We recruit top talent to offer our clients leading financial services and solutions. We offer attractive and unique services and the ability to leverage global relationships. We will always strive to find opportunities that will help our clients achieve their goals and support their business with considered and appropriate solutions. AIC’s team of professionals will ensure the above and will do their utmost to guarantee success for our clients.
Below you will find selected biographies:
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
GOVERNANCE, RISK & COMPLIANCE
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
FINANCE & OPERATIONS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Mr. AlTrad has over 20 years’ experience in the Banking, Investment and Financial Sector. Simultaneously, holds the post of Board Director at Kuwait International Bank, and Ritaj Takaful Insurance Co., Kuwait. His vast experience, enabled him strong connectivity in the MENA region, leading to several key transactions with decision makers and stakeholders.
He previously served, as President & MD for MENA at Beaumont Partners SA, Geneva. A former founding Partner at ARABICA Investments; intended as a leading international markets platform in the MENA. He built Nomura International presence in Kuwait and Qatar, which oversaw key client relationships, and the execution of a business plan that generated exceedingly high revenues. Prior to Nomura, he spent 8 years at Lehman Brothers International PLC, mostly out of New York City, handling clients’ coverage activities for major SWFs in the Gulf, and thenceforth iv-charge of setting up Lehman Brothers’ offices in Kuwait and Qatar; attracting several billion dollars in new investments from Middle East clients.
Mr. AlTrad holds a BS in Engineering and attended Master’s Classes in Finance at Boston University, USA.
Mr. Jerkhi has over 18 years of proven experience in the Investment sector. He obtained his Finance degree from the University of Colorado – Denver. He started his professional career as a Client Relations Officer in Gulf Bank. Following Gulf Bank, he became Portfolio Manager at Bayan Investment Company. In 2008, he moved to Arab Investment Company as Assistant Vice President in the Asset Management Division. Today, he is Senior Vice President and leading the Division. He is managing AIC’s investments locally, GCC, and internationally. He ensures AIC adheres to Capital Markets Authority’s rules and regulations affecting the division’s activities.
Mr. Al Ahmad has over 16 years of proven experience in the investment and financial brokerage industries, including capital markets, business transformation and development, online financial brokerage, portfolio management, project management, corporate communications, and financial marketing.
Prior to joining Arab Investment Company, Mr. Al Ahmad served as Vice President at Coast Investment and Development Company where he established and directed the Financial Brokerage Group. At Coast Investment, he was responsible for instigating and successfully completing institute-wide projects. He instituted a state-of-the-art online trading system capable of trading in over 40 global financial markets. He also served as Projects Manager - Financial Brokerage Division at Kuwait and Middle East Investment Company. At KMEFIC, he played a leading role in the company's business transformation project. Representing KMEFIC, he was instrumental in assisting Boursa Kuwait in the implementation of the post-trade model project.
He has a degree in Business Management and carries the designation of Chartered Financial Marketer and is a Fellow of the Global Academy of Finance and Management (GAFM) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Financial Management (AAFM).
Mr. Krishna Kumar is an experienced professional and a Big Four alumnus with profound experience over 15 years across areas of Auditing (external and internal), Risk management, Anti Money Laundering, Regulatory Compliance, Business Process & Internal Control Reviews;
A connoisseur in various sectors including Banking & Financial Services, Aviation Industry, Telecom, Retail, Real Estate, Hotels, Trading & Manufacturing companies;
Krishna joined Arab Investment Company in 2013, presently he heads the Internal Audit Department, responsible for executing Internal audit activities and reports the outcomes to Board Audit Committee;
Before joining AIC, Krishna has worked for several audit firms which include KPMG, RSM Albazie in various capacities.
He obtained his Chartered Accountancy and Bachelors in Commerce from Bharathiar University, India. He is also Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls from ISACA, USA, Risk-Based Audit from LSBF UK, and in Strategic Governance, Risk and Compliance from LSBF UK.
Mr. Tandon has over 12 years of experience managing multi-asset class portfolios across markets. In the past he has worked with eminent regional asset management firm Global Investment House, co-managing Equity and Fixed Income portfolios in excess of US$ 2 billion covering listed capital market space in the GCC region.
Prior to managing funds in the in middle-east, he has had a successful stint on the institutional equities side with Nomura (Erstwhile Lehman Brothers) and JM Financial Morgan Stanley, where he advised institutional investors about investments in Power Utilities and Capital Goods space in Asian markets.
He is a CFA charter holder as well as CIPM Certificant from CFA Institute, USA. He has done his MBA in Finance from IBS Hyderabad, India.
Ms. Al Shams is the Vice President in the Asset Management Division – Regional Markets. She has over 8 years of Investment experience in GCC Markets. Her core experience lies in Wealth Management, Corporate Banking, GCC Capital Markets, Investment Relations, Real Estate Management, and Government bids and tenders.
Prior to joining AIC, she worked at Sharq Investment Company – a subsidiary of Zomorrodah Group -as Assistant Manager in Asset Management. She managed Zomorrodah’s GCC Fund where she led and established various effective strategy models for diverse portfolios tailored to client-specific needs.
Ms. Al Shams holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Kuwait University. She was a board member of various prominent companies such as Kuwait Business Town and United Medical Services Co.
Mr. El-Afghani has over 10 years of experience in the Alternative Asset space, especially in private equity and venture capital. In the past, Mr. El-Afghani has worked with eminent regional asset management firm Global Investment House (now KAMCO Invest) and was a Board Director in Bindar, a consumer finance company based in Jordan.
Prior to Global Investment House, Mr. El-Afghani worked in London, the United Kingdom with Probitas Partner, a global alternative asset placement firm, raising capital for third-party private equity and venture capital managers. Mr. El-Afghani managed to complete two full fundraises of over GBP 400 million during his tenure with Probitas Partners.
Mr. El-Afghani holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom, and an MBA from Hult International Business School from London, United Kingdom as well.