Group Finance Director
“My focus is to contribute to sustainable growth in Bukhatir Group’s profitability, boosting the overall value across the conglomerate’s multiple firms, and ensuring we capitalize on business opportunities available to us in an efficient and swift manner. This entails collaborating with other business executives to provide three key elements of success: strategic planning, rigorous financial discipline, and access to growth capital.”
With a career spanning investment research, corporate finance, and venture capital across diverse industry segments such as renewable energy, technology, cross-border real estate development, as well as international K-12 education, Mr. Zaheer Khan is currently leading the financial strategy and performance of Bukhatir Group as the Group Director of Finance and Treasury.
“Yes, I think that the finance job is based upon scientific facts. Yet we need to admit; it is a body of knowledge that is evolving and seeing rapid technological disruption in a world that is getting more and more complex to operate in day by day. So, it is fair to describe it as the science and art of managing money”.
Mr. Zaheer Khan is also the CFO and Chief Operating Officer of the education investments vertical of the Group, Educational Investments International LLC (EII). He has been a founding team member of the flagship Bukhatir Education Advancement & Management (BEAM). In his executive role at BEAM, Mr. Khan leads finance, strategy and corporate development, information technology, marketing, and people & culture at BEAM and its network of schools. BEAM operates a network of international curriculum schools across Dubai and Sharjah.
Mr. Khan is the Chair of the Governing Boards of BEAM’s Dubai-based campuses, namely the International School of Creative Science Nad Al Sheba and the American School of Creative Science Al Barsha, and he is a member of the SEN and G&T sub-committees. He is also a board member at Bucomac Industries LLC and contributes to governance committees and boards at various Bukhatir Group companies.
A graduate of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Mr. Zaheer Khan serves on the Advisory Committee of the UAE Alumni Chapter, which contributes to the university advancement goals. He is a CFA Charter Holder and Member of the CFA Institute, US.
“I believe engaging in community initiatives is imperative in having a lasting, positive impact on society at large. I’m also a firm believer in lifelong learning and am especially interested in the relatively new disciplines of behavioral psychology and behavioral finance”.
Mr. Zaheer Khan was a founding member of a Dubai-based South Asian language collective working towards the furtherance of native languages through storytelling, theatre, and other contemporary media forms. He is currently involved in the advancement of evidence-based methods of autism treatment in under-served developing markets. He is an avid cyclist, runner, and nutrition and peak performance geek.