AL HANDAL - HISTORY IN THE MAKING
When humble beginnings are combined with a man that possesses a truly aspirational vision, success is not only eminent but guaranteed. This was how the late Haji Noori Ayyed Al Handal began his career in the early forties. With determination, unwavering perseverance, and long tiresome years filled with struggles, Haji Noori Ayyed managed to break through the mold and establish small and medium enterprises in Iraq.
These enterprises are now the cornerstone of established companies that specialize in Banking, Real Estate Development, Tourism, Hospitality, and others. Although the group is rooted in Baghdad, our branches and projects span across the United Arab Emirates, Japan, and Turkey.
In the last four decades, Al Handal International Group (HIG) has been an important part of Iraq’s business landscape. During a time where the country witnessed a vast number of changes and saw much political unrest, HIG has managed to continuously grow, diversify and expand. This stands as a testament to the determination of a company to become a leader in its field.
We are now at the dawn of a new era in Iraq, an exciting new time that promises many rewards for those who are committed to rebuilding the country and supporting its growth. Being part of that restoration is an important goal for HIG for as Iraq regains its position as a business capital in the region, HIG wishes to be there every step of the way.
Global companies are looking to invest in this region, build new partnerships and forge new alliances and so, with rebuilding and regeneration comes opportunities for new business ventures to occur. This presents an exciting opportunity for companies like HIG, with a strong foothold in many sectors and several decades of local and international connections to pave the way.
As a company that was founded on and guided by the strongest ethical principles, we look to incorporate these values in our new business partnerships as we continue to grow and develop, a core value that both HIG and Iraq understand and share. We truly believe that this is an exciting time for HIG, Iraq and those who reside within it to witness a remarkable progression in the region.
We look towards a brighter tomorrow that stands with growth, expansion, and new alliances, in order to offer you an opportunity to join us in building our country and our home, hand-in-hand.
To provide quality services using innovative approaches in the creation of solutions.
To provide services that reflect our commitment to the prosperity of our community.
To nurture a working environment that is both competitive and rewarding.
Through the leadership of Al Handal Group, Ashur Bank, and many other distinguished corporations, Eng. Wadeea Al Handal actively contributes to the economic growth and the progression in challenging business environments of Iraq and the Middle East. During his studies in the late seventies, Wadeea has managed to gain substantial experience while playing a key role in expanding his father’s company in the fields of general trade, finance, and technology in Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and the GCC.
Hardan Al Handal plays a vital role as the business coordinator in Al Handal International Group (HIG) specifically within commercial investments, real estate management, and shipping and cargo divisions. His reputable experience allowed him to secure significant agreements while handling HIG’s businesses in Jordan, Turkey, and Japan. Hardan is a major player in building the group’s international reputation of integrity, professionalism, and excellence.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Mohammed Noori Al Handal successfully climbed the ranks of Al Handal International Group (HIG) beginning in the year 2000, and eventually became the CEO of the group in 2007. Due to his valuable experience, high education, and rigorous training, he has proudly been the sole motivator behind the achievement of the major milestones in the group’s expansion in trading investments, general trading, and real estate management. As CEO, he urges uncompromising social responsibility across all divisions.
Wadood Noori Al Handal has been utilizing and relying on his experience in co-managing Al Handal International Group (HIG) alongside his brothers since the year 2000. By mastering a high level of quality with regards to customer service and operations that drive efficient productivity, he successfully developed a record in optimizing long-term gains in performance. Wadood strives to deliver high-quality projects across the group by encouraging creative problem solving and innovative solutions.
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Noor Noori Al Handal is the Deputy CEO and board member of Al Handal Group, with almost nine years of experience working through a variety of roles in the treasury and investments department. Noor’s philosophy revolves around motivating and leading his colleagues through rigorous training to ensure healthy and prospering customer relations. With a continuous thirst for knowledge, Noor can always be found encouraging others to broaden their skills and awareness of the industry.
Eng. Atheer Al-Qadi is a graduate from Baghdad University who excelled in the Business sector shortly after joining Al Handal International Group in 1998. He advanced in many strategic positions within the organization mainly focusing on managing contracts with different governmental ministries until 2003. Eng. Atheer was the key contributor in implementing the organization’s vision and long-term strategies including starting the Banking sector within HIG and was a board member of Ashur International Bank until 2019. Eng. Atheer is currently the founder and CEO of the financial Banking solutions company ‘Amwal For Electronic Banking Solutions’.
INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBER
Ziad Badr is a Lebanese national who joined the World Bank in 1993 with a focus on the Africa and MENA regions. He assumed various responsibilities as the Senior Economist in the Africa Knowledge and learning unit where the concepts of "Knowledge Bank" and "Monitoring and Evaluation tools" were pioneered. Shortly after, Ziad was announced as the Head of the World Bank mission in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and relocated to Amman as Head of the World Bank office for Iraq and Jordan. Ziad has been instrumental in establishing the World Bank presence in Baghdad and nurturing relations with the Iraqi government. His success was due to the extensive network initiated with both the private and public sectors in Iraq. After over 26 years of a budding career, Ziad retired in 2019 and continues to work as a senior adviser, and Board Member in numerous leading companies in the MENA region.
INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBER & FIN ADVISOR
Dr. Yass Alkafaji is a highly accomplished academician, an experienced practitioner, and a recognized leader in the field of accounting and business. He is the founder of Alkafaji & Associates, Ltd (A&A), a prominent accounting firm in Chicago, and holds a partnership position at Ledgers Accounting and Auditing LLC in Dubai. As a Board Member and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee at Al Handal Group, Dr. Alkafaji brings a wealth of expertise and a distinguished track record of success. With a strong foundation in academia, Dr. Alkafaji serves as an Emeritus Professor of Business Administration at the esteemed American University of Sharjah (AUS), where he held the position of Professor of Accounting for 15 years. Additionally, he holds the prestigious role of Academic Director of the Iraq Public Policy and Leadership Program (IPLP) based at AUS. Dr. Alkafaji holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, a DBA from Mississippi State University, a Bachelor's degree from the University of Baghdad, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the USA.
Omar Wadeea Al Handal is the current Managing Director of Al Handal International Group in which he is a renowned performance-driven, flexible, and solutions-oriented professional. Throughout his career, he has learned the value of hard work and the principles of successful business from his inspiring family. Omar’s philosophy revolves around the constant search for ways to further improve the communities he serves through corporate social responsibility plans and sustainability practices throughout the organizational processes. This interest solidified itself in 2018 into “The Station Foundation”, of which Omar is a proud Co-Founder. “The Station Foundation” is the first leading co-working space in Iraq, offering a space for young entrepreneurs to work and develop, as well as acting as a center for the private sector to strive.
EXECUTIVE MANAGER (Hospitality/Fitness)
Adnan holds a business degree from the American University of Iraq in addition to accredited certificates from Harvard Business School in the domains of Data Analytics, Organizational Leadership and Family Wealth Management. Adnan leads the group’s investments in the Hospitality, Fitness and Organic Farming sectors. CEO of Wolf Gyms and Kaizen Hospitality; Adnan supported introducing a new concept in the fitness and wellness sector in Iraq. He is extremely focused in delivering the highest quality standards, bringing the latest fitness technology and applying proven methods for the highest quality customer service. In 2021, Adnan established (CCP) Connected Consulting Partners aspired by the importance of having robust risk management, governance and internal control frameworks for corporate success; he applied his knowledge to flourish newly developed businesses and sought for the prosperity of a mature business environment. Adnan also acts as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Gallery; the group’s cultural and social initiative to support the artists in the community. Adnan continues to grow the group’s vision with passion, innovation and creativity towards achieving sustainable growth and business excellence.
PROJECTS DIRECTOR (Modon)
Engineer Abdul Hameed Al Qadhi is the projects director at Modon for Real Estate Development with over thirty years of work experience in the Middle East and South East Asia. His core strengths are in high-rise buildings, residential complexes, hospitality and airport projects. He has managed and successfully delivered several prestigious projects in different sectors such as the Fountain View, The Address Hotel, Damac Heights, Damac Akoia, Emaar South, Abu Dhabi Trade Center, Kuala Lumper International airport, etc... He has worked for several international and local consultants including AECOM, WS Atkins, Ramboll, Dewan, Arif & Bintoak , etc..