Najla Al Shirawi

Najla Al Shirawi

Chairperson
Najla Al Shirawi has more than 20 years of investment banking experience, bookended with her appointment as SICO’s Chief Executive Officer in 2014. Having joined SICO in 1997, her extensive career with the Bank also included an appointment to Deputy GM in June 2013. Najla also worked for a number of institutions owned by the Geneva-based Dar Al-Maal Al-Islami Trust, where she was responsible for establishing private banking operations for the Group in the Gulf region. Her career also includes a Lectureship in Engineering at the University of Bahrain. Najla is a Board member at the Bahrain Economic Board (EDB) and  a Chairperson on the Board of Directors for two SICO subsidiaries: SICO Funds Services Company (SFS); in Bahrain and SICO Financial Brokerage in Abu Dhabi. She is also an Independent Board Member of Eskan Bank BSC(c), Bahrain, Board Member of the Deposit Protection Scheme, Bahrain, Board Member of Bahrain Associations of Banks, and a Board Member of the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance. She holds an MBA and a BA in Civil Engineering from University of Bahrain. She was included in the Forbes Middle East 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen List 2017 for the third consecutive year and was honoured by HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Women, and by the University of Bahrain for her contribution to the Kingdom’s banking and financial sector as part of Bahrain Women’s Day 2015.
Anantha Narayanan

Anantha Narayanan

Vice Chairman

With over 27 years of diversified experience in the areas of operations, audit, and risk in the banking industry, Anantha Narayanan began his career at SICO in 2008. He was Head of Internal Audit before being appointed to his current role of Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining SICO, he worked for Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, BBK, Commercial Bank of Oman/Bank Muscat, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Anantha is a Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant (India), a Certified Information Systems Auditor and Financial Risk Manager (USA), and an Associate Member of the Institute of Financial Studies (UK). He holds a BSc Honours from the University of Manchester, UK.

Fadhel Makhlooq

Fadhel Makhlooq

Board Member

With over 35 years of professional experience, Fadhel Makhlooq joined SICO in 2004 as Head of Brokerage before being appointed Head of Investments & Treasury in 2008. He was re-appointed Head of Brokerage in 2010 and then assumed the position of Chief Capital Markets Officer in 2018. Prior to joining SICO, he worked for a number of leading financial institutions including Investcorp and Chemical Bank (now JPM Morgan Chase). Fadhel holds an MBA from Glamorgan University, UK.