Board of Governors

AUBH’s Board of Governors is an appointed group of influential and respected individuals with a combined experience of higher and international education, investment, real estate, and banking and finance in the sector, from the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States of America. The Board is ultimately responsible for the governance of AUBH, and seeks to ensure the best interests of our stakeholders in all decisions, ensuring a non-biased and objective approach at all times.

Governor Hisham Al-Saie

Chairman of the Board of Trustees (Non-Independent)

Mr. Hisham Al Saie is the General Manager, Investments & Business Support at Premier Group, Bahrain and has over 24 years of experience in a number of areas including financial investments, real estate asset management & development, corporate finance and start-up businesses.

In addition to holding an MBA from London Business School, Mr. Al Saie has completed the INSEAD YMP Executive Management Program and holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Texas.

Additionally, Mr. AlSaie holds directorship positions in many Companies, most notably:

  • McLaren Group Limited, Woking, UK
  • Non-Executive member of the Board of Directors
  • Chairman of the Board Audit & Risk Committe
  • Investcorp Holdings B.S.C., Bahrain
  • Non-Executive member of the Board of Directors
  • Member of the Board Nomination & Remuneration Committee
  • Al Salam Bank, Bahrain
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • Nass Corporation B.S.C. Bahrain
  • Non-Executive member of the Board of Directors (Independent)
  • Member of the Board and Audit & Risk Committees
  • Chairman of the Board Remuneration Committee
  • Diyar Al Muharraq W.L.L., Bahrain
  • Non-Executive member of the Board of Directors
  • Bahrain Bay Development W.L.L., Bahrain
  • Vice Chairman, Non-Executive member of the Board of Directors
  • LAMA Real Estate W.L.L. Bahrain
  • Vice Chairman, Non-Executive member of the Board of Directors
  • South City W.L.L.
  • Chairman, Non-Executive member of the Board of Directors
  • Solidarity Group Holding
  • Member of the Board of Directors

Prior to his current role, Mr. Hisham was Head of Corporate Finance at SICO Investment Bank, where he was responsible for structuring key local and regional equity and debt capital market transactions. He also previously held positions at BDO Jawad Habib, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Arthur Andersen.

Governor Ahmed Alumran

Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Member of the Board of Directors (Independent)

Mr. Ahmed Alumran represents over 20 years of strategy and management consulting experience, having supported investment institutions, family offices, and corporate clients in the planning, analysis, financing, and growth of their projects and partnerships across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Stratum, an independent advisory boutique supporting clients in areas such as strategy, transactions, research, and analytics. He has also supported government agencies in areas such as strategic planning and policy decisions.

Mr. Alumran currently serves as a Board member and Board Governance, Nomination, and Remuneration Committee (BGNRC) member at Edamah, the real estate arm of Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat. He is also a Board member of the American School of Bahrain established by Esol Education, the largest operator of American curriculum K12 schools outside of the USA.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Alumran served at a global management consulting firm founded by ex-McKinsey partners in New York as well as a private equity advisory firm focused on capturing financial synergies across its clients’ portfolio companies. He has also previously served as a member of the Gulf Venture Capital Association and the Bahrain Competitiveness Council.

Mr. Alumran holds both Master’s of Engineering and Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). He has also served as a member of the MIT Educational Counsel for over a decade.

Governor & President Dr. Bradley Cook

Member of the Board of Trustees (Executive, Non-Independent)

Dr. Bradley J. Cook is the President of the American University of Bahrain (AUBH). Prior to his role at AUBH, Dr. Cook served as the 17th President of Snow College in the U.S., leading it to success, by being ranked 7th Public College in the West, with the best ranking in the state of Utah. In 2020, Snow College was also ranked number 1 nationally in its class, for student success.

He was consequently identified as one of “The Most Visionary Education Leaders of 2020” by the Education Magazine. Prior to that, he served as Provost at Southern Utah University (SUU). He had worked to establish student-centric, highly applied learning environments, and has advanced an agenda of internationalizing the university. Under his leadership, SUU has achieved record high student success rates, created over 25 new academic programs and centers, and elevated SUU’s academic reputation as one of the premier public regional universities in the Intermountain West. Dr. Cook has also served as President of the The Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi; and worked at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Additionally, he served as a Commissioner for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, a U.S. Institutional accrediting body. Dr. Cook earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford University and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Governor Hala Yateem

Member of the Board of Trustees (Independent)

Ms. Hala Yateem is a Director of A.M. Yateem Brothers, a family holding company that has interests in real estate, air-conditioning, and industrial investments. A.M. Yateem Brothers has a lineage that is connected to one of the most respected conglomerates in Bahrain, credited with helping build the country’s modern economy. Ms. Yateem is also an Independent Director of the National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) and a Director of Edamah, the real estate arm of Mumtalakat, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Al Rahma Society and Royal Lifesaving Bahrain. Previously, Ms. Yateem has held positions as a member on the Board of Trustees of the Supreme Council of Women, the Bahrain Family Business Association, and the Bahrain Businesswomen’s Association.

