Board Members

H.E. Eng. Said Samih Darwazah | Chairman of the Board

Said Darwazeh has chaired the Royal Jordanian Board of Directors since June 21, 2016, after he was appointed a representative of the Government Shareholdings' Management Company in RJ's Board of Directors on June 19, 2016.

Said Darwazeh is currently the CEO and Chairman of Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC. Between 2003 and 2006, he was the Minister of Health, Jordan.

He is also the Chairman of the Board of the Queen Rania Foundation, which focuses primarily on providing youth with learning opportunities and equipping them with the necessary tools for success such as ICT in education and online learning opportunities.

He is a board member of the Central Bank of Jordan and a member of the Board of Trustees at Babson College in the USA, and the American University of Beirut (AUB), where he also co-founded the Samih Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.

Said Darwazeh has a B.Sc. degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University in the USA and an MBA from INSEAD, France.

H.E. Eng. Bassem Khalil AlSalem | Member

Mr. Bassem Al-Salem currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Capital Bank which he co-founded in 1995.Al-Salem's role as a chairman provides diverse experience in creating business value strategically, operationally and financially.

He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of King's Academy in Jordan. Prior to that, he founded and managed a number of companies in Jordan, mainly in the industrial sector. Al-Salem also has an extensive record of public service that spans over 12 years starting as a Member of the Board of the Central Bank of Jordan in the year 2000 and as the Minister of Labor, Minister of Finance, and a Senator in the Upper House of the Jordanian Parliament.

Today, Al-Salem continues to serve on the boards of several organizations in the private and public sectors such as Queen Rania Foundation and University of Jordan. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College – UK


H.E. Dr. Abdelhakim Shibli | Member

Dr. Shibli started his professional path at the Central Bank of Jordan as an economist for the period 1991-2004. In 2002 worked also as a part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Jordan, Department of Economics, then moved to the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation for the period 2004 - 2007 as an economic advisor to oversee a comprehensive risk analysis system that anticipate future economic risk and recommend mitigation policies. Dr. Shibli was seconded to work at the Prime Ministry for the period 2007 to 2010, as an economist at the Millennium Challenge Unit, then moved to the Ministry of Finance to chair the Directorate of Studies and Economic Policies as a Director for the period 2010-2018. 

Dr. Shibli's appointment as the Secretary General of Ministry of Finance on 30/4/2018. Before then, H.E took part in the several Governmental committees, worked as core economic team at Ministry of Finance and on IMF program, the World Bank and the Arab Monetary Fund. Dr. Shibli Main works in the economic and financial policy formulation and the implementation of important national and international programs such as the Economic and Social Reform initiative, the Financial Reform Program, the Modernization of Financial Management and the Revision Program with the IMF. 

Dr. Shibli represented the Ministry of Finance in several institutions and companies in which the Government of Jordan have shares as a board member of directors, official committees.

Dr. Abdelhakim Shibli holds a Ph.D. in Economics specializing in macroeconomics and fiscal policy, from Leeds University Business School\ UK.


Books, research and publications:

  • Books: The Monetary Policy Transition, LAP Publishing 2011.
  • Researches:
    1. A collection of papers on financial policy topics (Ministry of Finance),
    2. Macroeconomic Constraints and Risks, the Competitiveness of the Jordanian Banking System
    3. Local Investments, Interest Rates and Finance (Journal of Studies / University of Jordan). (Strategic Studies / University of Jordan),
    4. Demand for Money in its Expanded Concept (Strategic Studies / University of Jordan)
    5. Banks Responses to Central Bank Signs on Interest Rates (Central Bank of Jordan).

Capt. Suleiman Obaidat | Member

Captain Suleiman Obeidat has more than 40 years of experience in aviation. He started his flying career as a transport pilot with Royal Jordanian Air Force, then joined Royal Jordanian as a line captain.
In December 2004, Captain Obeidat was appointed director general of the Jordan Civil Aviation Authority. In 2007, he became chief commissioner of the Jordanian Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC).
At CARC, he was responsible for restructuring the civil aviation authority and implementing the air transport liberalization policy.
Prior to joining the Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Obeidat held different key management positions both in the Air Force and at Royal Jordanian; he was a commander of the Royal Squadron and commander of the Air Lift Wing. At Royal Jordanian, Captain Obeidat occupied the position of vice president of Flight Operations and deputy president/chief technical officer.
In October 26, 2015, Captain Suleiman Obeidat was elected by The Royal Jordanian Board of Directors to be a board member and the President/CEO of Royal Jordanian till 1/6/2017

Mr. Mohammad Ali Bdeir | Member

With a background in management, Mr. Bdeir was appointed to Royal Jordanian's Board of Directors in 2008. He is the current General Manager of Best Dimension Investment Co., and a Director of the General Mining Co., and a former board member of Jordan Investment Board. He received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University (USA), and an MS in Engineering Management from the American University of Beirut.

Mr. Emad Kodah | Member

Mr. Emad Kodah holds B.A in Administration from the Yarmouk University – Jordan. He also holds MBA from Sul Russ University ( SRSU) / Texas . 
He joined  the Central Bank of Jordan as a trader  in 1989 and climbed up the ladder to be a Portfolio Manager in the foreign investments department.

In 2002 , Mr. Kodah joined Social Security Investment Fund ( previously  known as Social Security Investment Unit) as Treasury Manager till 2008. During that period, Mr. Kodah held the position of an Acting CEO of the Investment Unit throughout the period of 2005 – 2006.

Mr. Kodah is currently  the Manager of the Public Equity Portfolio.

Mr. Kodah represented the Social Security Investment Fund in a number of companies board of directors such as, Daman for Investments Company, Jordan Post Company, Jordan Kuwait Bank, and Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank.

Mr. Michael Nazzal | Member

Mr. Michael Nazzal is the Chairman for the Dead Sea Hotels since 1990, chairman for the MENA Hotels from 1990 till Present, chairman for the Jordan Hotel Association since 1988, and chairman for the Federation of Tourism Associations from 2004 till Present.
Mr. Michael is the vice chairman and board member for the Jordan Tourism Board since 2004, and the founder and member of the Jordanian Applied University board of trustees from 1996 till Present. , director of food services for Royal Jordanian from 1980 till 1982
Mr. Michael Nazzal was a member of the 25th house of Senate
Mr. Nazzal has a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management – Switzerland .

Mr. Nizar Fahim Khoury | Member

    Mr. Khoury worked with Middle East Airlines since 1974 to retirement in August 2017.

    Started in the Planning & Economics Department moved later to the Commercial Department and was appointed Vice-President Commercial.

    From 2001, appointed Head of the Commercial Division responsible for the following Departments:  Sales & Distribution, Revenue Management,  Marketing,  Costumer Service, Loyalty Programs, Commercial Agreements, Civil Aviation

    Mr. Khoury holds a BA Economics, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, Course requirements completed for MA Economics at the American University of Beirut.