Executive Management
Najla Al Shirawi

Najla Al Shirawi

Group Chief Executive Officer

Najla Al Shirawi has more than 26 years of investment banking experience. Having been part of SICO since 1997, she was appointed CEO in 2014, following her appointment as deputy CEO in 2013. Najla served with Geneva-based Dar Al-Maal Al-Islami Trust, where she established private banking operations for the Group in the Gulf region. Najla is a Board member at the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB); a Chairperson on the Board of Directors for two SICO subsidiaries, SICO Funds Services Company (SFS) in Bahrain and SICO Invest in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and the Vice Chairperson of SICO Capital in Riyadh, KSA. She is also an Independent Board Member of Eskan Bank BSC(c), Bahrain, and a Board Member of the Deposit Protection Scheme, Bahrain; the Future Generations Reserve Council; the Bahrain Associations of Banks; and the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance. She holds a Master of Business Administration and Finance from the American College in London and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Bahrain. 

Fadhel Makhlooq

Fadhel Makhlooq

Group Chief Capital Markets Officer

With over 41 years of professional experience, Fadhel Makhlooq joined SICO in 2004 as Head of Brokerage before being appointed Head of Investments and Treasury in 2008. He was re-appointed Head of Brokerage in 2010 and then assumed the position of Chief Capital Markets Officer in 2018. Prior to joining SICO, he worked for a number of leading financial institutions, including Investcorp and Chemical Bank (now JPM Morgan Chase). He currently also serves as a Board Member of SICO Invest in UAE and SICO Capital in KSA. Fadhel holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Glamorgan, UK.

K. Shyam Krishnan

K. Shyam Krishnan

Group Chief Financial Officer

K. Shyam Krishnan has 33 years of experience in finance, accounting, audit, investments, and risk management, with the majority of his career spent in conventional and Sharia-compliant banking. Shyam currently also serves as a Board Member at SICO Invest, UAE. Prior to joining SICO in 2015, he was Group Head of Finance at Al Salam Bank-Bahrain. Before this, he was Head of Hedge Funds’ Operational Risk Management at Investcorp, Bahrain, and Audit Supervisor at the Bahrain office of Ernst & Young. He is a Chartered Accountant and Management Accountant from India and a Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Madras University, India.

Anantha Narayanan

Anantha Narayanan

Group Chief Operating Officer

With over 33 years of diversified experience in the areas of operations, audit, and risk in the banking industry, Anantha joined SICO in 2008. Prior to joining SICO, he worked for Credit Agricole, BBK, Commercial Bank of Oman/Bank Muscat, and Pricewaterhouse-Coopers. He is currently the Vice Chairman of SICO Invest, UAE, and a Board Member at SFS. Anantha is a Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant (India), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (USA), Financial Risk Manager (USA), and an Associate Member of the Institute of Financial Studies (UK). He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Manchester, UK.

Maryam AlMohri

Maryam AlMohri

Group Chief Risk Officer

Maryam AlMohri brings a wealth of experience in risk management to her role as Chief Risk Officer at SICO, specializing in asset management, treasury, brokerage, and investment banking. Maryam’s journey with SICO began in 2017, and her most recent position before this appointment was Vice President of Risk Management. Prior to joining SICO, she held the position of Assistant Manager in ALM Reporting and Capital Management at Gulf International Bank. Maryam holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and a first-class Master of Science (MSc) in Investment Banking & Islamic Finance from the University of Reading, United Kingdom. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Finance and Investment Management from Northumbria University, United Kingdom. Additionally, she is a qualified Chartered Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP).

Shakeel Sarwar

Shakeel Sarwar

Group Head of Equities Asset Management

Shakeel Sarwar joined SICO in 2004 and, over the length of his career, has accumulated over 29 years of investment industry experience in the UK, Pakistan, and the Middle East. Prior to joining SICO, he worked with Riyad Bank’s Asset Management Division and was part of a team that managed over USD 3 billion in Saudi equities. He has also held positions with ABN Amro Asia Securities in the UK and Pakistan. Shakeel holds a Master of Business Administration in Banking and Finance from IBA, Karachi, Pakistan.

