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
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
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.