Ms Salahova is the Finance and Operations Director of Samena Capital and the registered Finance Officer and Board Member of Samena Capital Investments Limited in Dubai.
Prior to joining Samena Capital, Ms Salahova worked as Head of Finance for a Private Family Office and was responsible for the establishment of the Finance and Operations and overseeing the various subsidiaries of the company. Ms Salahova has over 11 years of experience in financial management, reporting, and audit in various global Telco & IT companies, including Etisalat UAE and Big 4 companies, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG.
Ms Salahova is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute) and member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA). She holds a Master of Science Degree in Accounting from University of Essex in United Kingdom.
Mr Pansuriya is the Group IT Manager for Samena Capital, based in Dubai.
Prior to joining Samena Capital, Mr Pansuriya was a Microsoft Modern workplace solution architect at Cobweb in the UAE. During his tenure at Cobweb, as a Modern Workplace Architect, he knows the capabilities of the Microsoft 365 suite and used his expertise to translate customers' needs into clear advice and technical design. Mr Pansuriya has over 15 years of IT experience, working with regional and international IT service providers where he has gained in depth experience in IT Infrastructure, Communication and Network management, System Operations, Service Management, Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery.
Mr Pansuriya holds a Bachelor’s in Commerce from India, and numerous Microsoft certifications.
Ms Dookhony is the Group Compliance Manager for Samena Capital.
Ms Dookhony is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (“CAMS”) and is the Compliance Officer & Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer for the regulated Cayman Islands and Mauritius domiciled entities. Prior to joining Samena Capital, Ms Dookhony worked as a Corporate and Fund Administrator at LC Abelheim Ltd and has experience in the management of a diverse portfolio of companies including various structures such as Collective Investment Schemes, Global Businesses, Trusts, Foundations and Domestic Companies. Ms Dookhony has over 9 years of experience in anti-money laundering, compliance, corporate secretarial and administration related services.
Ms Dookhony holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Law from the University of Mauritius.
Ms Skryabina is the Group Company Secretary & Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) for Samena Capital Investments Limited Dubai.
Prior to joining Samena Capital, Ms Skryabina worked as Operations Manager for Business Exchange Bureau in Dubai. The role included office management, business operations and customer relationship management. Before this, she worked within the DIFC for Palma Capital Limited, as Office Manager, Compliance Coordinator and Company Secretary. Ms Skryabina undertook this role for just over ten years from 2009, contributing to the Compliance and Administration team. Ms Skryabina has also worked with Deloitte & Touche Middle East at the beginning of her career as an HR Officer. In this role she provided a range of HR services for the Enterprise Risk Services practice to over 180 employees across the Middle East including the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Ms Skryabina holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), from The International University of Economics & Law - Moscow, Russian Federation.
Ms Wall is the Group HR & Office Manager for Samena Capital.
Prior to joining Samena Capital, Ms Wall worked as Private Secretary to Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for the Middle East based in the British Embassy in Dubai. She undertook this role for just under two years from late 2018, contributing in a small office and helping to drive the UK’s Trade and Investment ambitions of boosting export growth, 2-way investments and opening up markets across the region. The role included event management in the region and the UK, stakeholder management, client presentations, secretariat duties and day-to-day office management. Before this, she worked within the Private Office at the Department for Education and Home Office in the UK. Ms Wall started her career in Santander Customer Services in 2015 before joining the UK Government in 2016.
Ms Wall is from Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, UK and she enjoys travelling and skiing, particularly in France and Switzerland.
Ms Sandhu is Senior Vice President within the Investor Relations team at Samena Capital Investments Limited in Dubai.
Prior to joining Samena Capital, she worked as a Senior Associate at Allied Investment Partners PJSC, where she was responsible for business development initiatives and developing strategies for international growth, communication to stakeholders, and educating international financial audiences. Previously, Ms Sandhu worked for a private equity firm in UAE in the Investor Relations team covering global institutional and private investors, and two companies in the UK, International Business Development Group and InvestGlobal Consulting Limited, where she specialized in investor engagement, client relationship management, investor roadshows, and intelligent research.
Ms Sandhu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from King’s College London in the United Kingdom.
Mr Mirza is the IT Desktop Engineer for Samena Capital, based in Dubai.
Prior to joining Samena Capital, he spent 5 years working in various IT support functions for several companies including Clarins Group, Oman Post and Crowe Horwath in UAE and Oman.
