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Ziyad F. Omar
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
       

Ziyad F. Omar

Prior to co-founding Gulf One, Mr. Omar founded a financial and management consulting firm in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a business advisory and consulting firm, Compass Consulting in Bahrain, which focused on providing advisory services for large corporations in the GCC. Mr. Omar has over 32 years of regional and international finance and banking experience. He has previously worked with The National Commercial Bank (NCB) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as Country Head of the Corporate Banking Group where his reengineering of NCB’s multi-billion dollar corporate banking portfolio resulted in a significantly improved risk/reward profile. He was also the Chief Financial Officer of Al Faisaliah Group where he created the Group Finance and Corporate Treasury. Mr. Omar also worked in various senior positions at the Saudi American Bank in Jeddah in the Corporate Banking and Structured Finance departments, where he co-pioneered the first securitisation transaction in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to returning to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he spent five years as a Systems Manager with Equitable Financial Companies (currently AXA) in California, U.S.A. Mr. Omar received his MBA in 1989 and a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1984 from California State University, Fresno, U.S.A. 

 

Daniel da Cruz
Chief Operating Officer
       

Daniel da Cruz

Mr. da Cruz has over 25 years experience in various sectors including strategy consulting, clean energy and banking. He joined Gulf One in May 2015 from SCC MENA Holding BSC (c), (SCC MENA) a clean energy joint venture he launched and led to develop low-carbon and renewable energy projects in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to project development in the MENA region and Southeast Asia, he has led waste-to-energy and other advisory assignments for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Mr. da Cruz was a founding team member of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources Pte. Limited in 2005, and a member of the senior management team prior to establishing the SCC MENA joint venture. Prior to this, Mr. da Cruz was a co-founder and managing partner of OdC+CO, a London-based consulting firm that advised Top-50 companies on strategy development, innovation and managing major change, including Ford Motor Company, Shell, Toyota and the London Stock Exchange. He previously worked as a senior consultant with Braxton Associates, Deloitte’s strategy practice, in London. Mr. da Cruz also spent a decade in various roles as a United States naval officer prior to joining the private sector. Mr. da Cruz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, an MBA from London Business School and an MA in International Relations from the University of Southern California, U.S.A.

 

Shibu Nair
Managing Director, Private Equity Division
       

Shibu Nair

Mr. Nair joined Gulf One in August 2006. He holds over 15 years of extensive corporate finance and private equity experience in varied industry sectors within GCC and Europe. Prior to joining Gulf One, he was a Principal in the Private Equity and Venture Capital department of Gulf Finance House (GFH), Bahrain. At GFH, he was part of a team that structured private equity deals in excess of USD 1 billion, primarily in the financial services and telecom sectors. He was also responsible for monitoring the Bank’s private equity portfolio. He joined GFH after serving as a Senior Consultant with KPMG Corporate Finance, Bahrain where he gained significant experience in managing and executing Corporate Finance transactions including private equity, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations and restructuring. Mr. Nair holds an MBA degree from Bharathiar University in India, is a rank-holder Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter holder.

 

Dean Rowan
Chief Risk and Money Laundering Reporting Officer
       

Dean Rowan

Mr. Rowan joined Gulf One in August 2006 and has over 27 years of extensive experience in risk, treasury and credit. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked with Barclays Bank PLC, London as Head of Group Risk and earlier with Westpac Bank in Australia as Head of Risk, Global Treasury, as well as Head of Credit. He worked for over 10 years with Citibank in Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific region. In the GCC he has worked with the National Commercial Bank (NCB) as Head of Operational Risk and Basel II. Mr. Rowan is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants, a Fellow of the Taxation and Management Accountants of Australia, a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, a Fellow of Financial Securities Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr. Rowan is the Chairman of the Bahrain Compliance and AML professionals, External Advisory Board Member of Ahlia University, Regional Director for the Professional Risk Managers International Association and Advisory Board Member of the International Compliance Association, London. Mr. Rowan obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales, and a Postgraduate Degree in Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia.

 

Pankaj Jain
Chief Financial Officer
       

Pankaj Jain

Mr. Jain joined Gulf One in August 2010 and has over 14 years of extensive diversified experience in financial, assurance and accounting services, spanning across banking and financial sectors in the Kingdom of Bahrain and manufacturing sectors in India. He has previously served as a Deputy Manager at KPMG, Bahrain with primary focus on audit of key investment and commercial Banks. His work in India covered advisory and assurance services mainly in manufacturing and media sectors with Price Waterhouse Coopers – Mumbai, India. Mr. Jain is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Financial Accounting and Auditing from University of Mumbai, India.

 

Carol Bhandary
Board Secretary and Investor Relations
       

Carol Bhandary

Ms. Bhandary joined Gulf One in May 2008. She has over 17 years of Investment Banking experience and her key areas of expertise are private equity, portfolio risk monitoring and valuation; performance reviews; investor due diligence and KYC; management of transactional processes (subscription, capital return and performance pay-out). Ms. Bhandary serves as the key point of contact for Gulf One investors and shareholders. Prior to joining Gulf One, Ms. Bhandary was previously with BMB Investment Bank B.S.C. (c), Bahrain in their Investor Marketing and Corporate Finance departments for over 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Financial Accounting and Auditing from University of Mumbai, India; an Advanced Diploma in Banking Studies from the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, and an ICA-International Diploma in Compliance from University of Manchester Business School, United Kingdom.

 

Najeeb Razzaque
Head of Compliance and Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer
       

Najeeb Razzaque

Mr. Najeeb Razzaque joined Gulf One Investment Bank in April 2011 and has over 8 years of extensive experience in compliance, anti-money laundering and terrorist financing, and risk management. Prior to joining Gulf One, he worked with Ernst & Young as a Financial Services Risk Management Consultant providing Basel II implementation advisory services to the banking industry in the GCC region.

Mr. Razzaque is a Steering Committee Member of the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association and the Bahrain Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Group. 

Mr. Razzaque obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Bahrain, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Najeeb has successfully achieved the compliance and AML certifications and the International Diploma in Compliance from the International Compliance Association (UK) and the Diploma in Islamic Finance from the Certified Institute of Management Accountants.

 

 

Günter Pröpster
Managing Director of Gulf One GmbH (Munich, Germany)
       

Günter Pröpster

Mr. Pröpster has over 17 years experience in high tech investing in early stage companies and small and mid-cap corporations in Europe. Mr. Pröpster Co­‐founded two small cap private equity funds, and is a Board member of Royal Aero Group GmbH, NCTE AG and Belte AG. Mr. Pröpster holds an MSc in Computer Science and a BS in Electrical Engineering.

 
 

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