Ms. Yateem holds a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and Investments from Babson College in Massachusetts.

Governor Dr. Kerry Healey

Member of the Board of Trustees (Independent)

Dr. Kerry Murphy Healey is an accomplished executive, focused on higher education. She served as the thirteenth President of Babson College, a private business school in Massachusetts with a central focus on entrepreneurship education and often ranked as the most prestigious entrepreneurship college in the USA. She was the first woman to hold that top position. During her second year of Presidency, TIME’s Money Magazine rated Babson as the No. 1 college based on metrics of education quality, affordability, and alumni earnings. In September 2019, she was appointed as the Inaugural President of the Milken Institute’s Center for Advancing the American Dream. In 2015, Money Magazine ranked Babson second nationally, behind Stanford.

Dr. Healey established a presence for Babson College in the UAE and supported the newly formed Prince Mohamed bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia, where she is currently a Member of the Board of Trustees. Among her prior posts, she was Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Mitt Romney, and the Republican National Committeewoman for the state of Massachusetts, USA. She is a Member of the Board of Trustees at the American University of Afghanistan, a Member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, and she is on the advisory board at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr. Healey is currently serving as the President of the Center for Advancing the American Dream, a center to inspire four pillars, education, public health and medical research, entrepreneurship and innovation, and economic freedom.

She graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government, was awarded a Rotary International Scholarship, and received a Ph.D. in Political Science and Law from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

N.B. Pending approval by the Higher Education Council of the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Governor Dr. Khalid Abdulla Taqi

Member of the Board of Trustees (Independent)

Dr. Khalid Abdulla is the General Manager of Eskan Bank, the national housing bank of Bahrain. He introduced and listed the first Islamic REIT in Bahrain and enhanced its earnings over a sustained period. During his tenure, the bank won several notable awards recognizing in areas such as quality, innovation, and corporate social responsibility. Prior to his current role, he was Chief Executive Officer for Inovest BSC, where he oversaw Inovest’s organizational and investment strategy, corporate direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s vision, mission, philosophy, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives and adhering to all regulatory environment requirements.

Dr. Abdulla was also the Chief Executive Officer for Reef Real Estate Finance Company, where he was responsible for the creation of one of Bahrain’s most recognized brands in the real estate finance sector and the execution of a highly differentiated one-stop shop for real estate finance that brought together key industry partners. He is a member of the Public Affairs Committee (Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry), the National Committee on World Trade Organization, Founding Member of Bahrain Economic Society, Member on the Board of Trustees for MENA Investment Center, Founding Member of Bahrain Competitiveness Council, Board Member and the Chairman of the Audit Committee at the LMRA. Dr. Abdulla held roles of Assistant Professor, and Chairman of Department of Economic & Finance and Lecturer at the University of Bahrain for more than 20 years.

He holds a Master of Arts in Economic Development from the University of East Anglia, U.K., and a Ph.D. in Economics from Exeter University, U.K.

Governor Kamal Murad

Chairman of the Board of Directors (Non-Independent)

Mr Kamal is an investment and financial expertise, skilled in Private Equity, Investment Banking, Mergers, Investments, Corporate Finance, Financial Modeling, Valuation, Due Diligence, Asset Management, Capital Markets, Financial Structuring, Financial Analysis, Alternative Investments, Leadership, Microsoft Office, Research, Social Media, Public Speaking, Capital, and Customer Service.

Mr Kamal holds an MSc from Bentley College, MA, concentrating in Global Financial Analysis.

Currently, Mr Kamal is the Head of Investments at Premier Group and is responsible for portfolio managing the global coverage that entails international real estate and financial investments and the treasury requirements. He is in his 7th year with Premier Group.

Previously Mr Kamal served as the Head of Corporate Finance for a private family office in Saudi Arabia for 8 years.

