Mr. Fahad Kazim is currently Vice President - Meydan Malls at Meydan Group and is a member of the Executive Management committee. He looks after the Group's entire retail portfolio throughout the lifecycle, from planning and development all the way through asset management. Mr. Kazim previously served as Chief Commercial Officer at Meraas Holding wherein he was responsible for the Development and Asset Management functions of the real estate portfolio working on many of the Group’s iconic projects in Dubai. Mr. Kazim was seconded to Bright Start for two years where he served as Chief Investment Office. Mr. Kazim helped formalise Bright Start's overall investment strategy and oversaw its real estate projects in Dubai. Mr. Kazim started his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers as part of the Transaction Services team, focusing on financial due diligence and valuation assignments and advising clients on buy/sell transactions in the real estate sector with a focus on the hospitality and retail industries. He was also involved in significant assignments, including the establishment of one of the largest real estate development companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He currently serves as Non-Executive Director of Emirates REIT and was previously a Non-Executive Director of DXB Entertainments (previously Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC) as well as Dubai Hills and Rove Hotels. Mr. Kazim holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Concordia University in Canada and is a qualified Certified Public Accountant.
Ruud Hopstaken has a degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, after which he followed a postgraduate course in accountancy at the Catholic University of Brabant. During his career he worked consecutively as a Senior Accountant (KPMG Klynveld), a controller (Het Financieele Dagblad) after which in 1996 he became a member of the Board of Management of Buma/Stemra (the largest music copyright organisation in the Netherlands). From 2002-2004 he worked as Director Finance at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, reporting to the Board. In 2004 he was appointed vice-chairman of the Executive Board of the Amsterdam Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam. From 2014 onwards he decided to give his attention to various assignments. He also serves serveral boards and committees.