Mohammed is a seasoned banker with over twenty years of experience in the corporate and investment banking sectors. He spent his entire career with blue chip banking groups. He started his career in 1993 with JP Morgan Chase (Chemical Bank at the time), where he held various positions including Head of Islamic Banking Unit and Head of MENA Financial Institutions Group. He then moved to Lend Lease Real Estate Investment, which was at the time, the largest real estate asset manager in the world, to establish and lead its business development in the MENA region. Mohammed joined UBS Global Asset Management as Head of GCC Business Development. More recently, Mohammed managed the regional business development in the Middle East for Deutsche Bank Asset Management as its Managing Director of Alternative Investments. Regionally, Mohammed successfully worked on establishing, managing, restructuring, and merging a number of regional Islamic institutions. During that period, he assumed the role of CEO of Al Imtiaz Investment Bank, and Capivest Investment Bank.
Mohammed holds a BSc in Finance from Bahrain University, an MBA from Exeter University in the UK, and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.
Khalid Al Jassim has over twenty five years of investment banking and corporate advisory experience gained with some of the most innovative and groundbreaking institutions in the world. His career started while attending his Executive MBA program in 1991 with AST Research out of Irvine, California which is one of the first movers into the PC and laptop markets in the United States. In 1993, Khalid joined National Chemical Industries Corporation, a subsidiary of SABIC in Saudi Arabia, as Head of Marketing. After that, he joined the Advisory Division of Arthur Anderson in Bahrain where he led a number of high-profile engagements such as the Arab Open University with HRH Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal and the automation of the private office of HRH Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa. In 1998, Khalid joined Arcapita and was instrumental in forming its vision, mission and strategy. His responsibilities started in the earlier years with establishing the Investment Placement Team ("IPT") and transforming it into one of the most robust teams in the industry. Later on, his role evolved into managing the IPT with a personal focus on the key strategic relationships of Arcapita. At the time that Khalid left Arcapita to build his personal business, he was an Executive Director and a member of the Management Investment Committee, the Management Administration Committee and Head of IPT.
Khalid holds a BSc. in Computer Science & Mathematics from California State University Long Beach, and an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.
Adnan brings a wealth of regional and international experience gained over almost four decades of senior involvement in the academic, investment, and regulatory fields. He started as an investment analyst at KFTCIC in the late 1970s and rose to become the Chief Investment Manager of the Direct Investment Department at the Kuwait Investment Authority ("KIA"), a position he held from 1991 to 2002. After his time with KIA and up to 2012, Adnan served as Chairman and Managing Director of National Technology Enterprises Co., a KD 100 million wholly-owned subsidiary of KIA, aimed towards servicing major stakeholders in Kuwait with their technology needs through global affiliations with blue chip institutions. Throughout his career, Adnan had extensive involvement in the academic world as a researcher, an educator and a senior advisor to a long list of prime academic and regulatory institutions.
Adnan holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Kuwait, and an MBA and PhD in Economics from Claremont Graduate University in the United States.
Nasr-eddine has an enviable track record of building successful businesses in the region in association with some of the most recognized global and regional institutions. During his early career, he spent time with Ernst & Young in Paris, and later with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva as an Associate Fundraising Officer. His first business assignment in the region was with TAG Heuer S.A., Neuchatel in 1996. Based out of Dubai, Nasr-eddine spent four years growing the Company's business through building local relationships with institutional and family distribution partners in thirteen countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Iran, and Pakistan. By the time he left TAG Heuer in 1999, its regional turnover had increased by five fold. Later on, Nasr-eddine was part of the core-team that spearheaded the development and growth of McKinsey & Co. ("McKinsey") in the Middle East. During his time with McKinsey, he co-founded the Islamic banking line of business and led McKinsey's "family-owned business" initiative by serving leading regional family-owned businesses. After his time with McKinsey, he co-founded Eastgate Capital Group, an affiliate of National Commercial Bank in Dubai and transformed it into one of the largest regional players with Commitments under Management of USD 1.3 billion. In early 2015, Nasr-eddine focused on directorship roles as well as advisory work.
Nasr-eddine holds an MSc degree in Science of Management with a focus on Finance & Investment from HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) in Paris.
Marshall is the founder and CEO of Monarch Realty Advisors in the United States. Well-known by many of the biggest institutional investors in the world as an astute real estate investment professional that led the US investment business for Lend Lease Real Estate Investment, which was, at the time, the largest in the US institutional real estate advisory market. His institutional real estate advisory experience spans over twenty years in roles of ascending responsibility at Lend Lease Real Estate Investments and its predecessor firms, Equitable Real Estate and Richard Ellis. Marshall started his career in 1984 with Richard Ellis' US advisory arm where he was Vice President of Acquisitions, responsible for building client investment portfolios including multiple offshore clients with investment values ranging in size from USD 90 million to USD 1.1 billion. During his tenure as an Executive Vice President at Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, Marshall led the firm's International Group, and the development of its international client base while continuing to directly manage the portfolios of several of its most important clients' accounts. In 2000, Marshall assumed the role of Head of Real Estate Operations for Lend Lease, with responsibility for the firm's entire capital transaction and asset management organizations. In 2002, he assumed leadership of Lend Lease's Portfolio Management organization with USD 10.9 billion of assets. Marshall founded Monarch Realty Advisors in 2004 to provide institutional level advisory services to high net worth investors and institutions.
