TFI Team

The First Investor CEO

Houssam Kharbotli - Houssam Joined the First Investor to lead its specialized Islamic investment activities in asset management, private equities and related financial services. An experienced investment banker who has worked with top global investment houses for over 25 years, he’s worked in various financial centres the world over. In addition, Houssam has had robust experiences in Qatar and GCC markets having occupied top jobs with major government-related institutions in Qatar and Oman. Prior to TFI, Houssam served as the CEO of Qatar Debt Management Office (4 years), CEO of a sovereign investment company in Oman (5 years) and Senior Financial Advisor at Qatar Petroleum (7 years). He also spent years as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank, UBS, First Chicago Bank and Banca Commerciale Italian, having formed a strong educational foundation at Cambridge Polytechnic (Industrial economics) and Chicago Business School (Finance).

Private Equity Investments

Andras Kereszy - Senior Manager. Andras is an investment banking and private equity professional with over a decade of experience in Mergers & Acquisitions, Structured Finance and Private Equity from top financial institutions.

Jihed Mehdoui - Senior Manager. Jihed has over 12 years’ experience in the field of investment banking, private equity and financial advisory services.

Anna Skvortsova - Associate in IB. Anna has more than 8 years of experience in investment banking and corporate finance with a focus on Mergers & Acquisitions.

Real Estate Investments

Soufiane Ouenniche - Head of RE. Soufiane has worked in leading banks, financial institutions, private equity and real estate groups in the GCC, North America, North Africa, Europe and the Levant for the past 17 years and has an in-depth understanding of Islamic banking, private equity and real estate investments.

Anuj Mittal - Senior Manager in RE. Anuj has over 14 years of professional experience in real estate, fund management & Islamic banking.

Salman Fakhro - Senior Manager in RE. Salman has 10 years of experience in managing real estate funds and developing real estate projects in the GCC.

Narayanan Krishna Murthy - Senior Associate in RE. Narayanan has 6 years of experience in real estate and private equity deals.

Mohammed Al Suwaidi - Senior Associate in RE. Mohammed has over 4 years of experience in real estate and asset management.

Asset Management

Robert Pramberger, CFA - Head of AM. Robert has more than 16 years of experience in portfolio and fund management.

Ghanim Al Kuwari - Senior Analyst in AM. Ghanim has experience in analyzing securities in GCC markets

Patrick Rahal - Senior Manager in AM. Patrick has more than 11 years of experience in portfolio management and products structuring.

Raed Ayyad - Senior Associate – Dealer in AM. Raed has extensive experience in trading equities in GCC markets.

Finance Department

Naveed Ahmad - Head of Finance. Naveed has more than 17 years of professional experience in finance, accounting and banking which includes working for international banks, securities firm and investment banking company. He has been working at TFI since 2011.

Operation Department

John Obilo - Head of Operation. John has more than 16 years of professional experience. He has been working in TFI since 2011, before which he had experience working in Portfolio and Fund Accounting for 10 years.

Compliance Department

Reema Al Abdulla - Head of Compliance. Reema has 10 years of professional experience, having worked in such roles as Legal Assistant, Legal Counsel, Director of Legal and Head of Compliance. Before joining TFI she worked in Qatar Petroleum and Barwa Real Estate.

Human Recourse Department

Khalid Al-Awar - Senior HR in the Human Resource Department. Khalid has been working in the Barwa Bank Group since 2012 and is in possession of more than 8 years of experience in HR roles and regulations with a focus on HRMS. He is additionally CIPD certified.