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About National Health Insurance Company – Daman

 

The National Health Insurance Company – Daman is the UAE’s leading health insurer and trusted Government partner, offering leading solutions that provide access to unparalleled healthcare services, covering around 2.5 million members.

Daman is part of Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company PJSC (ADQ), one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy. ADQ owns 80% of Daman’s shares with the remaining 20% is owned by Munich Re who is also a strategic partner.

A pioneer in health insurance, Daman is the first specialised health insurer in the UAE, with over 15 years of expertise and commitment to delivering best practice, efficiently managing insurance and health fund services to clients and members. Daman provides dependable access to the most comprehensive care network in the UAE, and internationally.

Daman has set high standards in the health insurance industry and has been awarded a number of internationally recognised awards and quality-focused certifications.

Overview

As the region's leading specialised health insurer, providing comprehensive health insurance solutions to more than 2.5 million members in the UAE, we are the partner of choice for many of the country's most prominent organisations.

Our innovation comes from our market-leading digitalisation as well as the expertise of our professionals.

We have consistently been ranked among the best in the field, with a range of awards for our market-leading digitalisation and social initiatives.

Contributing to the community is important to us, which is why we host over 300 family-friendly events each year to improve health and wellness for everybody.

Our values

We set the standard with our exceptional service through the creation and use of internationally-recognised best practices.

We are pioneers in health insurance and continue to introduce innovative solutions as part of our vision to become the most trusted partner in health for the UAE community.

We communicate openly and transparently and our departments and joint ventures collaborate seamlessly to unite as one organisation.

We support our people in enabling them to exceed the expectations of our members and stakeholders.

We are motivated by an aspiration to achieve, which we channel both individually and collectively, into providing an unparalleled level of service to make our members happy.

H.E. Khaled Bin Shaiban Almehairi
H.E. Khaled Bin Shaiban Almehairi
Chairman

H.E. Khaled Bin Shaiban Almehairi is the Chairman of the Board at the National Health Insurance Company – Daman.

His Excellency held several government positions. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), as Director General of General Secretariat of Executive Council, Executive Director of Business Support Division in the Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi General Services Company (MUSANADA). His Excellency brings seven years of experience within the investment field, having worked at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

In addition to his key responsibilities in the government, His Excellency is active in the sports sector: He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Cycling Club. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Al Qattara Investments Company, Al Ain Club Investments Company, Emirates Motor Sports Federation, and Al Forsan International Sports Resort. Furthermore, he was Deputy Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, Abu Dhabi Racing, and Al-Ain Sportplex.

His Excellency holds a Bachelor’s degree of Applied Science in Business Administration from the Higher Colleges of Technology. 

Dr. Clemens Muth
Dr. Clemens Muth
Vice Chairman

Dr. Clemens Muth is the Vice Chairman of the Board at the National Health Insurance Company – Daman.

He is currently the Chief Underwriting Officer and Member of the Board of Management of ERGO Group AG and Chief Executive Officer of DKV Deutsche Krankenversicherung AG.

He brings 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, particularly health, across a range of geographies as part of the wider Munich Re group. Previously he served as a Member of the Board of Management at ERGO Direkt Versicherungen, responsible for Sales, Head of Strategy and Group Development at ERGO Versicherungsgruppe AG and Deputy Head of Group Development at Munich Re.

He holds a PhD from the University of Munich preceded by Studies in Economics at the Universities of Mainz and Munich in Germany. His experience is also drawn from academia having previously worked as an assistant lecturer at the University of Munich, Germany.

Mr. Arif Albastaki
Mr. Arif Albastaki
Board Member

Mr. Arif Albastaki is a Board Member at the National Health Insurance Company – Daman.
He is currently the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Amlak Finance PJSC and brings 27 years of experience within the banking and financial sectors. He holds a number of Board positions with other leading regional institutions serving as Chairman of Emaar Industries & Investments Capital, Chairman of Amlak Finance Egypt, a Vice Chairman of the Board at of Aramex, and a Board Member at Emaar Hospitality Group (EHG) & Emaar the Economic City (EEC) in Saudi Arabia .

