Board of Directors

Nasser Al Awadhi
Mr. Al Awadhi

is the Chairman of Malta Properties, he serves as Chief Business Transformation Officer and is responsible for leading transformational projects and programmes across Dubai Holding and its verticals as well as overseeing the Dubai Holding Centre of Excellence (CoE), which is mandated to bring together specialised functions led by subject matter experts to help drive change across the business.

Nasser has been with the Group for more than 13 years and is a member of Dubai Holding’s Executive Management Committee (EMC). In his previous role as Chief Human Capital Officer, he was instrumental in the development of the function, aligning all human capital initiatives and functions with the strategic objectives of the company.

He brings great expertise with his 25 years of experience and several board memberships. Nasser is currently Chairman of the Board for Rove Hotels, whilst also being on the board of Dubai Group and Dubai Waste Management Company.

In his earlier career, Nasser served in key roles at TECOM Investments, Tamweel LLC, EPPCO and Dubai Municipality. Prior to joining Dubai Holding, he was the Director of Human Resources at the Ministry of Education.

Nasser holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, USA, and is a graduate of INSEAD’s International Directors Programme.

“Nasser’s role is critical to ensuring business transformation in alignment with modern workplace best practices while successfully translating the mandate of our Centre of Excellence.”

Mr Deepak Srinivas Padmanabhan

was the founding Chairman of Malta Properties Company p.l.c. and currently serves as a Board Member. Deepak Padmanabhan is a Partner at Tenten100 a boutique firm specializing in Foresight and Strategy.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Padmanabhan served as the Chief Executive Officer of MPC and of Emirates International Telecommunications, LLC (“EIT”). EIT was specifically formed to build a TMT investment portfolio for Dubai Holding and has/had major investments in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.  Mr Padmanabhan was also the Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer of TECOM Investments, with a clear focus on the development of the ICT, Media, Education, Biotechnology and Renewable Energy of Dubai. He has been responsible for the development of the various knowledge clusters for Dubai namely, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Knowledge Village and DuBiotech. He has played a key role in the development of the district cooling business, Empower; facility management business, Idama and the Arab Media Group. He has also been instrumental in the planning and development of the Second Telecom Operator in the U.A.E., Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (Du). 

He was Chairman of the boards of Forthnet (Greece) and GO Plc (Malta). He is a founding Board member of TIE Dubai and served two terms as President. TIE is a non-profit organization, supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UAE.  He has over 35 years of experience in the telecom industry and was responsible for developing various data communication services and setting up of related business units for Etisalat, the local telecommunications company in the U.A.E. in the past. He is a certified independent board director (“IDP”) from the INSEAD Business School.  He has also completed the Oxford Real Estate Program at the Said Business School University of Oxford.

Dr Cory Greenland

Dr Greenland is a self-employed Notary Public and Human Resources Consultant. He lectures in employment relations and law at the University of Malta. He graduated with a Bachelor of Communications, Master of European Studies and a Doctorate of Law from the University of Malta. He currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Malta International Airport p.l.c., board member on the Employment Relation Board and as Chairperson of the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools.

Saqib Salman Saeed

has over 15 years of experience in the valuation and advisory of major real estate projects across all major asset classes throughout Australia, and the MENA region (including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, and Qatar).

Mr. Saeed is currently Senior Vice President in Dubai Holding, focusing on global and regional real estate joint ventures and investments. Prior to this, he was a Partner with EY’s Strategy and Transactions team across the MENA region focusing on Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction.

He joined EY in 2013 after having advised on a wide cross-section of real estate matters with Urbis for over five years across all of Australia’s states and territories.

Mr. Saeed holds a Master of Property from The University of Melbourne, Australia, a Bachelor of Business Systems from Monash University, Australia and he is a Certified Practising Valuer from Australian Property Institute.

Mrs Huda Buhumaid

Mrs. Buhumaid is the Chief Marketing Officer of Dubai Holding. She has been successfully steering the marketing and communications strategy for the Group, overseeing branding, digital marketing, internal and external corporate communications, sustainability strategy, in addition to leading award-winning employee and community engagement programmes across the Group. Since joining Dubai Holding in 2006, Mrs. Buhumaid has contributed significantly to the success of several large-scale projects and strategic initiatives, including the launch of iconic attractions and institutions, while also driving the gender equality agenda at Dubai Holding.

Mrs. Buhumaid is currently a Board Member of Higher Colleges of Technology, the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University – School of Business and Quality Management, Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, Dubai Women’s Establishment, Dubai Waste Management Company and Certares Travel Ventures. She is also the Vice Chair of the Private Sector Advisory Council and a member of Dubai External Communications Committee for the Media Office of the Government of Dubai.

Mrs. Buhumaid is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Programme, INSEAD, UAE. She holds a master’s degree in Organisational Excellence with Honours from Bradford University, UK, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai.

Dr Francis Galea Salomone – Company Secretary

Dr. Francis Galea Salomone holds a bachelors degree in International Business and a Masters degree in European Studies from the University of Kent. He read law at the University of Malta, and graduated as a lawyer in 2002, after successfully defending a dissertation entitled Regulating Market Abuse on the Stock Exchange.

Prior to moving into legal practice, Dr. Galea Salomone held a number of senior positions in the private and public sector. He currently holds the position of partner in Galea Salomone & Associates, with particular focus on Corporate and Commercial law. He acts for a number of local and international clients in the corporate and commercial sector. His areas of specialisation include Company Law and Financial Services Law, with a specific interest in Corporate Governance. He has extensive experience in advising public listed companies and private companies on the regulatory and corporate governance aspects of their business including assisting international clients who need to establish new operations in Malta. Over the past 12 years he has acted as legal advisor to a number of local and foreign clients involved in mergers and acquisitions.

Dr. Galea Salomone also acts as Company Secretary to GO plc. He also acts as Company Secretary to a number of private companies and other Public Interest Companies in Malta. Dr. Galea Salomone has continued to pursue an academic interest in company law, compliance and financial services legislation.