Manal AlBayat is Group CEO of Falcon and Associates, a company that works for the Dubai leadership to provide advice and execution on matters related to international positioning. Falcon drives new, tangible initiatives and strategic communications that build on the emirate’s many successes to date. Examples of such initiatives include the UAE’s bid to host World Expo 2020 in Dubai, the launch of the Family Business Network GCC Chapter, and Dubai’s sponsorship of the Chinese National Table Tennis team. Since joining Falcon in 2009, Manal has played a pivotal role in the Group’s development and growth.
Manal has experience in establishing, structuring and managing start-up companies. She worked on developing and implementing Cateus Investment Company’s strategy in Bahrain and its expansion into other GCC locations. In addition, she helped set up and supervise the Company’s support functions, created its Real Estate arm and lead the advertising and marketing for the Group’s services and products. Cateus is a multi-business Holding Investment Company. The company owns controlling shares in diversified businesses that range from Industrial, Trading, Real Estate to Financial Services.
Manal also has 10 years’ experience in the banking industry. At Gulf International Bank, in Bahrain, Manal was Vice President and Head of Banking Operations. She covered different areas ranging from Audit, Financial Controls, Foreign Exchange, Money Market and Derivatives. Her banking experience also extends to the USA where she worked in credit card risk management and corporate banking.
Manal holds an MBA in Marketing and Change Management from DePaul University, and a BS in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University.