Chairman, DIFC Authority
His Excellency Essa Kazim is the Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) having joined the Centre in January 2014. Alongside his current position, His Excellency is also the Chairman of Borse Dubai and the Chairman of Dubai Financial Market (DFM).
His Excellency Essa Kazim began his career as a Senior Analyst in the Research and Statistics Department of the UAE Central Bank in 1988 and then moved to the Dubai Department of Economic Development as Director of Planning and Development in 1993. He was then appointed as Director General of the DFM from 1999 to 2006.
His Excellency holds an honorary Doctorate from Coe College, a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Iowa, a Masters Degree in Total Quality Management from the University of Wollongong as well as a Bachelor Degree from Coe College.
His Excellency currently sits on a number of official advisory committees and boards; he is a Member of the Higher Board of Directors of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and the Board of DIFC Authority, a Member of Dubai Economic Council, a Board Director of Nasdaq Dubai and a Board Director of Noor Islamic Bank. Mr. Kazim also serves on the Board Directors of Nasdaq, is a Member of the Board of Etisalat, a Member of the UAE-UK Business Council and is the Secretary General of the Higher Committee of Islamic Economy Initiative.
His Excellency Essa Kazim also serves as a board member for a number of educational institutions, both in the region and around the world.