Governor Tammam Abushakra

Member of the Board of Directors (Non-Independent)

Mr. Abushakra serves as the principal legal advisor for the organization, directs the recruitment for key leadership positions within Esol Education and its schools, and leads and coordinates an extensive international teacher recruitment program. Supporting Esol Education’s steady growth, Mr. Abushakra has played a key role in establishing Esol’s progressive governance structure, developing policies and procedures, as well as establishing school reporting and appraisal systems. Mr. Abushakra also plays an integral role in managing the operations of the Main and West campuses of the American International School in Egypt, and evaluates and executes new school establishment opportunities for the organization in the Middle East, Europe and beyond.

From 2012-2015, Mr. Abushakra served as a Commissioner for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a leading accrediting body for K-12 American schools in the United States and 85 countries around the world.

Prior to joining Esol Education in 2002, Mr. Abushakra worked as an attorney in Washington D.C., having earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996 and admission to the New York State Bar Association in the same year, as well as to the District of Columbia Bar in 1997.

Fluent in Arabic and English, Mr. Abushakra translated a 400-page collection of stories entitled, “Stories and Scenes from Mount Lebanon,” authored in Arabic by Mahmoud Khalil Saab, a meticulous documentation of the values, customs and heritage of the people of Lebanon. He has also authored several comment pieces on subjects of law and international relations for regional publications.

Governor Dr. Ahmed Mitwalli

Member of the Board of Directors (Independent)

Dr. Ahmed is an experienced strategy consultant with the ability to operate as a generalist as well as focus on technology strategy and transformation. Cross-industry experience (healthcare, telecom and media, public sector). His specialities include Cloud computing strategy and road maps, Technology enablement, leading transformational change, and business-technology alignment.

As Chief Strategy Officer at Esol Education, (Apr2012 – Present), Dr Ahmed is responsible for developing strategic direction for the group including aspirations, key initiatives, and scope of growth. He identifies development opportunities to grow the group and its impact through new greenfield projects, acquisitions, innovation opportunities and adjacent businesses. He drives performance improvement on the academic and business support fronts to ensure continuous development of the organization and enablement of our aspirations. Some examples of his efforts include the development of the master strategic plan for the organization, organizing and facilitating leadership conferences, identifying government and private sector partnership opportunities and securing commitments under favourable terms for Esol, transformation projects in the areas of Teaching and Learning and Professional Development, and outlining a set of digital education and eLearning opportunities to leverage Esol’s network and expertise.

As Partner of Management Consulting (New York, New Jersey, Dubai), Mckinsey & Company, (2008-Present), Dr Ahmed is serving hi-tech/telecom, healthcare, and government sectors ($1- 50B) on topics including growth, business development, operations/IT improvement, and large transformations. Manage a $10-15M portfolios of projects including negotiation, CEO/CXO counselling, delivery, and management of up to 300-person teams (McKinsey and client combined). Developed business plan and operational rollout roadmap for mobile healthcare business pilot for MNO – first financially sustainable business model in MENA not funded by the government; Co-lead establishment of regional technology practice and lead public sector IT initiative ME; And helped CEO/CSO grow revenues of IT services provider by 50% over 2 years using an aggressive growth/diversification strategy.

Governor Khaled Maseeh

Member of the Board of Directors (Non-Independent)

Mr Khaled is a finance expert skilled in Financial Analysis, Financial Modeling, Business Planning, Banking, Investment Banking, Impairment Testing, Business Advisory and Feasibility Studies.

Mr Khaled holds an MSc in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago, and an MBA from the London Business School.

As an Executive Director at Premier Group, Bahrain, (May 2015 – Present), Mr Khalid is responsible for managing the local real estate portfolio that entails numerous key developments and projects in various key segments.

Governor Marwan Tabbara

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors (Independent)

Mr. Marwan Tabbara represents over 20 years of strategic, financial, and transaction advisory experience. He has advised clients both regionally and internationally and has supported the development and growth of a range of businesses and projects. He is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Stratum, an independent advisory boutique supporting clients in areas such as strategy, transactions, research, and analytics.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Bahrain Flour Mills Company BSC (publicly listed and majority owned by Mumtalakat, the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain), Board Member and Risk Committee Chairman of Bahrain Development Bank BSC (c), Board Member and Risk Committee Chairman of Bahrain Islamic Bank BSC (publicly listed and majority owned by the National Bank of Bahrain), and Board Member of the American School of Bahrain (ASB). He has also previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Bahrain Bourse BSC (c) (Bahrain’s national stock exchange).

Earlier in his career, Mr. Tabbara worked in the Global Corporate & Investment Banking division of Citigroup in New York, London, and Bahrain where he supported large private and public sector clients on financing transactions within the Middle East and overseas.

Mr. Tabbara holds both Masters of Engineering Management and Bachelors of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Duke University.

