Osama Ibrahim Seddiqi is the Vice-chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Seddiqi Holding. He works closely with the Executive Committee and Board of Directors to outline the company’s strategic direction and tactical initiatives and has been instrumental in defining the structure of Seddiqi Holding.
Osama’s role spans across the Seddiqi portfolio, covering the retail, education, legal, real estate, and investment business units of the conglomerate. He joined the business in 2005 and was the first member of the Seddiqi family to join the Finance department. He has since evolved the department in line with the organisation’s growth objectives and under his direction, strict financial policies, and procedures have been actioned. Simultaneously, he spearheaded the development of the Internal Audit and Legal department, implementing family protocols and best practices to ensure efficiency, risk control and a cohesive corporate governance practice across the organisation.
He is firmly dedicated to the company’s overall vision of operational excellence and customer-centricity, and this is reflected in his meticulous work and business acumen. Osama’s tenure in the industry has further cultivated a passion for the retail sector. He leads negotiations with mall operators across the UAE to ensure Seddiqi Holding’s position as anchor tenants, guaranteeing prime and strategic locations for all retail projects under the company portfolio. As the retail sector evolves, Osama works closely with the internal teams to optimise the business’ retail footprint and operations.
Osama holds a bachelors’ degree in Business Administration from the National American University - Denver. He is a member of the Seddiqi Holding Executive Committee and Board of Directors and sits on the board of several private companies. This also comprises his role as Chairman of Retail Business Group, Chairman of the Family Business Advisory Committee and a member of The Advisory Council for Dubai Chamber of Commerce.