Arif Amiri
CEO, Dubai International Financial Centre Authority

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In his capacity as Chief Executive Officer, Arif Amiri is responsible for overseeing the strategic and operational functions of the Authority, in line with DIFC’s 2024 Strategy, and maintaining the Centre’s position as one of the most significant and advanced financial centres across the globe.

Prior to joining DIFC Authority, Mr. Amiri held a number of positions within Emaar Properties PJSC, including Chief Commercial Officer, where he was responsible for driving the all-round commercial operations of the company. Before this, Mr. Amiri was also Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Retail, where he provided strategic and tactical leadership for the retail and entertainment operations of Emaar across Dubai and other key emerging markets.

Mr. Amiri’s career began with an eight year term at HSBC Bank Middle East, where he was responsible for the implementation of a number of corporate and institutional banking initiatives. During this time, he established an in-depth understanding of the financial services sector, which continues to serve as a solid foundation for his role today.

To his credit, Mr. Amiri was appointed as the Chairman of the Middle East Investor Relations Society from 2008 to 2011. Underlining his significant contribution to the region’s retail sector, Mr. Amiri received the Honorary Award at the Retail City Awards in 2011. He further won the Retail Leadership Award at the 2012 Asian Leadership awards.

Mr. Amiri holds a Post-Graduate Executive Diploma in Organisation Behaviour and Marketing Strategy from the University of Cambridge, Dubai, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Business Administration from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida.

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