MR. AHMED ABDULLAH KANOO
Partner & Chairman of the Board
Shareholder and active member of the Yousif bin Ahmed Kanoo Group.
Ahmed has been working in the investment department for over 12 years, reporting to the investment committee of the group. Prior to that, Ahmed has trained at Investcorp, the leading investment bank in the Gulf region.
Ahmed’s current job in the family consist mainly on ensuring the safe keeping and the growth of the family’s wealth.
Ahmed is the youngest family member in his generation of the Kanoo family, he is from the 4th generation out of seven. His main passion is philanthropic work impacting the local community. An animal lover, Ahmed have seven thoroughbred Saluki dogs.
Ahmed earned his AA degree from Santa Monica community college, a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Los Angeles American Intercontinental University and an International Marketing Degree from UCLA.
MR. FIRAS MALLAH
Firas has 17 years of experience working with the Middle East.
He was the Managing Director, Middle East & North Africa for BMO Global Asset Management, the asset management business of BMO Financial Group, he was also the Senior Executive Officer of the Middle East Rep Office of BMO. Firas joined BMO Financial Group (historically known as Bank of Montreal) in 2011 to launch the MENA office in Abu Dhabi and has since then set up the asset management business from scratch.
Formerly, Firas was the head of the MENA business and the Senior Executive Officer of the MENA office for Dexia Asset Management where he again set up the office from scratch and managed the regional business for the firm out of Bahrain. The mandate for Dexia Asset Management in MENA was capital raising and advisory with a focus on Hedge Funds, Equities and liquid real estate.
Prior to that, Firas was in charge of the Middle East client relations for Triago, a private equity placement firm based in Paris. He also extensively worked on multiple secondary private equity deals with MENA based sellers.
Firas started his career in engineering, working in Abu Dhabi on energy projects.
He is regularly on TV and printed media in the region. He holds a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD, a Master of Engineering in Engineering Management from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut.
MR. MAHDI MATTAR
Dr. Mattar served as Managing Director of Evolvence Group, a Dubai based conglomerate which focuses on asset management, education and retail. Additionally, he leads the Evolvence GCC private equity unit. He has extensive experience in asset management and investment banking focusing on the GCC region.
Dr. Mattar formerly served as the CEO of CAPM Investment (a UAE central bank regulated investment bank) and FH Capital (a DFSA regulated investment bank), part of Finance House Group. He supervised the operations of both entities focusing mainly on asset management, private equity, and corporate advisory business. During his tenure CAPM acted as the lead IPO manager of Marka, the first IPO on the DFM post crisis. Also FH Capital and CAPM acted as the lead IPO manager of Insurance House, the first IPO on the ADX post crisis.
He was the Head of Research and Chief Economist of CAPM Investment and prior to that of SHUAA Capital, where he oversaw the economics and equity research covering the MENA region. Under his leadership, the research department was ranked as the top research house in the MENA by Euromoney, in addition to being personally ranked among the top strategists and economists in the region. He was also a member of SHUAA Capital’s management committee. Dr. Mattar was the Director of Financial Markets Division at the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFC). Prior to his banking career, Dr. Mattar pursued a career as an academic, as a Professor of Finance at the American University of Beirut, the American University of Sharjah, as well as at the Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development (CTPID) at MIT.
Dr. Mattar makes frequent appearances in various regional and international media outlets. He holds a Doctorate in Risk Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, a Master of Science in Construction Finance from MIT, and a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut.