Management Team

  • Rajeev Kakar

    Managing Director & CEO

    Rajeev is the Founder Managing Director and CEO of dunia. He is also concurrently the EVP and Regional CEO for CEEMEA region for Fullerton Financial Holdings (Fullerton), a 100% owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings, in more

  • Jassim Al Hammadi

    Head of Strategy and Special Projects

    Jassim started his career as an economic analyst for Citigroup in Dubai, UAE. He worked with the assistant Chief Economist of Citigroup Middle East. Later, he was appointed as a partner in the private equity fund for the MENA region more

  • Venu Parameshwar

    Chief Financial Officer

    Venu has over 35 years of experience in banking and finance in a wide range of functions and countries including India, Australia, Korea, UAE and the UK. His previous roles include Portfolio Risk Manager more

  • Mustafa Erim

    Chief Internal Auditor

    Prior to joining dunia, Mustafa held the role of Head of Audit for Africa and Indian Ocean (2010 – 2011) and UK Retail Banking (2007 - 2010) in Barclays Bank PLC, leading large teams to deliver risk assurance and more

  • Ben Schuurman

    Chief Information Officer

    Ben has joined dunia after a successful career with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and earlier with ABN AMRO where he has gained considerable experience globally in senior positions within the IT function. In his last role, more

  • Muzaffer Hamid

    Chief of Operations

    Muzaffer is part of the founding team at dunia and has 17 years experience in the Operations & Technology area. Prior to joining dunia, Muzaffer’s last assignment was with Citibank Bahrain as the Chief Operating Officer covering more

  • Mariam Elsamny

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Mariam has over 19 years of experience in Retail Banking and Marketing. Her latest role prior to joining dunia was with Citibank, UAE as Marketing and Product Head handling the bank’s retail products, Marketing more

  • Gururaj Balakrishna

    Chief Credit Officer

    Guru was the first member of the dunia risk team having joined the organization in January 2007 and is currently dunia’s Chief Consumer Credit Officer. He has over 22 years of experience in the Credit Risk function more

  • Ali Hurbas

    Strategic Analytics Head

    Ali started his career at AT&T Universal Card Services in Florida, U.S. in 1995, where he held various roles in Finance, Marketing and Card Analytics. In 1999, he joined First USA Bank, now JP Morgan Chase, as the more

  • Sanjay Kao

    Consumer Business Head

    Sanjay brings a wealth of experience and proven results in Consumer Banking across products and in multiple markets. Most recently, he was the Head of Consumer Finance for RBS Asia, responsible for China, Taiwan more