Mr Mirza is a Certified Microsoft System Engineer and a Certified Cisco System Associate. He holds a Bachelor of Information Technology in Computer Science & Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University Hyderabad, India.
Mr. Rowlandsis a member of the Audit & Compliance Committee of Samena Capital.
Mr. Rowlands has extensive experience in private equity in Europe and Asia and has served on multiple public and private company boards. He is currently a Board Member and member of the Transaction Committee at USS Investment Management ltd.br />
Before retiring in March 2009, he spent 19 years at 3i Capital where he held numerous positions, notably he was a member of 3i’s Executive Committee, Group Investment Committee and Chairman of 3i Asia. Mr. Rowlands led 3i’s growth capital business and developed the group in Asia where he raised a US$1.25bn Infrastructure Fund for India.
Mr. Rowlands also served as Chairman of the Audit and Remuneration Committee and Board Member at Dubai International Capital L.L.C.. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Doncasters Group Limited and Mauser Group (2012-2017), a Board Member and Chairman of the Investment Committee at Finance Wales (2010-2014), Deputy Chairman of The Principality Building Society (2009-2012), Board Member of 3i Group Pension Board of Trustees (2010-2012) and Board Member of Hermes GPE LLP.
In 2009, Mr. Rowlands led “The Rowlands Review” of UK SMEs’ (small and medium enterprises) access to equity funding. The Rowlands Review was commissioned by the HM Treasury, and led to the creation of The Business Growth Fund with £2.5 billion of committed funding.
Mr. Rowlands started his career at Barclays Bank in 1973, within their Management Development Programme. He then served at Arthur Andersen LLP as a Partner, where he developed the European Corporate Finance business.
Mr Warrier is a Senior Vice President of SC India Manager Private Limited.
Prior to joining Samena Capital, Mr Warrier was a Partner with Catalytic Management Advisers Private Limited. He has c. 20 years of work experience in structured finance and investment banking having worked with Motilal Oswal, GE Capital Services, Rabo India Finance and CRISIL. Mr Warrier has extensive experience in structuring and syndicating acquisition finance, project finance, asset based financing, securitisation, equity linked solutions and plain vanilla term loans & working capital facilities. He also has deal experience in providing debt solutions for cross-border acquisitions. He has worked across several sectors including FMCG, energy services, telecom, publication, engineering & services and telecom operators in India.
Mr Warrier holds an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Mr Bhargava is a Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of SC India Manager Private Limited.
Prior to joining Samena Capital, Mr Bhargava was a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Catalytic Management Advisers Private Limited. He has over 15 years of experience in principal investing and trading in India specifically and in the Asia Pacific region. Most recently, he was heading the credit trading and investing desk in India and the special situations & illiquid investments desk in Asia Pacific region (Ex-Japan) at Goldman Sachs, Hong Kong, where he worked for c. 8 years. Prior to this, he worked with the Principal Credit Group of Merrill Lynch and of D.B. Zwirn & Co, a global special situations hedge fund focused on investing in India and South East Asia. He has also worked with GE Capital, India, in their structured finance business and at Maven International, a venture capital firm based in Hong Kong. He started his career as a corporate finance investment banker with ANZ Investment Bank in Mumbai and London. Subsequently, he joined ABN AMRO in Hong Kong where he was part of the M&A team focusing on the telecoms, media and technology sectors.
Mr Bhargava holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with honours from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and a MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Mr Chan is a Board Member of Samena Capital.
Previously Mr Chan was the Founding CEO for eight years of Spring Capital, an independent private equity firm that invests exclusively in China. Mr Chan has 26 years of experience in private equity, and has made over 50 investments in growth companies in China.
Previously he was a Managing Director, Head of North Asia and an Investment Committee Member of JAFCO Asia. Prior to JAFCO, Mr Chan held positions with Suez Asia and HSBC Private Equity (Asia) in Hong Kong. He is currently the Co-President of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, a Board Member of the Hong Kong Foundation for the University of Manchester, a Director of the Manchester Business School Leadership Board, a Board Member of the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education, and the Chair of YPO Gold Pearl River Delta Chapter.
Mr Chan is a Member of Chengdu Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Mr Chan was named as one of the “China Best Venture Capitalists: Midas List” by Forbes Magazine in 2006 - 2015. He was selected as Number 9 Forbes China ranking of Best Venture Capital Investors in 2015. Mr Chan was a member of the Main Board and GEM Listing Committee of Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2007-12).
