Mr. Kakish is the CEO of Ittihad International Investment LLC. He has steered the over 26 subsidiary group to achieve exponential and sustainable growth, grew revenues by 10x with consecutive record annual profits over the last decade, and established 4 greenfield plants and led them to become market leaders in their sectors.
He started his career at the General Industry Corporation (now SENAAT), headed the Industrial Areas Section of ZonesCorp and established the first industrial city in Abu Dhabi (ICAD I).
Prior to Ittihad, he served at Abu Dhabi National Industrial Projects Co. as Chief Operating Officer for ten years.
He received his Masters degree in Engineering Management from the American University of Beirut and Bsc. Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Jordan. He is also a Chartered Engineer from the Institute of Electrical Engineers.
Mr. Kakish is a Board Member of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a member of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Department Advisory Board and the Research Center on Digital Supply Chain and Operations Management Steering Committee Board, respectively and is an accredited Arbitrator at the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre.
Mr. Abu Hamze is Group CFO of Ittihad International Investment LLC.
At Ittihad, he reprofiled the group’s working capital facilities and raised debt in excess of USD550 Million for capital expenditures, acquisitions, project finance and MBOs through banks and ECAs.
He brings along with him an experience of 17 years in treasury, cash management and corporate finance roles.
Before joining Ittihad, he was the Group Treasurer at Amana Steel Buildings for more than two years.
Prior to his stint with Amana Steel buildings, he served at Dubai Holding, a major investment conglomerate in Dubai, as the Director of Debt and Capital Advisory and the Treasury Manager for about 7 years.
Mr. Abu Hamze received his Masters degree in International Securities and Investment Banking from the ICMA Centre at the University of Reading UK and his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from the Lebanese American University.
Mr. Darwish has more than 21 years of extensive experience in investment management, M&A, private equity and venture capital.
He has worked in New York, Jordan and the UAE for prominent investment banks, family offices and investment firms advising on, closing and managing equity and debt deals valued at more than $5bn across several sectors, logistics is one of many.
He served in personal capacity on multiple investment committees and boards of both private and publicly listed companies.
Mr. Darwish at his free time participates as a mentor for entrepreneurs and startups, in addition he has helped secure funding for various startups at different stages.
He holds an MBA specialized in Investment and Finance from The University of Toledo (Dean’s List), and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from The University of Jordan.