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Jérôme Guiraud

Chairman — Non-Executive Director

Jérôme Guiraud graduated from École des Hautes Études Commerciales in 1984 (HEC Paris).

He started his career at the French Embassy in Zagreb (Croatia) in 1985 as Deputy to the Commercial Attaché. He then joined the Société Générale group in the Inspection Générale department in 1986. From 1993, he has held multiple managing positions abroad, in Europe and in emerging countries, mainly on capital markets, then as Country manager and Director of various Société Générale group’s listed subsidiaries. He joined the NNS group in 2008.

He is currently Chief Executive Officer and a Director of both NNS Capital and NNS Luxembourg (two non-listed entities) as well as a Director & member of the Audit and the Nomination Committees of OCI.NV (a leading fertilizer company listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange). He was also appointed to the Lafarge S.A. (now a non-listed entity) Board of Directors and its Audit Committee in 2008.

Jérôme Guiraud was born in 1961 and is a French citizen.


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Osama Bishai

Chief Executive Officer — Executive Director

Osama Bishai joined the Group in 1985 and has held the position of Managing Director of the Construction Business since 1998. Mr. Bishai played a key role in developing the construction business, particularly in the cement, infrastructure and industrial sectors, and led the development of OCI N.V.’s investments in the fertilizer industry in Egypt, Algeria and USA. Mr. Bishai currently spearheads the Group’s efforts to create a long-term concessions portfolio and is leading the growth of the US business. Mr. Bishai is a board member of BESIX Group.

Mr. Bishai holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering from Cairo University and a Construction Management Diploma from the American University in Cairo.


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Salman Butt

Non-executive Director

Mr. Butt joined OCI S.A.E. as CFO in 2005. He is an international banker with over 20 years of banking experience. He was Head of Investment Banking for the Samba Financial Group in Saudi Arabia from 2003-2005. For 18 years prior to this, he worked with Citibank in Pakistan, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Mr. Butt is currently the Chief Financial Officer of OCI N.V.

Mr. Butt holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, USA, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.


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Arif Naqvi

Non-executive Director

Arif Naqvi is the Founder and Group Chief Executive at The Abraaj Group which he established in 2002 and has since grown the company to become among the leading private equity firms in the world. Mr. Naqvi has over three decades of experience of investing in public and private companies and in 2011, Private Equity International named him one of the 50 most influential people in the global private equity industry. He is a Trustee of the Interpol Foundation and is on the Board of the United Nations Global Compact. He is also a Columbia Global Leadership Council member and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London. Mr. Naqvi has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the highest form of recognition given to individual private sector leaders for fostering peace and stability through business, and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, a prominent civilian honor awarded by the Government of Pakistan.

Mr. Naqvi is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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Sami Haddad

Independent Non-executive Director

Sami Haddad, the CEO of Banque de Crédit National, has decades of experience in both the private and public sectors, specifically in finance, politics and academia. Mr. Haddad worked for the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group for more than 20 years in a variety of positions including Director of the MENA region, based in Cairo. In 2005 he became Minister of Economy and Trade in Lebanon, a position which he held for three years. Mr. Haddad was also General Manager of Byblos Bank from 2008 to 2014.

Mr. Haddad holds an MA in Economics from the American University in Beirut and pursued his postgraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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Khaled Bichara

Independent Non-executive Director

Mr. Khaled Bichara currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Development Holding. He is also a Co-Founder of Accelero Capital. Mr. Bichara previously served as Group President and Chief Operating Officer of VimpelCom Ltd (“VimpelCom”). He was also Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. (“OTH”) as well as Chief Operating Officer of Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. (“Wind Italy”). Mr. Bichara managed 10 operations across the globe through OTH and Wind Italy and 22 operations across the globe through VimpelCom. Mr. Bichara was the Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of “LINKdotNET”.

Mr. Bichara holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the American University in Cairo.


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Azmi Mikati

Independent Non-executive Director

Azmi Mikati serves as the Chief Executive Officer of M1 Group Ltd., a diversified investments holding company spanning telecommunications, real estate, aviation, finance, retail and consumer goods. Mr. Mikati was the Chief Executive Officer of Investcom LLC (formerly Investcom Holding Sa). He was responsible for the global strategy of Investcom LLC and its implementation. He is also a Director of M1 Group Ltd. and a Non-Executive Director of MTN Group Ltd. Prior to this role he served as Director of T-One Corporation (International Carrier) and was also a board member of FTML (France Telecom subsidiary and the previous operator of one of two mobile networks in Lebanon).

Mr. Mikati holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University, United States.