Shirish Saraf, founder and vice chairman of Samena Capital, has assembled a powerhouse list of shareholders to back his asset management ambitions. Now, with a plan to purchase a major stake in merchant bank Kleinwort Benson, he’s convinced that he’s found a new niche
Genny Ghanimeh, the founder of Pi Slice, looks back at her two-year entrepreneurial journey and shares with Tamara Pupic how her micro-lending platform has already given 200 MENA entrepreneurs an opportunity to make a difference
A quartet of finance and law experts discussed how the region’s entrepreneurs could blossom, focusing on the continuing issue of access to funding, and how to increase the amount of venture capital being invested
Outspoken Irish musician and charity campaigner Sir Bob Geldof reveals how Dubai was the unlikely catalyst for the initial success of Live Aid and why he is leading a $250m private equity fund into Africa, “the safest zone to be in” right now
Operating through four years of political and economic turmoil in Egypt took its toll on EFG-Hermes, but the investment banking firm - one of the region’s largest, with operations in eight Arab countries - has risen from the instability and a period of consolidation to return to profit.
The Islamic investment firm faced Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012, but as it moves forward it has big plans afoot. CEO Atif Abdulmalik outlines its strategy and explains how he has been able to turn the business around.
After a six-year wait, Daman Investments is set to launch an IPO in the first quarter of 2015. It's chairman and founder speaks out about the volatility on local stock markets, the Arabtec fiasco and recent ‘greenfield’ listings
Rick Pudner was one of the most high-profile bankers and expats in the UAE before he quit as Group CEO of Emirates NBD, Dubai’s biggest bank. Now he’s back and looking to launch a whole new financial model.
You may not know much about Network International, but its name is on nearly every receipt issued in the UAE. Chief executive Bhairav Trivedi explains how we may pay for goods and services in the future.
Since taking a major stake in the iconic McLaren Group in 2006, Bahraini sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat has played a vital role in helping to fund the British firm’s plan to roll out its portfolio of production supercars across the world. McLaren board member Sheikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa explains how Bahrain benefits from its association with the global brand.