Governor Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra

Member of the Board of Trustees (Independent)

Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra presided over LAU from August 1, 2004 to September 30, 2020.

Dr. Jabbra’s leadership has launched the university on the path of institutional and academic renaissance, supported by strong internal human and financial resources. Strengthened by outside gifts and support, these have enabled LAU to develop and implement a vigorous five-year strategic plan. This plan has encompassed opening new schools and developing new programs while sustaining existing ones; attracting new professors while empowering current faculty; putting in place an ambitious capital plan; implementing LAU’s comprehensive Campaign for Excellence entitled “The Legacy and the Promise.” It has also meant preparing the university to meet the highest academic standards in order to achieve accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Prior to his role at LAU, Dr. Jabbra served as Academic Vice President at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California, from 1990 to 2004. He had earlier served as Vice President, Academic and Research, at St. Mary’s University (SMU) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, from 1980 to 1990.

During his tenure at LMU and SMU, Dr. Jabbra gained profound experience in academic administration. He served on and chaired over 100 academic committees and boards, ranging from academic senates to boards of trustees. At both universities, Dr. Jabbra was fully engaged in strategic planning and fundraising.

In Canada, he played a major role in the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC), which accredits university and college programs in the three Canadian Maritime Provinces. In the United States, he was very active in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a leading U.S. accrediting commission. He always participated vigorously in the revision of accreditation standards and served on accreditation visits for many institutions. He also was active in the accreditation of American law schools for the American Bar Association (ABA).

Dr. Jabbra earned his law degree at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

He is the author, co-author, and co-editor of 12 books. The latest, Public Administration in Transition, was recently published in London, England. He has also published over 33 articles and chapters in books and scholarly journals, over 26 book reviews in both English and French, and scores of scholarly papers and keynote addresses given at learned societies’ meetings and professional gatherings.

View this website created as a tribute to Dr. Joseph Jabbra.

Governor Dr. Lynn Priddy

Member of the Board of Trustees (Independent)

Dr. Lynn E. Priddy’s career of more than 30 years has focused exclusively on higher education, where she is known as a collaborative change agent and passionate speaker. She is currently the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of National American University, which serves adult students at 35 campuses and over 80 undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Priddy oversees all academic operations, research, and central and campus-based student services.

Previously, she was Vice President for Accreditation Services at The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the largest regional accreditor in the United States, where she provided oversight for fiscal, operational, and strategic initiatives related to the Commission’s accreditation services. During her tenure at HLC, she also served in the roles of Director of Education and Training and Peer Review, as well as Assistant Director of the Peer Corps and Support Processes. Prior to that, she was Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, then Vice President of Institutional Planning, Effectiveness, and Improvement at Nicolet College, where she received the Board Award for outstanding service.

Dr. Priddy has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Capella University; a Masters of Arts in English and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where she was named Young Researcher of the Year; and a Bachelors of Arts in English from the State University of New York.

Governor Raed Fakhri

Member of the Board of Directors (Independent)

Mr Raed Fakhri joined Mumtalakat as Vice President of Investments in March 2013.

Mr Fakhri enjoys more than 20 years of experience in various sectors, mainly in business development and investment.

Prior to his current role, Mr Fakhri co- founded BDI Partners in 2010 and served as Managing Director. He spent 3 years at Capivest Investment Bank, heading the Investment Department.

Previously, Mr Fakhri was with Bahrain Telecommunication Company (Batelco) for

9 years, responsible for business development, start-ups, mergers and acquisitions.

Governor Dr. Keith Miller

Member of the Board of Trustees (Independent)

Dr. Keith Miller is retired after an extensive career in international education. He was a member of the Senior Executive Service, serving as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Overseas Schools and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations. He was President of the Association of American Schools of Central America, Member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Advancement of International Education, and Chair of the Latin America Committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Dr. Miller joined the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools in 1985 and served as the Regional Education Officer for the Western Hemisphere, Africa and Near East South Asia. During his tenure at the State Department, he oversaw Project AERO (American Education Reaches Out) which provides U.S. standards-based curricula and benchmarks in math, science, English, social studies, art, music, and foreign languages to international students.

Dr. Miller has received several distinguished awards for his service and contribution to international education such as the Walid Abushakra Award for impact on international education, Distinguished Service to Children Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Endicott College, Paul G. Orr Award for service to children from the Association of American Schools in the American Republics, and Lifetime Champion of International Education Award from the Association for the Advancement of International Education.

Dr. Miller holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts in School Administration from Memphis State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Ohio State University.