Mr Chan is a Chartered Financial Analyst (AIMR), he holds a BA from the University of Hong Kong, and a MBA from Manchester Business School.
Mr YEH is the Non Executive Chairman and one of the Founding Shareholders of Samena Capital. He is also a member of the group's Compensation Committee.
Mr YEH is also the Co-Founder and Honorary Chairman of Value Partners Limited, one of Asia’s largest hedge funds with AUM in excess of US$10 billion and is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
He is also the Chairman of Cheetah Investment Management and a Co-Founder and Chairman of Argyle Street Management Limited. Mr YEH also sits on the Executive Committee of his family office, Hsin Chong International Holdings Limited. Mr YEH was a member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Government, a member of ICAC Complaints Committee; a member of Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee; a member of the Committee on Strategic Enhancement of Hong Kong as an International Finance Centre; a member of the Takeovers and Mergers Panel of the Securities & Futures Commission, a member of the MPF Schemes Advisory Committee, and a member of Ad-Hoc Investment Committee for UGC.
Mr YEH was also a council member of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange until its merger with the Hong Kong Futures Exchange; a member of the Stock Exchange’s listing committee; a member of the HK Exchange & Clearing Corporation, Derivatives Market Consultative Panel; a member of the Securities & Futures Commission, Dual Filing Advisory Group and Shareholder Group; and a member of the Listing Committee of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”).
Mr YEH is currently a Board member of the Columbia University Endowment, USA and the Board of Trustees of Milton Academy, Massachusetts, USA.
Mr YEH is a graduate of Williams College and also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University’s School of Law. He is a member of the California Bar Association and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar during his time at Columbia University.
Mr Saraf is the Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of Samena Capital. He oversees all investment and divestment decisions made at Samena Capital, as well as its strategic direction. Mr Saraf founded Samena Capital in 2008 as a unique principal investing firm to collectively invest with highly pedigreed families from the Asian, Indian and Middle-Eastern regions, to create the new ‘Asia Inc.’. He remains the Investment Manager and Director of the Samena Special Situations Funds and Samena Limestone Holdings.
Mr Saraf holds numerous directorship and leadership positions across Samena’s portfolio companies. In March 2018, Mr Saraf joined the Board of Softlogic Holdings, one of the largest conglomerates in Sri Lanka with leading businesses in healthcare, financial services and retail. In November 2016, Mr Saraf was appointed to the Board of Directors of Dynamatic Technologies Limited, a global business which designs and builds highly engineered products for Automotive, Aeronautic, Hydraulic and Security applications. Since August 2016, Mr Saraf is on the Board of Directors of Tejas Networks, an India-based optical and data networking products business with clients in over 60 countries. In June 2014, Mr Saraf led the acquisition of a significant stake in RAK Ceramics PSC, a company listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and one of the world’s largest ceramics manufacturers with annual revenues of approximately US$1 billion. He is currently the Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors and Chairman of its Executive Committee. Since September 2014, Mr Saraf has been on the Board of Directors of RAK Logistics (previously Alliance Global Logistics), a cross-regional platform for an integrated, ASEAN-headquartered logistics company. He has previously held numerous directorships including Aramex Holdings, Commercial Bank of Oman SAOG, EFG Hermes and Amwal Capital (Qatar).
Prior to founding Samena Capital, he was a Managing Director of Abraaj Capital. During his tenure (2002-2007) at Abraaj Capital, he was involved in several landmark private equity and block purchase transactions such as the buyout of Aramex, EFG Hermes, Egyptian Fertilizer Company, Arabtec, ONIC, SAOG Oman, Amwal Capital (Qatar) and he also pioneered and managed the special situations funds.
In 1998, Mr Saraf founded Oriel Investment Company, which emerged as one of the leading regional corporate finance firms. While at Oriel Investment Company, he became one of the largest founding shareholders of US-based E-Ink Corporation, the world's leading developer and provider of electronic paper and displays.
Mr Saraf is actively involved with the ‘Little Dreams Foundation’, a not-for-profit initiative with Phil and Orianne Collins and is a Director on the Board. In 2015, he founded the ‘Shirish Saraf Scholarship’ at Charterhouse House School, providing an education for underprivileged children with all around excellence. In 2016, Mr Saraf established the Samena Foundation, an initiative set up to facilitate global charitable and benevolent causes.
Mr Saraf was educated at Charterhouse (England) and the London School of Economics.
