Nexus strives to be a highly respected and recognized financial brand. Although based in the Middle East, but its global reach, it will offer composite insurance services and financial solutions to meet individual, family, and corporate needs.
We strive to deliver bespoke financial solutions to meet the needs of our customers, whether individual, family or commercial. We do this on the basis of uberrimae fides based on strong, lasting personal relationships with a high net worth focus. With a well-developed life insurance pedigree, Nexus will develop its composite insurance business and financial management capacity in its existing markets and beyond.
We believe our primary responsibility is to the individuals, families and corporate customers who place their trust in us to provide the most appropriate financial solutions to meet their needs. Strong personal relationships are at the core of our business model and the maintenance of the highest standards of compliance, integrity and honesty is key to our success.
Through association with a world class leading panel of providers, and a commitment to provide our staff with leading-edge technical, service, and training support, we have the confidence that we offer the best possible bespoke solutions.
We have a responsibility to our employees, recognizing their value and contribution at every level of our business. They should feel empowered to act on behalf of Nexus and at the same time recognize the responsibility that this brings. We should provide appropriate IT, training, infrastructure, and medical support concomitant with staff functions and maintain transparent procedures for their well-being and HR requirements.
We must deliver equal opportunities and enable advancement and wealth creation to the mutual benefit of the staff and the company. We should strive to be transparent, informative, and inclusive so that united as one body, we can grow ‘in good faith’ with our clients.
We have a responsibility to the community in which we operate. We acknowledge our responsibility to play our part in developing the financial services industry of the UAE, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait and as we expand, we do so as the best of ambassadors. We take with us the highest operating standards synonymous with the Nexus brand.
We help the communities amongst which we operate and through strategic partnerships, selected through open and inclusive debate with our staff, we play our part to help others. This recognition of the need to be good global citizens reflects our multi-cultural composition and the founder’s overriding intent that Nexus represents a force for good.
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Mahmoud is the founder and Chairman of the Nexus Group. He has 40 years experience in the insurance industry having worked mainly in the UK and the GCC.
Mahmoud started his career at AIG in 1974 and in 1979 he was appointed by AIG as Sales Manager in the UK. In 1982 he relocated to Dubai and was appointed Director of Agencies for the G.C.C. In 1989 Mahmoud established Eagle Star International brokerage in the U.A.E. and Bahrain, which evolved in 1991 into a fully-fledged life insurance company, Eagle Star International Life. In 2004, subsequent to a merger between Eagle Star Group and Zurich Financial Services, the company changed its name from Eagle Star International Life Limited to Zurich International Life Limited (ZIL). At Eagle Star and ZIL Middle East, Mahmoud was the Managing Director for the Middle East and held responsibility for all the company’s Regional Distribution, Administration, Compliance and Governance function. He held this position until 2006, when he took the major step of leading a management buy-out of the ZIL Direct Distribution network in the Middle East and became the Founder and Chairman of Nexus Insurance Brokers and Nexus Financial Services.
Mahmoud’s contribution to the insurance industry has been recognised by the following:
Tarun Khanna has been with Nexus since January 2007. He was appointed Deputy CEO in early 2010, and was appointed CEO in mid 2013. Tarun has extensive experience in financial services having spent 25 years in money management and investment banking. He started his career at Merrill Lynch in New York in 1990 in the investment banking group and has worked with Morgan Stanley, Lazard Asset Management, Wellington Management and Copper Arch Capital, a New York based Hedge Fund.
Tarun received an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance and an undergraduate degree from Muskingum College (Honours) with focus on Economics and Accounting in 1990. He also studied at the American University in Paris in 1989. Tarun is a high school graduate of the Doon School in India.
Antoine J. Meyer has held Executive positions in some of the world’s leading financial institutions. Having achieved his MA in Law at the University of Paris he achieved his MBA at the University of Chicago and this was followed by attaining a BA Ecole du Louvre, in Paris.
His business experience has encompassed twelve years with Citigroup (Corporate Sector), ten years with Eagle Star and five years as Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Star International Life (Isle of Man) and then Zurich International Life.
Having graduated with a B.A. in Business Studies from the University of East London and a M.Sc. in Organization Development from Sheffield Hallam University , Peter has worked first as a college lecturer and then in industrial relations and HR in dairy distribution and engineering, in Management Development for Xerox, entering financial services in 1984.
He spent seventeen years with Allied Dunbar in a variety of roles (including Director of Sales Management Development, Training and Development Director and E-Commerce Director and eventually as a main board Director, responsible for Sales Strategy. He was responsible for creating the famous King Edward’s Place Training and Development Centre, generally considered to offer the best training in the industry.
Since 2001, Peter has undertaken a series of consulting roles within financial service companies in the UK, majoring on situations that require distribution and change management expertise and senior line management experience.
