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Our Leadership Team



BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

His Royal Highness
Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud
Chairman of the Board
His Highness
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud
Board Member
His Highness
Prince Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed bin Ayyaf
Board Member
His Excellency
Mr. Ahmed AlKhateeb
Secretary General, Board Member
His Excellency
Dr. Fahd AlSamari
Board Member
His Excellency
Eng. Ibrahim AlSultan
Board Member
His Excellency
Mr. Fahad Bin Adbulmohsen AlRasheed
Board Member

Our Leadership Team

Jerry Inzerillo is regarded as one of the world’s great hospitality visionaries. As Group Chief Executive Officer of DGDA, he is responsible for all the work undertaken by the Authority and it’s management.

Prior to joining DGDA, Jerry was the CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, where successfully expanded the company’s footprint to over 100 countries. He was also one of the key figures behind organizations such as One&Only Resorts, Ian Schrager Hotels, Four Seasons and Hilton Hotels, and served as President of Kerzner Entertainment Group overseeing tourist destinations and properties in South Africa, the Bahamas, Dubai, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, and the Maldives, as well as CEO of IMG Artists.

In 2021, Jerry was awarded one of the tourism and hospitality industry’s greatest accolades - Corporate Hotelier of the World - by HOTELS magazine.

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Jerry Inzerillo is regarded as one of the world’s great hospitality visionaries. As Group Chief Executive Officer of DGDA, he is responsible for all the work undertaken by the Authority and it’s management.

Prior to joining DGDA, Jerry was the CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, where successfully expanded the company’s footprint to over 100 countries. He was also one of the key figures behind organizations such as One&Only Resorts, Ian Schrager Hotels, Four Seasons and Hilton Hotels, and served as President of Kerzner Entertainment Group overseeing tourist destinations and properties in South Africa, the Bahamas, Dubai, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, and the Maldives, as well as CEO of IMG Artists.

In 2021, Jerry was awarded one of the tourism and hospitality industry’s greatest accolades - Corporate Hotelier of the World - by HOTELS magazine.

Bader is the Chief of Staff at DGDA. He joined in April 2018 and is amongst the founding members of the Authority, working closely with the Group CEO to ensure DGDA's strategy and mandate delivery by ensuring alignment amongst DGDA's executive team and overseeing protocol and international relations activities.

Bader has more than 11 years of professional experience, covering Human Resources, Administration and Government Relations, working with leading companies in the Kingdom, and is highly experienced in dealing with and managing key senior stakeholders.

Bader holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Thompson Rivers University in Canada and a Diploma of Higher Education from Riyadh College of Technology.

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Bader is the Chief of Staff at DGDA. He joined in April 2018 and is amongst the founding members of the Authority, working closely with the Group CEO to ensure DGDA's strategy and mandate delivery by ensuring alignment amongst DGDA's executive team and overseeing protocol and international relations activities.

Bader has more than 11 years of professional experience, covering Human Resources, Administration and Government Relations, working with leading companies in the Kingdom, and is highly experienced in dealing with and managing key senior stakeholders.

Bader holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Thompson Rivers University in Canada and a Diploma of Higher Education from Riyadh College of Technology.

Faisal brings 24 years of Strategic Corporate and Financial Management experience to his position as GCOO for DGDA, where he is responsible for setting the strategic direction for managing the overall operations of DGDA, contributing significantly to delivery of DGDA’s strategic mandate of “One Diriyah”.
 
Prior to his current role, Faisal held the position of Chief Financial Officer at DGDA, during which time he implemented robust and dynamic financial practices and reporting which became the backbone of DGDA’s governance structure.
 
During his career, he has held numerous other senior leadership roles, including Group CFO of Emaar, one of Saudi Arabia’s top publicly listed real estate companies. He used his extensive experience and understanding to expedite the development trajectory, resulting in the development of King Abdullah Port, Royal Greens Golf Course and a significant residential footprint. He was also key to the formation of multiple subsidiaries and introducing a holding structure, securing multi-billion riyal funding and structuring a project financing deal for King Abdullah Port. 
 
