Robert Underwood (HSBC)
Rob Underwood is the Chief Risk Officer HSBC MENA Region, taking up the role in June 2014. He has been with the HSBC Group since 1987, and has worked in London, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Mexico and Dubai. He has undertaken various roles on both the Risk and Business side, had spells in Training / HR and was CEO in Chile. Prior to his current role, Rob was, from February 2010, HSBC MENA Regional Head for Wholesale and Market Risk.
He graduated from Bath with a BSc in Economics and Politics, and went on to become an Associate of the Institute of Bankers.
Mohmmad Atif Mahmood (Fajr Capital)
Atif Mahmood is a Managing Director at Fajr Capital and covers principal investments. He has led Fajr Capital’s investments in the oil and gas (including the successful acquisition and subsequent exit of National Petroleum Services), industrial manufacturing, and infrastructure sectors, and serves on the board and executive committees of various portfolio companies. Prior to joining Fajr Capital, he worked at PwC in Dubai and Karachi. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, with a record-setting nine gold medals at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Pakistan and a joint third highest in the world in Financial Accounting at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the United Kingdom.
Iqbal Khan (Fajr Capital)
Iqbal Ahmad Khan is the Chief Executive Officer of Fajr Capital. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Jadwa Investment, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, and MENA Infrastructure. Prior to Fajr Capital, Mr. Khan was the founding CEO of HSBC Amanah, the global Islamic financial services division of the HSBC Group.
He is a long-time advocate of the Islamic financial services industry, serving as an advisor to government initiatives in the UK, UAE, Singapore and Malaysia. Mr. Khan holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics and Chemistry, both from Aligarh Muslim University.
He is the 2012 recipient of The Royal Award of Islamic Finance by HM the King of Malaysia, and was recognized for his “Outstanding Contribution to Islamic Finance” by Euromoney in 2006.
Mirian Khalaf (Waha Capital)
Mirian Khalaf is an Executive Director within Waha Capital’s Private Investments vertical. Waha Capital is an Abu Dhabi-based, ADX-listed investment holding company and operates through two divisions, Asset Management and Private Investments, managing proprietary and third party capital invested across a number of sectors and geographies. Ms. Khalaf is responsible for managing strategic proprietary investments, deploying capital in new investments, and delivering successful exits.
Prior to joining Waha Capital, Ms. Khalaf held various positions at The National Investor (Abu Dhabi-based boutique investment bank) and Moody’s (credit rating agency).
Aseem Gupta (Waha Capital)
Aseem Gupta is a Managing Director at Waha Capital, focused on the Private Investments business. Waha Capital is an Abu Dhabi-based, ADX-listed investment holding company and operates through two divisions, Asset Management and Private Investments, managing proprietary and third party capital invested across a number of sectors and geographies. Aseem is responsible for managing strategic proprietary investments, deploying capital in new investments, and delivering successful exits.
Prior to joining Waha Capital, Aseem worked in the Global Investment Banking Team at Deutsche Bank in New York.
Aseem holds an MBA degree from Rice University, USA, and a BS in Computer Engineering from Purdue University, USA.