Board of Directors

Hamad Al-Hurr Al-Suwaidi serves as Chairman of the Board and was appointed in 2005, and re-elected in 2011. He has also been a member of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi since 2004 and is Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance. His Excellency’s strategic vision and foresight have been instrumental in involving the private sector within the Emirate’s economic growth and activating the public-private partnership. This was achieved through his involvement on the boards of several high-profile companies including: the Supreme Petroleum Council, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Mubadala, Etisalat and the International Petroleum Investments Company. His Excellency is also the Chairman of the Financial Support Fund for Farm Owners in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Abdulla Saif Al-Nuaimi serves as Vice‑Chairman of TAQA. In February 2014 he was given additional responsibilities and was given a part‑time executive role assuming responsibility for TAQA’s government and strategic relations and external affairs. He was previously appointed as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in 2011 and 2010. He is also Advisor for Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA); and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Transmission and Dispatch Company, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company and Al Taweela Asia Power Company. He is a member of the Follow up Committee of the Initiatives of UAE President, and serves on the board of First Energy Bank, and the Federal Electricity and Water Authority. He held the positions of Director General of ADWEA, Chairman of Al Wathba Central Services, Deputy Director General of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company, Board Member of Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company, Oman Insurance Company and Madaares, and Senior Analyst at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). He holds a BSc in Business Management.

Carl Robert Sheldon was appointed as member of the board and then as TAQA’s Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Previously, Mr Sheldon held positions with TAQA as General Counsel, Deputy General Manager and General Manager. Before joining TAQA, he was a partner with Allen & Overy LLP where his main focus was the energy sector. During more than 20 years of practice, he has been involved in many major international oil, gas and power projects. At Allen & Overy, he was also instrumental in building the firm’s German and United States operations. Mr Sheldon is a qualified lawyer admitted to practice in New York and in England. He is a United States national and holds a Master’s degree from Cambridge University.

Saeed Mubarak Rashed Saeed Al-Hajeri was appointed to the Board in 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lewis & Clark College in the United States and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and attended the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. He has more than 15 years’ experience in international finance. He was distinguished and elected by the World Economic Forum in 2007 as one of the top 250 Young Global Leaders for his contribution to the public and financial sectors in the United Arab Emirates. He is currently the Executive Director, Information Technology Department at ADIA. In addition, His Excellency is a governor of the Board of CFA Institute and a member of the Executive Advisory Boards of MSCI Barra and Zayed University. He also serves on the boards of various other Abu Dhabi and UAE government entities, including Abu Dhabi Media Company and Abu Dhabi Tourism Development and Investment Company.

Salem Sultan Obaid Sultan Al Dhaheri was appointed to the Board in 2011. He is currently Deputy Director at ADIA, having held various positions since joining in 1993. A Certified Public Accountant, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State College in Denver. He is also a member of several government department Audit Committees and several public and private companies’ Audit Committees. In addition, His Excellency is a member of the Illinois CPA Society, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Abdulaziz Abdulrahman Al Hemaidi was appointed to the Board in 2011. He is a Civil Engineering graduate from UAE University who joined ADWEA in 1997. Since then, he has held a number of key positions and is currently Abu Dhabi Distribution Company’s Managing Director. Before joining ADWEA, His Excellency held positions at Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, Al Ain International Airport and the Privatization Committee for Water and Electricity Sector of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Ahmed Mohamed Al Meheiri was appointed to the Board in 2011. He is currently the Legal Division Manager at ADWEA. Before this, he was a Legal Expert (Privatization Directorate) at ADWEA and Legal Advisor to the Department of Under Secretary Office at the Ministry of Interior. His Excellency has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Abu Dhabi Police Academy and a Master’s degree in United States Legal Studies from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.