Peter held the role of Chief Operating Officer – Middle East, with Nexus between 2011 and 2014.
Samira started her insurance career by serving an internship with Zurich International Life, Dubai after gaining her BA in Marketing from the American Intercontinental University in London in 2001. She went on to further study at the Inchbald School of Design also in London. Samira joined the Nexus Marketing Department in 2009. Since then she has gained hands on experience in Event Management, Media Communications, PR, and Digital Marketing with emphasis on client communications. Although based in Dubai she is responsible for all Nexus offices throughout the region.
General Counsel & Compliance Director
Reza comes from a legal and asset management background. He started his career at Lehman Brothers in London in 1998. He moved to Dubai in 2006 as the Director of Caspian for the HSBC Private Bank. Before moving to Dubai, he was the Group Counsel and Chief Compliance officer at Gottex Fund Management a Swiss based fund of hedge funds.
Reza received his Bachelors in Law (LLB 1997) & Masters in Law of Banking and Finance (LLM 1999) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Weldon DeSouza is a Chartered IT Professional of the British Computer Society (UK) and a Certified Computing Professional (USA). In addition, he holds a Masters of Business Administration degree. He has demonstrated his competence in Information & Communications Technology with over 20+ years of experience gained with international insurance organizations such as American Life Insurance, Eagle Star International and, prior to joining Nexus, he held the position of Information Technology Manager (Middle East) for Zurich International Life.
He has comprehensive hands-on knowledge of Systems Development & Design, Project Management and IT Infrastructure having worked on numerous IT platforms. In addition he has several professional IT vendor certifications and has completed LOMA (Life Officers Management Association Level 1).
He is responsible for developing, managing and overseeing the overall Information & Communication Technology function and Strategy of the organization for the entire Nexus Group.
Operations Director – UAE
Carine Moneyron is the Operations Director for the UAE operations of the Nexus Group. She started her career at Credit Mutuel (France) in 1999, working in the corporate and personal finance divisions. She joined Zurich International Life in Dubai in 2005 as a Sales Manager. She has been with Nexus since 2006 and has had many roles in the operations area over the past nine years. Carine was appointed Operations Director (UAE) in early 2015.
Carine received her MBA from Marseille Business School (France) in 1999 with concentration in Marketing.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Sulaimaan Syed is the chief technology officer (CTO) of Nexus Group of companies. Starting his career in UK with Goldman Sachs, he has extensive experience in designing, implementing, and managing complex technology projects. After completing his BSc Business Management degree from London he then relocated to Dubai.
Sulaimaan brings a wealth of experience from various sectors including maritime and healthcare. Now focusing on the financial services sector, he is in a position to drive Nexus to the forefront of the industry.
Ali Makki has 17 years of experience in providing administrative & regulatory expertise for all legislative aspects across the organization that require compliance with the local government.
Ali has extensive work experience in the UAE and joins us from First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) where he has worked since 2010 handling government relations, administration, safety & security, facility management and legal matters. Prior to this he spent 4 years with Dubai Holding as a Security & Facility Manager. He also has 7 years extensive experience working in the Dubai Police Force in various departments.
Sales Director Dubai
R.M. Kumar entered the Financial Services sector in 1993 joining Eagle Star Insurance as a Financial Consultant. He was promoted to Sales Manager in 1998 and appointed Sales Director in 2009. He currently manages a team of several Sales Managers and over 115 Sales Consultants.
He holds the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Award in Financial Planning, Award in Investment Planning & Award in General Insurance (Cert CII). In addition, he is also a member of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management, UK.
Sales Director Dubai
Raju started his insurance career with the Life Insurance Corporation of India in 1984. He moved to Dubai in 1995 to join Eagle Star as a Consultant. He became a Sales Manager in 2000 and a Deputy Branch Manager in 2003 with Zurich International Life and continued in the same position when Nexus was formed in 2006. He took up the position of Sales Director with Nexus in January 2009.
His experience in the Insurance Industry, spanning over 25 years, includes diverse fields such as IT, Accounts, Underwriting, Claims and Sales Management. Raju is a post graduate in business management from Leicester University of UK. He acquired ‘Financial Advisor’s International Qualification from Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and is a member of the Institute of Sales & Marketing (UK).
Sales Director Abu Dhabi
NB Raghu has over 19 years of experience, 17 years of which is in the Financial Services Industry. He has earned his Canadian Securities and Life Licenses and has a Bachelors Degree in Commerce with focus on Factory Administration and Costing. NB Raghu started his career in 1990 as a Branch Manager in a leading South Indian Investment Firm. He later moved to the UAE to join Eagle Star (which later became Zurich International Life) as a Financial Advisor and graduated to a Sales Manager. From there he moved to Canada to work with Edward Jones Investments as an Investment Broker and later moved to India to work with ING Vysya Life as a Branch Manager managing a team of 250 Advisors and 16 Sales Managers. In 2007 he returned back to the UAE and joined Al Fara’a Properties as a Business Development Manager and in 2009 joined the Nexus Team as Sales Director.
