Management Team

Omran’s senior management team comprises diverse and capable professionals with global and local expertise.

 
James Wilson
Group CEO
James Wilson


James Wilson was appointed CEO of Omran in 2016, having transitioned from Oman’s Ministry of Transport & Communications, where he led the planning of the Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Company (Muscat Waterfront), launched in 2016. James has more than 30 years of experience in diverse roles in resort and property development, public-private partnership ventures, strategic management, and investment promotion.

His experience includes developing and acquiring some of the most prestigious and recognisable real estate & tourism destinations across Europe, the GCC and Africa, including The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, Pine Cliffs & Quinta Do Lago in Portugal and Zimbali Resort in Durban, The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. During his career as a hospitality & real estate developer, James has completed 35 projects in six countries valued at over US$ 10 billion.

As Chief Executive Officer of Omran, James oversees the Government of Oman’s tourism and urban development efforts. Omran is developing a growing portfolio of projects which are geographically spread across the country, including the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre and Madinat Al Irfan, the largest mixed-use urban development project in the Sultanate. In addition to projects, Omran is also responsible for the asset management of numerous operating hotels & a portfolio of joint venture investments. James’s role is to maximize the positive impact of these projects and investments in the country’s to further Oman’s drive towards economic diversification.

He has previously held the positions of President IFA Hotels & Resorts Kuwait & Dubai, CEO Real Estate for Nakheel & Istithmar Dubai, leading the development and delivery of The Palm Jumeirah. James also led the acquisition & development of the V&A Waterfront development in Capetown, South Africa. Apart from developing and managing leading projects in Oman, a focus of his role at Omran is on succession planning, leadership development, the retention of top talent and creating a team of future leaders who will: Be willing to take calculated risks Have a bias toward action Have the ability to negotiate effectively Will be forward thinking—the ability to plan for the future Be Intrepid—the ability to perform effectively in complex and difficult environments Be focused on team building—the ability to achieve success through group efforts Learn to be strategic, yet tactical Be tough, yet emotionally sensitive Finally, to be decisive, yet inclusive.

 
Mr. Salah Bin Salim Al Ghazali
Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Salah Bin Salim Al Ghazali


As Chief Investment Officer at Omran, Salah Salim Abdullah Al Ghazali brings extensive experience gained within the investment arena from the public and private sector.

During a career spanning 15 years, Salah has been involved in promoting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) within the Real Estate, Manufacturing and Tourism sectors. Prior to his role at Omran, Salah led the Investment Strategy Development team at the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ithraa) where he identified potential projects and sectors in the Sultanate and established partnerships between international investors and local companies.

Salah was also instrumental in the establishment of Majan Development Company (MDC), one of the first Sharia compliant Real Estate companies in Oman. While Business Development Manager at MDC, Salah assisted in securing an investment transaction of US$15 million which yielded a 60% return, an achievement he considers to be one of his major accomplishments during his time at the company.

Before assuming the role of Acting Chief Investment Officer at Omran, Salah held the positions of Director of Investment Portfolio Management and Senior Investment Manager at the Omran. During his tenure at Omran Salah has played a key role in corporate restructuring, business planning, corporate governance, and strategic implementation at the Joint Venture level.

 
Eng. Said Al Qasmi
Chief Project Officer
Eng. Said Al Qasmi


Eng. Said Al Qasmi joined Omran at the position of Vice President of the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre Project (OCEC) in June 2009. Recently he was handed the responsibility of Chief Project Officer – OCEC, as a result of the restructuring of the Company.

Prior to joining Omran, Said held various positions within the Muscat Municipality since joining there in 1986, and the last position he held was the Deputy Director General of Technical Affairs in addition to being responsible as Team Leader of many strategic projects including the Privatization of the Muscat Wastewater Project, Al Athaiba – Al Mawaleh Sea Front Development Project and the Muscat Solid Waste Management Scheme. Said also worked for Oman Liquefied Natural Gas Company (Oman LNG) for six years and Sama Dubai prior to joining Omran. As CPO for Omran’s OCEC project, which is the largest project currently under development by Omran, Said oversees all aspects of the project’s development. He is responsible for the development, design and construction of this project. This will encompass all activities related to business and development planning, project planning, financial and commercial planning, engineering design and construction. Said holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from USA and Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

 
Zoltan Kali
Chief Assets & Asset Management Officer
Zoltan Kali


A Hungarian national, Zoltan Kali is an experienced real estate investment professional with over 19 years of work experience with ten years of dedicated understanding in senior managerial and leadership positions across geographies.

His primary background is in hotel investments and asset management, but Zoltan has been involved in extensive work in real estate asset classes like integrated resorts, office, residential and mixed use developments.

Over his carrier he had a broad exposure to a range of industries and businesses providing him with strong macroeconomic and organizational understanding.  He began his career with philanthropic organisations and then moved to KPMG, where he worked for a decade in the Real Estate, Leisure and Tourism sector for the Europe, Middle East and Africa.  Previous to joining Omran, Zoltan was with the State General Reserve Fund of Oman (SGRF) in Muscat where he was responsible for the hospitality portfolio and related transactions.

Zoltan is a holder of Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the ELTE University Budapest, and an MSc degree in Engineering.  Adding to his knowledge, he went on to secure an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management, Cleveland, Ohio in 2002, specializing in International Management and Finance.