Faisal graduated from the University of California and attended several executive education programs at Harvard University, Stanford University, and the New York Institute of Finance.

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Faisal brings 24 years of Strategic Corporate and Financial Management experience to his position as GCOO for DGDA, where he is responsible for setting the strategic direction for managing the overall operations of DGDA, contributing significantly to delivery of DGDA’s strategic mandate of “One Diriyah”.
 
Prior to his current role, Faisal held the position of Chief Financial Officer at DGDA, during which time he implemented robust and dynamic financial practices and reporting which became the backbone of DGDA’s governance structure.
 
During his career, he has held numerous other senior leadership roles, including Group CFO of Emaar, one of Saudi Arabia’s top publicly listed real estate companies. He used his extensive experience and understanding to expedite the development trajectory, resulting in the development of King Abdullah Port, Royal Greens Golf Course and a significant residential footprint. He was also key to the formation of multiple subsidiaries and introducing a holding structure, securing multi-billion riyal funding and structuring a project financing deal for King Abdullah Port. 
 
Faisal graduated from the University of California and attended several executive education programs at Harvard University, Stanford University, and the New York Institute of Finance.

Kiran currently holds the position of Chief Marketing Officer for DGDA and is responsible for re-establishing Diriyah’s position within the Kingdom and globally as not just as the birthplace of the Kingdom, but also as a centre for the preservation of heritage and perpetuator of Saudi culture and heritage. This pedestrian and urban city, anchored on the UNESCO World Heritage site of At-Turaif, will play a significant role in redefining Saudi Arabia as a destination.
 
Prior to joining DGDA, Kiran’s career spanned multiple continents, where he played a key role in reinventing two of the world’s most powerful luxury brands in both the luxury yachting and luxury automotive spheres. He has established and branded progressive media platforms in the Middle East; authored two children’s story books; toured the world as an acclaimed musician and composer - and has been recognized as an influential and powerful public speaker with a creatively disruptive and strategic mind. The Australian, Perth-born, nomad studied Marine Biology and graduated in Engineering Technology from Deakin University before pursuing his Masters in Guitar from Berklee (Boston), and has lived, studied and worked across South and Central Asia, the Middle East, Central Europe, and the United Kingdom, with his wife, 2 children and 17-year-old cat.

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Kiran currently holds the position of Chief Marketing Officer for DGDA and is responsible for re-establishing Diriyah’s position within the Kingdom and globally as not just as the birthplace of the Kingdom, but also as a centre for the preservation of heritage and perpetuator of Saudi culture and heritage. This pedestrian and urban city, anchored on the UNESCO World Heritage site of At-Turaif, will play a significant role in redefining Saudi Arabia as a destination.
 
Prior to joining DGDA, Kiran’s career spanned multiple continents, where he played a key role in reinventing two of the world’s most powerful luxury brands in both the luxury yachting and luxury automotive spheres. He has established and branded progressive media platforms in the Middle East; authored two children’s story books; toured the world as an acclaimed musician and composer - and has been recognized as an influential and powerful public speaker with a creatively disruptive and strategic mind. The Australian, Perth-born, nomad studied Marine Biology and graduated in Engineering Technology from Deakin University before pursuing his Masters in Guitar from Berklee (Boston), and has lived, studied and worked across South and Central Asia, the Middle East, Central Europe, and the United Kingdom, with his wife, 2 children and 17-year-old cat.

Talal has over 16 years’ experience in strategy and business development and currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for DGDA ensuring the Authority’s strategic objectives are delivered according to plans and timelines.

Prior to joining DGDA, Talal was the Assistant Deputy Minister for Shared Services at the Ministry of Economy and Planning. He was also the VP of Projects & Development at Waad Holding Company in Jeddah.

Talal earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

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Talal has over 16 years’ experience in strategy and business development and currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for DGDA ensuring the Authority’s strategic objectives are delivered according to plans and timelines.

Prior to joining DGDA, Talal was the Assistant Deputy Minister for Shared Services at the Ministry of Economy and Planning. He was also the VP of Projects & Development at Waad Holding Company in Jeddah.

