DFM Management Team

Meet the DFM Senior Executive Management team, view their profiles and key divisional functions.

Hamed Ali

Mr. Hamed Ahmed Ali

Position: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Brief: Mr. Hamed Ali was appointed as CEO of DFM on 8th of November 2021. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Hamed Ali has served as Deputy CEO of DFM from July 2020. He is also leading Nasdaq Dubai as the CEO since 2012.

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In these roles, he develops and implements the expansion of existing markets and activities at both exchanges and is creating new areas of growth, building on the synergies between DFM and Nasdaq Dubai.

Under his leadership Nasdaq Dubai launched equity derivatives on UAE stocks in 2016 and on Saudi stocks in 2019.

Nasdaq Dubai has become one of the largest exchanges in the world for Sukuk listings. It is the largest exchange in the Middle East for US dollar-denominated bond listings, many of them from Chinese and other international issuers as well as GCC issuers. Under Mr. Ali’s direction Nasdaq Dubai has also pioneered the UAE’s listed REITs market. The exchange’s MarketSite event space, launched in 2018, has become a leading venue for thought leadership and media activity.

Mr. Hamed Ali was previously Executive Director of Nasdaq Dubai from 2006 to 2008. His experience includes serving as Chief Operating Officer of DIFC Authority and most recently as Executive Director at the Dubai Knowledge & Human Development Authority.

Mr. Hamed Ali played a key role in the development of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 and participated in various strategy development exercises. He holds an Executive MBA from London Business School, a B.Sc. in Applied Computing from Leeds Metropolitan University, and a Master Certificate in Project Management.

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Mr. Khalifa Ahmed Rabba AlShehhi

Position: Chief Operating Officer (COO) - Head of Operations Division

Brief: Mr. Khalifa Rabba started his first career in Dubai Financial Market in 2002, as an Executive in Market Control Department.

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His career with DFM is role model in this field, as he joined the market before 2002 as a scholarship student assigned from the HCT Higher Colleges of Technology and has contributed in several educational and awareness initiatives concerning financial markets, and hold several leadership roles, including the position of Vice President & Deputy Head of Operations Division in DFM during the period 2011 - 2020.

Mr. Khalifa Rabba has over than 18 years of experience in the financial markets, and he has major roles involved in developing the trading cycle, enhancing investor & brokers relations with the market, and develop the governance of listed companies. He also contributed in developing the legislation of several trading products and financial services, and he had a major role in the market’s development and growing during its early stages towards raising revenues post the event of being a public joint stock company.

Mr. Khalifa Rabba holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Higher Colleges of Technology – HCT (UAE) and a Master degree in Financial and Banking Business Administration from the University of Wollongong in Australia. He also received the "Feigenbaum Leadership Excellence Award" from Sheikh/ Hamdan bin Mohammed E-University.

He is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Head of Operations Division in Dubai Financial Market (DFM). He leads the market operations division, which includes vital departments such as market operations, listing & disclosure, and information security.

Division's main functions:

Operations Division embraces of three main departments; Information Security, Market Operations, and Listing & Disclosure. Together these ensure the smooth running and accelerated work-flow of the market operations in a regular and efficient manner, through the adoption of latest technologies and the implementation of industry’s best practices. The functions include the following:
  • Develop operational plans and implement advanced policies to oversee operations with developing business continuity & information security strategies.
  • Increase the flexibility of trading and stock exchange business by adopting latest technologies & systems, and automating procedures.
  • Improving the stock exchange’s operational competencies and efficiencies by adopting advanced technologies.
  • Reducing operational risks through business continuity planning and applying information security controls.
  • Facilitating the decision-making process by providing the option for analyzing current and historical data.
  • Reducing trading risks by setting policies, controls and procedures to monitor the broker's business and listed companies’ disclosures.
  • Providing fair treatment to investors and trading partners through business rules governed set within systematic and controlled administrative procedures.
  • Monitor the trading and ensure that all market members adhere to all laws and regulations by market and the Securities & Commodities Authority (SCA).
  • Licensing market members as of brokerage firms in liaise with the Securities & Commodities Authority (SCA).
  • Listing local and foreign stocks, bonds, and other products for trading in coordination with Securities & Commodities Authority (SCA).
  • Setting controls and standards for trading, licensing, disclosure and listing systems, and for other new products.
  • Developing and operating new trading products on the market.

Mr. Jamal Ibrahim AlKhadhar

Position: Executive Vice President – Head of People & Talent Management Division

Brief: Mr. Jamal Ibrahim Hassan Al Khadhar has been with the Dubai Financial Market since its pre-inception phase in 1998 when he was requested to participate in its formation.

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Mr. Jamal is one of the five key founders and leaders of the DFM.

He established and managed the marketing department in the DFM between 2000 – 2008 when he was later charged with handling the Statistics and Research Department; in addition to the Product Development Department in the market.

Mr. Jamal holds a Master's degree in Total Quality Management from the University of Wollongong in Dubai, and a Higher Diploma in Information Technology from the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE.

He also served as an assessor for the Dubai Quality Awards in 2001.

Mr. Jamal is currently the Executive Vice President – Head of People & Talent Management Division and is constantly focused upon ensuring best practices and adopting standards of excellence within DFM.

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The People & Talent Management Division key functions include:

  • Talent Management & Manpower planning
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Training & Development
  • Employee Relations
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Strategic Planning
  • Enabling Excellence

Mr. Ali Al Hashimi

Position: Executive Vice President - Head of Financial Services Division

Brief: Mr. Al Hashimi began his career with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi in 1997 and then moved to the First Gulf Bank in 1998 as the Central Operations Officer.

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At the end of 2000, he moved to the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (P.J.S.C) as Head of Islamic Finance Operations and Capital Markets Services where he remained for the next six years.

In 2006 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer at Dubai Bank (P.J.S.C), before finally joining the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) in 2009.

Mr. Al Hashimi holds a Master of Business Administration and a B.Sc. in Business Management, Economics and Business Administration from the University of Baghdad.

He is currently the Executive Vice President, heading the Financial Services Division, executing wide strategic projects including two major developments, the migration of new core banking systems and integration with sub systems. Moreover, he was successful in introducing new products to the capital market with the support of VISA International and other major vendors, establishing a full-fledged Registrar department and commercializing Market Data. He also played a vital role in setting the current business model and in the acquisition of Nasdaq Dubai by the DFM.

Furthermore, Mr. Al Hashimi’s significant contribution in the IPO & Registrar industry has ranked him a pioneer in the establishment of this business trend on a corporate standard level.

Division's main functions:

The Financial Services Division provides pioneering services through its two core departments; Market Data Services and Corporate Action Services. The departments work to meet the growing demand of market participants. The division’s main functions include:

  • Offering direct access to the most accurate and timely information available through providing several types of feeds with varying levels
  • Preparing and planning AGM / EGM meetings including the setup of the voting / e-voting process; and providing a range of cost efficient services designed to fulfill the meeting requirements using state-of-the-art technology and the most advanced applications in the market
  • Calculating, distributing and reconciling dividend and payments on behalf of DFM clients through the utilization of robust systems and efficient processes which are cost efficient and ensure accuracy
  • Providing a high standard electronic IPO / RI Management and payment processing solution, strategically positioned to become an invaluable eServices framework for Lead Managers and Receiving Banks