AFKAR founding partners

Adnan Ghabris | Executive Chairman

With over than 30 years experience in O&G including Executive role with Schlumberger for over 21 years followed by CEO & MD at NPS. In 2018 served as Chairman of NPS Middle East. Involved in start-ups Excella MENA, Merqata DMCC and NewBlack TV production. Currently sits on three O&G boards of leading companies in MENA.



Zied Ben Hamad | Executive Director

Over 32 years global career with Schlumberger in 20 countries and 4 continents, President for North Africa Region, VP Middle East, and Asia, VP Africa, and VP Global Marketing & Technology. Played a key role in Schlumberger technology development and marketing strategy over 8 years spent in headquarters, managing R&D centers, advising on M&A, and sitting on acquired companies and JV boards.

Zied earned an engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Telecommunication in France.


Maen Razouqi | Director

Over 23 years of Energy global experience with Schlumberger as President for the Northern Middle East Region. VP Southeast Asia and VP Global Marketing & Technology. Currently Chairperson of Wasel which is a last mile digital integrator. Board Member of three regional service and retail companies.


Ghassan Mirdad​ | Director​​

Managing Director at Katerra KSA and has over 24 years of experience in Energy Sector with Schlumberger. He was Schlumberger President for Eastern Middle East region covering UAE, Oman, Pakistan, Iraq and Yemen.


Raja Al Mazrouei​ | Director​​

Over 12 years of experience in the financial services sector, developed an ecosystem for financial technology entrepreneurs in Dubai. Exec. Vice President DIFC Fintech Hive. Board Member Masraf Bank and Member Board of trustees MBRSG.


Mazin Al Lamki​​ | Director​​

Over 20 years of experiences in the technology, services and the upstream oil and gas industries. Chief Operating Officer – Mubadala Petroleum. Successfully lead major Oil & Gas M&A in MENA and SE Asia.



Farooq Qureshi
Senior Business Advisor
Syeda Faiza Batool
Finance & Commercial Director
Hassan Kombarji
Legal & Compliance Director
Ahmed Al Dakheel
Head Of Projects
Karim Helal
Project Manager
Saffana Al-Ameri
Marketing Coordinator

Guiding Principles


AFKAR’s cultivates a culture of positive change and progress through Innovation. We aspire to create value by organically incubate technological advancements through aspirational Innovation.


AFKAR upholds the highest standards of ethics, committing to full transparency in everything we do at all levels, and displaying a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and behavioral principles and values.

Human Centricity

AFKAR’s fabric is built on the foundation of Human Centricity, and success through people. With focus on Innovation, Inspiration & positive contribution are fundamental in Talent development and acquisition, while transforming people development into notable contribution for future sustainability.

Our Code of Conduct:

AFKAR is committed to the Health and Environment with the focus on the safety of our people.