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Our leadership

BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

His Royal Highness
Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud
Chairman of the Board
His Highness
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud
Board Member
His Highness
Prince Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed bin Ayyaf
Board Member
His Excellency
Mr. Ahmed AlKhateeb
Secretary General,Board Member
His Excellency
Dr. Fahd AlSamari
Board Member
His Excellency
Eng. Ibrahim AlSultan
Board Member
His Excellency
Mr. Fahad Bin Adbulmohsen AlRasheed
Board Member

Our Leadership Team

Jerry Inzerillo is regarded as one of the world’s great hospitality visionaries. As the Group Chief Executive Officer of Diriyah Gate Development Authority, he is responsible for all the work that Diriyah Gate Development Authority does and how it’s managed.

Before joining DGDA, Jerry was the CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, where he took charge of the company’s expansion to over 100 countries. He has also been one of the key figures behind such organizations as One&Only Resorts, Ian Schrager Hotels, Four Seasons and Hilton Hotels. He also served as President of Kerzner Entertainment Group overseeing tourist destinations and properties in South Africa, the Bahamas, Dubai, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, and the Maldives.

Jerry earned a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada.

Bader Binmaferij is the Chief of Staff at the Diriyah Gate Development Authority. He joined DGDA back in April 2018. He is amongst the founding members of the authority, working closely with the CEO to ensure DGDA's strategy and mandate delivery by ensuring alignment amongst DGDA's executive team and overseeing protocol international relations activities.

Bader has more than 11 years of experience, covering Human Resources, Administration and Government Relations working with leading companies in the Kingdom, and is highly experienced in dealing with and managing key senior stakeholders.

Bader holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Thompson Rivers University in Canada and a Diploma of Higher Education from Riyadh College of Technology.

Faisal Faruqi brings 24 years of Strategic Corporate and Financial Management experience to his position as Group Chief Operating Officer for Diriyah Gate Development Authority. As Group Chief Operating Officer, Faisal sets the strategic direction for managing overall operations of DGDA and contributes intensively to deliver on DGDA’s strategic mandate of “One Diriyah”.
 
Before taking on the position as Group COO, Faisal was the Chief Financial Officer at Diriyah Gate Development Authority. As CFO, he implemented robust and dynamic financial practices and reporting which became the backbone of DGDA’s governance structure.
 
Faisal was the Group CFO of Emaar, The Economic City, one of Saudi Arabia’s top real estate public listed companies. He used his extensive experience and understanding to expedite the development trajectory, which resulted in the development of King Abdullah Port, Royal Greens Golf Course and a significant residential footprint. Few of his major achievements include forming multiple subsidiaries and introducing holding structure, securing multi-billion riyals funding and structuring project financing deal for King Abdullah Port. 
 
Faisal graduated from the University of California and attended several executive education programs at Harvard, Stanford, and the New York Institute of Finance.

Jonathan Timms is a global property business leader specializing in multifaceted mixed-use developments. An Australian national with over 30 years’ experience across APAC and the GCC, Jonathan currently leads a SAR 150 billion design and development pipeline for Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA). This includes Diriyah Gate, poised to become the world’s largest cultural and heritage development.

A track record of successful multi-asset class developments, Jonathan has delivered multiple projects across shopping malls, residential and leisure offerings as Head of Development for Majid Al Futtaim. Earlier, Jonathan led Vicinity Centres in Australia to successfully develop and manage an asset portfolio and mixed-use development pipeline of USD 20 billion. Furthermore, he led Tesco property China in the design and delivery of circa 30 mixed-use projects including over 30,000 residential units.

Jonathan has in-depth expertise of master planning, design and development, enabling him to lead and deliver on major complex mixed-used developments of the highest standard.

Tala AlJahlan is the General Counsel at Diriyah Gate Development Authority, where she leads the legal department covering multiple divisions. The legal, land management, compliance and other departments report to her. The General Counsel provides an on-going legal support to all departments, ensuring the smooth operation of business within the proper and required legal framework. Additionally, the General Counsel ensures compliance with laws and regulations. The role also includes management of land and real estate processes handling owners’ affairs and other land operations.

Tala AlJahlan has been the Executive Director heading Legal Affairs & Compliance at the G20 Saudi Secretariat. She has successfully accomplished her G20 mission and she has since been awarded with the King Abdulaziz Badge of Honor. Prior to her work with the G20, she was a partner at an international law firm for more than 9 years.  AlJahlan has represented international and Saudi Arabian corporations and families in transactions connected to corporate restructuring, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, foreign direct investment, facility agreements, agency, and distributorship matters and other related to commercial law.

Tala has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Commercial Law from Prince Sultan University.

Talal Kensara ensures that the strategic objectives and delivered according to plans.

Before joining DGDA, Talal was the Vice Deputy Minister for Shared Services at the Ministry of Economy and Planning. He was also the VP of Projects & Development at Waad Holding Company in Jeddah. He has over 16 years of experience in strategy and business development.

Talal earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Mohamed Saad, Chief Development Officer, is part of the leadership team at DGDA and leads DGDA’s Phase One masterplan development, which includes what will become the largest retail district in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Diriyah Square.

Mohamed has 20 years’ experience running major retail-focused infrastructure projects across the Middle East. Over the course of his two-decade career, he has been responsible for some of the region’s most innovative retail, residential and interiors companies. Prior to joining DGDA in 2019, Mohamed held positions as Development Director of the Mall of Oman and Development Director of the City Center Almaza, Egypt, for Majid Al Futtaim Properties, and prior to that was General Manager for Living in Interiors, based in Cairo, where he led the transformation of a family-owned business into a corporate enterprise. Mohamed also has professional experience working as a structural design engineer and head of business development for a portfolio of Dubai and Egypt based companies.

