Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team

Carlos Wakim

Carlos Wakim

Chief Executive Officer
Carlos Wakim

Carlos Wakim

Chief Executive Officer

Carlos Wakim is the Chief Executive Officer of Bloom Holding. He manages operations across all Bloom Holding companies, including Real Estate, Education, Hospitality and Lease and Facilities Management Services.

Carlos Wakim has over 20 years of leadership experience in some of the region’s leading real-estate companies, where he has led their success and expansion. Mr. Wakim will use his considerable industry experience to add value to Bloom Holding through the delivery of Bloom Holding’s strategic mandate to develop integrated real estate solutions and deliver superior living experiences.

Prior to joining Bloom Holding, Mr. Wakim has held a number of senior leadership roles in the real estate industry. He joined Bloom Holding from AMAALA, a Public Investment Fund initiative in Saudi Arabia, where he held the position of Chief Development Officer overlooking the entirety of its projects’ portfolio.

Previously, Mr. Wakim enjoyed a distinguished track record in some of the leading real estate companies across the region including TDIC, Emaar and Zabeel Properties.

Saed Arekat

Saed Arekat

Chief Financial Officer
Saed Arekat

Saed Arekat

Chief Financial Officer

Saed Arekat is the Group Chief Financial Officer of Bloom Holding. He has extensive experience in the real estate investment and development and assets management as well as hospitality and education sectors. Saed has broad responsibilities including strategic and business planning, corporate finance, funding and treasury, financial planning and analysis, and financial reporting. In addition to leading the group procurements and IT functions.

Saed is a member of the Executive Committees, plays a pivotal role as a key member of the Executive Management Team of Bloom Holding, and has a leading role in all aspects of the development and execution of business strategies and transformation plans to ensure long-term sustainable growth and value creation for Bloom Holding Group.

Concurrently Saed is a board of governors’ member of Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai in addition to Dwight Dubai school.

Prior to joining Bloom in 2007, Saed was an Executive Manager/Director at Ernst & Young Baghdad, Iraq and held different senior positions at Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen and KPMG in Jordan and Palestine. Saed involvement in a variety of service lines and serving wide range of local and international customers, provided him with an extensive exposure across different industries globally.

Saed holds an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School. His vast professional experience has been endorsed with prestigious certificates he has attained such as the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from USA. Further, Saed has recently completed the Oxford High Performance Leadership Programme and Oxford Real Estate Programme at the University of Oxford – Saïd Business School.

Nilay Özral

Nilay Özral

Chief Executive Officer of Bloom Education
Nilay Özral

Nilay Özral

Chief Executive Officer of Bloom Education

Nilay Özral joined Bloom Education in January 2019 as the Chief Executive Officer. Nilay is responsible for the development of Bloom Education’s international schools and nursery portfolio, which includes Brighton College from the UK, Dwight School from New York, and the Singaporean nursery brand, MindChamps. She is also responsible for the management and operations of the Charter schools awarded to Bloom Education by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Education.

Prior to joining Bloom Education, Nilay was the CEO of Aldar Academies from 2014, where she was responsible for developing their educational portfolio from 1,200 students to over 16,000 students during her eight year tenure. In addition to overseeing Aldar Academies, during 2010 – 2013, Nilay successfully managed a number of Aldar's major assets, including the final delivery and operations of the seven hotels on Yas Island, Yas and Al Bandar Marinas, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Links Golf Club. Before that, she was the Strategic Planning Director at Sorouh.

Nilay has 17 years of strategic management and leadership experience in some of the world’s leading multinational companies.

Nilay holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and The University of Texas at Austin.

Giovanni Carpenzano

Giovanni Carpenzano

General Counsel
Giovanni Carpenzano

Giovanni Carpenzano

General Counsel

Giovanni Carpenzano is an attorney and investment professional with over 20 years of strategy and management experience in corporate finance, M&A, private equity, banking and finance, Islamic finance and turnaround management.

Before his General Counsel role at Bloom Holding, Giovanni worked for Dubai Economic Council as an Investment Director. He also worked for Zabeel Investments where he ran the legal department and advised the board of directors on the restructuring of the holding company. Within the region, Giovanni has also led the legal department of Turkcapital (a subsidiary of Kuwait Finance House), and assisted the business development teams of Turkapital in Kuwait, Turkey, Russia and Azerbaijan. Prior to this, he had the position of Senior Legal Counsel for Agility in Kuwait, where he had extensive exposure to international corporate and commercial transactions across Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Giovanni started off his professional career working for Allen & Overy in Italy and General Electric in Paris, Vienna and Munich as Legal Counsel, where he advised on major M&A transactions and restructurings