In previous board level roles he served as Vice-Chairman of TECOM Group and was a Member of the Board of Directors at Awqaf & Minors Affair Foundation, Amlak International for Finance & Real Estate Development (Saudi Arabia) and Al Salam Bank (Algeria).

Prior to his role at Amlak he held a number of senior positions at leading financial institutions including HSBC Bank Middle East, Dubai Islamic Bank, ABN AMRO Bank, and National Bank of Fujairah.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance, and Master’s Degree in International Business from the University of Wollongong, Dubai.

Mr. Fareed Lufti
Mr. Fareed Lufti
Board Member

Mr. Fareed Lufti is a Board Member at the National Health Insurance Company – Daman.

He is currently the Secretary General of the Emirates Insurance Association and the Gulf Insurance Federation and brings 40 years of regional expertise across the insurance and financial industries. He serves as Chairman at IRIS Health Services, a Board Member at Quilter International Middle East Limited and an Executive Advisor to Marsh Emirates.

He has held previous Board Member roles at entities including Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Gulf Warranties and Gulf Assist in Bahrain, Al Fajer Re in Kuwait, Oman National Investment Corporation Holding and Alliance Insurance in Dubai where he was also Chief Executive Officer.
 
He served as Chairman and Board Member at the Audit Committee of National Life & General Insurance Company (Oman), the Audit Committee at Emirates Retakaful Limited in DIFC and at the Committee of National Life & General Insurance Company. He was also Vice Chairman and Board Member at Dubai Group Sigorta in Turkey as well as General Manager of Dubai Islamic Insurance and reinsurance company (AMAN) in Dubai.

In addition, he was a member of the Steering Committee formed by Dubai Executive Council for establishing Dubai Health Insurance Scheme and was Director of Insurance Services at Dubai Holdings, President of Dubai Insurance Group and Managing Director of Insurance at Dubai Financial Group.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Marketing Management with a minor in Business Administration from Oglethorpe University in the United States of America.
 

Dr. Jaap Kalkman
Dr. Jaap Kalkman
Board Member

Dr. Jaap Kalkman is a Board Member at the National Health Insurance Company – Daman.

He is currently the Chief Investment Officer at Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADQ) and brings more than 25 years of Consulting and Private Equity experience in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 

He has held a number of senior positions with leading international organisations and prior to ADQ served as Managing Partner and Global Head of the Energy & Utilities Practice at Arthur D. Little, the world’s first management consulting firm. He was also a Partner at McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam where he began his consulting career. 

In addition to his management consulting experience, he served as Head of Infrastructure Investments for Asia and the Middle East at Arcapita Bank, where he made the firm’s first investment into China in renewables and invested in infrastructure assets in the GCC.
 
He holds a Master’s and a PhD in Physics and Mathematics from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States of America.

Hamad Al Mehyas
Hamad Al Mehyas
Chief Executive Officer

Hamad Abdullah Al Mehyas serves as Daman’s Chief Executive Officer. Under Mr Al Mehyas’ leadership Daman continues to be the leading health insurer and value-sharing health partner to the Government.

Mr Al Mehyas has overseen the development and implementation of key strategic initiatives to provide unparalleled smart solutions and services to help shape and support a healthier community in the UAE. His extensive knowledge within the healthcare system has helped enhance Daman’s industry leading expertise and ensured the delivery of excellence across all its products and services. Prior to his current role, Mr Al Mehyas has served in operational and commercial executive roles during his six years at Daman.

He is one of the first UAE Nationals specialising in Forensic Medicine where he received the Government Excellence Award for Innovative Initiative. He has held several senior roles in Federal and Local Government entities and led the Office of UAE National Supreme Biosecurity Committee. He is a licensed Forensic Medicine Specialist, a member of the International Society for Forensic Genetics, Germany. Additionally, and was a member of the UK Forensic Science Services.

