Cemena is a holding company, based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with focus on construction materials manufacturing and trading including cement and aluminum products within the Middle East & North Africa (MENA region) and emerging markets.

The company was established in 2008 by Gulf Finance House, one of the leading Islamic Investment banks in the region, in partnership with a number of GCC financial institutions and high net worth Individuals. Cemena’s priority and focus on emerging markets has become the driving force behind its strategic business engagements and has enabled it to expand and consolidate its position among the leading companies in the MENA region engaged in such business activities.

Established with an authorized capital of US$ 600 million, Cemena has built on its experience and expertise to cement its presence in Bahrain, Syria and Libya, while further developments and projects are in the pipeline.

The core activities of Cemena include the production and distribution of cement and extrusion of world class aluminum profiles and systems. On the cement front, Cemena supplements its product range with downstream activities such as ready-mixed concrete, concrete products, and concrete elements, as well as other related products and services. On the aluminum side, Cemena manufactures a variety of comprehensive aluminum profile systems to suit a diverse range of requirements both in residential and commercial projects.

Our Vision is to combine human expertises, technological capabilities and partnerships to become one of the leading construction materials manufacturing and trading Company in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.
We strive to create value for our shareholders through building a solid platform for our operations in a highly charged business environment.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Mutawa, Chairman of Cemena Holding Company, brings almost 33 years of financial and economic experience to the company. With numerous papers appearing in international publications and journals, he is an established and respected researcher and economics academic.Dr. Al-Mutawa is the Deputy Chairman of Gulf Finance House and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, and he has a wealth of experience in advising and consulting.

He has served as a board member in some of the region's largest and most reputable universities and organizations, namely Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Company (ADBIC), and Dubai University College among others.He began his career as a teaching assistant at the UAE University, and went on to become a well-known professor and director at the University. He has also spoken and presented at a number of key finance and economics conferences throughout the region.Dr. Al-Mutawa holds a PhD in Economics from Georgetown University, Washington DC, and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina, USA. He also holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Cairo University in Egypt.

Mr. Alaa Hamad Al Roumi currently assumes the role of Deputy CEO of Capcorp, an investment company incorporated in Kuwait. He has more than 18 years of experience in international capital markets. During the last six years, he has been focusing on direct investments, management and arrangement of investment transactions, and property development projects. He was Senior Manager for Property Development Projects and Financial Instruments at Kuwait Investment Company. He also took part in managing various investment funds. At present, Mr. Al Roumi assumes various directorship roles in several companies. Mr. Al Roumi is also a member of the Board of Directors of Wared Lease and Finance Company (Kuwait), Falcon Cement Company ( Bahrain), and Instrata Capital company ( Bahrain).

Mr. Alrayes currently holds the position of Acting Chief Executive Officer at GFH. Mr. Alrayes was the Chief Investment Officer of GFH heading GFH Venture Capital, Private Equity, Real Estate and Asset management investment for the bank.

Mr. Alrayes has focused experience in banking and start-up investments; Mr. Alrayes led GFH's investment in industrials, financial institutions and natural resources. Mr. Alrayes is the chairman of Gulf Holding Company, and holds directorships in several companies including, amongst others, Cemena Holding Company, Tunis Bay Investment Company, and Royal Ranched Marrakesh.

Previously, Mr. Alrayes was the founder and the general manger of Invita B.S.C. In that position, he developed the investment opportunity, established and managed the company, positioning it as one of the recognized BPO businesses in Bahrain. Before Invita, he was part of the Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait's senior management, team developing e-Banking services and managing client relations.

Mr. Alrayes holds a Bachelor's degree with Honours in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the University of Bahrain and a Master's degree with Honours in Business Administration from the University of De Paul, Chicago, USA.


Mr. Azzam Al Felaij, Board member of Cemena Holding Company, brings almost 22 years of experience in the financial, Real Estate and trading industries. Mr. Al Felaij currently is Member of the Board for a number of different companies including Gulf Finance House, Al Safa investment, Al Mabani Wel Ta'meer and Heavy Engineering and Ship building. Mr. Azem also owns a number of companies which include; The Year two Thousand trading and contracting establishment, the glass dome Décor and Contracting, American Touch Furniture, Azim Al Felaij Real estate establishment. Additionally, Mr. Al Felaij is the General Manager of both Abdulaziz Al Felaij trade and contracting and Bu Bayan fishing Company.Mr. Azam holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the Grand View College (U.S).

  Mr. Laurent, Board member of Cemena Holding Company, brings almost 24 years of experience in the cement and construction industries. He Holds executive positions within number of leading industries including Vice-President Business Development Middle East and North Africa for Holcim Group Support Ltd one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates. He was also the Managing Director of Beton Obernai. Mr. Laurent holds the IECS from The Strasbourg Graduate School of Management.      
Mr. Sharif currently holds the role of Chief Executive Officer at Cemena. Previously Mr. Sharif was the Head of the Operations Department at GFH where he was responsible for planning, developing and implementing the strategy for operational management and development to the bank's objectives and organizational performance plans. He was also involved in establishing and maintaining appropriate systems for measuring necessary aspects of operational management and development. Mr. Sharif holds an MBA from the University of Glamorgan, UK.
Mr. Ahmad has 27 years of extensive experience in investment appraisal, feasibility studies, financial analysis, share valuation, cash flow analysis and future projections of various projects in different sectors such as cement, power and energy, telecommunication, construction, hospitality, tourism and recreation, health, automobile, and real estate etc.
Prior to joining Cemena, Mr. Ahmad worked with Gulf Finance House as Director in the Venture Capital department. Mr. Ahmad is a Post Graduate in Statistics from the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan


Mr. Fawad Rashid has 21 years of professional experience in the cement industry. He served in several positions from engineering to operation management at the cement plants of GCC and Pakistan. He has extensive experience in the cement industry in the field of plant design, erection, commissioning, operation, process optimization and quality control
Currently Mr. Rashid is responsible for the feasibility studies, design, construction & operation of the cement plant projects. Furthermore, Mr. Rashid is in charge of the development process of technology and quality control for the cement plant and projects.

Mr. Fawad Rashid holds a B.E Chemical Engineering from Punjab University, Pakistan.


Adnan Bashir is a business development professional with a vast international experience spread over 18 years. He has worked with some of the largest companies in the world including Walmart and Pricewaterhouse Coopers and has a versatile exposure from management consulting and retail to textiles, cement and construction. Adnan brings about a unique mix of accounting qualification with his Masters in Business Administration which gives him a distinct advantage in the field of business development