Ali Marshad

Ali Marshad

Group Head of Fixed Income Asset Management

Ali Marshad has over 18 years of experience in asset management, investments, treasury and brokerage. Joining SICO in 2008 as an Analyst in the Investments & Treasury division, Ali then headed up the newly established Fixed Income Desk in 2012 before being promoted to Head of Fixed Income in 2015. Prior to joining SICO, he worked in the UK as an Analyst with Mercer Investment Consulting and as a Performance Analyst with UBS Global Asset Management - London. A Chartered Financial Analyst, Ali holds a BSc (Honours) in Banking, Finance & Management from Loughborough University, UK.

Wissam Haddad

Wissam Haddad

Group Head of Investment Banking

Wissam Haddad has 22 years of experience in investment banking, private equity, and corporate finance. Throughout his ten years at SICO, Wissam has brought significant value to both the team and clients in his role as Head of Investment Banking. Prior to joining SICO in 2014, he was a Director with Gate Capital in Dubai and had previously held senior positions with UAE-based Najd Investments, Unicorn Capital, Emirates NBD’s NBD Sana Capital, Saudi National Commercial Bank’s NCB Capital, and Eastgate Capital, among others. Wissam holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University, Canada.

Jithesh K. Gopi

Jithesh K. Gopi

Group Head of Strategy & Treasury

Jithesh Gopi has over 25 years of experience in investment management, research, and analytics. Since 2013, he has worked with Al Rajhi Capital in Riyadh as Head of Research, Head of Asset Management, Director of Research and Financial Institutions, and Director of Corporate Development and Proprietary Investments. In 2006, he joined SICO as Senior Analyst and as Head of Research, covering over 50 companies in major sectors, and he is currently a Board Member at SICO Capital, KSA. Jithesh holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum, India, and a Master of Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines. He is also a CFA charterholder, and he has completed the Asian International Executive Program at INSEAD Singapore.

Mariam Isa

Mariam Isa

Head of Brokerage

Mariam Isa has 19 years of experience in regional equity trading and sales. She joined SICO in 2005. Before becoming the Head of Brokerage, she held the position of Chief Broker. Mariam has also worked as a Senior Officer in the Placement Department at Gulf Finance House. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Islamic Finance from the University College of Bahrain, an Associate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Bahrain, and a Treasury and Capital Market Diploma from BIBF. She has also completed the Leadership Development Program at the University of Virginia, USA.

Salman Al Sairafi

Salman Al Sairafi

Group Head of Transformation

With more than 21 years of experience in financial services and technology, Salman Al Sairafi joined SICO in 2020 as the Head of Global Markets and was appointed as the Group Head of Transformation in 2024. Prior to joining SICO, he held the role of Chief Investment Officer and Board Member at Capital Growth Management in Bahrain and was a Senior Investment Advisor at United Consulting Group in KSA. Prior to that, he headed the Fixed Income and Money Markets desk at NCB Capital in KSA. Salman has also held various other positions in Bahrain and the UK in the fields of consulting and R&D. Salman is Chairman of the Board at Dar Al Ma’rifa in Bahrain and is both a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. A former Chevening Scholar, Salman holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Systems Engineering and a Master of Science in Advanced Computing from Imperial College London.

Nishit Lakhotia

Nishit Lakhotia

Group Head of Research

Nishit Lakhotia has nearly 20 years of experience in the fields of investment research, risk management, hedge funds, and private equity. He has been involved in sell side Research in SICO since 2009, actively covering sectors such as telecommunications, consumers, aviation, and construction across the GCC. Previously, Nishit worked for an Iceland-based private equity firm focusing on India’s infrastructure sector and a US-based global hedge fund. Nishit is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and a Financial Risk Manager from the Global Association of Risk Professionals. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, India.

