Board of Directors

MIH Board of Directors

Mr Alfred Pisani - Chairman
Mr Ahmed Wahedi - Director
Mr Joseph Pisani - Director
Mr Joseph Fenech - Director
Mr Faisal J.S. Alessa - Director
Mr Mario P. Galea - Director
Mr Ahmed Yousir Helmy - Director
Mr Stephen Bajada - Company Secretary

Alfred Pisani - Chairman

Mr Pisani is the founder of the Corinthia Group and has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since the inception of Corinthia in 1962. He was responsible for the construction of the Group’s first hotel, the Corinthia Palace in Attard. He has led the Corinthia Group from a one hotel company to a diversified group having significant interests in Malta and overseas. Such interests vary from equity participations, management or both in several geographical areas and include interests in three hotels in Malta, five hotels in Turkey, two hotels in Budapest, nine hotels in the Czech Republic, two hotels in Portugal and one each in Libya, The Russian Federation, United Kingdom and Tunisia. Mr Pisani is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of International Hotel Investments p.l.c., a Maltese listed company forming part of the Corinthia Group. Mr Pisani is also the Chairman of Mediterranean Investments Holding plc.

Ahmed Wahedi - Director

Mr Wahedi is the chief executive officer of NREC Capital, a division of the National Real Estate Company (NREC) headquartered in Kuwait.  He is responsible for the Group’s asset management initiatives.

Prior to joining NREC, Mr Wahedi was the Managing Director of the Real Estate Division at Boubyan Capital where he assembled a $ 100 million diversified portfolio of income generating properties in Kuwait and launched a highly successful $50 million REIT. Prior to Boubyan Capital, Mr Wahedi was a Corporate Development Manager at Agility where he was involved with executing several mergers & acquisitions.

Mr Wahedi holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BSc in Civil Engineering, BSc in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and a BSc in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Joseph Pisani - Director

Joseph Pisani, is a founder member and director of the main board of Corinthia Palace Hotel Company Limited (CPHCL) as from 1962, and has served on a number of boards of subsidiary companies. From 2000 to 2014 he has served as Chairman of the Monitoring Committee of CPHCL and IHI.

Joseph Fenech - Director

Mr Fenech is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom and a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants. Mr Fenech joined the Corinthia Group in 1980 after having spent a number of years as senior auditor with a local auditing firm. His first appointment was as Group Accountant responsible for all financial and accounting matters of the Corinthia Group operations. Mr Fenech is the Joint CEO of International Hotel Investments p.l.c., a Maltese listed company forming part of the Corinthia Group.

Faisal J.S. Alessa - Director

Mr Alessa currently holds the position of senior executive at the Sultan Centre, a public company registered in Kuwait, which is one of the largest retailers in the Middle East. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Sultan Centre. In addition, he is the vice-Chairman of Fresh World International and is the incoming Chairman of United Capital Group, a company registered in Kuwait with a capital in excess of USD 700 million. Mr Alessa is a graduate of Barry University in Miami, Florida, USA.

Mario P. Galea - Director

Mario P. Galea was the founder, Managing Partner and Chairman of Ernst & Young Malta until he retired in 2012.  Currently he serves as on a number of boards of directors, finance committees and audit committees in various positions.

Mr Galea is a certified public accountant and auditor, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants.

He has served as President of the Malta Institute of Accountants and held various other positions in the Institute, Federation des Comptables Européens (FEE) and the Accountancy Board, which is the regulator of the accountancy profession in Malta.

Ahmed Yousri Helmy - Director

Mr Yousri Helmy is an accomplished executive with an outstanding track record in spearheading transformational programs including debt restructuring, organisational streamlining and digital implementation, delivering cost efficiencies and driving shareholders’ value.  He has ventured into major business acquisitions with proven abilities in business modelling and analysis.

Mr Yousri Helmy is the current group CFO of National Real Estate Company (NREC), a Kuwait based publicly listed real estate and investment company, with a presence in the Middle East and North Africa.

Prior to joining NREC, Mr Yousri Helmy was the CEO of Invest Group and CFO at the Sultan Centre Group where he played an integral part in the continual growth and success of the group, driving operational, commercial and financial activities.

Mr Yousri Helmi holds an MBA from American University of Beirut in Lebanon and is a certified public accountant registered with the California Board of Accountancy.


Stephen Bajada - Company Secretary

Mr Bajada joined the Corinthia Group in 1998 after a career with the Malta Tourist Board. He occupies a number of positions within the Group, including that of Company Secretary of a number of subsidiary companies of the Group.