Board of Governors

Ragheed Shanti

Ragheed Shanti, CDir, has been Chairman to the Board of Governors of Brighton College Abu Dhabi and its Finance and Education Committee since its foundation in 2011.  Ragheed is also Chairman to the Board of Governors of Brighton College Al Ain and Brighton College Dubai.  Ragheed holds a position as Senior Advisor to the Board of National Holding, advising the Group on corporate governance and represents it on boards of directors of strategic subsidiaries since 2009. Earlier, Ragheed acted as Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and is currently a Board Member.  Beforehand he founded Paradigm, an investment banking boutique at the DIFC in 2008. Previously he headed the Investment Banking effort at ABN Amro Bank from 2004 to 2007 after he worked at its offices in London and New York overseeing the bank’s capital markets in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and Middle East and Africa since 1998. Previously, he headed Merrill Lynch’s institutional sales to the Middle East, out of London, for five years. Ragheed began his career in corporate finance in 1987 with Citicorp Investment Bank in New York before he moved to Sumitomo, New York, to head its North American structured finance for five years.

Ragheed holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas, Austin USA, where he was a Sord scholar, in 1987. He also completed his MS in Construction Management there in 1985. Ragheed finished his Civil Engineering with honours from Leeds University in 1980.

Dr Ibrahim Al Dabal

Dr Ibrahim Al Dabal is an internationally recognized expert in the field of drugs, narcotics and toxins and is an accredited consultant to the United Nations, a member of the International Narcotics Control Board and is on the World Assembly of toxins experts.

Over the last decade he has headed the Centre for Drug Rehabilitation in Dubai and since 2006 has been working as Director of International Training with Dubai Police on drug awareness, human development and community service. He is a member of the National Committee on Drug Control as well as the Emirates Medical Association.

His skills have also been utilized in drafting regulations for the Ministry of Education and he has developed and delivered a variety of training courses for teachers. Ibrahim’s connections with young people are reinforced through his work on a range of youth projects as well as being General Coordinator for the Khalifa Empowerment Programme for young Emiratis.

He is closely involved in volunteer work locally. He is on the Board of both the Boy Scouts and the Dar El Ber Garity and is also a member of the UAE Red Crescent.

Dr. Dabal's achievements and awards are numerous and particularly worthy of note is his award for Academic Excellence from Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid and his work on special project for Sheikh Saif Al Nahyan.

Jamal bin Obaid Al Bah

Mr Jamal bin Obaid Al Bah has been actively involved with the pronoun development of family advancement,     and awareness, especially in relation to the Arab Region, working in conjunction with the United Nation, the Work l Family Organization as well as the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESGWA).

Mr Al Bah has been the Chairman the Arabia Family Organization since 2001 and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Federal Organization for Parent Awareness.

Jamal has played a large role in organizing campaigns pertaining to family issues such as divorce, spinsterhood and family culture, as well as working with the United Nations Women Status Committee and the vision of strategic perspectives of the Arab Woman after 2015.

He has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology-Mass Media as well as a Diploma in Psycho-Engineering.

Lord Maude of Horsham

The Rt Hon The Lord Maude of Horsham, PC is Chairman of Brighton College International Schools and a Governor of Brighton College. Francis Maude was as an MP for 27 years, first in North Warwickshire and later for Horsham. In his early ministerial career, he served as Margaret Thatcher’s Minister for Europe and Hong Kong/China, Minister for Corporate Affairs, and Financial Secretary to the Treasury until he left Parliament in 1992. He was, subsequently, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and a director of Asda. After re-election to Parliament in 1997, Francis served as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Chairman of the Conservative Party. The 2010 election saw him appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General. Upon leaving the House of Commons at the 2015 election, Francis was raised to the Peerage and served as the UK's Trade Minister between 2015 and 2016. Francis now has a business advising governments on efficiency, is Chairman of Cogent Elliott Group and has a portfolio of advisory board appointments.

Paul Westbrook

Paul Westbrook has been a governor of Brighton College Abu Dhabi (BCAD) since its foundation in 2011 and is a member of BCAD’s Finance and Education Committee.  Paul is one of the Governors from Brighton College in the UK, where he is the Group Bursar overseeing best practice and key functions outside of the academic and bringing that insight to bear for the benefit of BCAD.  In the UK, Paul has also overseen the construction of nine state of the art facilities including classroom, boarding, pastoral, music, design and technology, sports and science facilities and also carried out a refurbishment programme to create some of the best boarding facilities in the UK.  Paul is also a Governor at the other Brighton College schools in the UAE and Chair of Finance for London Academy of Excellence – a sixth form for children from deprived backgrounds in east London.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  Paul’s wife is a teacher and they are parents of two children in Brighton College in the UK.

The Rt Hon  Sir Nicholas Soames

Nicholas Soames is the Member of Parliament for Mid-Sussex and a former parent at Brighton College UK. Before entering politics, Nicholas served in the British Army and served in Germany and the United Kingdom. Nicholas spent two and a half years on the staff of a Senator in Washington DC and from 1977 for four years was a Director of a firm at Lloyds of London. He is a Trustee of the Amber Foundation and previously sat on the Council of the Royal United Services Institute. Nicholas is a member of the 1922 Executive Committee and President of the Conservative Middle East Council. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011. Nicholas is the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill.

Saed Arekat

Saed Arekat is the Group Chief Financial Officer of Bloom Holding. He has extensive experience in the real estate investment and development and assets management as well as hospitality and education sectors. Saed has broad responsibilities including strategic and business planning, corporate finance, funding and treasury, financial planning and analysis, and financial reporting. In addition to leading the group procurements and IT functions.

Saed is a member of the Executive Committees, plays a pivotal role as a key member of the Executive Management Team of Bloom Holding, and has a leading role in all aspects of the development and execution of business strategies and transformation plans  to ensure long-term sustainable growth and value creation for Bloom Holding Group. 

Concurrently Saed is a board of governors’ member of Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai in addition to Dwight Dubai school.

Prior to joining Bloom in 2007, Saed was an Executive Manager/Director at Ernst & Young Baghdad, Iraq and held different senior positions at Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen and KPMG in Jordan and Palestine. Saed involvement in a variety of service lines and serving wide range of local and international customers, provided him with an extensive exposure across different industries globally. 

Saed holds an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School. His vast professional experience has been endorsed with prestigious certificates he has attained such as the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from USA. Further, Saed has recently completed the Oxford High Performance Leadership Programme and Oxford Real Estate Programme at the University of Oxford – Saïd Business School.

Dr Shamma Al-Falasi

Dr Shamma Al-Falasi is the Chair of Social Work Department at the United Arab Emirates  University, Al-Ain, UAE. Shamma has been serving as an Assistant Professor at the college of Humanitarian and Social Sciences at the UAEU since 2009. Dr. Shamma holds a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA She also has a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, IL, USA. Dr. Shamma conducts many training and social services programs in the UAE and works as a social consultant for different social organization where she evaluates and designs social programs. .

Richard Cairns

Richard Cairns MA (Oxon) FRSA has been the Head Master of Brighton College UK since 2006. Richard Cairns has presided over a hugely successful period in the College's 167-year history, recording the best A-level results of any co-educational school in England in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. He holds a First Class degree in History from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is a Governor of several other schools. He was Tatler’s ‘Headmaster of the Year 2012’.

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