Farid ChedidChairman & Chief Executive OfficerChedid Insurance Brokers Network
Farid Chedid is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Chedid Capital Holding group of companies.
Starting with the launch of Chedid Re in 1998, Farid Chedid embarked on a two-decade journey building one of the region’s premier insurance and reinsurance group across the Middle East, Africa, and parts of Europe. Chedid Re is recognized among the top-20 reinsurance brokers worldwide and registered as a Lloyd’s broker.
Today, Chedid Capital Holding includes Chedid Re, Chedid Insurance Brokers, and Chedid Corporate Solutions. In 2009, the Group established Seib Insurance Company, as a Qatar-focused company dealing with corporate and complex risks. In 2015, Chedid Capital acquired a major stake in City Brokers, the leading insurance provider in Mauritius and East Africa. The same year, the group acquired Al Manarah Insurance Services, one of the leading insurance provider in the UAE.
In 2016, Global Re and Strategic Risk consortium selected Farid Chedid as “The Middle East and Africa Industry Achiever of the year”. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, he was selected among the 100 Arab Achievers by Arabian Business publication and among the 35 Most Influential Lebanese Businessmen by Forbes Middle East 2018.
In addition to his many company board memberships, Farid Chedid is active in support of many non-profit organizations, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees at Notre Dame University, Lebanon; a Member of the Board of Endeavor, Lebanon; a member of Human Rights Watch, Beirut Committee; a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and a Fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative (MELI), member of The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).
Farid Chedid is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of the UK, he holds a Master’s in Risk Management from NYU Stern School of Business; a Master’s in Finance from ESA/ESCP Europe; a Master’s in Management from Universite Paris IX Dauphine, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law from London Metropolitan University.
Sami ChedidChairmanChedid Insurance Brokers SAL
With over 45 years of experience in the insurance industry in Lebanon and the Middle East, Sami Chedid is the founder and Managing Director of La Nationale SAL recently rebranded Chedid Insurance Brokers SAL, a leading life and non-life insurance brokers.
Mr. Chedid is a founder and a member of the Board of directors of Chedid Capital Holding. He holds a law degree from La Sagesse University in Lebanon.
Issam LahhamManaging Director
Al Manarah Insurance Services
Issam Laham is the Founder and Managing Director of Al Manarah Insurance Services Sharjah.
Prior to establishing Al Manarah, Issam was the Area Manager of Abu Dhabi National Insurance (ADNIC), Dubai Area; Regional Manager of Jordan Insurance – UAE and a Regional Manager at Syrian Insurance Company.
Issam holds a Business Administration degree from Damascus University with additional degree in Accounts.
Naji KadaGeneral Manager
Al Manarah Insurance Services
Naji holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business and Management from St. Joseph University and a Master’s degree in Finance from Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Nice, France.
Naji El Kada enjoys 15 years of expertise inthe Insurance Industry. He joined Chedid Re year 2007. Currently, Naji is the CEO of one of Chedid Capital Holding entities; Al Manarah.
Before joining Chedid Re, Naji worked for RAK Insurance in Dubai. He was later assigned in Qatar for the startup operations of Seib Insurance & Reinsurance Co., a direct insurance company of the group, where he spent three years before joining back Chedid Re in Lebanon.
Joseph FaddoulExecutive DirectorChedid Insurance Brokers Network
Joseph Faddoul is the Executive Director at Chedid Capital. He is appointed to assist in the organic development and growth of our Direct Broking Insurance operations, Chedid Insurance Brokers.
Joseph was previously Chedid Re's Executive Director. He helped grow the company to a regional leader in the reinsurance broking, responsible for ChedidRe day-to-day-operations, as well as leading the company’s development and strategy from building partnerships to advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues.
Joseph is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London.
Karim ZarkaExecutive DirectorChedid Insurance Brokers Network
Karim Zarka is the Executive Director at Chedid Capital Holding and Chedid Insurance Brokers in charge of Marketing, Communication and Business Development.
Karim holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Affairs from the Beirut University College.
He started his career in France, in 1992 with Kettaneh Group Holding managing one of their industrial subsidiaries. In 1994, he moved to Beirut to head the Telecom Division of Kettaneh Group.
From 1999 to 2005, Karim set up and managed various telecom companies and joint ventures specialized in value-added services and pre-paid calling cards in the Middle East and North Africa.
In 2005, Karim joined Grey Group in the capacity of Managing Director where he established and managed the Doha operation. During his 11 years as Managing Director of Grey Group Doha, he successfully pitched and won some of the most prestigious projects and accounts such as Doha 2016 Asian Games, Qtel, Vodafone, Commercial Bank of Qatar, Qatar Airways, Ministry of Public Health, Qatar Rail, Barwa Bank, Qatari Diar and Qatar Financial Center, to name a few.
Before joining Chedid Capital, Karim was appointed as Managing Director at Memac Ogilvy for their Jeddah operation.
Salem Al SuleimanChief Executive OfficerChedid & Associates KSA
An insurance expert with over 10 years of experience in the insurance industry in Saudi Arabia, Salem holds a bachelor Degree in Management Information System from the King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, a diploma in Insurance from the Institute of Banking of Riyadh and a Master in Healthcare Supervision and Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Beside the several courses and trainings, he successfully attended, Salem holds a certificate in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) in the UK.
Prior to joining Chedid & Associates KSA, Salem was the Chief Commercial Officer at Medgulf Insurance and Reinsurance co Saudi Arabia.
Alaa LadkaniGeneral ManagerChedid Insurance Brokers Qatar
Alaa El Lakdani is the General Manager of Chedid Insurance Brokers Qatar, in charge of the day to day business and team.
Prior to that he actively participated in the growth of the company as a Business Development Manager.
Alaa holds a BS in Economics from the Lebanese American University (LAU) and a Master of Applied Economics from Marquette University- USA
Alaa holds certifications from Bahrain Institute of Banking &Finance, Chartered Insurance Institute and Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and is undergoing the CII Diploma.
Jad KanbarDirectorChedid Insurance Brokers Network
Jad Kanbar is a Director at Chedid Insurance Brokers Saudi Arabia.
Prior to that, Jad was a Director at Chedid Re Saudi Arabia in charge of a general, motor and medical reinsurance portfolio.
Jad studied Business Administration at the American University of Beirut and holds an Executive MBA from ESCP Europe and École Supérieure des Affaires.
Vanisha PursunGeneral Manager
City Brokers Ltd.
Vanisha Pursun holds a BA(Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Delhi in India and is a qualified actuary from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. She has over 20 years of experience in insurance, pensions and employee benefits.
Prior to joining City Brokers, Vanisha was the Senior Manager – Actuarial with Swan, a leading insurance group in Mauritius.
Gilbert TaklaGeneral Manager
Chedid Insurance Brokers SAL
With over 29 years of experience in the insurance sector, Gilbert joined Chedid Insurance Brokers (previously La Nationale SAL) in 2019 as General Manager.
Prior to joining Chedid Insurance Brokers, Gilbert spent 12 years at Metlife as Group Manager for Lebanon.
Gilbert holds a Bachelor’s degree in Insurance from St. Joseph University and is a fellow member of Life Management Institute “FMLI” and Associate Customer Services (ACS) from the LOMA Institute – USA.