YOUR TEAM OF EXPERTS
We’ve brought together a team of individuals with unique skills, experience and personalities, all with one vital thing in common; every Shamal employee has a “we can do this!” attitude. Having helped launch, drive and scale some of the world’s top businesses, each person brings a valuable perspective to our projects.
Our people hail from over 10 countries, with over 150 years combined experience working across major world markets, meaning we offer our clients access to some of the best and most experienced minds in the business.
Adam Grundy is Shamal Group Limited’s Chief Financial Officer, with overall responsibility for the company’s finances and that of our projects.
A highly analytical and exceptionally skilled professional, Adam offers broad-based years of experience in the finance and accounting field. Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of organisational policies and procedures, local and international policies and directives, and current accounting standards. Adam exhibits superior talents in financial reporting, treasury, cash flow management, ad hoc analyses, and accounts reconciliation, coupled with extensive background in variance analysis, formulating financial statements and interpretation of financial results.
Instrumental in leading and developing relationships with internal and external teams to foster team unity across projects, Adam is skilled in optimising efficiency and improving business processes.
Tel:+971 (0) 2 501 3761
Charlotte Douglass is joining Shamal Group Limited in March 2020 as the General Counsel, with overall responsibility for the company’s legal function.
Charlotte has been advising investment funds and corporate entities on structuring, M&A, commercial and complex finance transactions for almost 20 years (13 in the Middle East), both in private practice and in-house.
Recent sectors of expertise include aviation and real estate during her time with Clifford Chance, Hogan Lovells and Dubai Group, joining Shamal from NCB Capital.
She is a highly motivated, ambitious and personable in-house counsel, and a key strategic team member with extensive senior management experience.
TEL: :+971 (0)2 501 3750
Shailesh Chander is Shamal’s Chief Investment Officer, with overall responsibility for the group’s investments in the education sector. His key focus areas include investments in green-field school projects, acquisitions of schools, a turnaround of education assets and integration.
Shailesh comes with over 23 years of experience in the telecommunications, healthcare and education sectors. For over a decade, he has served the education sector in various markets including UAE, China, Singapore and Malaysia and the set-up of international schools. Shailesh has closely experienced Asian markets, building a network of international schools catering to the needs of different market segments. He has played a lead role in building and commissioning five green-field school projects and eight green-field and brown-field healthcare projects.
Shailesh’s core expertise includes feasibility studies, investment evaluation, capital structuring, raising debt & equity in different Asian markets, execution of business plans, managing the end-to-end, turn-key school projects cycle in different geographies, transforming & restructuring school operations.
In his last assignment, Shailesh worked in various positions with GEMS Education including Chief Financial Officer, Director of Business Development and transaction execution for the East Asia region. He also served on the board of GEMS Education Malaysia. Prior to that Shailesh worked with Emaar Properties (Education & Healthcare), Medi Clinic.
Tel:971 2 501 3740
Claire Harrison is Executive Assistant to Shamal Group Limited’s Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors.
Claire has spent 12+ years working for Board members & C-level executives in top global companies. She is highly regarded for her professionalism, communication, judgment, and integrity and has exceptional organisational and people management skills. She previously worked for the CEO of NBAD as his personal assistant, before the merger. She has worked in London, Abu Dhabi and Australia.
Claire assists with vendor management, scheduling, event oversight, meeting, and travel support, business correspondence, transcribing and presentation development plus a multitude of other tasks. A very reliable pair of hands, with the diplomacy and judgment to deliver difficult tasks in today’s modern & challenging business environment.
Tel:+971 (0) 2 501 3 887
As the Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships at Shamal Group Limited (“Shamal”), Iwan is responsible for developing current and new projects and his current responsibilities extend to include leading Shamal’s education and research team.
Iwan’s key role within the organisation spans across multi-business functions, from working closely with Shamal’s CEO to developing relationships with external stakeholders including, governmental organisations, investors, project partners and brand partners. His expertise in establishing strong business relationships enables him to work proactively and create new opportunities, while also coordinating information at relevant milestones.
Prior to working with Shamal, it is worth highlighting his previous experience as a senior leader at Brighton College, a reputable British International School in Abu Dhabi, where he was responsible for making sound educational judgements for multiple projects.
The experience Iwan has gained from working in the United Arab Emirates, has enabled him to understand the needs and nuances of the Middle Eastern market and quickly apply these newly learnt skills across other markets.
