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2019

Top 30 GCC Limited Partners

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is the economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries— the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. The region is recognized for its long prolonged economic advancement, however, they still look for ways to diversify their economies and promote strong, stable, and comprehensive growth. Senior-level investors and executives in this region oversee and manage globally diversified portfolios totaling hundreds of billions. This list highlights investment leaders that are at the forefront of strategically generating alpha for their respective sovereign wealth funds, public pensions, corporations, and other institution types. Presenting Trusted Insight’s 2019 Top 30 GCC Limited Partners:
Khalid Alyahmadi is the chief investment officer of the Oman Investment Fund. He is responsible for supporting the organization's goals for investing in long and medium-term projects within and outside Oman. He has helped create a globally diversified investment portfolio including real estate and private equity assets across various sectors. Previously, he was the CIO of Almadina Financial Services. He holds an M.S. in finance and accountancy from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in finance from Sultan Qaboos University. Show more
Mark Cutis is the chief financial officer at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC Group). Previously, he was the chief investment officer of global special situations at Abu Dhabi Investment Council for over a decade. Prior to that, he was CIO at Shinsei Bank, a leading diversified Japanese financial institution. He has a wealth of experience working at global investment banks in New York, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Moscow. Mark holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in economics from Emory University. Show more

Miray Zaki

Head of Investments / Chief Investment Officer

Zayed Foundation

Miray Zaki is the head of investments and chief investment officer at the Zayed Foundation where she oversees the organization's efforts in private and public equities, venture capital, hedge funds, special situations and fixed income. She is an experienced investment professional, having managed investments as small as 1m and as large as 500m across the US, Europe, and other geographies. Prior to joining the Zayed Foundation, she was a senior manager across private equity, hedge funds, and lastly special situations at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority for 10 years. Prior to that, she was with Endeavor capital in Chicago (USA), Deutsche Bank in London (UK), France Telecom, Schlumberger, and Orascom Telecom. She sits on the boards of Matthew Kenney Cuisine (USA), The Vurger Co (UK). She was named as one of the 100 most influential women in finance work in 2015 and 2016 by the Financial News. Zaki holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Show more
Yousef Saad Al-Saad is the chief executive officer and director at Al-Ahleia Insurance Co. He is also on the Board of Directors at Al-Ahleia Insurance Co. The Al Ahleia Insurance Co SAKP is a Kuwait-based company engaged in the provision of insurance and reinsurance products and services. The company is organized into two business segments; the General risk insurance segment, which includes marine and aviation, accident and fire, and the life and health insurance segment, which includes life insurance, school education insurance and medical insurance. Yousef oversees both company operations as well as investment-related decisions. Show more
Anil Dixit has been the chief investment officer at Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company since 2012. Previously, he was the CIO and head of reporting at Allianz SNA, one of the market leaders in the Lebanese insurance market. Prior to that, he was a portfolio manager for Allianz Global Investors. Dixit holds an MBA in finance from the University of Manchester-Business School and a B.S. in chemistry from the Savitribai Phule Pune University. Show more
Paul Scott is the chief investment officer at Mumtalakat, the sovereign wealth fund of Bahrain. Paul is a seasoned investment professional and business leader with a successful track record of building, repositioning and successfully growing scale business units in the investment arena where he has delivered significant performance improvement through GDP and market cycles. Previously, he was a non-executive director at Model T Finance Company and a founder of Scott Carter Capital Ltd. Prior to that, he was CIO at Clearhaven Capital and at GE Capital. Show more
Ahmed Al Mosa is the head of venture capital investing at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Ahmed is an experienced investor constructing a portfolio comprised of the top global venture capital managers He has held the position since 1999. Previously, he was a financial analyst at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. He holds an MPA and B.S. in finance from Portland State University. Show more