General Manager – Bahrain
Rod Allderidge started work in the financial services industry in 1990 and has been involved in the direct sales side of the business ever since. He started his career in the UK as a Financial Adviser with Acuma Ltd before moving on to Allied Dunbar.
In 1994 he took up his first supervisory role building and developing sales teams at Guardian Royal Exchange and Canada Life over the next 7 years. In 2001 Rod was recruited by Standard Life to help launch and develop their Wealth Management division whose primary role was advising on Investments and Estate Planning in the high net worth market. In 2007 Rod was instrumental in the launch of Standard Life’s WRAP Platform which has proved very successful for the company. Late in 2011 Rod was recruited by Prudential Assurance to help establish their Direct Sales Force helping the business grow from zero to 200 sales consultants over the next 2 years. As an ex-pat child who spent the first 20 years of his life in various countries across the Gulf Region it was inevitable at some point that he would return to the area that he thinks of as home. This happened in 2014 when Rod moved to Qatar as General Manager for Nexus Financial Services. Rod has now taken on the role of General Manager Bahrain and has oversight of the Qatar operation.
Rod holds the Advanced Financial Planning Certificate from the Chartered Insurance Institute and he is also a member of the Personal Finance Society.
Head of General Insurnace
Tony has 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. He started his career in Rome in 1987 at Generali’s HQ in Italy. Soon after he was promoted and moved to the UK as an Underwriter in the London Market and after eleven years he was appointed to a non-life senior underwriting position. He was later appointed Regional Manager in Hong Kong to expand the insurance practice and setup the local underwriters association there.
In 2008 Tony was promoted to Area Manager for the Middle East and Africa operations based at the DIFC in Dubai. Before joining Nexus, Tony was a senior insurance advisor of commercial lines and special risks for Multinationals, Governments and SMEs in the region. Tony has a CPA accounting Degree from Istituto Tecnico Commerciale Rome in Italy.
Training and Conservation Manager
Maria Mehta joined Nexus in 2011 and has played a pivotal role in the creation and management of the Client Conservation Unit; an initiative that Nexus pioneered in the industry. Maria’s career spans 25 years, during which she has managed large sales and servicing teams at Citibank UAE, Exxon Mobil Europe, Mastercard Europe, British Airways India and Zurich International Life in the UAE, before joining us at Nexus. Maria is passionate about the highest standards in training and one of her key strengths is knowledge sharing to empower people and drive success.
Maria graduated from Delhi University and has been certified by the Chartered Insurance Institute (UK) to Level 3 with a Certificate in Insurance and Financial Services (CIFS) which comprises of the Award in Financial Planning, the Award in Investment planning, the Award in General Insurance and the Award in Customer Service in Insurance.
General Manager – Qatar
Following an early military career, Gary Hines moved into Financial Services 28 years ago, working mainly in direct sales for Aviva and Prudential. After graduating with a degree in Financial Services, he joined Friends Provident in 1998 working as a Business Sales Consultant within the Corporate Pensions market. Between 2007 and 2012, Gary was responsible for the supervision of numerous firms and individual Independent Financial Advisers within various networks.
After several years working as an Independent Financial Adviser himself, he moved to the UAE and joined the Nexus Training and Development team in 2017. As well as being Level 4 qualified, he also has a BA(Hons) Financial Services and a Pension Transfer Specialist qualification. He is also a member of the Personal Finance Society.
General Manager – Kuwait
Sunit Arora has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance and financial services industry. He started his career in 1992 with Eagle Star International (subsequently Zurich Life) as a Financial Consultant. He has served as the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Country Chair for Kuwait, Zone Chair for Middle East & Africa and as the Regional Chairman for India, MENA, Europe & UK. He is a MDRT Life Member & on the Honour Role. Sunit holds a degree in Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University, India and also holds a Financial Advisor International Qualification from the C.I.I, London.
Sunit has lived in the GCC for the last 33 years and was appointed as the General Manager, Nexus Financial Services, Kuwait in 2013.
Member of Advisory Board
Mansoor Nodjoumi has achieved extensive experience in the global financial marketing arena. He has been involved in a series of operational start ups and has specialized in the provision of financial planning and wealth management.
He has worked in New York, Los Angeles, London and has been based in Dubai since 1980.
Before taking his current appointment he managed a team of some 140 Financial Advisers within Nexus and has held the global number one position for sales with Zurich International Life.