About Us



Al Zarooni Emirates Investments (ZEI) is the UAE holding company managing a strand of Al Zarooni’s family assets in private equity, public equity, investments funds and real estate. In 2009 ZEI became a Limited Liability Company incorporated in the Emirate of Dubai, UAE. ZEI is managed by a combination of family and non-family professionals.




ZEI has a future vision to be amongst the top 20 fastest growing family investment companies in the UAE by the year 2020, and to establish a name that is synonymous with Trust, Innovation and Sustainable Growth. The company’s mission is to enlarge the family wealth through intelligent, focused, and strategic investments through effective management of existing businesses providing for systematic and steady growth, whilst partnering with key entities and individuals.




ZEI is an active investment company across different asset classes; namely private equity, listed equities, and real estate investment and development. We invest in stable, developing economies, with a strong focus on the GCC and the UAE in particular. Our private equity investment strategy is mainly focused on five sectors: healthcare, logistics, education, food and beverage, and financial services. Our aim is to actively participate and strive towards growing our portfolio companies in a solid and sustainable manner, in order to achieve our goals.




Ismail Abdulwahid Al Zarooni

Chairman


Ismail Abdulwahid Al Zarooni, a UAE national born and raised in the emirate of Sharjah, is the head of the Al Zarooni family and serves as Chairman of ZEI. For over six decades he has built the family fortune across several industry sectors, through hard work and strong determination. Mr. Ismail was trained as a petroleum engineer and started his career at GETY as an oil production controller. During the 1960s he held the position of regional standby manager for British Petroleum. He was involved with the Sharjah Oil and Gas Council since its inception in 1972, starting in a managerial role and eventually rising to become Director General.  With over 53 year’s experience in the oil and gas industry, Mr. Ismail is a well-connected and highly respected member of the Sharjah community. In addition, he serves as the chairman of many family owned businesses across multiple industry sectors. Mr. Ismail has grown his business ventures organically and today is firmly established managing numerous properties in the residential, commercial and hospitality sectors.




Abdul Wahid Ismail Al Zarooni

Vice Chairman


Abdulwahid Al Zarooni is the head of Al Zarooni Emirates Investments real estate development department, which oversees all of the family’s construction and development projects. He has previously overseen various construction sites and developments in both Dubai and Sharjah. Abdulwahid is also the Chief Executive Officer of the family’s travel agency business, Arabian Travel Agency.




Adil Ismail Al Zarooni

Director


Adil Al Zarooni has experience in executive management, investments, sales, and IT security. He is the Chief Executive Officer of ZEI, and prior has assumed the role of Senior Vice President for Sales at Economic Zones World (EZW) and JAFZA. Adil holds directorship positions in firms in the sectors of healthcare, financial services, logistics, media, real estate and more.




Ahmed Ismail Al Zarooni

Director


Ahmed Al Zarooni heads the real estate operations department at ZEI, managing almost all aspects of the lease portfolio of the company. Ahmed has previously worked for Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development, as well as for Invest Bank. Currently, Ahmed is also the Managing Director of ZEI’s sister company, Granada Real Estate.




Adil Ismail Al Zarooni

Chief Executive Officer


Adil Al Zarooni founded Al Zarooni Emirates Investment (ZEI) in 2009. He has 16 years of experience in executive management and sales, investments, and IT security in UAE, including 2 years in Saudi Arabia. Adil has strong expertise across multiple industries, such as investment and operations of family owned businesses, industrial business zones and logistics, UAE government owned entities, as well as software and IT development. Adil has assumed the role of Senior Vice President for Sales at Economic Zones World (EZW) and JAFZA. Prior, he was Director of Business Development at Titan Holdings and has worked in IT security at Mobily and Etisalat. While structuring his family business, Mr. Al Zarooni grew an academic interest in the subject of institutionalising family businesses in the UAE and the region. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Etisalat College of Engineering, and an MBA from the American University of Sharjah. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the subject of family businesses.




