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Mena FM issues annual list of 50 top-performing fund managers

Thursday, April 05, 2012
Opalesque Industry Update - Mena FM’s third annual Power 50 has been released, identifying the top-performing individuals across the Middle East and North African fund industry.

Nominations were collected by surveys of the magazine’s readership and interviews with key figures in the fund management space. From this longlist, a shortlist of 50 names was then confirmed by a judging panel of Mena fund industry experts.

The list appears in alphabetical order; however, eleven ‘industry leaders’ have been highlighted for their exceptional, ongoing work in the region. Six ‘rising stars’ were also identified as ones to watch in the year ahead.



• Gaurav Shah CEO, Al Rajhi Capital
• SR Krishnan Head of asset management and private banking, BankMuscat
• Hedi Ben Mlouka CIO, Duet MENA
• Deon Vernooy Senior executive officer, Emirates NBD
• Osamah Shaker Managing director and head of investments, HSBC Saudi
• Sarah Al Suhaimi Head of asset management, Jadwa Investments
• Abdul Kadir Hussain CEO, Mashreq Capital
• Alan Durrant CIO, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (asset management group)
• Jawdat Al Halabi CEO, NCB Capital
• Yasir Al Rumayyan CEO, Saudi Fransi Capital
• Mark Mobius Executive chairman, Templeton Emerging Market Group


  • Adel Kasaji CEO, AB Invest
  • Arif Naqvi CEO, Abraaj Capital
  • Mark Friedenthal Senior vice-president and head of capital market solutions, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)
  • *RISING STAR * Tirad Mahmoud CEO, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB)
  • Tarek Sakka CEO, Ajeej Capital
  • Naser Nabulsi Executive director, Al Mal Capital
  • *RISING STAR * Shailesh Dash CEO, Al Masah Capital
  • Amin El-Kholy Executive director, asset management, Arqaam Capital
  • Leila Ben Khemis Belhedi Managing director. Attijari Gestion
  • Ammar Bakheet Head of asset management, Audi Capital
  • Michel Chikhani Head of asset management, BlomInvest
  • Sohail Chaladi Head of asset management, BMCE Capital Gestion
  • Mohamed Amrani CEO, BMCI Gestion
  • *RISING STAR * Ahmed Bin Sulayem Executive director, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)
  • Kashif Siddiqui Head of asset management, EFG Hermes
  • Saleh Al Henaki Head of asset management, Falcom Financial Services
  • Maha Al Ghunaim Managing director, Global Investment House
  • Haissam Arabi CEO, GulfMena Investments
  • Omar Radwan Head of asset management, HC Securities and Investment
  • Farah Foustok Managing director, ING IM
  • Mohammed Al Hashemi Head of asset management, Invest AD
  • Christian Shomber CIO, asset management, Kuwait and Middle East Financial Investment Company (KMEFIC)
  • Manaf Alhajeri CEO, Markaz (Kuwait Financial Centre)
  • Rajat Dewan Head of asset management, National Bank of Oman (NBO)
  • Assad Al Banwani Managing Director and CEO, National Investments Company (NIC)
  • Salah Al-Fulaij CEO, NBK Capital
  • Ajay Kumar Head of asset management, Qatar National Bank (QNB)
  • Eric Swats Head of asset management, Rasmala Investments
  • Ali Al Gwaiz CEO, Riyad Capital
  • *RISING STAR * Mubarak Matar Al Hamiri Chairman & acting CEO, Royal Capital
  • Eisa Al Eisa CEO, SambaCapital
  • Tahir Mohammad Al-Dabbagh CEO, Saudi Hollandi Capital
  • Nadi Bargouti Head of asset management, Shuaa Capital
  • Anthony Mallis CEO, SICO
  • *RISING STAR* Zin Bekkali CEO, Silk Invest
  • Walid Hayeck Managing director, asset management, The National Investor (TNI)
  • *RISING STAR * Hatem Saighi Head of asset management, Tunisie Valeurs
  • Ramin Rabii Managing director, Turquoise Partners
The full list can be viewed at and in the April issue of the magazine, in circulation now.

“It is great to see emerging talent listed alongside established names,” said Kathryn Gaw, editor of Mena FM. “Our third annual Power 50 reflects the variation, innovation and commitment which underpin the Mena fund industry, even during volatile market conditions.”

Mena FM is a member of Pageant Media’s EMFM Group of magazines. It is the only magazine dedicated to providing a cutting-edge insight to the Mena fund management space. Each issue includes exclusive news, performance data, investor profiles, industry comment and topical articles, read by fund managers, investors and service providers across the world.


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