Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

DIFC Management Team

The DIFC Management team's four-tiered strategy aims to:

Contribute to Dubai’s reputation as a global business hub by maintaining international standards; provide a world-class physical, legal and regulatory infrastructure; ensure the financial sustainability of DIFC and the companies established in the Centre; and support client growth through authority business process streamlining, service improvement, and enhanced management structures.

ARIF AMIRI

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

In his capacity as Chief Executive Officer, Arif Amiri oversees the strategic and operational functions of the Centre. Under his leadership, DIFC has grown substantially and set out an ambitious 2024 Strategy, which will see it further enhance its position as the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.

Mr. Amiri’s vision for DIFC reflects the UAE’s commitment to innovation and economic diversification. As part of this vision, DIFC is further developing its FinTech proposition and leading a number of initiatives to move the innovation agenda towards a broader conversation about the future of finance.

Before joining DIFC Authority, Mr. Amiri held a number of positions at Emaar Properties PJSC, one of the UAE’s most respected companies. As Chief Commercial Officer, he drove the all-round commercial operations of the company and grew their portfolio significantly throughout his tenure. Previously, Mr. Amiri was Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Retail, where he provided strategic and tactical leadership for the retail and entertainment operations of Emaar across Dubai and other key emerging markets.

Mr. Amiri’s career began with an eight-year term at HSBC Bank Middle East, where he was responsible for the implementation of a number of corporate and institutional banking initiatives. During this time, he established an in-depth understanding of the financial services sector, which continues to serve as a solid foundation for his role today.

From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Amiri was the Chairman of the Middle East Investor Relations Society. Underlining his significant contribution to the region’s retail sector, Mr. Amiri received the Honorary Award at the Retail City Awards in 2011, and the Retail Leadership Award at the 2012 Asian Leadership awards.

Mr. Amiri holds a Post-Graduate Executive Diploma in Organisation Behaviour and Marketing Strategy from the University of Cambridge, Dubai, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Business Administration from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida.

Yazan Al Nasser

Yazan Al Nasser
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Chief Financial Officer

Salmaan Jaffery

Salmaan Jaffery
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Chief Business Development Officer

Jacques Visser

Jacques Visser
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Chief Legal Officer

Saleh Al Akrabi

Saleh Al Akrabi
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Chief Executive Officer - Property Management

Alya Al Zarouni

Alya Al Zarouni
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Executive Vice President - Operations

Raja Al Mazrouei

Raja Al Mazrouei
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Executive Vice President – FinTech Hive at DIFC

Madeya Al AlKtebi

Madeya Al AlKtebi
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Senior Vice President – Human Resources

Khalid Al Zarouni

Khalid Al Zarouni
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Registrar of Companies

Jaber Al Suwaidi

Jaber Al Suwaidi
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Registrar of Real Property

Beelall Ramdianee

Beelall Ramdianee
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Vice President – Internal Audit

Peyman Parham Al Awadhi

Peyman Parham Al Awadhi
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Senior Vice President – Marketing and Corporate Communications

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