Saeed Mubarak Al Hajeri
Saeed is Chairman of AlephYa Operating Company. He is Assistant Minister at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serves as the Vice Chairman of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, Executive Director & Member of Strategy Committee at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and is a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of MSCI Barra. In 2007, he was elected by the World Economic Forum as one of the top 250 Young Global Leaders for his contribution to the public and financial sectors in the UAE. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lewis & Clark College in the United States, is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and attended the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.
Shailesh is an Executive Director and Board Member of AlephYa Operating Company and is responsible for the overall management and operations of the company. He co-founded AlephYa in 2016 and has worked on building the platform since its inception till today. Shailesh is passionate about education and ensuring that all children have access to quality education. He is also Managing Partner, founding shareholder and a Board member of Aramis Partners Ltd, a DFSA regulated firm. Previously, he was a Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking for Deutsche Bank in the Middle East region. He was a member of the Deutsche Bank MENA Executive Committee, the UAE Executive Committee and a member of the CEEMEA Management team. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Shailesh worked at Citigroup’s Telecom, Media and Technology Investment Banking team in London and prior to this with Ernst & Young. He holds an MBA degree from INSEAD Business School in France, a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University and is a qualified Certified Public Accountant from the USA.
Nadeem is an Executive Director and Board Member of AlephYa Operating Company. He was one of the founders of AlephYa and has focused on social impact investing since 2015, specifically in the education sector. He is also a founding shareholder and a Board member of Aramis Partners Ltd, a DFSA regulated firm. Previously, he was the Chief Country Officer for Deutsche Bank in UAE and Head of Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB) coverage for Middle East region. He was a member of Deutsche Bank MENA Executive Committee, the UAE Executive Committee and CEEMEA Management team. He also headed the Global Fund Derivatives structuring team based in Deutsche Bank, London. He holds an MBA degree from Wharton Graduate Business School (University of Pennsylvania) and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston in USA.
Chandra is an Executive Director of AlephYa Operating Company and a co-founder of AlephYa. He oversees the acquisition, strategy and operations of the schools and is currently focused on building and delivering the long-term strategy for the platform. He is also part of the Board of Governors of the various schools. Chandra has focused on education sector investments since 2010. Prior to co-founding AlephYa, Chandra was Senior Vice President at Lagoon Capital, a secondary focused private equity firm backed by Qatar Insurance Company and HarbourVest. While at Lagoon Capital, he was responsible for originating and execution of secondary private equity transaction in the Middle East and South Asia. Prior to joining Lagoon Capital, he worked at QInvest, Qatar’s leading investment group and JP Morgan. He has held board, investment and management committee membership at various companies including ABEC, Intercat, Al Nakheel & AG, Ambit Corporate Finance and Lagoon Capital. He holds an MBA degree from IIM Bangalore and a B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in India.
Judith is an advisor to the Board of AlephYa. Judith was Principal of School of Modern Skills until her retirement in 2022.