Talal earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Mohamed serves as Acting President of the Diriyah Development Company and is part of the leadership team at DGDA leading the Phase One masterplan development, which includes the largest future retail district in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Diriyah Square.

Mohamed has 20 years’ experience running major retail-focused infrastructure projects across the Middle East. Over the course of his two-decade career, he has been responsible for some of the region’s most innovative retail, residential and interiors companies. In 2019, Mohamed held positions as Development Director of the Mall of Oman and Development Director of the City Center Almaza, Egypt, for Majid Al Futtaim Properties. Prior to that he was General Manager for Living in Interiors, based in Cairo, where he led the transformation of a family-owned business into a corporate enterprise. Mohamed also has professional experience working as a structural design engineer and head of business development for a portfolio of Dubai and Egypt based companies.

Mohamed holds a BSc in Civil & Structural Engineering from Cairo University and a PMP certification. He is fluent in both Arabic and English.

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Mohamed serves as Acting President of the Diriyah Development Company and is part of the leadership team at DGDA leading the Phase One masterplan development, which includes the largest future retail district in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Diriyah Square.

Mohamed has 20 years’ experience running major retail-focused infrastructure projects across the Middle East. Over the course of his two-decade career, he has been responsible for some of the region’s most innovative retail, residential and interiors companies. In 2019, Mohamed held positions as Development Director of the Mall of Oman and Development Director of the City Center Almaza, Egypt, for Majid Al Futtaim Properties. Prior to that he was General Manager for Living in Interiors, based in Cairo, where he led the transformation of a family-owned business into a corporate enterprise. Mohamed also has professional experience working as a structural design engineer and head of business development for a portfolio of Dubai and Egypt based companies.

Mohamed holds a BSc in Civil & Structural Engineering from Cairo University and a PMP certification. He is fluent in both Arabic and English.

Ahmad leads DGDA’s Urban Planning and Municipal Affairs (UMA) division mandated to serve as the Regulator of the complete Supervisory Area, as well as facilitating Licensing and Permits within the Diriyah Project.
 
UMA’s role is to support timely delivery of Diriyah’s projects through offering independent and efficient design review and permitting cycles, and extends to establishing required codes and planning approvals to elevate real estate developments and integrate the urban fabric within the entire Supervisory Area.
 
Ahmad previously worked with Saudi Aramco, within the core leadership team of King Abdullah Financial District, as Director General of Real Estate and Municipal Affairs in the Economic Cities & Special Zones Authority, delivering the King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh and Knowledge Economic City in Madinah.
 
Ahmad has a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, in addition to several leadership and executive training and development programs.

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Ahmad leads DGDA’s Urban Planning and Municipal Affairs (UMA) division mandated to serve as the Regulator of the complete Supervisory Area, as well as facilitating Licensing and Permits within the Diriyah Project.
 
UMA’s role is to support timely delivery of Diriyah’s projects through offering independent and efficient design review and permitting cycles, and extends to establishing required codes and planning approvals to elevate real estate developments and integrate the urban fabric within the entire Supervisory Area.
 
Ahmad previously worked with Saudi Aramco, within the core leadership team of King Abdullah Financial District, as Director General of Real Estate and Municipal Affairs in the Economic Cities & Special Zones Authority, delivering the King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh and Knowledge Economic City in Madinah.
 
Ahmad has a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, in addition to several leadership and executive training and development programs.

As Chief of Heritage and Culture, Adam uses his expertise to ensure that there is an integrated approach to the management of the cultural heritage in Diriyah.

Before joining DGDA, Adam was the Director of Edinburgh World Heritage in Scotland where he managed the restoration and repairs of buildings, interpreting the world heritage site and building capacity. He is renowned for ensuring that community engagement is a core element of heritage plans.

Adam earned a Master of Science in Historic Conservation from Oxford Brookes University and a Master of Arts in Medieval History and Russian Language from the University of St. Andrews.