Mr Fancy is a Director of Samena Capital and Samena Capital Investments Limited. He is the Chairman of the Executive Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee.
Mr Fancy is the Chairman & Founder of Renaissance Services SAOG, a leading Oman oil and gas company. Renaissance Services SAOG was the first family business to go public in the Middle East in the mid 1990s.
Mr Fancy is also Chairman of Tawoos LLC, a leading Omani family conglomerate with interests in various fields including agriculture, education, training, medical and pharmaceutical, oil and petrochemical, media services, leisure and entertainment, industrial catering, operations and maintenance, computer hardware, software and communications, energy and marine and shipping. Mr Fancy was previously a Director of National Bank of Oman and Muscat Finance Co. He is a Founder of United Power (Oman’s first IPP) and is actively involved in charitable work including the setting up of a microfinance bank in Oman and support of an Early Intervention Centre for children.
In 2007 Mr Fancy was nominated for Ernst & Young’s Middle East Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Sheikh Nawaf Nasser Bin Khalid Al Thani is a Director of Samena Capital.
He is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Nasser Bin Khaled Holding, a leading Qatari business conglomerate focusing on construction, industrial services, oil and gas, telecommunications, civil engineering, agriculture, real estate, fashion and automotive sectors.
He is the Founder and Chairman of Doha Insurance and is on the consulting management board of Deutsche Bank.
He holds a number of directorships including Qatar Navigation, Al Salam International, Arabtec (UAE) and the Qatari Businessmen Association.
Mr Gore-Randall is a Director of Samena Capital and Samena Capital Investments Limited. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee, the Audit & Compliance Committee and the Compensation Committee.
Mr Gore-Randall has extensive experience at a senior level in large private and publicly held international organizations. He is currently Chairman of Forensic Risk Alliance, which provides multi-jurisdictional expertise in financial and electronic forensics all around the world and Acuity Knowledge Partners, a leading provider of high-value research, analytics and business intelligence to the financial services sector. He is also Chairman of the Executive Committee of RAK Logistics and Audit Committee Expert at RAK Ceramics
In 2007, Mr Gore-Randall joined the Board of HBOS plc as Chief Operating Officer when it was one of the five major U.K.-based international retail banks, and served in that role until it was acquired by Lloyds Banking Group in 2009. He was also the HBOS integration director leading up to, and after, the acquisition. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of Aon UK Ltd., following two years as Chairman and Chief Executive of its Aon Risk Services division.
His previous non-executive roles include Chairman of two international private-equity-backed businesses—ERM (a leading international environmental consulting firm) and Equiom (a multinational trust and fiduciary business). He was also an independent Director of esure (insurance company) and Topaz Engineering and Marine (a leading provider of offshore vessels and services to the oil and gas industry) and an independent member of the International Executive of Lovells (now Hogan Lovells), the international law firm.
Mr Gore-Randall spent the first 25 years of his career at Andersen. Besides several managing partner roles, he was elected U.K. Managing Partner in 1997, having previously run the European Assurance and Advisory practice. In 2001, he became Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer for the worldwide practice, and the following year, he co-led the worldwide dissolution of Andersen.
Mr Gore-Randall has a master’s degree in Geography from University College, Oxford and is a Chartered Accountant.
Mr Gupta is the Senior Executive Officer of Samena Capital Investments Limited in Dubai and a Board Member of Samena Capital.
Mr Gupta is a member of the Board of Directors of U-Gro Capital Limited (India), Bloom Hotels (IHPL, India), RAK Logistics (Singapore) and Softlogic Holdings Limited (Sri Lanka). Mr Gupta is also a member of the Investment Committee of the Special Situations Funds. Prior to joining Samena Capital, Mr Gupta was an equity research analyst at Tricolour India Funds and previously was a part of the General Atlantic Financial Management Leadership Program.
Mr Gupta is a Chartered Financial Analyst (AIMR), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and holds a Masters in Management (Finance) from the University of Mumbai.
Ms Ahmed is the Finance and Operations Director for SC India Manager Private Limited.
Before joining Mumbai office, she was Senior Finance and Operations Manager for Samena Capital Investments Limited in Dubai for 6 Years. Prior to joining Samena Capital, she spent 6 years with the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc in Mumbai as a Senior Executive in their Global Finance Services Function, where she was involved in handling consolidation and management reporting.
Ms Ahmed is a Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and completed her accountancy training with D. R. Mehta & Associates. She is a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance and has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Mumbai University.