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Ahmed Galal

Ahmed Galal Ismail is Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, the leading shopping mall, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia with assets in excess of USD 18 billion and 44,000 employees.

Mr. Ismail has been a long-standing leader at Majid Al Futtaim, having held several executive positions across the company’s portfolio of businesses during his 16-year tenure, and has played an instrumental role in the growth and development of the Group.

Most recently, Mr. Ismail served as the Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim -Properties, from 2018 to early 2023 leading the company’s portfolio of shopping malls, hotels, and mixed-use communities across the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Oman, Bahrain, and Lebanon. Prior to assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim -Properties, Mr. Ismail led Majid Al Futtaim – Ventures, overseeing seven business verticals including Leisure and Entertainment, Cinemas, Lifestyle, Facilities Management, and Consumer Finance. He joined Majid Al Futtaim in 2007 as the group’s VP of Strategy.

Mr. Ismail started his career with Procter and Gamble in Egypt and Germany, before joining Booz Allen Hamilton where he was named Principal, advising organisations in the retail, media, tourism, and transportation sectors.

Mr. Ismail serves on the Board of Endeavor UAE, a global non-profit dedicated to highimpact entrepreneurship, and the Arab Investment Bank. Mr. Ismail is a member of the World Economic Forum’s CEO Alliance for Climate Change and is a Trustee of the American University in Cairo.

Mr. Ismail holds an MBA with distinction from London Business School and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo.

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