Shailesh Dash, CFA | Chairman

Founder & CEO, Al Masah Capital Management Limited

A veteran of the MENA alternative investments sector, Mr. Dash has set up one of the largest Private Equity firms in the region and raised it to be the 16th largest PE business in Asia (ranked by PEI Asia) and the 2nd largest in MENA, with AUM of US$ 3 billion. He has also executed 14 IPOs and 5 trade sales in the MENA region to date. He was ranked as one of the top 50 most influential people in the regional financial services industry and has the experience of serving on the board of several companies. He was conferred “Outstanding Achievement by an Individual” in 2013 by MENA Fund Manager Performance Awards.

Nrupaditya Singhdeo | Board Member

Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Mr. Nrupaditya Singhdeo, a Chartered Accountant from India is a private equity professional with more than 21 years of total experience. Being associated with regional private equity for more than 12 years, Mr. Nrupaditya is one of the founding management team member of Al Masah Capital Limited and has been closely associated with the setup of its PE focused business. His deep local knowledge and networks have helped the company identify and source promising investments and projects in high-potential sectors and markets. He has played an instrumental role in working on an entire chain of activities such as deal origination, transaction evaluation, due diligence, deal negotiation and managing exits and listing of entities.Through active ownership and a focus on operational improvement and expansion, Mr. Nrupaditya has been associated with investment and management of businesses in the education sector for almost 10 years. Recognized as a pioneer of global growth markets investing with schools, nurseries, kindergarten childcare centers, training centers which includes drama and music centers in the MENA and South East Asia, Mr. Nrupaditya’s years of investment experience has driven the company toward achieving its goals resulting in some of the most distinguished transactions. Currently Mr. Nrupaditya serves as the CEO of Al Najah Education having been part of the board since the inception of the company in 2012.

Amitava Ghosal | Board Member

Partner, Al Masah Capital Management Limited

A key member of the management team at Al Masah Capital Management Limited, Mr. Ghosal has over 17 years of experience in the financial sector. Currently he overlooks the expansion and outreach of Healthcare MENA, making it one of the leading primary healthcare provider in the region. He has much relevant transactional experience in education, retail and financial services. Previously, he has worked with Global Capital Management (Kuwait), ICRA Ltd. (an associate of Moody’s) and Phillips (India) Ltd in corporate finance and credit rating.

Don Lim | Board Member

Executive Director, Al Masah Capital Management Limited

Mr. Lim has more than 12 years of experience spanning strategic investments, venture capital and private equity. At Al Masah Capital, he has been instrumental in building the education and healthcare platform in the MENASEA region and is also responsible for the completion of investments in almost 20 education companies in the past 24 months spanning the GCC region and Singapore. Previously, he has worked with Global Capital Management (Kuwait) and Singapore Ministry of Defense. He has a M.Sc. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; B.Eng. from Imperial College, London; and an ACCA qualification.

Jamal H. Al-Barrak | Board Member

With over 15 years of banking and investment experience, Mr. Al-Barrak presents the Board with crucial contacts and business links in Kuwait. Previously, Mr. Al-Barrak has worked with Gulf Bank in various positions including Senior Investment Manager for the Chief Executive Officer, Assistant General Manager for Investments and for Corporate Finance. He also spearheaded the development and management of Electronic Channels in the bank. Currently, he works as the General Manager, Investment Department at the Kuwait International Bank. Mr. Al-Barrak has also served in numerous Boards and investment committees. He holds an MBA and Bachelor of Arts from Bentley University in Massachusetts. He has also attended management and corporate finance programs at INSEAD and Harvard University Business School.

Eyad Abu Huwaij | Independent Board Member

Executive Director, Al Masah Capital Management Limited

Mr. Abu Huwaij has more than 14 years of regional investment experience spanning across healthcare, education, banking, finance, retail, transportation and industrial sectors. He has conducted due diligence, invested and made exits in these sectors since 2006. Previously, Mr. Abu Huwaij has worked with Global Capital Management (Kuwait), KPMG and Grant Thornton LLP. He holds an MBA from Cass Business School of City University London.

Dr. Khaled El Naggar | Board Member

Financial Advisor and investor with more then 30 years of of experience in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Founder and partner of companies in Healthcare, Education and technology Startups. He is a strong believer that a good Education and healthcare system combined with new technology are the basis for the next Millennium. Acts currently on Board of Several companies globally. Dr. Elnaggar worked previously, at Deutsche Bank and Liechtenstein Global Trust.

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