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As Chief of Heritage and Culture, Adam uses his expertise to ensure that there is an integrated approach to the management of the cultural heritage in Diriyah.

Before joining DGDA, Adam was the Director of Edinburgh World Heritage in Scotland where he managed the restoration and repairs of buildings, interpreting the world heritage site and building capacity. He is renowned for ensuring that community engagement is a core element of heritage plans.

Adam earned a Master of Science in Historic Conservation from Oxford Brookes University and a Master of Arts in Medieval History and Russian Language from the University of St. Andrews.

Abdullah currently serves as Group Advisor to the CEO, wherein he is responsible for managing stakeholder relationships at a senior level both domestically and internationally. He originally joined DGDA in October 2018 as Chief of Shared Services, and is amongst the founding members of the Authority, where he worked closely with the Group CEO to build out the organization’s C-Suite capabilities and execute many of the Authority’s inaugural events, such as the first Formula-E race to be held in Diriyah and the Kingdom.
 
Prior to joining DGDA, Abdullah was VP of Shared Services & Business Development for Saudi Railway company and the Chief Information Officer for NAS holding company (Flynas). He has over 25 years of experience and is an expert in strategic and business planning, Human Resources, and Information Technology.

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Abdullah currently serves as Group Advisor to the CEO, wherein he is responsible for managing stakeholder relationships at a senior level both domestically and internationally. He originally joined DGDA in October 2018 as Chief of Shared Services, and is amongst the founding members of the Authority, where he worked closely with the Group CEO to build out the organization’s C-Suite capabilities and execute many of the Authority’s inaugural events, such as the first Formula-E race to be held in Diriyah and the Kingdom.
 
Prior to joining DGDA, Abdullah was VP of Shared Services & Business Development for Saudi Railway company and the Chief Information Officer for NAS holding company (Flynas). He has over 25 years of experience and is an expert in strategic and business planning, Human Resources, and Information Technology.

Ahmed, Chief Financial Officer, has more than a decade of financial management experience. He is responsible for strategic planning and overseeing the finance function for the entire Authority, including developing and managing the Authority’s financial planning and budgets, ensuring fiscal governance, driving statutory financial compliance, introducing spending efficiencies, supporting business growth, and ensuring that adequate internal controls are in place.

Ahmed started his career in banking and investment at Saudi Hollandi Capital and SAMBA Financial Group. Ahmed was also a founding member of a multi-billion PPP transaction. His role was essential in successfully planning, executing, implementing, delivering, and monitoring the project with his team.

Ahmed graduated from Prince Sultan University, where he won the 2010 KPMG competitive award for the best feasibility study.

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Ahmed, Chief Financial Officer, has more than a decade of financial management experience. He is responsible for strategic planning and overseeing the finance function for the entire Authority, including developing and managing the Authority’s financial planning and budgets, ensuring fiscal governance, driving statutory financial compliance, introducing spending efficiencies, supporting business growth, and ensuring that adequate internal controls are in place.

Ahmed started his career in banking and investment at Saudi Hollandi Capital and SAMBA Financial Group. Ahmed was also a founding member of a multi-billion PPP transaction. His role was essential in successfully planning, executing, implementing, delivering, and monitoring the project with his team.

Ahmed graduated from Prince Sultan University, where he won the 2010 KPMG competitive award for the best feasibility study.

Osama has been the CAO of DGDA since April 2020. He has 23 years’ experience in internal auditing and finance gained by helping to establish the Internal Audit Divisions across five of the Kingdom’s top banks, listed companies and Giga-projects under the umbrella of Saudi Vision 2030.
 
Prior to joining DGDA, he served as the Assistant General Manager of the Saudi Chemical Group with its 5 subsidiaries as well as its Group CAO and the General Secretary of the Board Audit Committee. He was also the CAO and the General Secretary of the Board Audit Committee in two of the Kingdom’s top insurance companies: Saudi Arabian Cooperative Insurance Co. (SAICO), and the Arabia Insurance Cooperative Co.
 
