Senior Management Team

Our management teams offer unparalleled experience and expertise across industries and geographies. We are a team of experts skilled in registry, compliance, business support and international business companies.

Dr Sameer Al Ansari
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Sameer Al Ansari

Dr. Al Ansari is a UK qualified chartered accountant with over 30 years of senior corporate, operational, private equity investing and strategic advisory experience.

Prior to joining RAK ICC as CEO in April 2018, Dr. Al Ansari served in the following positions:

  • Vice Chairman and COO of The Industrial Group.
  • Founder and CEO of PEPlus Capital Advisors
  • CEO of SHUAA Capital, a publicly listed full service investment bank.
  • He helped establish Dubai Holding in 2004 and founded Dubai International Capital (“DIC”) and headed DIC as its Executive Chairman and CEO, creating an investment company with US$12 billion of assets under management.
  • Group CFO for The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai.
  • CFO at Dubai Aluminum Company (DUBAL/EGA)
  • Senior Manager at EY Dubai 1987-92

Dr. Al Ansari sits on a number of boards including RAK ICC, TVM Healthcare Partners (GCC Healthcare Private Equity Fund), & Eureeca Capital. He has served on numerous regional and international boards such as the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) which he served from 2004-2016 and Hawkamah Institute of Corporate Governance He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a member of the Institute’s advisory board for MENA. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Loughborough University for outstanding achievement and leadership in finance and is a visiting fellow at Oxford University Said business school.

Alan Bougourd
Registrar

Alan Bougourd

Alan has over 20 years’ experience working in the Guernsey financial services industry, including as Managing Director of Skipton International. He joined Skipton Building Society’s offshore deposit taker and Channel Island mortgage lender from Barclays Private Clients International Limited where he was Country Manager and Head of Woolwich Guernsey.

Alan is a former Chairman of the Association of Guernsey Banks and former Deputy Chairman of the Guernsey International Business Association.

Alan achieved his Financial Services Degree through the Chartered Institute of Bankers and his Bournemouth University MSc in Corporate Governance through the GTA University Centre. He is also a Chartered Director.

Swadha Vaid
Senior Compliance & Legal Counsel

Swadha Vaid

Swadha is an Indian qualified lawyer, having more than 12 years of experience in both legal and compliance in India and UAE.

Prior to joining RAK ICC, Swadha was working for an investment firm in DIFC wherein she was responsible for Compliance with oversight for Corporate Governance, Legal and Company Secretariat. Swadha has also worked as lawyer at leading law firms and as in-house legal and compliance counsel for companies based in India and UAE. She has gained considerable experience in advising, both as an external and as an in-house counsel, on all areas of business law with a focus on the legal considerations of financing, corporate restructurings and commercial transactions.

Javed Nazim
Head of Finance and Admin

Javed Nazim

Javed has over 20 years of experience with Government-related entities, in the UAE, in areas of financial control, corporate finance, treasury/cash, and risk management. He had held roles at Dubai Civil Aviation, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, and subsidiary. He brings exposure in Government administration services, infra-construction, real estate, aviation, and services industry.

Javed had received recognition for his contribution in landmark treasury transactions and managing financial risk. He is a member of CIMA (UK), ICMA (AUS), and UAE CA.

Business Development Team

Our business development team has a strong blend of skills and expertise drawn from across our international markets.

Lara Malaeb
Director – Business Development & Marketing

Lara Malaeb

Lara Malaeb is Senior Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Lara has over 12 years’ experience in the UAE with expertise in Consultancy, Management, Corporate Governance and Business Development and has extensive knowledge of the UAE market. Lara is currently the Director of Business Development and Marketing at RAK International Corporate Centre (‘’RAK ICC’’) where she mentors and oversees the business development and marketing team and plays a strategic role in the development of the centre. Combining her legal knowledge and expertise in business management, Lara has initiated and directed various projects and business opportunities for the centre. Before joining RAK ICC, Lara was heading the Corporate Services team for an international listed corporate service provider based in the DIFC where she managed several clients’ portfolios by providing fiduciary duties and responsible for the business development role in the region. Lara has also worked for an international law firm where she has developed her legal skills in the Corporate sector. Lara was a board member from 2016 to 2018 for more than 70 DIFC Special Purpose Companies and is a non-executive Director for an international investment company based in the DIFC. Lara holds Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Heriot Watt University and is a Professional Director certified by Institute of Directors from Hawkamah, the Institute for Corporate Governance. Lara is a member at Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the International Business Structuring Association (IBSA) and Taxlinked.
Vishal Pathak
Business Development Director – India

Vishal Pathak

Vishal has 20 years of experience working in financial services, corporate services and consulting industry. He has worked on various global business development assignments and currently leading India region for RAK ICC and driving regional growth in line with the company’s global business strategy. Before joining RAK ICC, Vishal has worked with one of the largest global corporate service provider and instrumental in structuring and execution of various complex global M&A assignments for large Indian corporates . Vishal specializes in building and nurturing large corporate accounts along with other business channels.
Business Development Director

Abir Dakmak

Abir Dakmak is a senior professional with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry with over 10 years’ experience in the UAE with expertise in agent management and Business Development and has extensive knowledge of the UAE market.

Abir is currently the Business Development Director at RAK International Corporate Centre (‘’RAK ICC’’) where she is responsible for a large portfolio of clients providing a comprehensive range of corporate management services for RAK ICC registered Agents . Further to that Abir is proactively engaged in close professional relationship with business partners/potential agents and manage key relationships with existing and potentially new clients/agents in order to improve RAK ICC product portfolio and processes, and enhance overall customer experience.

Irene Blazquez
Business Development Manager

Irene Blazquez

Irene Blazquez is part of the Business Development team, working for over six years as a Business Development Manager at RAK ICC.

She is responsible for a large portfolio of clients providing a comprehensive range of corporate management services for RAK ICC registered Agents in UAE, as well as developing and exploring opportunities in the Latin America market.

Prior to joining RAK ICC, Irene has previous experience as a sales manager and worked for a bank in Spain.