Board of Directors

Mr Sayed Mohamed Mohamed Noor Sharaf

is the Chairman of Malta Properties Company p.l.c., also the he’s Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Dubai Holding Entertainment, the media and entertainment arm of Dubai Holding and is responsible for spearheading its mission to be the leading media and entertainment businesses in the Middle East.

Prior to joining Dubai Holding Entertainment, Mr. Sharaf started his career at Dubai Holding’s private equity vehicle, Dubai International Capital, where he was an integral member of a team responsible for portfolio management and divestments of one of the Middle East’s largest Private Equity portfolios. He subsequently joined Dubai based developer Meraas where he led an investment team that was responsible for sourcing transactions, as well as negotiating, establishing, and managing a number of key joint ventures.

Mr. Sharaf currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rove Hospitality LLC and Yvolv LLC.  He has previously served as a board member, committee member or board observer at numerous organizations including Rivoli Group, Ishraq Holding, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, Travelodge, Doncasters, and StandardAero.  

Mr. Sharaf holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Tufts University in Medford, MA as well as a Master’s degree in Finance from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and was one of the first students selected as part of the EDAAD scholarship program initiated by The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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.

The Noble Paul Testaferrata Moroni Viani

Holds various directorships and executive positions within the Mercury Group of companies (Mercury p.l.c. being the ultimate parent company) whose main investments include hotels, leisure oriented commercial properties, a high end business centre and portfolio investments.  He is mainly responsible for market research, contracting, administration and property development. Also a Director in GO p.l.c., Vltava Fund SICAV p.l.c. and Mapfre Middlesea p.l.c.

Mr Edmond Brincat

Edmond Brincat is a Certified Public Accountant after graduating in accounts from the University of Malta. He is also a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants. Mr. Brincat is currently responsible for the management and strategic direction of SmartCity (Malta) Limited, a major mixed-use business park in the south of Malta.

Prior to joining SmartCity Mr. Brincat had a long career at GO plc, initially part of the team entrusted to set up and launch Go Mobile, Malta’s second mobile operator and later as Group CFO where he was heavily involved in the restructuring and expansion of the group. During his tenure at GO plc Mr. Brincat spearheaded the creation and strategic direction of Malta Properties Co. plc and was responsible for its management until a decision was made list the company on the Malta Stock Exchange. Mr. Brincat served as a director on a number of companies and currently is a serving member on the board of FIMBank plc.

Dr Brigitte Zammit

Dr. Zammit is Head of Business Affairs and Governance (Investments and Portfolio Management) for Dubai Holding. She was previously General Counsel and Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for Emirates International Telecommunications, Dubai Holding’s telecoms investment arm.

Prior to joining the Dubai Holding group in 2008, she worked for several years in private practice with law firms in London and Malta, advising private and public international and local clients on M&A law and regulation, particularly in the electronic communications sector. She has over the years contributed several publications including a book on cross-border online gaming law and policy that was published in the UK. She has also been academically involved as a lecturer with the Universities of London and Beijing.

Dr. Zammit has held various governance roles including serving as a board member on GO p.l.c. in 2015-2016. She holds a Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta and a Master of Laws in Computer and Telecommunications Law from the University of London.

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.