Jon Nieman

Senior Portfolio Manager, Emerging Opportunities

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Jon Nieman is a senior portfolio manager of emerging opportunities mandate within Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s Alternative Investments Department. Prior to joining ADIA, Jon led the private equity allocation for Saudi Aramco’s Investment Management department, where he was responsible for leading the investment thesis and strategy creation, deployment and management of investments in funds, secondaries, and companies. He also was a founding team member of Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures. Prior to Aramco, he was also the managing director of Redline Partners, Investment Officer of State Street’s private markets initiative and a Portfolio Manager of the State of Michigan Retirement Systems’ alternative investments division. He holds an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and a BBA from Eastern Michigan University. Show more
Abdulsalam Al-Murshidi is the chief executive officer of the State General Reserve Fund (SGRF), the sovereign wealth fund of Oman. He started his career with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the largest National Oil Company in the country. Later on, he moved to Oman LNG as a corporate & external affairs manager. Al-Murshidi holds a master's degree in petroleum geology from the University of Aberdeen and a bachelor's degree in geophysics from the University of Arizona. Show Less Show more
Junaid Sukhera is the manager of investments at Al Nahda Investments. Junaid is responsible for managing the private equity deal pipeline as well as overseeing the existing private equity portfolio. He has over 8 years of experience in private equity and investment banking in Asian and Middle Eastern markets. Prior to Al Nahda Investment, he served as a private equity investment analyst at Abu Dhabi Capital Group and as an investment analyst in investment banking at Bank Alfalah Limited. He holds a master's degree in finance from John Hopkins University. Show more
Shabib Al Darmaki is a director-general at the Civil Service Employees Pension Fund in Oman. He has held directorship positions of key institutions that benefit from his vast knowledge and experience in finance, audit and pension fund management. These institutions range from Shell Oman Marketing, Oman National Investment and Development, National Investment Funds Company, Oman Housing Bank and Al Batinah Hotels, where he utilizes an intrinsic understanding of business strategies that align financial goals in an Islamic setting. He provides insight and guidance to the Board of Directors of Alizz Islamic Bank, thus strengthening the bank's leadership and governance. Mr. Shabib holds a master of science in accounting from Oklahoma City University, as well as a bachelor of science in business from Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt. Show more
Gregory Hazlett is the head of asset management at Sanabil Investments. He is an institutional investment professional with a distinguished record of accomplishments in both investment management and strategic consulting. Hazlett joined the organization in 2014 from serving as president at APS Asset Management in Singapore. Prior experience includes being a non-executive director at PXP Vietnam Emerging Equity Fund, The Greater China Fund, and Aberdeen Emerging Markets Smaller Company Opportunities Fund. Hazlett has also served as senior advisor at Keywise Capital Management (Hong Kong) Ltd, head of global equity strategies at PIMCO, and chief investment officer at The Children's Hospitals of Philadelphia. Hazlett holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan. Show more
Babar Khan has been the head of investments at General Pension and Social Security Authority since 2015. Previously, he was a portfolio manager of principal investments and private equity at Abu Dhabi Investment (ADIA). Prior to that, he covered portfolio management at Letko Brosseau & Associates. Khan holds an MBA in finance from McGill University and an M.S. in engineering from the University of Strathclyde. Show more
Farouk Bastaki serves as the managing director, group chief executive officer, and member on the board of directors at the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA). He has held numerous positions at the KIA, with the most recent being the executive director of alternative investments, where he was responsible for all private equities, real estate, infrastructure, hedge funds and other non-public investment on a global basis. Mr. Bastaki holds a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Miami. Show more

Mohammed Al Shaibani

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

Investment Corporation of Dubai

Mohammed Al Shaibani serves as executive director and chief executive officer at the Investment Corporation of Dubai. He is also a board member of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise. He started his professional life with the Dubai Ports Authority & Jebel Ali Free Zone where he worked for seven years. After this, he moved to Singapore for four years, as managing director of Al Khaleej Investments. Mr. Mohammed holds a bachelor's degree in computer science having graduated in 1988. Show more
Faiz Mayalakkara is director of investments at Emirates Investment Authority, where he is responsible for co-investments, private equity, secondaries, and other private market assets. He was an investment manager at the Authority for nearly four years before assuming his current role in 2014. Prior to that, Mayalakkara held various private equity positions at Istithmar World Capital and Ernst & Young. He holds a BBA in economics from the University of Madras and an FCA in corporate finance from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Show more
Isam Al Zadjali has been a chief executive officer at Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C. since August 2014. Previously, he served as president and general manager of Occidental of Oman, Inc. He has over two decades of experience in the oil and gas sector, having served as senior vice president of business development for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at Occidental and as president of Occidental Oman. Show more
Ghassan Al-Hashar is the investment director at the Public Authority for Social Insurance, one of the largest pension funds in Oman. The Public Authority for Social Insurance invests in a wide spectrum of assets, including real estate, private equity, listed equities and fixed income. He has worked at the Public Authority for Social Insurance for over 20 years. Ghassan Al-Hashar holds a master of science in investment management from the University of Aberdeen. Show more
Ayman Mohammed Alsayari has been the deputy governor of investments of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) since 2013. During his tenure at SAMA, he has played a key role in formulating the Sovereign Debt Strategy for the Kingdom. He has overseen local SAR sovereign debt on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and played an active role in the 2016’s successful international bond issuance, which yielded $17.5 billion and securing an international syndicated loan of $10 billion. He is also responsible for leading the Saudi Sovereign credit rating team. Mr. Ayman holds an MBA in finance from George Washington University, a B.S. in accounting from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. Show more
Abdullah Al-Sabah serves as the deputy director-general for investments at Public Institute for Social Security-Kuwait. He has been with the Public Institute for Social Security-Kuwait for nearly 21 years and was previously the head of portfolio management there. Prior to that, he was the vice president at Wafra Partners LLC covering capital markets and private equity. Mr. Abdullah holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in economics and international diplomacy from Brown University. Show more

