A Global industrialist and business strategist, Hussain AlNowais has over 30 years of combined experience in various nations and across multiple sectors including: banking and financial services, investments, heavy industries, petrochemicals, energy, construction, hospitality and real estate. Born and raised in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for a self-made businessman father, He began his career as an entrepreneur, establishing his first company in 1979. Mr. AlNowais received his B.S. in finance from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon and has attended Executive Management courses at INSEAD-France and London Business School. Today, Hussain AlNowais lives in his homeland, Abu Dhabi, married with two sons and a daughter.
“Business confidence in our country is high; government borrowings from the domestic financial system are low and there is no external debt.” Hussain J. AlNowais
"As I reflect on my experience of over 30 years in business and public service I can sum it up as follows: success comes from passion! Passion brings out the best in us! I can attribute our success to our people being passionate about everything we do. Equally important is sustainability; we build and acquire businesses with a long term view for sustainability. Finally, the volatile global markets we live in have taught us to be mindful of risk management; yet recognize the opportunities volatility brings." Hussain Al Nowais
Hussain Alnowais is the founding member and chairman of Abu Dhabi-based ALNOWAIS Investments. Currently, spearheading ALNOWAIS Investments’ strategy of global expansion and strategic project development in energy, industry, infrastructure, healthcare, hospitality/real-estate, FMCG and technology sectors. http://www.alnowais.com
AMEA Power develops, own, and operates thermal and renewable power projects in Africa Region, the Middle East Region and Asia Region. http://www.ameapower.com
A diversified investment company at the center of a strong business network in the UAE & the wider Middle East region. Waha Capital invests in various sectors including aircraft leasing, offshore oil and gas services, real estate development, and financial services. http://www.wahacapital.ae
ROTANA HOTEL MANAGEMENT
A hotel management company in the Middle East and Africa region. It has a portfolio of 85 properties in 26 cities and operates four sub brands. https://www.rotana.com/
MENA INFRASTRUCTURE FUND
A specialist USD 300 million private equity fund established in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC). It is a regional investor, targeting investments in the infrastructure and energy sectors across MENA. http://www.menaif.com/
ABRAAJ CAPITAL 2004–2015
An investor operating in Asia, MENA, Turkey and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Founded in 2002, the Group has returned c. US$ 4.0 billion to investors. http://www.abraaj.com
AlNowais’s career took a ten-fold leap in responsibility when he was sought out by Abu Dhabi Government to chair strategic public institutions.
His semi/public/non-profit responsibilities include:
UAE’s largest industrial conglomerate and a prime mover in implementing the Abu Dhabi government’s industrial diversification policy. SENAAT, in cooperation with public and private sector investors, establishes strategic partnerships in large scale capital intensive industries, meeting local, regional and international market demands. http://www.senaat.co/
KHALIFA FUND, CHAIRMAN
Launched in 2007 with a total capital investment of 2 Billion dirhams, Khalifa Fund aims to create a new generation of Emirati entrepreneurs by instilling and enriching the culture of investment amongst young people and supporting and developing small to medium-sized investments in the Emirate.. http://www.khalifafund.ae
KHALIFA UNIVERSITY, BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBER
A science-focused university founded in 2007 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with a satellite campus in Sharjah by a presidential decree of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Khalifa University was established in an effort to support a knowledge-based economy that will contribute to the state’s post-oil future. http://www.kustar.ac.ae/
Hussain AlNowais accumulated a solid track record in acquiring unprofitable companies turning them into profitable businesses, processing IPOs and selling businesses to private equity investors. AlNowais has been actively involved in building organizations, developing effective structures, recruiting winning management teams, creation of strategies, policies and regulations on national and regional levels.
“You have to set clear goals, then expect people to fulfill them with minimum interference.” Hussain J. AlNowais
“Industry creates added value and exploits competitive advantage. We are positioned to do that by building infrastructure, by investing in logistics, including the port, the airport and now the rail.”
"To all young entrepreneurs: If you want to be successful, be in love with what you do"
“I am a great believer that difficulties can create opportunities. I think there will be opportunities coming up for the wise investors who have two things: guts and cash”.
AlNowais, Investment insight
“The business sector in the GCC has obviously been affected by the global downturn. However, business opportunities remain, as well as challenges, and exploring these opportunities now will pay off in the future.”.