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Mr Bassam Al Mutawa -BIO

Chairman of the Board, President

Mr Bassam Al Mutawa is a successful businessman born in Kuwait. Educated in the USA, and after receiving his Bachelor of Business Degree, he returned to Kuwait and formed several companies, where over the last 25 years he became a major player in the Defense & Civil Industries with revenues far exceeding $125 Billion USD.

Representing such brands as Boeing, Collins Aerospace, Knight Aerospace, Thomson Thales, Sagem, Euromissile, Tatra, EADS, Fincantieri, Rheinmetal Land Systeme, Fairchild Dornier, Bruker, ATN, Aerospatale, CSD Defense, IMCO, and Oerlikon Aerospace, but to name but a few.

He holds USA State Department approvals as a registered broker of defense and aviation products.

He currently operates offices in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Manhattan New York, Los Angeles, USA and Tivat/Kotor, Montenegro

Khamis Buharoon Al Shamsi

Non-Executive Board Member

Mr Khamis Buharoon Al Shamsi has over 36 years of experience in banking, having acted as CEO, manager, and chairman of several boards. Khamis’s most recent role has been 14 years at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, where he has held many roles including managing director, member of the board of directors, vice-chairman of the board of directors, and acting CEO for two years.

Khamis has successfully led teams as the head of the settlements committee, member of the executive committee, and vice-chairman of the nominations and remuneration committee, among many other offices.

Before his time at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Khamis sat as CEO of Commercial Bank International for two years, during which time he contributed to the restructuring of the bank. His work at CBI included acting as managing director for Commercial Bank Brokerage as well as managing director for Takamul Real Estate.

Khamis is not only a Certified accountant, but also an Auditor that saw him serve with the UAE Central bank for 11 years in this role. Khamis is a sought-after advisor and asset to shareholders, having sat as chairman of committees including the Audit Committee at Agthia since 2020, a current seat at the Abu Dhabi National
Takaful Company, Unifund Capital Financial Investment (UAE) from 2009 to 2017, and National Development Bank (Egypt) from 2007 to 2010, among others. He has also served as a member on many boards and executive committees in UAE, Dubai, Egypt, and London, among others.

Tommy Dunehew

Non-Executive Board Member

Tommy Dunehew has led innovation and strategy in the defense and aircraft industry for over 30 years. He currently sits as the president of IT50 Global Defense Consulting as a sought-after advisor and consultant for complex military and commercial industry environments as well as global enterprises. Before his role with IT50, he served as vice president of International Strategic Development and Industrial Partnerships for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in San Diego, California.

Tommy’s vast and varied experience includes almost 30 years at Boeing, serving in positions from director of operations up to vice president for international sales. During this time he filled many high-impact roles including liaisoning with the US Department of Defense, designing and executing multibillion-dollar contracts, and leading the end-to-end operations of Boeing’s $5 billion
international operations.

In this role, Tommy was consulted with both leadership and key stakeholders to define goals and shape global campaigns as well as collaborative partnerships. Tommy led the way to continuing innovation by capturing high-value partnerships as well as seeking and facilitating partnerships with key industrial leaders. He has worked the US Air Force, Navy, Army, Marine Corps and dozens of Nations across the globe.

Tommy’s strengths and experience have led to him being a sought-after leader when it comes to strategy, development, and high-value partnerships. Tommy has an Executive Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University. He also served in the US Airforce for 14 years.