Mr Al Mehyas serves as General Manager of Daman Healthcare Solutions, as Board Member at inHealth - Independent Health Information Technology Services and as Board member at Saudi Enaya Cooperative Insurance Company. Additionally, he is a member of the Supreme Committee for Organ Transplantation. He also sits at Emirates Insurance Association’s Board as Vice Chairman, Chairman of Higher Technical Committee as well as Chairman of the Life & Medical Committee and Chairman of the Emiratisation Committee. 

Mr Al Mehyas holds a master’s degree in DNA Profiling from the University of Central Lancashire and a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Medicine from Glamorgan University. During his career he has been awarded several honorary medals and certificates of appreciation from Government and International Organisations.

Dr Klaus Boecker
Dr Klaus Boecker
Chief Medical and Operations Officer

Dr. Klaus Boecker serves as the Chief Medical and Operations Officer at Daman. He leads the insurer’s ongoing medical and operational divisions, ensuring Daman delivers service excellence for members, clients and partnering healthcare providers.

Dr Boecker oversees Daman’s customer servicing and provider network, ensuring the company continues to offer tailor-made solutions, which empower employers and individuals with a ride range of product services. Through his leadership over claims and authorisations, Dr Boecker ensures the implementation of industry leading expertise in sound and rigorous claims administration. Moreover, Dr Boecker directs Daman’s ongoing medical strategy, helping shape a healthier community in the UAE through active engagement and a variety of health initiatives.

In a career that has spanned nearly 35 years in healthcare, Dr Boecker has been in the senior leadership team of a number of entities within the government of Abu Dhabi, including the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi as well as serving as senior advisor to the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi. He has also held a range of senior positions in organisations in Germany, Switzerland, and the UK.

Dr Boecker holds degrees in Medicine and Political Sciences from Bonn University in Germany. He is also a trained histopathologist at Cologne University and served as a Captain in the Medical Corps of the German Bundeswehr.

Samer Khalife
Samer Khalife
Chief Financial & Shared Services Officer

Samer Khalife serves as the Chief Financial & Shared Services Officer at Daman. Through his stewardship, Daman protects the investments placed with it by its customers and assists in delivering value through innovative financial and risk management strategies and services.

Mr. Khalife leads Daman’s financial affairs, providing thorough fiscal leadership ensuring the company continues to deliver state-of-the-art quality care. His experience in risk and investment management safeguards Daman’s ongoing financial wellbeing, using smart solutions to allow the company to continue offering value in products and services to clients. Further, Mr. Khalife oversees Daman’s human resources ensuring employees are empowered to achieve higher customer satisfaction and further success for Daman.

Mr. Khalife brings over 25 years of experience in corporate and financial management to Daman. His extensive background has involved several senior operational and financial positions in leading entities in the UAE, including KPMG and Mubadala Development Company.

Mr. Khalife is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Stuart Leatherby
Stuart Leatherby
Chief Commercial Officer

Stuart Leatherby serves as the Chief Commercial Officer at Daman. Under his stewardship, Daman seeks to serve an ever-greater number of customers with tailored products and services which ensure dependable access to the most trusted care network in the UAE.

Mr. Leatherby oversees the development and execution of Daman’s ongoing commercial strategy, identifying future opportunities to grow the insurer’s customer base and provide a wider number of businesses and individuals with access to the most trusted coverage network in the UAE. Through his extensive commercial acumen, he protects investments made by Daman’s customers and the government of Abu Dhabi. Using his extensive experience in the insurance sector, Mr. Leatherby enables Daman to use its industry leading expertise to implement sound, rigorous insurance underwriting practices.

In a career spanning over thirty years, he has accrued a wide range of corporate experience with health insurers in both the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Mr. Leatherby has held corporate leadership positions with insurers including Generali Global Health in the United Kingdom and Aetna International and Now Health International in the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Leatherby is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII). He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Surrey.

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