Board of Directors

Salem Ali Al Sharhan

Chairman

Ahmed Essa Al Naeem

Vice Chairman

Peter England

Board Member

Jasem Ahmed Al Nuaimi

Board Member

Aarefa Al Falahi

Board Member

The Management Team

Ewen McRobbie – Chief Executive Officer

Ewen brings decades of robust insurance expertise, astute strategic vision and a proven record of achievements to lead the organisation to the next level. Prior to joining RAKINSURANCE, he held key Executive positions in top tier insurance companies across the GCC and the UK. His vast experience in the GCC market spans in all areas of an organisation from strategic planning, technical underwriting, reinsurance, financial management, business development, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), supervision and control of operations and Information Technology (IT). He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII), Chartered Insurer and holds the IRM Certificate in Financial Services Risk Management.

Shyam Sankar – General Manager (RAK Life Insurance)

An industry professional with over 15 years of experience in the insurance sector in the Middle East and India, Shyam is responsible for the RAK Life and Medical Division. He possesses a range of expertise in Bancassurance, Life and Medical product development and Sales and has wide-ranging experience of delivering various Bancassurance models in a number of Middle Eastern markets.

Shyam is adept in building teams, creating & sustaining relationships with channel partners and driving cohesive efforts to achieve strategic business objectives.

He holds an MBA in Marketing & Finance; Chartered Insurer and Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII) of the CII, UK; and ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance.

Claude Zoghbi – General Manager (RAK General Insurance)

With over 21 years of experience in the Insurance industry across the Middle East, Claude leads the overall direction of the General Underwriting and Claims division for RAKINSURANCE to optimise portfolio performance and ensure business profitability. Providing extensive product development, re-insurance and market experience, Claude offers astute technical underwriting advice and strategic insurance solutions to guide and influence partners in decision making, and contributes to business development by creating and implementing underwriting strategies and sound policies, procedures and processes, whilst maintaining operations in compliance with the Regulatory standards. On Claims, he develops framework for claims cost control to ensure loss ratio drivers are within the set parameters. Currently, he is the Chairman of the RAKINSURANCE General Claims Committee. Claude holds a degree in Business Administration major in Accounting and Finance from the Lebanese University.

Sami Zouagui – Chief Legal Officer

Sami has an extensive legal experience of more than 17 years in banking and insurance industries providing critical legal analysis and counsel for both internal and external affairs. His expertise includes corporate matters, standardisation of insurance policies and other insurance agreements (such as Broker Agreements, TPA Agreements), successful litigation of high-profile cases and negotiation and finalisation of complex legal transactions: both local and international. Sami oversees the overall legal activities of RAKINSURANCE. With a solid knowledge in business law, his tasks focus on efficient anticipation, prevention and management of legal risks and provision of ingenious business-effective legal solutions. A Founding Member of the International Association of Tunisian Banking and Financial Experts (AIEFBT), Sami holds a Master Degree in Business Law from the Faculty of Judicial, Political and Social Science of Tunis and is registered with the Tunisian Bar Association.

Jason Carey – Chief Distribution Officer

Jason brings over 17 years of insurance industry experience as has worked in a number of roles across account management, sales strategy, new business development, claims handling and risk consultancy services in the United States, Bermuda and the Middle East: servicing clients across various industry segments. Leading the overall direction of Sales and Market Management operations across all business lines for RAKINSURANCE, Jason is responsible for driving and achieving new business growth through the development of new and existing distribution channels, in addition to having accountability for account retention through responsive client servicing and service delivery across the business. Jason holds an MBA in International Business and Marketing.

Charles Forward – Chief Financial Officer

A Finance leader with over 20 years’ experience across multiple industries in both listed and privately owned business, Charles trained with a big Four Audit firm: giving him a strong understanding of corporate governance and fiscal discipline.  

Technical competence, clear strategic thinking and sound communication skills have enabled Charles to develop healthy relationships with regulators and advisers and build high-performing Finance Teams in multiple industries and jurisdictions: the past seven years within the insurance industry and most recently in the Middle East.


Charles is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

Mohammed Doughan – Chief Reinsurance Officer

Mohammed has 13 years of insurance experience in Lebanon and the Gulf markets across all lines of business.

He has an extensive background in reinsurance treaty design and negotiation, underwriting, Reinsurance, risk assessment and analysis, and adept in creating reinsurance strategies to maximise retention capability within the company’s risk appetite.

Mohammed holds a BA degree on Political Science and International Affairs and a Masters’ degree in International Affairs at the Lebanese American University.