He has 14 years of banking industry as Kingdom-wide Retail Banking Audit Manager at Bank Albilad, and Senior Audit team leader of Arab National Bank (ANB) and Riyad Bank.
 
Osama holds a Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration from King Abdul Aziz University and graduated from a Banking and Business Program at a leading Business School in the UK. Moreover, Osama has obtained 40 Internal Audit certificates from Global Internal Audit institutes such as the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) in the US, MIS London, IIR Dubai, Moody’s Corporation, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

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Osama has been the CAO of DGDA since April 2020. He has 23 years’ experience in internal auditing and finance gained by helping to establish the Internal Audit Divisions across five of the Kingdom’s top banks, listed companies and Giga-projects under the umbrella of Saudi Vision 2030.
 
Prior to joining DGDA, he served as the Assistant General Manager of the Saudi Chemical Group with its 5 subsidiaries as well as its Group CAO and the General Secretary of the Board Audit Committee. He was also the CAO and the General Secretary of the Board Audit Committee in two of the Kingdom’s top insurance companies: Saudi Arabian Cooperative Insurance Co. (SAICO), and the Arabia Insurance Cooperative Co.
 
He has 14 years of banking industry as Kingdom-wide Retail Banking Audit Manager at Bank Albilad, and Senior Audit team leader of Arab National Bank (ANB) and Riyad Bank.
 
Osama holds a Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration from King Abdul Aziz University and graduated from a Banking and Business Program at a leading Business School in the UK. Moreover, Osama has obtained 40 Internal Audit certificates from Global Internal Audit institutes such as the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) in the US, MIS London, IIR Dubai, Moody’s Corporation, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Abdullah joined DGDA in 2021 as Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO). Abdullah is a seasoned management leader with extensive experience working for large corporations across a variety of sectors such as Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Telecommunication, and Higher Education. His expertise is in Human Capital management and Corporate Strategy.
 
Abdullah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals and earned his MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management from University of Technology (Sydney). He is currently undertaking his Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) at one of the UK’s leading universities, and has attended several executive and leadership programs at Harvard University, Oxford (Said Business School) and IMD Business School.

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Abdullah joined DGDA in 2021 as Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO). Abdullah is a seasoned management leader with extensive experience working for large corporations across a variety of sectors such as Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Telecommunication, and Higher Education. His expertise is in Human Capital management and Corporate Strategy.
 
Abdullah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals and earned his MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management from University of Technology (Sydney). He is currently undertaking his Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) at one of the UK’s leading universities, and has attended several executive and leadership programs at Harvard University, Oxford (Said Business School) and IMD Business School.

Jean is the Chief Assessment Management Officer (CAMO) DGDA, where he is responsible for providing operational excellence and delivering improved quality of life to visitors and residents on all DGDA owned assets.

Jean has 25 years of experience in finance, operations, and business development. Before joining DGDA, he was Sector Lead for Quality of Life and Tourism at the Royal Commission of Riyadh City. He also had a 14-year career with PepsiCo International as Regional CFO for the Middle East and Africa and 6 years as Executive Director at Emaar Economic City, as well as being former COO for Dar Al Arkan.

Jean holds an MBA from the University of Denver and undertook his bachelor studies in Madrid, Spain. He is a licensed tourism director from the Ministry of Tourism in Spain and speaks four languages fluently - Arabic, French, English, and Spanish.

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Jean is the Chief Assessment Management Officer (CAMO) DGDA, where he is responsible for providing operational excellence and delivering improved quality of life to visitors and residents on all DGDA owned assets.

Jean has 25 years of experience in finance, operations, and business development. Before joining DGDA, he was Sector Lead for Quality of Life and Tourism at the Royal Commission of Riyadh City. He also had a 14-year career with PepsiCo International as Regional CFO for the Middle East and Africa and 6 years as Executive Director at Emaar Economic City, as well as being former COO for Dar Al Arkan.

Jean holds an MBA from the University of Denver and undertook his bachelor studies in Madrid, Spain. He is a licensed tourism director from the Ministry of Tourism in Spain and speaks four languages fluently - Arabic, French, English, and Spanish.