Hussain al Nowais was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, in the capital of Abu Dhabi.
Mr. al Nowais has over 25 years of experience as a global industrialist and business strategist in various nations.
Hussain al Nowais is best known for his track record of turning unsuccessful companies into thriving businesses as a result of his keen ability to recruit effective management teams and implement effective strategies.
What He’s Known For
Mr. al Nowais earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Mr. al Nowais has also completed Executive Management courses at INSEAD-France and the London Business School.
Professional Experience: Public Career
Since 2005, Hussain al Nowais has served as the Chairman of the SENAAT, the organization responsible for the UAE’s industrial diversification policies.
Al Nowais is also the chair of the Khalifa Fund, an enrichment program aimed to cultivate young entrepreneurs in the region.
Public Career, Continued
Al Nowais also currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Khalifa University, founded in 2007 as a science-focused institution.
Al Nowais has described himself as a “self-styled entrepreneur.” His current positions in the private sector include:
•Chairman of ALNOWAIS Investments
–Al Nowais leads global expansion strategy and project development.
•Vice Chairman of Abraaj Capital
–Serves key role in investment firm that has returned $4 billion to its investors since 2002.
•Chairman of Waha Capital
–Chairs investment firm involved in a wide sector of investments, from offshore oil to financial services.
Private Career, Continued
•Board Member, Rotana Hotels & Real Estate Investment Company
–Hotel management company with 85 properties and 4 sub brands
•Board Member, Natural Petroleum Services
–Regional gas & oil company
•Chairman, MENA Infrastructure Fund
–Established in the Dubai International Finance Centre; targets investments at infrastructure and energy
•Danway Group/Engineering Conglomerate
•Pharmatrade Group/Pharmaceutical & Medical Equipment
•Al Nowais Real Estate/Development
Al Nowais in the News
Hussain al Nowais is frequently featured in the media for his many public and private endeavors. Find him on CNBC, local new stations or even learn more about his latest involvements on YouTube.
Al Nowais Today
Al Nowais currently lives with his wife, two sons and daughter in his hometown of Abu Dhabi.
“I am a great believer that difficulties can create opportunities. I think there will be opportunities coming up for the wise investors who have two things: guts and cash.”-Al Nowais