Chief Investment Officer
Haithem joined ARI in October 2013, from Standard Chartered Bank (Middle East), where he was the head of Financials Institutional Group, Strategic Client Coverage; covering MENA & Turkey. Prior to that, he was a Senior Director and Head of FIG Advisory at HSBC Bank Middle East. During his career of over ten years at HSBC, Haithem served in various roles in the coverage and advisory Investment Banking Division. Haithem has over eighteen years of regional investment banking experience and has executed in excess of 60 transactions, totalling USD 25bn in value. Haithem has advised Governments and Corporates on IPOs, M&A, Debt Capital Markets, Funding, etc, regionally and internationally.
Haithem has a B.S. in Business with concentration in finance & accounting and a Master degree in Business Administration from Lebanese American University.
Abdulaziz Al Muftah
Executive Director - Strategic Investments
Abdulaziz has more than seven years of investment banking experience at a senior managerial level. He actively contributed to the successful private placement of up to 800 million shares for the establishment of a sharia compliant Qatar First Investment Bank that proved to be a leading bank applying world class investment standards and offering premium quality Islamic products. He also participated in the execution of a potential financial advisory mandate on behalf a prominent local client to fully acquire an entity in the food consumer sector. His technical & marketing role in engineering and capital raising added value to the final successful launch of the lucrative infrastructure for the Gulf Submarine Cable Project. He oversaw the creation and structure of the Masraf Al Rayan flagship sharia complaint two mutual funds that were launched in 2011/2012. In addition to his experience in the investment banking domain, he has over twenty years of hands on experience in highly specialized fields such as Telecoms, Information Technology and Oil & Gas. Abdulaziz has managed a number of multi-discipline engineering projects for various onshore & offshore asset-owners plus end-users as well as pioneered smart automated production oil fields. Abdulaziz holds a Master degree in Engineering from University of Wales.
Senior Director - Asset Management Group
Akber has more than nineteen years of experience in the investment industry. He joined ARI in 2009 and is head of asset management. Prior to ARI, Akber spent over eleven years at Deutsche Bank in London where he initially traded UK equities. He also held senior research positions in European and emerging market equities and latterly was strategist for Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa. In each year since 2012 he has been in MENA Fund Manager Magazine’s ‘Power 50’ list of the “most influential, innovative and powerful figures in the regional industry”. He has lived in Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Karachi and London. Akber read Economics & History at University College London, UK.
Zainab Mian, CFA
Associate Director - Financial Advisory Group
Zainab joined ARI in 2014 and has more than fifteen years of experience in corporate and investment banking with focus on financial advisory, capital market transactions and equity research. Prior to joining ARI, she worked as Associate-Debt Capital Markets at Abu Dhabi based Al Hilal Bank and was actively involved in originating and executing sukuk mandates for corporate and FI clients. Zainab has also worked as a research analyst covering publicly listed entities in the GCC and MENA region at Bahrain based SICO Investment Bank. Her regional experience is complimented by her international exposure to ultra-high end multi-national clients when she started her career with Royal Bank of Canada, managing the debt product administration team. Zainab is an MBA graduate and a CFA charter holder.
Manager - Operations
Vishal has more than thirteen years of experience in the field of Financial Accounting, Fund Accounting and Administration. In the past, he worked with prestigious organizations such as Vision Investment Services (Oman), HSBC Securities Services (India), Northern Operating Services Pvt Ltd (India) and State Street Syntel Services Pvt Ltd (India). He is a graduate of commerce, has cleared intermediate group from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has also cleared Level 1 of the Certified Hedge Fund Professional program from USA.