amman since 2003.

BOARD MEMBER
Randa Sadik

Randa Sadik is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Arab Bank in Jordan since July 2010.

Previously, she worked with National Bank of Kuwait for 23 years where she was the Group General Manager of the International Banking Group in charge of the bank’s international activities, branches and subsidiaries worldwide.

She was a member of the bank’s Management Executive Committee and served on the Boards of Directors of the bank’s overseas subsidiaries and was Managing Director of London based National Bank of Kuwait (International)Plc. 

In addition to her current position, Miss Sadik is also the Chairman of Arab Tunisian Bank, the Vice Chairman of Arab Bank Australia and board member of Oman Arab Bank and Chairman of the Management Committee for Al Arabi Investment Group Co. She is also a board member in Endeavor – Jordan.  

Miss Sadik holds an MBA in Finance from the American University of Beirut.

BOARD MEMBER
Dr. Hana Kanan

Dr. Hana Kanan graduated from a local public school in Nablus, Palestine. She earned her BA degree in English Literature and Education from the Jordan University in Amman, a Masters Degree from Birzeit University in Curriculum and Instruction and an M.Ed. & Ed.D from Teachers College, Columbia University in Educational Leadership.

Throughout her career, Dr. Hana worked as a Teacher, Teachers' Trainer, College Instructor, Director, and managing Director in different educational institutions in varying geographical locations, such as: USA, Qatar, Indonesia and UAE. Her experience ranges from working in some of the most prominent and resourceful international programs and schools to inner-city, disadvantaged public schools and refugee camps. Dr. Kanan's research focuses on motivation, mentoring, educational training and international schooling.

Dr. Kanan is currently the Director of The International Academy-Amman  a pre-k-12 International school, the President of The Middle East IB Association (MEIBA), a member of the Board of Trustees of Council of International Schools (CIS), as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Albanian Colleges.

BOARD MEMBER
Talal Shair

Talal Al Shair is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dar Al-Hundasa for Design and Technical Consultancy (Shair & Associates), founded in 1956 and Dar Group founded in 1985, which includes Perkins & Will (United States of America) Wi. Lynn Group (United States), Benspin Group (UK), R & H Rail (South Africa), API Consulting Limited (UK), Landrom and Brown (USA) (United States of America), Carrie and Brown (UK), Mavis Engineering (Italy), Integral Group (United States of America), Buffal (USA) and GPO. (Spain).

He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon; King's Academic in Jordan; the International College School in Beirut, Lebanon; he is also a member of the International Advisory Council of the Lebanese American University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology in America.

In addition to his involvement in these prestigious educational institutions, he is also a founding member of the YPO program to support young entrepreneurs and the Young Presidents Organization (Cairo Branch).

He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University and later received a master's degree in structural engineering and geotechnology from Cornell University.

SECRETARY OF THE BOARD
Walid Ammari

Walid Ammari is the Deputy CEO / Director of Strategic Planning at the Queen Rania Foundation as well as the Secretary of the Board of Directors.  He earned his BA in economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his MBA in marketing and management from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Walid comes with 14 years of diverse experience from the corporate world spanning across multiple business disciplines where he headed local and regional marketing communications programs for local and international brands, lead the creation and implementation of business strategies and developed customer experience management plans for various industries.  Prior to joining QRF, Walid held the position of Regional Customer Development Manager for the corporate division at Nuqul Group where he lead the marketing, customer relations, training, key account management and channel development activities for Jordan, Egypt, UAE, KSA and Morocco.  Prior to that, Walid headed a regional communications team at Ogilvy & Mather and managed several private business operations in Jordan.