Haitham Essa

Managing Director
TAQEEM Advisory

Mr. Essa enjoys more than two decades of experience in various leadership roles advising and managing investments for government and semi-government entities, multilateral development bank, leading investment holding firms, and members of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates as well as several ultra-high net worth individuals. Well-networked with close ties to individual & institutional communities.


Mr. Essa is results-driven financial expert with hands-on experience working across the full M&A and funding life cycles, in addition to conducting valuations and managing a broad range of consultancy mandates in compliance with international accepted standards. He participated in several cross-boarder deals totaling over USD 2bn within the M&A, corporate banking, investment banking and consultancy arenas.


  • Master ‘s degree in Finance, Saint Mary’s University, Canada
  • Master’s degree in Islamic Finance, INCEIF, Malaysia
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Applied Science University, Jordan
  • Certificate in Financial Analysis and Investment Management, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Certificate in Canadian Securities Course, Canadian Securities Institute, Canada
  • Certificate in Financial Markets Risk Management, Canadian Securities Institute, Canada
  • Certificate in Financial Modeling, Investment Banking Institute, Canada

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), National Association of Certified Valuators & Analysts (NACVA)
  • Chartered Management Consultant (CMC), Chartered Institute of Management Consultants (CIMC)
  • American Society of Appraisers (ASA), Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)