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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.


Raghu Balakrishnan , CFA
Senior Vice President, Private Equity

Raghu Balakrishnan , CFA

Raghu has been with Gulf One since April 2008. He has extensive experience in the investment banking and asset management industry.  At Gulf One, Raghu is part of the team involved in structuring and managing private equity funds and the Bank’s direct investments.

Prior to joining Gulf One, Raghu was Assistant Vice President involved in the development of Société Générale’s asset management activities in the GCC region. At Société Générale, Raghu was part of the team which structured and managed innovative asset management products including private equity funds totalling US$10 billion primarily to Sovereign Wealth Funds, Financial Institutions and High Net Worth Individuals. Raghu joined Société Générale after serving as a Supervisor in KPMG Bahrain’s audit department where he gained significant experience in managing and executing audits of financial institutions, oil companies and large corporates.

Raghu is a Chartered Accountant (India), a Cost Accountant (India), a Certified Public Accountant (USA), a Financial Risk Manager (USA) and a CFA charter holder.


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