Our Team

Our Team | Al Qasim Foundation | Ras Al Khaimah | Diversity


  • Chief Operating Officer

    Michael Capel

    Michael Capel is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Al Qasimi Foundation. He brings nearly 20 years’ experience in strategic and operational leadership for public- and private-sector organizations. Most recently he was COO of a Qatar-based multinational investment group in the consumer products, hospitality, and business services sectors. He also previously worked as a transformation consultant, helping organizations align their strategy, business processes, organization, and technology. Among his clients were private companies, government departments, non-profit organizations, and USAID-funded programs in Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan among others. Earlier in his career, he was a consultant in the United States focused on program management, business process improvement and change management, human capital, and economic and statistical analysis.

    Michael, who is a native of California, received BS and MPA degrees from Cornell University. He served as an instructor in Economic and Social Statistics, and his thesis discussed the use of statistics in employment discrimination litigation.

  • Accounts Manager

    Elena Raymunda Laspoña

    Elena Laspoña is the Accounts Manager at the Al Qasimi Foundation. A Filipino national, Elena graduated from the University of the Visayas, Cebu Philippines in March 1996 with a bachelor of science in accountancy. She worked as a bookkeeper and import/exporter-in-charge for 13 years with an international exporter and large shipbuilding company in the Philippines. Before joining the Foundation, she worked as an accountant in Aden City, Republic of Yemen. Elena maintains all financial records for the Foundation.

  • Human Resources Officer

    Saqr Almalki

    Saqr holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management (BHRM) from UAE University. He began his professional HR work with Ras Al Khaimah E-Government Authority (EGA) where he was involved in the translation of the organization’s Employee Handbook. In addition, Saqr has worked with software and technology solutions such as SAP. He served as the Leader of the SAP Support Team and a multi-projects coordinator in RAK Government, providing intensive business solutions and technical consulting across the Government Resources Planning.

  • Financial Accountant

    Luz Cervantes

    Luz came to the UAE in 2012 and has more than two decades of experience in accounting and finance. She attained a bachelor’s degree in accounting and availed herself of a company scholarship to graduate with a master’s degree in management for executives from the University of San Jose-Recoletos in Cebu, Philippines. At the same time, she was responsible for significant corporate positions. Luz worked as finance manager with a business consultancy firm in Dubai before joining Al Qasimi Foundation.

  • Executive Assistant

    Katrina Gomez

    In her role as an Executive Assistant at the Al Qasimi Foundation, Katrina serves the Executive Director, Foundation guests, and staff. Prior to her work with the Foundation, Katrina worked as an administrative assistant with a German manufacturing company in Ras Al Khaimah and as an executive secretary and document controller with a construction firm. She graduated with a bachelor of science in computer science from EARIST in the Philippines in 2002 and brings professional and technological skills to her role at Foundation.

  • Purchasing Officer

    Shaju Maelepuram

    As the purchasing officer of the Al Qasimi Foundation, Shaju arranges staff necessities and oversees administrative processes. Shaju joined the Foundation in July 2011 as an office assistant and has been a support to staff throughout this time. He brings to the team 16 years of international experience and knowledge gained from working for agencies in India and Dubai. He is excited to be working in this new position in the Foundation.  

  • Information Technology Support

    Ibrahim Adefila

    Ibrahim joined the Al Qasimi Foundation for a five-week internship after graduating from Middlesex University with a double major in information technology and business information systems. He currently supports the Foundation’s IT efforts. Originally from Osun State in Nigeria, he also holds a master's of business administration (University of Bolton), a degree in applied accounting (Oxford Brookes University,) and an advanced diploma in software engineering (Aptech Worldwide).

    Beyond his formal studies, Ibrahim has participated in various software competitions, including the Gulf Programming Contest, and he won first place in the 2012 UAE National Software Development Trade Show. Ibrahim is especially interested in information and physical security.

  • Administrative Assistant

    Glaiza Flores
  • Guest Relations Officer

    Saji George
  • Senior Office Assistant

    Mohammed Haneefa
  • Office Assistant

    Raj Vengatesan
  • Maintenance

    Helal Foyezullah