Al Masaood | Abu Dhabi | UAE

Our Team

The Al Masaood Group is managed by a Board of Directors representing members of the Al Masaood family with significant interests in the organization and its companies and partnerships. Collectively Directors oversee the core businesses of the Group and, individually, their own specific partnerships.

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    H.E. Masaood Ahmed Al Masaood

    H.E. Masaood Ahmed Al Masaood is Chairman of the Al Masaood Group Board of Directors with responsibilities covering a wide array of trading activities and industrial sectors. The activities of the Group cover most sectors of the economy, including construction, automotive, real estate, insurance, power and heavy engineering. H.E. Masaood Al Masaood has held senior public office as well as overseeing the development of key strategic activities of Al Masaood. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

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    H.E. Masaood Ahmed Al Masaood, Chairman

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    Mr Ahmed Rahma Al Masaood, Vice Chairman

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    Mr Tariq Ahmed Al Masaood

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    Mr Masaood Rahma Al Masaood

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    Mr Humaid Al Masaood

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    Mr Khalifa Al Masaood

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    Robert Schwarz OBE, Chief Operating Officer

    Robert Schwarz joined the Al Masaood Group in 1983. He has managed various Divisions and immediately prior to his current position was Group Business Development Manager.

    Apart from his career with Al Masaood, Robert has contributed significantly to the development of Abu Dhabi's business leadership and its corporate growth. From 2001 to 2007 he was Chairman of the British Business Group Abu Dhabi, and to this day he remains an active member of the British Business Group Committee. In 2006, he was nominated by the Crown Prince HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the first non-UAE national Board member of the newly formed Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development. He is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Zayed University College of Business Sciences.

    Robert holds a Diploma in Company Direction (Dip IOD, Institute of Directors, UK) and has a degree in Applied Sciences with Operational Research from the University of Sussex. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2011 for services to British business in Abu Dhabi.

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    Brian Woodside, Chief Financial Officer

    Brian Woodside joined the Al Masaood Group in January 2018 as Group Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee.  He is a British national with over 30 years of experience in business and finance, with around half of this time spent in the Middle East.

    He began his career in the UK with Price Waterhouse as an auditor and tax consultant before moving into industry in 1990.  He subsequently worked in London for a global consulting engineering group before moving to the Middle East. His experience is now diverse across different sectors, forms of organisation and geographies. His focus for the Group is to initiate restructuring, develop governance/risk management structures and implement system and policy improvements.

    Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham and is a UK Chartered Accountant.

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    Ziad Abou Nasr, Executive Committee Member

    Ziad Abou Nasr joined the Al Masaood Private Office in September 2000, managing a portfolio of assets comprising real estate, publicly listed securities and private equity. He played a primary role in restructuring the management of the portfolios spanning multiple asset classes and geographical diversity.

    He has also managed the funding structures for the Private Office to ensure relationships with financial institutions achieve the maximum benefits for primary beneficiaries. From January 2017 he has been part of the Chairman’s appointed team tasked with restructuring the Al Masaood Group.

    Ziad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy.

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    David Hughes CFA, Executive Committee Member

    David Hughes has considerable expertise in finance and real estate, and joined the Group through a related company in 2008 with responsibility for real estate investment and asset management. His principal role currently focuses on the key areas of corporate finance, portfolio analysis and enterprise risk management.

    David has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. In 2013, he became a CFA Charterholder and he is a licensed real estate broker.