Mohamed holds a BSc in Civil & Structural Engineering from Cairo University and a PMP certification. He is fluent in both Arabic and English.

Alsharif leads Urban Planning and Municipal Affairs (UMA) division mandated to serve as the Regulator of the complete Supervisory Area and facilitating Licensing and Permits within Diriyah Gate Project.
 
UMA’s role is to support timely delivery of Diriyah Gate projects through offering independent and efficient design review and permitting cycles. UMA’s role also extends to establishing required codes and planning approvals to elevate real estate developments and integrate the urban fabric within the entire Supervisory Area.
 
Ahmad previously worked with Saudi Aramco Company, and within the core leadership team of King Abdullah Financial District leading the design and development of the complete portfolio of all infrastructure packages and site-wide logistics. He has also been the Director General of the Real Estate and Municipal Affairs in the Economic Cities & Special Zones Authority, overseeing city and district level master planning and regulations, delivering the King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh and Knowledge Economic City in Madinah.
 
Ahmad has a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, in addition to several leadership and executive training and development programs.

As the Chief of Heritage, Adam Wilkinson uses his expertise to ensure that there is an integrated approach to the management of the cultural heritage in Diriyah.

Before joining DGDA, Adam was the Director of Edinburgh World Heritage in Scotland. He managed the restoration and repairs of buildings, interpreting the world heritage site and building capacity. He is renowned for ensuring that community engagement is part of heritage plans.

Adam earned a Master of Science in Historic Conservation from Oxford Brookes University and a Master of Arts in Mediaeval History and Russian Language from the University of St. Andrews.

As the Chief of Shared Services Officer, Abdullah Al-Ghanim manages service initiatives related to the people, products and processes in the business.

Before joining DGDA, Abdullah was VP of Shared Services & Business for Saudi Railway company and the Chief Information Officer for NAS holding company. He has over 20 years of experience and is an expert in strategic and business planning.

Ahmed Alamr, Chief Financial Officer, has more than a decade of financial management experience. As CFO, Ahmed is responsible for strategic planning and overseeing the finance function for the entire Authority. His primary responsibilities include developing and managing the Authority’s financial planning and budgets, ensuring fiscal governance, driving statutory financial compliance, introducing spending efficiencies, supporting business growth, and providing adequate internal controls are in place.

Ahmed started his career in banking and investment at Saudi Hollandi capital and SAMBA Financial Group. Before joining DGDA, Ahmed was one of the founding team members of a multi-billion PPP transaction. His role was essential in successfully planning, executing, implementing, delivering, and monitoring the project with his team.

Ahmed graduated from Prince Sultan University, where he won the 2010 KPMG competitive award for the best feasibility study.

Osama Alkalthami has been the CAO of Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) since April 2020. His 23 years’ experience in internal auditing and finance have helped him in establishing the Internal Audit Divisions in five of the Kingdom’s top banks, listed companies and Giga-project under the umbrella of Saudi Vision 2030.

Prior to joining DGDA, he served as the Assistant General Manager (AGM) of the Saudi Chemical Group with its 5 subsidiaries as well as its Group CAO and the General Secretary of the Board Audit Committee. He was also the CAO and the General Secretary of the Board Audit Committee in 2 of the top Insurance Companies which are Saudi Arabian Cooperative Insurance Co. (SAICO), and the Arabia Insurance Cooperative Co.

Having served in the Banking industry for 14 years as Kingdom-wide Retail Banking Audit Manager at Bank Albilad, and Senior Audit team leader of Arab National Bank (ANB), Osama has been responsible for covering all the Internal Audit Services Kingdom-wide, and also in Riyad Bank.

Osama holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from King Abdul Aziz University. He also graduated from a Business School in the UK studying Banking and Business Program. Moreover, Osama has attended over 100 training programs around the world, obtaining 40 Internal Audit certificates from Global Internal Audit institutes such as the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) in the US, MIS London, IIR Dubai, Moody’s Corporation, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Abdullah joined DGDA in 2021 as Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO). Abdullah is a seasoned management leader with extensive experience working for large corporations across a variety of sectors such as Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Telecommunication, Higher Education, private sector. His expertise is on Human Capital and Corporate Strategy. 

Abdullah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information System (MIS) from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals and has earned his MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management from University of Technology (Sydney). He is currently doing his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at one of UK’s universities. He attended some executive and leadership programs at Harvard, Oxford (Said Business School) and IMD Business School.

Jean Lahoud Rodriguez is the Chief Assessment Management Officer (CAMO) with Diriyah Gate Development Authority. As part of his role, Jean is responsible for providing superior operational excellence and quality of life to visitors and residents on all DGDA owned assets.

Jean has 25 years of experience in finance, operations, and business development. Before joining DGDA, Jean was Sector lead for Quality of Life and Tourism at the Royal Commission of Riyadh City. He has a 14 year career with PepsiCo International as Regional CFO for the Middle East and Africa and 6 years as Executive Director at Emaar Economic City, as well as COO for Dar Al Arkan.

Jean holds an MBA from the University of Denver in 1992 and did his bachelor studies in Madrid, Spain.  He is a licensed tourism director from the Ministry of Tourism in Spain and speaks fluently four languages, Arabic, French, English, and Spanish.