About DME

Board of Directors

H.E. Nasser Khamis Al-Jashmi

His Excellency Nasser Khamis Al-Jashmi is the  Chairman for the Tax Authority , Sultanate of Oman

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.

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 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. Abdullah Al-Harthy

H.E. Abdullah Al-Harthy is the Undersecretary, Ministry of Finance, Oman. He was the CFO at the Oman Investment Authority, and was responsible for financial affairs and investment operations in addition to overseeing business strategy and information technology units. With more than 18 years of experience with the fund and its subsidiaries, Al-Harthy has occupied a number of leadership roles in the areas of direct investment, portfolios management, investment operations in addition to corporate management through chairing and membership of a number of boards of directors inside and outside the Sultanate. Since 2005 he has been directly involved in establishing partnerships with sovereign institutions in Vietnam, Brunei and Uzbekistan. Al-Harthy holds an MBA from IMD, in Switzerland, and a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Sultan Qaboos University in 2001. He is a certified financial analyst (CFA) since 2004, and a member of the CFA Institute in the United States of America.


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.
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.

Owain Johnson

Owain Johnson is the Global Head of Research and Product Development at the CME Group. The research and product development team develops new risk management products as well as ensuring the continued relevance of CME Group’s current suite of key benchmarks.  The team also produces original research into financial and commodity derivatives and their underlying markets around the world.

Mr. Johnson previously served as CME Group’s Managing Director of Energy Research and Product Development where he ensured the integrity of CME Group's existing energy futures benchmarks, which include WTI, Henry Hub, DME Oman, RBOB and NYH ULSD. Within CME Group, he was previously the Managing Director of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange as well as Executive Director of CME Group Singapore. Before joining CME Group in 2010, he served as Asia Business Development Manager for Argus Media. Mr. Johnson is the author of “The Price Reporters: A Guide to PRAs and Commodity Benchmarks” and co-edited the Oxford Energy Forum’s report on oil benchmarks. Mr. Johnson is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics and earned his master’s degree from Cambridge University.

Mr. Johnson is chair of the CME Group’s ESG Product Committee; co-chair of the UN’s Sustainable Derivatives Markets Committee; deputy chair of the World Federation of Exchange’s Sustainability Working Group; and a member of the International Regulatory Strategy Group’s ESG Workstream.



Samra Al-Harthy

Investment and Economic Research at Oman Investment Authority