A father of two, Zoltan enjoys skiing, sailing, football and golf.

James Wilson


James Wilson was appointed CEO of Omran in 2016, having transitioned from Oman’s Ministry of Transport & Communications, where he led the planning of the Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Company (Muscat Waterfront), launched in 2016. James has more than 30 years of experience in diverse roles in resort and property development, public-private partnership ventures, strategic management, and investment promotion.

His experience includes developing and acquiring some of the most prestigious and recognisable real estate & tourism destinations across Europe, the GCC and Africa, including The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, Pine Cliffs & Quinta Do Lago in Portugal and Zimbali Resort in Durban, The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. During his career as a hospitality & real estate developer, James has completed 35 projects in six countries valued at over US$ 10 billion.

As Chief Executive Officer of Omran, James oversees the Government of Oman’s tourism and urban development efforts. Omran is developing a growing portfolio of projects which are geographically spread across the country, including the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre and Madinat Al Irfan, the largest mixed-use urban development project in the Sultanate. In addition to projects, Omran is also responsible for the asset management of numerous operating hotels & a portfolio of joint venture investments. James’s role is to maximize the positive impact of these projects and investments in the country’s to further Oman’s drive towards economic diversification.

He has previously held the positions of President IFA Hotels & Resorts Kuwait & Dubai, CEO Real Estate for Nakheel & Istithmar Dubai, leading the development and delivery of The Palm Jumeirah. James also led the acquisition & development of the V&A Waterfront development in Capetown, South Africa. Apart from developing and managing leading projects in Oman, a focus of his role at Omran is on succession planning, leadership development, the retention of top talent and creating a team of future leaders who will: Be willing to take calculated risks Have a bias toward action Have the ability to negotiate effectively Will be forward thinking—the ability to plan for the future Be Intrepid—the ability to perform effectively in complex and difficult environments Be focused on team building—the ability to achieve success through group efforts Learn to be strategic, yet tactical Be tough, yet emotionally sensitive Finally, to be decisive, yet inclusive.

Mr. Salah Bin Salim Al Ghazali


As Chief Investment Officer at Omran, Salah Salim Abdullah Al Ghazali brings extensive experience gained within the investment arena from the public and private sector.

During a career spanning 15 years, Salah has been involved in promoting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) within the Real Estate, Manufacturing and Tourism sectors. Prior to his role at Omran, Salah led the Investment Strategy Development team at the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ithraa) where he identified potential projects and sectors in the Sultanate and established partnerships between international investors and local companies.

Salah was also instrumental in the establishment of Majan Development Company (MDC), one of the first Sharia compliant Real Estate companies in Oman. While Business Development Manager at MDC, Salah assisted in securing an investment transaction of US$15 million which yielded a 60% return, an achievement he considers to be one of his major accomplishments during his time at the company.

Before assuming the role of Acting Chief Investment Officer at Omran, Salah held the positions of Director of Investment Portfolio Management and Senior Investment Manager at the Omran. During his tenure at Omran Salah has played a key role in corporate restructuring, business planning, corporate governance, and strategic implementation at the Joint Venture level.

Eng. Said Al Qasmi


Eng. Said Al Qasmi joined Omran at the position of Vice President of the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre Project (OCEC) in June 2009. Recently he was handed the responsibility of Chief Project Officer – OCEC, as a result of the restructuring of the Company.

Prior to joining Omran, Said held various positions within the Muscat Municipality since joining there in 1986, and the last position he held was the Deputy Director General of Technical Affairs in addition to being responsible as Team Leader of many strategic projects including the Privatization of the Muscat Wastewater Project, Al Athaiba – Al Mawaleh Sea Front Development Project and the Muscat Solid Waste Management Scheme. Said also worked for Oman Liquefied Natural Gas Company (Oman LNG) for six years and Sama Dubai prior to joining Omran. As CPO for Omran’s OCEC project, which is the largest project currently under development by Omran, Said oversees all aspects of the project’s development. He is responsible for the development, design and construction of this project. This will encompass all activities related to business and development planning, project planning, financial and commercial planning, engineering design and construction. Said holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from USA and Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Zoltan Kali


A Hungarian national, Zoltan Kali is an experienced real estate investment professional with over 19 years of work experience with ten years of dedicated understanding in senior managerial and leadership positions across geographies.

His primary background is in hotel investments and asset management, but Zoltan has been involved in extensive work in real estate asset classes like integrated resorts, office, residential and mixed use developments.

Over his carrier he had a broad exposure to a range of industries and businesses providing him with strong macroeconomic and organizational understanding.  He began his career with philanthropic organisations and then moved to KPMG, where he worked for a decade in the Real Estate, Leisure and Tourism sector for the Europe, Middle East and Africa.  Previous to joining Omran, Zoltan was with the State General Reserve Fund of Oman (SGRF) in Muscat where he was responsible for the hospitality portfolio and related transactions.

Zoltan is a holder of Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the ELTE University Budapest, and an MSc degree in Engineering.  Adding to his knowledge, he went on to secure an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management, Cleveland, Ohio in 2002, specializing in International Management and Finance.

A father of two, Zoltan enjoys skiing, sailing, football and golf.