Nadeen Oweis

Nadeen Oweis

Group Head of Sustainability and Corporate Communications

Nadeen Oweis joined SICO in 2008 and has accumulated over 22 years of professional experience. Prior to joining SICO, Nadeen oversaw corporate communications and public relations for Microsoft in Bahrain. Before this, she handled regional accounts for Lowe Contexture. She also held posts at Procter and Gamble in Jordan and managed the advertising and promotions account for Radio Fann FM in Jordan. Nadeen holds a Master’s Degree in Diplomatic Studies from the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Jordan, and a Certificate of Digital Marketing from Columbia Business School.

Haifa Ajlan

Haifa Ajlan

Group Head of Human Resources & Admin

Haifa has more than 22 years of experience in the field of Human Resources. She first joined SICO in 2004, holding the position of Assistant Vice President before now being appointed as Head of Human Resources and Administration. Haifa holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, UK and a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems from University of Bahrain.

Mohammed Ibrahim

Mohammed Ibrahim

Group Head of Information Technology

Mohammed Ibrahim has over 23 years of experience in the field of information technology (IT), including IT project management, business analysis, complex system builds and interfaces, business continuity planning, and information security. Prior to joining SICO in 2007, he was Training Head and Technical Consultants Team Lead at the Bahrain Institute of Technology and Technical and Training Manager at YAT Group, Egypt. Mohammed is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSIP), a Master Certified Internet Web Professional (MCIW), a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Education degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Education from Alexandria University, Egypt.

Mohammed Juma

Mohammed Juma

Head of Compliance and MLRO

Mohammed Juma has over 20 years of experience in compliance, investment, and operations management. Mohammed joined SICO in 2016 as Head of Compliance and MLRO, assuming responsibility for monitoring SICO Group’s operational adherence with the guidelines of regulatory authorities. Previously, Mohammed was Head of Compliance and MLRO with the International Investment Bank and JS Bank Limited in Bahrain. Mohammed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Bahrain and has completed the Leadership Grooming Executive Program with the Ivy Business School in Canada and Hong Kong. He is a Certified Compliance Professional and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

Joseph Thomas

Joseph Thomas

Group Head of Internal Audit

Joseph Thomas has over 21 years of experience in internal audits, assurance engagements, and other financial advisory services. Joseph joined SICO in 2015 after having been Head of Internal Audit at Global Banking Corporation and holding a post with the Risk Consulting division of KPMG Bahrain. He began his career with Bharat Overseas Bank in India, followed by an internal audit role at the South Indian Bank. He later served as Audit Manager and Partner at a Dubai-based auditing firm. Joseph is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Mahatma Gandhi University, India.

Fatima Mansoor

Fatima Mansoor

Head of Client Relations

With more than 16 years of experience in regional equity trading and client relations, Fatima Mansoor joined SICO in 2006 as a Broker, assuming the role of Senior Broker in 2008. She moved to the Client Relations Department in 2017 and was appointed Head of the department in 2019. Fatima holds a Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance from the University of Bahrain and a Master of Business and Administration in Finance from the New York Institute of Technology.

Bassam A. Khoury

Bassam A. Khoury

General Manager, SICO Invest LLC, UAE

Bassam has over 39 years of international experience in brokerage, investments, and financial consultancy. He joined SICO in 2008 as Head of Brokerage before leaving in 2010 to join QInvest, Qatar, as Head of Regional Brokerage. Prior to re-joining SICO in 2013 as General Manager of SICO Invest in UAE, Bassam was Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain-based ABC Securities. Previously, he worked with Banque Saudi Fransi in KSA, BMB Investment Bank and Lehman Brothers in Bahrain, a private family office in Paris, and M Sternberg & Company in the USA. Bassam holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics from King’s College, New York, USA.

Bassam Noor

Bassam Noor

Chief Executive Officer , SICO Capital , KSA

Bassam brings more than 20 years of experience in investment and management regionally and globally. Prior to joining SICO Capital, Bassam was the Chief Investment Officer for Alternative Investments at Derayah Financial and significantly contributed to increasing AUMs for alternative investments. He also held prominent roles in local and regional firms such as Alrajhi United, Arcapita Bank, and Gulf International Bank. Bassam holds a double bachelor’s degree with honors in Finance and Management Information System from University of South Florida and is a CFA charterholder.