Hisham Hodroge

Chief Investment Officer


Hisham has been the Chief Investment Officer of ZEI since July 2013, managing the full investment portfolio in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, consumer goods, services, financial services, education, food and beverage, logistics and SMEs. Hisham has extensive experience in the GCC region, having worked for Istithmar World Capital in DIFC, Dubai as well as at QInvest in Doha, Qatar, between the years of 2002 and 2013. Hisham holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.




Abdulwahid Ismail Al Zarooni

Managing Director of Real Estate Development


Abdulwahid Alzarooni has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Southeastern University of Washington, USA. He oversees all of the family’s construction and development projects. He has previously overseen the construction of a mixed use tower in Buhaira, Sharjah, as well as working on the development of town houses and villas in Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai. Abdulwahid also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the family’s travel agency business, Arabian Travel Agency.




Ahmed Ismail Al Zarooni

Managing Director of Real Estate Operations


Ahmed Alzarooni is managing all aspects of ZEI’s lease portfolio. He graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree of International Business from Skyline University, and holds a Diploma of Applied Business. Ahmed has previously worked for Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development, as well as for Invest Bank. Ahmed manage and develop ZEI’s property portfolio from all angles, and he also identifies potential areas within the commercial and residential real estate market where the firm can strategically invest. Currently, Ahmed is also the Managing Director of ZEI’s sister company, Granada Real Estate.






Allie Mayeaux

Office Manager


Allie joined ZEI as the Office Manager in October of 2018. Her main responsibilities are focused in office management and acting executive assistant to the CEO. She handles all human resources, administrative and marketing aspects for ZEI, as well as being involved in several aspects of the investment process. Allie has a strong background in business administration, marketing, and communications. She has in-depth experience managing many areas of business in organizations from New Orleans, LA, USA to Dubai, UAE. Over the years, Allie has been involved in many projects such as commercial development, sales, and retail, as well as working closely with company owners. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the United States of America. Two years after the completion of her BS, she received her Master’s in Business Administration from Liberty University in the United States of America.




Naveed Aslam

Finance Manager


Naveed joined the ZEI team in September of 2017. He has over 10 years of experience across financial management and assurance. Naveed is a part of ZEI’s investment and finance team, focusing on financial analysis, model creation, feasibility, business valuations and in-depth due diligence. Naveed began his career with Grant Thornton Pakistan in 2007 and moved to Crowe Horwath UAE in 2012. Prior to ZEI, he was the Finance Manager of Excess Investment and before that of Bahmani Group, where he led in financial reporting, analysis, planning, and control, as well as participated in the valuation, due diligence and feasibilities of various projects. Naveed is a fellow member of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan. He is also certified from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan.




Sarah Ambosta

Legal Counsel


Sarah joined ZEI as a Legal Counsel in November of 2018. Prior to joining ZEI, Sarah worked as Legal Counsel for one of the leading Blockchain companies in the GCC/MENA region where she led all business dealings from a legal perspective and giving timely counsel to Executives. At ZEI, Sarah is responsible for managing all aspects of the business’ legal requirements, corporate compliance and governance. Sarah earned her Bachelor of law from Mumbai University. She is a member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa. She has detailed experience in drafting contracts, legal due diligence, and monitoring compliance. Sarah is responsible for the execution of company documents, negotiations, corporate governance, and liaising with external lawyers for all business necessities.




Behzad Khan

Financial Analyst


Behzad joined the ZEI team in June of 2017. He is working as a Financial Analyst, managing all aspects of the business’ accounting, as well as analyzing and modelling new opportunities for the company. Behzad ensures keeping track of the performance of the company’s current portfolio as well. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Imperial College of Business Studies in Lahore, Pakistan. Following the completion of his bachelor’s degree, Behzad relocated to Dubai and completed his master’s degree in Applied Finance and Banking at the University of Wollongong in Dubai.