Yousef Al-Bassam

Vice Chairman & Managing Director

Saudi Fund for Development

Yousef Ibrahim Albassam serves as the vice chairman and managing director of The Saudi Fund for Development. He is also the chairman of The Arab Investment Company S.A.A. and as a member of the board of governors of the African Development Bank. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from King Saudi University, as well as a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. Show more
Faris Al Tahtamooni is the associate director of international ventures at the Private Office of Sheikh Sultan Bin Abdullah Al Qasimi. Faris is an experienced venture manager with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering from the American University of Sharjah. Show more

Yasir Al-Rumayyan

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund

Yasir Al-Rumayyan serves as the managing director and chief executive officer at Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF). The PIF was originally established in 1971 to facilitate the development of the Saudi Arabian national economy. He also serves as a Board Member of Uber Technologies. Previously, he served as CEO of Saudi Fransi Capital. Prior to that, he served as the director of corporate finance at the Capital Market Authority. Al-Rumayyan holds GMP from Harvard Business School. Show more

Mohamed Al-Mehairi

Director & Chief Executive Officer

Aabar Investments

Mohamed Al-Mehairi has been the chief executive officer of Aabar Investments PJS since 2015. Earlier on in his career, Al-Mehairi served as a director of the investment department at the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and as a manager of the evaluation and execution division at IPIC. There, he oversaw and spearheaded a platform of investments and development projects within the oil and gas sector as well as a number of diversified investments. Show more

Khaldoon Al-Mubarak

Group Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

Mubadala Development Company

Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak serves as chief executive officer, investment committee member and managing director at Mubadala Development Company. He is also the chairman at Aldar Properties and the chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, which provides strategic policy advice to the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. He is also the chairman of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, the Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority and Emirates Aluminium (EMAL). Mr. Al Mubarak holds a degree in economics and finance from Tufts University in Boston. Show more
Kevin O'Donnell is the head of international private equity at the Public Investment Fund, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is responsible for supporting portfolio strategy and implementation across all private equity investments. Previously, he was the managing director, private and opportunistic investments of Kaiser Permanente. He was responsible for creating and implementing Kaiser’s $20B private market and opportunistic program. He also executed $5B in direct/co-investments in a diversified portfolio of companies and industries. He spent time as the interim CIO of Investments at CSAA Insurance Group in San Francisco. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Commerce from Queen’s University. Show more
Nasser Al Harthy is the director of general investments for the Ministry of Finance Oman. He is responsible for analyzing investment opportunities and supporting the overall portfolio strategy. He has extended experience working in the aviation industry and serves on the board for Oman Airports Management Company, Oman Air, and the Petroleum Development Oman. Prior to the Ministry of Finance Oman, he worked as an audit committee member for the Oman Investment Fund as well as the State General Reserve Fund for the Ministry of Finance. He also was the director of financial investments for the Ministry of Finance of Oman. He was a part of the national leadership and competitiveness program at the University of Oxford, holds a master’s degree in business administration and management from Victoria University and a bachelor’s degree from United Arab Emirates University. Show more

Abdallah Al-Saadan

Senior Vice President of Finance, Strategy and Development

Saudi Aramco Pension Plan

Abdallah Al Saadan serves as senior vice president of finance, strategy and development at Retirement Income Plan of Saudi Arabian Oil Company. He was the senior vice president of finance, strategy and development at Saudi Aramco. He has over 30-years of Saudi Aramco experience. During the first 10-years he worked as a process engineer for various technical and operational organizations. Previously, he served as the president and CEO of SAMREF, one of the most successful refineries in the Middle East. Mr. Abdallah earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He holds an MBA degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is also a graduate of the Saudi Aramco Specialist Development Program in the area of Crude Oil Production & Processing. Show more

Ramy Jallad

Group Chief Executive Officer

RAK Investment Authority

Ramy Jallad is the group chief executive officer at RAK Investment Authority (RAKIA), a sovereign wealth fund based in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. RAKIA is a part of a larger group, Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone. Previously, he was a general manager at UAE Real Estate & Development Project, where he led all real estate development, project management and the strategic growth of the real estate portfolio. Prior to that, he was vice president of property and free zones at Abu Dhabi Airports, the largest airport operator in the UAE. Jallad holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Western Michigan University. Show more

Nabil Nazer

Chief Investment Officer

Al Sulaiman Group

Nabil Nazer is the chief investment officer at Al Sulaiman Group. Previously, he was a chief financial officer at the KADDB Investment Group. Prior to that, he was a senior vice president at SHUAA Capital Saudi Arabia. Nazer holds an MBA from INSEAD and a B.A. in business administration from the American University of Beirut. Show more

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