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 | Chairman of the Board of Capital Bank of Jordan

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. Mr. Nasser Sultan Shraideh | Chief Commissioner, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority

Mr. Nasser Shraideh is an economist with over twenty seven years of work experience with various ministries and public sector institutions, international NGOs, and United Nations agencies. This has afforded him a substantive knowledge and professional experience in areas of international cooperation, economic and trade policy development, tourism development, investment promotion, private sector development, small and micro-finance, community development, and institutional capacity building.  

 In June 2016 Mr. Shraideh was appointed as the Chief Commissioner of Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Aqaba Development Corporation , Aqaba Container Terminal Company , Aqaba Airport Company , Aqaba Company for Ports Operation  and Managements, Prior to this posting Mr. Shraideh has served as Chairman of the Board for the Jordanian Free Zones Company, Minister of Environment, and he served as Chief Commissioner of the Petra Development & Tourism Region Authority, Secretary General of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, and assumed a director position for a number of departments including EU-Jordan Association Unit, Aid Coordination Unit, Bilateral Cooperation Department, and International Cooperation Department.

 Mr. Shraideh was born in Irbid-Jordan on 5 June 1967, and obtained both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Economics from the Yarmouk University, where he graduated with ‘Honors’ in 1988 and 1994, respectively.

Dr. Ezzedine Kanakrieh | Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance

By Royal Decree, H.E. Dr. Ezzedine Kanakrieh was appointed as Secretary-General of the Ministry of Finance for the second time on June 5th, 2014 where he held the same position during the period 2007-2012
Dr. Kanakrieh worked as Director General of the Income and Sales Tax Department in March 2012. Afterwards, he decided to be full-time academic lecturer in Jordanian universities as well as to write economic and financial research papers and newspaper articles. Subsequently, he was appointed as Commissioner of the Jordan Securities Commission during the period 2012-2014.
Dr. Kanakrieh held several positions at the Ministry of Finance during the period 1986-2007, the most significant of these were the posts of Assistant Secretary General and Director of the Cash Management Directorate at the Ministry. Moreover, he represented the Ministry of Finance in several companies and organizations in different capacities in the board of directors and its official committees. Besides, Dr. Kanakrieh participated mainly in drawing economic and financial policies as well as implementing important programs on the national and international levels.
He holds a Ph.D. degree in Finance from Amman Arab University for Higher Studies in 2010. A master's degree in Accounting and Financial Sciences from the Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences/Amman in 1997, and a bachelor's degree in economics from Yarmouk University in 1984.

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 Jordan 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.

Eng. Samer A. Majali | Member

Samer Majali born in Amman, Jordan - September 14, 1957. Graduated from Dean Close School in the United Kingdom in 1979 and joined Royal Jordanian Airlines same year. He has a diploma in Industrial Studies, Loughborough University of Technology, a bachelor degree in Aeronautical Engineering and Design, and a master degree in Air Transport Management. Eng Samer appointed as RJ CEO in 2001 after he was been appointed in various executive positions in Royal Jordanian with Flight Operations, Corporate Planning, Information Technology and Passenger Services. In 2009 as a CEO of Gulf Air, and he is the CEO Saudi Gulf Airlines since 2013.

Beside Eng. Samer experiences in the aviation sector, he have a fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society from UK, he is a chartered engineer from Engineering Council in UK, a member of Jordanian Engineering Association, Ex IATA Chairman of the Board of Governors, Ex vice chairman of the Gulf Hotel in Bahrain, Ex CEO of Arab Air Carriers Org. AACO, and Ex CEO of International Flight Catering Association IFCA.

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  and an Acting Manager of Private 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.

Michael Nazzal | Member

Mr. Michael Nazzal was a member of the 25th house of Senate, the director of food services for Royal Jordanian from 1980 till 1982.he is the Chairman for the Dead Sea Hotels since 1990, chairman for the MINA 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.