Iwan is a strong team player and is driven by the needs of the child in all aspects of education. Iwan’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive and leadership skills. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand Shamal’s reach within education. Iwan is highly adaptable and is able to apply core skills across varied and diverse projects. His strong academic background has enabled him to cultivate his critical and logical thinking skills, which he uses to significant advantage within the commercial developments of Shamal.
Tel:+971 (0) 2 501 3790
MELISSA MAC BEAN
Melissa Mac Bean is Shamal Group Limited’s Project Manager to support with Shamal’s multiple projects.
A well-seasoned Supply Chain, Project Management & Management Accounting Professional, Melissa has a background in Transformation & Change Management, Operational Excellence and Business Process Reengineering & ERP Implementation, with a proven track record in supporting change in operational functions, organizational mergers, integration, and business process reengineering and optimisation.
Melissa has developed and implemented transformational strategies that provide a route map for service change, providing senior-level advice using technical expertise and informed judgment to deliver successful outcomes.
With more than a decade of experience in the UAE, both in BFSI (Banking and Financial Services Industry at First Abu Dhabi Bank) as well as the Abu Dhabi Government (working for twofour54 Media Zone Authority), Melissa has the background and experience to handle any project presented to her.
Tel: :+971 (0) 2 501 3700
Matthew Paton is a Project Manager at Shamal Group Limited, overseeing all aspects of the project program and critical path deliverables for the company’s projects.
Matthew is a proven Project Manager with 20+ years of experience managing a variety of construction teams, projects, and Estate Management projects. Throughout his career, he has created effective communication between personnel, suppliers, design teams and local code officials. He brings to Shamal extensive experience in all aspects of planning, safety protocol adherence, customer service, and client liaison and relationship management.
As a results-orientated and high-energy professional, Matt’s talent for leading by example inspires peak performance from internal teams and external contractors.
Matthew’s Project Management experience has also seen him gain extensive experience in the areas of tender/contract negotiation, vendor sourcing, multi-unit operations management, risk management, purchasing and procurement, which he utilises on behalf of our client projects.
Tel:+971 (0) 2 501 3781
Jemma Williams is the Human Resources (HR) Manager for Shamal Group Limited, with overall responsibility for the HR activities across both Shamal and its projects.
A Masters-qualified, Chartered Member of the Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Jemma started her HR career in the UK, working for construction giants Balfour Beatty. She subsequently gained experience in the Retail and Shipping industries before joining Shamal in March 2018. Jemma relocated to the United Arab Emirates In November 2016 and has spent significant time understanding how best to support the needs and intricacies of a Middle Eastern-based workforce.
A results driven individual with a passion for understanding and acting on both management and employee needs, Jemma recognises that regardless of location, the HR function must balance the needs of any and all stakeholders, striving to meet short-term financial goals, whilst keeping focus on long-term organisational health, people and performance. Jemma is a true HR generalist with experience in the creation and delivery of HR strategy, recruitment and retention, change management, performance management, reward and benefits and overall employee relations.
Tel:+971 (0) 2 501 3710
Salin Subran is Shamal Group Limited’s Information Technology Manager, responsible for providing IT support for overall IT function including Infrastructure, Applications and Projects.
Salin is a CCIE Certified Engineering graduate with 9 years of experience working with different Multi-national Companies including Servcorp, European Union Delegation, Etihad Airways, Bank of Montreal, Northern Trust, Maersk Oil Middle East etc. During his career in UAE, he took several certifications in Cisco and Microsoft courses and also involved in setting up IT Infrastructure for Servcorp in Iran, Brussels, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He is expertise in various areas including homogeneous and heterogeneous network environments and possess an in-depth knowledge in both Network and Server operating systems. He is also highly passionate about job responsibilities and cope well with high-stress situations, managing a variety of projects simultaneously.
Tel:+971 (0) 2 501 3720
Francesca Cross is an Education Specialist at Shamal Group Limited and is responsible for providing extensive educational support for both Mainstream and SEN-related Educational Projects within the group.
Prior to joining Shamal, Francesca graduated from Durham University, UK with a degree in Modern Languages and Cultures, specialising in French and Arabic. As a linguist and language enthusiast, upon graduating, Francesca completed the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and has had the privilege of designing and delivering bespoke EAL courses to government clients, notably Emiratis, across the United Arab Emirates, igniting her passion for Education. Francesca has lived most of her life between the UK and the UAE, and therefore has extensive knowledge of the local market, language, customs and traditions and is able to incorporate this into our current projects located within the UAE.
