SYED FARHAN ZAIDI
Farhan has two decades of experience in private equity and investment banking fields operating primarily in regional emerging markets. Farhan is part of the investment and portfolio management team for the office of HE Mohamad Alabbar. He is an investment committee member for Middle East Venture Fund III and Emaar Industries and Investments. He is on the Board of many mid-sized portfolio companies. Prior to this, he worked for Meraas Holding’s subsidiary for a specific assignment of listing one of its portfolio company – a USD 700m IPO of DXB Entertainments. Up until 2014, he worked at The Abraaj Group, part of the investment team in Singapore and Dubai offices
Helmut has over 17 years worth of experience in law and management consulting. He is a Partner at A.T. Kearney where he heads the transportation department. Prior to A.T. Kearney, Helmut has held various roles at Rolland Berger and Mckinsey.
The Board is responsible for DAI’s strategic direction, oversight and corporate governance, ensuring that DAI delivers on its investment strategy on sound investing principles. The Board comprises individuals with decades of aggregated experience in principal investing, corporate finance, venture capital and entrepreneurship involving technology companies spaning the gamut of their potential life cycle. Our Board members have overseen and taken leading roles on deals ranging from early stage VC deals all the way through to multiple billion dollar exits through IPOs and complex M&A transactions.
Tarek is an entrepreneur, active mentor/advisor & angel investor serving on the board of many startups in the region. He founded and managed media/technology companies across MENA, exiting his first startup in 2000. Driven by his passion for startups he co-founded DAI. He is currently CEO | Digital @ Adline Media Network
Tamer is an Investment Banker with 20 years of experience. He has concluded over 40 deals in MENA. His firm, Genero Capital, is an investor in several sectors with a focus on hospitality, education, Fintech and Technology. He is an angel investor and sits on several boards and investment committees.
Kushal Shah is a Senior Partner at Roland Berger's Dubai office and a Managing Partner for the Middle East. Prior to joining Roland Berger, he spent 12 years with a leading consultancy in London and Dubai. He studied Economics at Cambridge in the UK and he is a certified Chartered Accountant.
ABDULLAH MUTAWI, Chairman
Abdullah is a lawyer with more than 20 years' experience in corporate finance, M&A and venture capital with a deep focus on technology transactions and helping clients navigate complex shareholder, management and corporate governance issues. Abdullah has advised clients ranging from sovereign wealth funds to early-stage companies and is driven by a passion for rigour, attention to detail and best practices. Abdullah has led deals with an aggregate value in excess of US$30 billion involving assets in 33 emerging and developed markets. He is a serial angel investor with many personal investments including successful exits in the U.S. Europe and the Middle East.