Vice Chairman Executive Committee
Mr. Mannai was initially schooled in Qatar until he journeyed to the UK to complete his secondary education. Subsequently, he studied Agriculture Economics at the Cornell University at Ithaca, New York; and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration & Management from the University of St Thomas/Rice University, Houston, Texas. After graduating, Mr. Mannai joined Morgan Stanley & Co in New York - a major international firm with worldwide operations in merchant banking, investment banking and related services - for practical pre-employment training and experience, especially in its Corporate Finance division, where he was fully exposed to all aspects of finance, such as instruments, real estate, mergers and acquisitions; leverage buy-outs; and capital and fixed income brackets. Mr. Mannai returned to Qatar and joined the Mannai Group in 1987, where he underwent induction in the Stores Department. Subsequently, he dealt with the spare parts operations of several reputed automotive and trading principals; and was responsible in developing the overall Salwa Industrial Complex. During this period, he was also responsible for expanding the business and developing the market for Mannai's franchise products. Mr. Mannai was promoted to Vice President in 1989 and was tasked with various business development assignments such as, but not limited to, the development of an airline operation, the establishment of offices in Russia, the establishment of an automotive operation and development of trading activities in Egypt; and the establishment of an automotive operation in Saudi Arabia, in addition to developing business and trading activities. In October 2000 Mr Mannai was elected as Chairman, and following the successful restructuring of the company and completion of the sale of a majority stake to QIPCO, Mr Mannai is now the Vice Chairman Executive Committee of the Mannai Corporation. Bitten by the finance bug, he attended the Young Manager's Programme at INSEAD (The European Institute of Business Administration) in France during 1994. He has attended various seminars, such as Second Generation Family Business, Orchestrating Winning Performance Leading the Family Business at IMD, yearly World Economic Forum meetings and Auto workshops, to name a few. Mr. Mannai is a board member of several business associations in the State of Qatar.