Gautam Sashittal

Chief Executive Officer, King Abdullah Financial District Development & Management Company (KAFD DMC)

Gautam has been the CEO of the King Abdullah Financial District Development & Management Company (KAFD DMC) since 2021 where he has been transforming the district into a business and lifestyle destination with state-of-the-art physical and digital infrastructure.

His distinguished career has seen him work in both the private and public sectors across diverse industries including oil and gas, real estate development, Free Zone regulation and development, trade facilitation and healthcare.

After a career at Shell, spanning nearly two decades, he has held a range of leadership roles in companies across the Middle East. From 2014 to 2019, Gautam was CEO of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the business interests of which cover the DMCC Free Zone, property and community development, establishing standards for and facilitating commodities trade in Dubai, as well as financial services such as clearing house and trade finance products. Following his role at the DMCC, he supported the largest hospital startup in Abu Dhabi: a joint venture between the Mayo Clinic (USA) and Abu Dhabi Health Services (SEHA).

In addition, he serves on numerous boards including UNOPS, Copenhagen, where he is a Member of the Audit Advisory Committee, Fintech Innovations International, to which he is an Advisor, and Risk Quotient Ltd, a niche cyber risk consultancy. Gautam has also been named on Forbes’ top 50 Indian Business Executives list.


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