Meet the team

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Board of directors

  • Suliman Al Gwaiz, Chairman

    Sulaiman bin Abdulrahman Al Gwaiz is the Chairman of BlackRock Saudi Arabia who has been a board member of different companies. He was appointed as the Governor of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI). Prior to his appointment to the Board, he held several senior positions in the banking industry in the Kingdom.

    Mr Al Gwaiz started his career at Saudi American Bank, or SAMBA as it was once known. He then moved to Riyad Bank taking several positions in regional retail branches management, operations, product development, and corporate business development. The last position was the bank’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

    Mr Al Gwaiz earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Portland, USA.

  • Mohammed Al-issa

    A seasoned executive with over 13 years’ experience in global financial markets currently the CFO of Assila Investments and serves on the boards of Savola Group and Kinan Real Estate Company, with previous roles as Head of Balance Sheet Management & Investments and Head of Structuring & Trading at SABB (Saudi British Bank).

    Mr. Mohammed earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

  • Tarek Mahmoud

    Mr. Tarek Mahmoud is the Chairman of BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI), EMEA, a member of BAI global leadership team and a member of the EMEA Executive Committee.

    Prior to taking on his current responsibilities in September 2018, Mr. Tarek was the head of BlackRock's Trading & Liquidity Strategies Group (TLS) for the international region, comprising EMEA and APAC. He was responsible for overseeing the firm's Trading functions, as well as the Cash Management and Securities Lending businesses, in those regions.  Also Mr. Tarek had global responsibility for the Capital Markets function within TLS,

    Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Mr. Tarek ran Sovereignty Capital UK, a risk advisory and wealth management firm, which he founded in 2010. Previously, Mr. Tarek worked in several executive positions across capital markets, most recently at Bank of America where he was Head of EMEA Sales and EMEA Equities. Prior to joining Bank of America, Mr. Tarek held senior management roles at Richmond Park Capital LLP, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Gen Re Financial Products, ING-Barings, and Banker's Trust.

    Mr. Tarek earned a BA degree from Universite Aix-Marseilles in Economics in 1980 and a MBA degree from Babson College in 1983.

  • Ahmed Talhaoui
    Ahmed Talhaoui is the Head of the Middle East & Africa Business and Head of EMEA Product Strategy for BlackRock's Global Fixed Income Group.

    Prior to joining Blackrock in 2014, Mr. Talhaoui was Head of Investments at the Pension Fund of the United Arab Emirates, in Abu Dhabi. In this role, he had responsibility for the investment of the Fund's assets, including the assessment and selection of external managers of traditional and hedge fund assets, and day-to-day responsibility for managing the Fund's proprietary fixed income and liquidity portfolios.

    He was previously Head of Portfolio Solutions with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with Blackrock in 2009.In that role, Mr. Talhaoui was responsible for the management and oversight of all EMEA Index, iShares and model based active fixed income funds.
    Prior to joining BGI, Mr Talhaoui started as a front office developer at  JP Morgan in 1997, and was Head of Fixed Income Quantitative Portfolio Management at Credit Suisse Asset Management from 1999 to 2005.

    Mr. Talhaoui earned a Master in Engineering in Applied Mathematics from Ecole Nationale d'informatique et mathematiques (ENSIMAG), France in 1997

  • Yazeed Almubarak

    Yazeed Almubarak, Managing Director, is the Country Head and CEO of BlackRock Saudi Arabia (BSA). Mr. Almubarak is also a member of the BlackRock Middle East & Africa Executive Committee. Mr. Almubarak is responsible for leading and overseeing BlackRock's Saudi operations, devising and executing strategic growth initiatives and delivering the breadth and depth of the BlackRock platform to stakeholders in the country. Mr. Almubarak is also a member of the BlackRock Saudi Arabia board of directors. He joined the firm in May 2019. Additionally, Mr. Almubarak also serves as a member of the Capital Markets Institutions Committee (CMIC), representing the Saudi capital markets and investment institutions at the Saudi Capital Markets Authority.

    Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Almubarak was a Vice President at Jadwa Investment as part of the private equity investing team where he executed deals in infrastructure and healthcare and served as a member of the board of directors and executive committees of portfolio companies. Prior to Jadwa Investment, Mr. Almubarak worked at Morgan Stanley in New York, London and Dubai as part of the investment banking division focused on mergers & acquisitions and equity capital market transactions.

    Yazeed earned a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering with an honor distinction from King Fahad University for Petroleum and Minerals and a MBA from Stanford University.

Company executives

  • Yazeed

    Yazeed Almubarak, Managing Director, is the Country Head and CEO of BlackRock Saudi Arabia (BSA). Mr. Almubarak is also a member of the BlackRock Middle East & Africa Executive Committee. Mr. Almubarak is responsible for leading and overseeing BlackRock's Saudi operations, devising and executing strategic growth initiatives and delivering the breadth and depth of the BlackRock platform to stakeholders in the country. Mr. Almubarak is also a member of the BlackRock Saudi Arabia board of directors. He joined the firm in May 2019. Additionally, Mr. Almubarak also serves as a member of the Capital Markets Institutions Committee (CMIC), representing the Saudi capital markets and investment institutions at the Saudi Capital Markets Authority.

    Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Almubarak was a Vice President at Jadwa Investment as part of the private equity investing team where he executed deals in infrastructure and healthcare and served as a member of the board of directors and executive committees of portfolio companies. Prior to Jadwa Investment, Mr. Almubarak worked at Morgan Stanley in New York, London and Dubai as part of the investment banking division focused on mergers & acquisitions and equity capital market transactions.

    Yazeed earned a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering with an honor distinction from King Fahad University for Petroleum and Minerals and a MBA from Stanford University.

  • Malrajeh

    May AlRajeh joined BlackRock Saudi Arabia in January 2021, and her role includes regulatory, management and tax reporting.

    Prior to joining BlackRock, May was the Finance Manager at UBS Saudi Arabia. She started her career with Airbus Defence & Space and Morgan Stanley Saudi Arabia over 7 years in finance department.

    May holds a Master degree with an International Accounting & Finance major from University of Liverpool. She also holds Bachelor of Administrative Science majoring in Accounting from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.