About DME

Who's Who


Board of Directors

Ahmad Sharaf (Chairman)
Ahmad Sharaf is Chairman of Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME). Mr. Sharaf has been the DME’s Chairman since 2005 and is responsible for the strategic direction of the Exchange.
 
In addition to his roles at DME, Mr. Sharaf is CEO of Dutco Energy, a newly-formed company which is part of the Dutco Group. Prior to that Mr. Sharaf was Chief of Strategy for Dubai Holding, which develops and manages an extensive portfolio of financial and real estate assets throughout the world.
 
Before joining Dubai Holding, Mr. Sharaf held senior management positions with international and state energy companies in the United States and the Middle East. A petroleum engineer by training, Mr. Sharaf began his career with Conoco Inc. in Houston, Texas.
 
Following the creation of ConocoPhillips in 2002, he was appointed General Manager and Director, Business Development, Middle East, responsible for managing new growth opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa region.
 
Mr. Sharaf is a Member of the Board of the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), a Member of the ENOC Audit Committee, and Vice Chairman of Dragon Oil. Mr. Sharaf serves as a Member of the Board of Visitors and a Group Member of the Global Partnerships Committee of the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.
 
Mr. Sharaf earned a B.Sc and M.Sc in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
H.E. Nasser Khamis Al-Jashmi (Deputy Chairman)
His Excellency Nasser Khamis Al-Jashmi is the Undersecretary for the Sultanate of Oman's Ministry of Finance.
 
An economist by training, he originally joined the Ministry of Finance in 1989 as a Financial Researcher in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Financial and Economic Affairs, later progressing to the position of Director General of Budget and Contracts in 1997, where he remained for 6 years before his move to the Ministry of Oil & Gas in February 2003.
 
His Excellency Al-Jashmi chairs the Board of Directors for Oman LNG, Oman Refinery Company and Oxy Mukhaizna. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Qalhat LNG, Oman Gas Company, Petroleum Development Oman, Oman Shipping Company, Oman Petrochemical Industries Co. and Gulf Energy Maritime.
 
He holds a Masters Degree in Applied Economics, a Diploma in Development Management from the American University in Washington DC, and a BSc in Economics and Political Science from Jordan University.
Abdullah Al-Harthy
Abdullah Al-Harthy heads the Asset Allocation function for the State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) of the Sultanate of Oman, responsible for setting up and implementing the Fund's strategy to optimize and oversee its assets. He also chairs the investment committee for the domestic equity portfolios.
 
After graduation from University, Mr. Al-Harthy joined SGRF as a Financial Analyst, and became Senior Asset Allocator in 2003. From 2005, he was assigned to several projects to set up strategic investments entities including Oman Investment Fund (OIF), Vietnam-Oman Investment Company (VOI), and Libya Oman Investment Company.
 
Alongside his positions in SGRF, Mr. Al-Harthy is a Member of the Board of Directors of several companies including Vietnam-Oman Investment Company (VOI), National Aluminum Product Company (NAPCO) and Libya-Oman Investment Company. Mr. Al-Harthy chairs the Investment Committee of VOI and is a member of NAPCO′s Executive and Audit Committees.
 
Mr. Al-Harthy was awarded the CFA charter in 2004 and is a member of the CFA Institute. He has a Bachelors degree in Finance from Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.
 
Mr. Al-Harthy is an independent director at the DME.
Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki
Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki is Chairman of FACTS Global Energy, an energy consulting firm with offices in Singapore, London, and Honolulu.
 
Dr. Fesharaki was born in Iran and educated in the UK with a PhD in Energy Economics at the University of Surrey in 1974. His academic credentials include Visiting Fellow: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University; Senior Researcher: Institute for International Political and Energy Studies in Iran; Senior Fellow and Head of Energy Program at the East-West Center in Hawaii (since 1984). He is also an Affiliate Professor of Economics at the University of Hawaii.
 
Dr. Fesharaki is the past President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), a professional association of 4,000 energy specialists in 70 countries. He is also:
 
- Life Member: Council on Foreign Relations: New York (since 1989)
 
- Member of the International Advisory Board of Nippon Oil: Japan's largest oil company (since 1991)
 
- Appointed by the US Secretary of Energy as member of the National Petroleum Council, Washington DC (since 2008)
 
- Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS): Washington DC (since 2004)
 
- Senior Fellow, the US Association for Energy Economics (for distinguished services to the field of energy economics) (since 1995)
 
- Member of the Board of Directors, American Iranian Council (AIC) (since 1997)
 
- Member of the editorial boards of several energy publications.
 
 
Dr. Fesharaki is author or Editor of more than 20 books/monograph in energy economics.
 
Dr. Fesharaki is an independent director at the DME.
Hassan Ahmed Al Nabhani
Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina, Post Graduate Diploma in Ground Water Engineering and Masters of Science in Hydraulic Engineering.
 
Hassan served in various positions in the Government of Oman the latest of which was the Director General of Planning and Investment Promotion in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. During his public sector career, Mr. Al-Nabhani had a significant record of accomplishment in the development, and delivery of various infrastructure projects throughout Oman, and a considerable contribution to government financing schemes of private sector investment projects in Oman.
 
Mr. Al-Nabhani, moved into the Private sector in 2006 joining a real estate developer of residential, commercial, tourism, and integrated multipurpose developments. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Oman Investment Fund at Muscat since May 2009. He sits on a number of boards in Financial Services and Hospitality and Chairs the Oman National Investment Company (ONIC.)
Derek Sammann

Senior Managing Director,

Global Head of Commodities & Options Products

Derek Sammann has served as CME Group's Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Commodities & Options Products since 2014. He is responsible for leading the development, execution and management of CME Group's global Commodities portfolio, including the Energy, Metals and Agricultural business lines.  He also globally leads the company’s cross-asset class Options business.  Since joining CME Group in September 2006, Sammann also has served as Senior Managing Director of Interest Rates and FX Products, and as Managing Director, Global Head of Foreign Exchange.

Prior to joining CME Group, Sammann acquired more than 16 years of sell-side trading experience in the global FX market, including serving as Managing Director, Global Head of FX Options and Structured Products at Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank in London. He also held senior level positions with Crédit Agricole Indosuez in London, Banque Indosuez in Paris and Cooper, Neff & Associates in Chicago.

 

In addition to serving on CME Group's Senior Leadership Team, Sammann also serves on the Board of Directors of CME Europe Ltd., Dubai Mercantile Exchange, COMEX Board of Governors and the Commodities Markets Council, where he also serves as Treasurer.  Sammann also served on the Founder’s Council and as Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (FXPA) when launched in 2014.

 

He holds bachelor’s degrees in both economics and political science from Northwestern University.

Christopher Fix
Christopher Fix joined DME as Chief Executive Officer on August 26, 2012. Following a highly successful career spanning 20 years with BNP Paribas, Christopher brings a wealth of experience to the Exchange.
 
Christopher and his family moved to Dubai from Singapore, where Christopher was BNPP’s Head of Marketing for Commodity Futures APAC for three years. During this time Christopher‘s desk increased its customer base in Asia four-fold, an achievement which led to the desk being named Energy Risk's Energy Broker of the Year, Asia in 2011.
 
An American by birth, Christopher is a consummate linguist and speaks fluent French, excellent Mandarin and conversational Russian.
 
Christopher will spearhead the DME’s strategic development and will the lead the Exchange towards closer ties with oil producers, customers and the financial community, with particular focus on the DME’s core target market of Asia.