Francesca is a conscientious worker, utilising her local knowledge, outstanding interpersonal skills and work ethic to assist in the delivery process of all projects and to ensure that project decisions are well-researched and based on actionable insight, to ensure optimal outcomes.
Tel:+971 (0) 2 501 3771
Mark Evans is Shamal Group Limited’s Graphic Designer, responsible for the Shamal brand as well as assisting and delivering design for the marketing of Shamal’s client projects.
From printed advertising, logo design, web design, stationary, mock-ups, animation and promotional video, Mark has been delivering top end design as well as marketing concepts, strategies and solutions for small, medium and large businesses across the globe for over a decade. Some of Mark’s previous clients include Starbucks UK, Denny’s, Honeywell, Subway, Pizza Hut and Nexus Energy.
Mark also specialises in online marketing which has helped drive new business from online strategies for start-ups and traditional bricks and mortar businesses allowing them to thrive with the power of search engine optimisation, conversion strategies and analytical data.
Marketing and design go hand in hand and this is something that Mark clearly displays when approaching a new project. By asking the right questions at the start, this helps with accurate delivery of client expectations and demands. Communication is one of the keys to the successful design and delivery of project marketing campaigns at Shamal.
Tel:+971 (0) 2 501 3792
Bobur Isaev joined the Investment team at Shamal Group Limited in 2019. He works with closely the chief financial officer, director of investments and project manager to develop feasibility analyses, financial modeling, forecasting and capital budgeting for the projects of the company. He also prepares economic reports on countries, city and investor and analysis, and contributes to investment decisions for the investors.
Bobur has spent an early career in the pharmaceutical and banking industries. He worked for one year in a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in Uzbekistan, where he carried out monthly financial reports and analysis. Before joining Shamal, he gained valuable experience in UAE property management sector for 4 years where he performed financial forecasting, reporting, modeling and budgeting for decision making of the top management.
Bobur holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Wales in Uzbekistan.
Tel:+971 (0) 2 501 3741
Aumprakash Pavithran is Shamal Group Limited’s Planning Analyst to support with Shamal’s multiple projects and Business Units.
Aumprakash is experienced in successfully overseeing large-scale EPC projects and maintenance activities integrating different aspects such as engineering, project management and project controls. Aumprakash has a verifiable track record for the effective completion of projects through coordinating trades, developing partnerships and building positive relationships with subcontractors, different disciplines, vendors & clients whilst ensuring budgets are maintained.
Tel: :+971 (2) 501 3782
Liza Marie is Shamal Group Limited’s Document Controller, with overall responsibility for ensuring all processes and decisions relating to the company and its projects are well documented.
The development of Yas Island, the UAE’s world famous and multi-purpose entertainment, shopping and leisure destination, paved the way for Liza Marie’s career as a Document Controller. Experience is always appreciated in any job hiring, however, her skills, attitude and personal qualities became apparent early on. Her strong verbal/written communication skills, quality mindset, patience, attention to detail and pro-active nature made her stand out among her peers.
For the past 10 years, Liza’s experiences working directly and indirectly in Yas Island on-going development, exposed her to a variety of practices, tools and challenges. Working in different environments formalised her existing knowledge and deepened her competences. Her specialisation is not only about filing, numbering, sorting and retrieving documents electronically or in hard copy; she ensures that this is done in a timely, accurate and efficient manner for regulatory and legal compliance.
Along the way in Liza’s career, she has honed her interpersonal skills and sharpened her communication efficiency, which generates great value when dealing with internal and external partners.
Tel:+971 (0) 2 501 3787
ANITHA JACOB MAXY
Anitha Jacob Maxy plays a key role as one of Shamal’s Administrators, with the responsibility of supporting the Chief of Staff and various daily office operational tasks.
Before joining Shamal Group, Anitha employed by various hospital divisions across Abu Dhabi in administrative and operational roles. She is a skilled, determined, confident and well-organized administrator with extensive experience in supporting mid to senior-level managers including C-level and Board of Directors by providing them consistent administrative support.
Anitha is a highly approachable individual, who has a can-do attitude and determination to bring out a positive change.