Marshall holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, both with academic honours.
Ali Al-Obaidli has over twenty five years of extensive experience in professional management and strategic planning which culminated in the strong performances that he consistently demonstrated working in various institutions and navigating the turbulent local economy in Qatar. His experience spans across many fields such as commercial banking and investment banking in addition to real estate development, management acquisition and disposition. Ali's professional career started as an Assistant Professor of Finance at Qatar University, which was followed by holding several senior positions, the last of which is Group Chief Executive Officer of Ezdan Holding Group, the largest listed real estate company in Qatar.
Ali holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Qatar University, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Oklahoma in the United States.
John is a well known and seasoned banker who has held a number of board directorships with leading institutions such as Qatar Holding, Qatar Abu Dhabi Investment, Knowledge Universe, Pavilion Real Estate Fund, Ahly Capital, the National Bank of Egypt, and Chairmanship of the Board of Directors of the Islamic Bank of Britain as well as the Family Office B.S.C. in Bahrain. He is currently on the Board of the Central Bank of Egypt and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee. In 1993, John was appointed Head of Investment Banking - Middle East for the Chase Manhattan Bank. In 2000, he served as Managing Director and Senior Corporate Officer for JP Morgan for the Gulf region. In 2006, John joined Qatar Investment Authority ("QIA") as the Advisor to the CEO. In 2007, he set up Qatar Holding ("QH") to undertake direct investments for the State of Qatar and was appointed as its first CEO. QH went on to execute investments into Cadbury, Barclays, Credit Suisse, the London Stock Exchange, VW / Porsche, The Pavilion, which is Malaysia's retail and residential landmark,, and the sale of 25% of the Doha Securities Market to the New York Stock Exchange. In 2010, John set up the Bahrain-based Elkhair Management Consulting Co. to provide independent advisory to select clients.
John graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia after completing a Bachelor degree in Economics.
Bandar has more than twenty five years of professional experience in executive and leadership positions with several corporations, joint-stock, family-owned, and limited-liability firms in the fields of investment, marketing, communication, media, tourism, and entertainment, along with memberships in a number of councils and committees across the public and private sectors. In 1998, Bandar founded Mawrood Enterprises as a business development, consultancy, communication, and marketing firm, through which he provided his advisory services to a number of elite organizations such as the Capital Market Authority, Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Ministry of Education, King Abdulaziz Foundation, Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Foundation, ARAMCO, SABIC, Riyadh Municipality, Council of Saudi Chambers, and Eastern Region Chamber of Commerce. He has developed high skills and capabilities in establishing and implementing strategies, forming distinguished teams and transferring knowledge, implementing transformation methodologies for organizations with forward-looking vision and the ability to meet challenges and adapt to circumstances. His investment, financial and leadership expertise led to his nomination for membership of various committees within several institutions including the Public Investment Fund, and Sidra Capital. In recent years, Bandar held the position of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Taif Investment and Tourism Co. ("Taif Sama") and led its development, diversification and growth.
Bandar holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors List) from California State University, Long Beach.
Haitham has more than twenty years of leadership and managerial experience in conventional and Islamic banking with emphasis on alternative investments, asset management, and banking operations. He is currently serving as an Advisor to the Board of Dubai-based Afkar Holding Limited. He started his career in 1999 with BBK and held several managerial roles in operations, investment, and research & business development. He served on various managerial committees and led a CEO-driven Bank-wide process improvement project that contributed to bottom-line savings and enhanced efficiency and resource utilisation. As he developed a distinct passion for alternative investments, Haitham joined Arcapita and soon established himself as one of the leading relationship managers, where he worked on various private equity and real estate transactions across the US, Europe and Asia. His last position with Arcapita was Director, where he was responsible for private and institutional shareholder and investor relationships across the region with a focus on the UAE. Haitham joined Credit Suisse AG as a Director and worked across its offices in Zurich, Geneva, and Dubai while being based out of Bahrain. He was responsible for private and institutional coverage and distribution across the GCC for private banking and asset management. He later on moved to Gatehouse Bank in London as a full-time consultant advising the Bank on expanding its platform and operations in the GCC. Haitham also served as Chief Executive Officer of Investrade, a category 1 investment firm regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain. He was responsible for formulating its new strategy, upgrading risk management and regulatory frameworks as well as expanding the business lines and regional coverage which included the establishment of an affiliate office in Istanbul. Haitham also served as Director and member of the senior management of SICO, a regional wholesale bank specializing in asset management, M&A advisory and brokerage.
Haitham holds a BA (Honours) in Public Administration and Management from the University of Kent, UK and an MBA from the prestigious Durham University, UK. He is also a member of the Association of MBAs (AMBA), UK.