Advisory Team

Jassem Hasan Zainal

Mr. Jassem is the Chairman & CEO of Arzan Financial Group. He has over 30 years of experience in different industries. Mr. Zainal holds board membership in many companies such as Automated System Company (Kuwait), Miami International Holdings INC (NY, USA), Kuwait International Bank (Kuwait), ADDAX Investment Bank (Bahrain) and Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait (Bahrain). He is known for restructuring and turnaround skills which were evident in the companies led by him. 
 
He earned his Bachelor's in Civil Engineering & Mathematics from University of Miami, USA and master's in Civil Engineering from Kuwait University. 
 
Hashim Gillani
Mr. Gillani is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions of Alghanim Industries. He previously worked with a venture capital firm, MDS Capital Corporation which focused on early stage companies in biotechnology, medical devices and diagnostics. He was also instrumental in the success of a start-up company, Matregen Corporation based in Canada. Earlier he has worked with consulting firms like Credit Suisse & Andersen Consulting. He currently sits on the board of Harvard Business School Alumni Board, INJAZ Kuwait and family network businesses. Mr. Gillani received his MBA from Harvard Business School. 
 
Muhannad AbulHasan
Mr. Abulhasan has over 20 years of diversified experience in various industries. He is the Executive Director of Investment in Arzan Financial Group. He has provided 11 years of service as the Executive Director of Real Estate Investments in Arcapita Bank, transacting over USD 13bn of deals. He initiated the global real estate line of business for the bank and recruited team in various locations such as London & Singapore. He also sits on the board of Dreamworks SPA, Dubai and Kuwait Prospects Company, Kuwait. He earned his Masters in Finance from London Business School, UK.
 
Rami Khaled Ali
Mr. Rami Ali is the Group Financial Controller since 2006. He mainly leads the valuations and negotiations for the potential investments of IFA group. Earlier, he has held the position of Senior in Charge at Grant Thorton (Kuwait). He sits on the board of First Takaful Insurance, EFG - Hermes IFA Brokerage and Arzan Financial Group. He earned his MBA from George Washington University. He also earned his CFA, CPA and CMA.
 
Investment Team
 
Hasan Zainal 
Partner
 
Hasan Zainal established Arzan VC in June 2013, bringing with him 9 years of investment and operational experience. In his years of experience, Hasan have co-founded different businesses and was instrumental in building the right teams to manage the growth prospects of each company. Hasan worked in Global Investment House in their Private Equity Department. He was a team member in both the transaction and due diligence team. Prior to establishing Arzan VC, Hasan co-founded Edge Foods and lead its operations for three years. He currently sits on the boards of Al Amanah Holding, Edge Foods, BBK Geojit Securities, Kuwait Prospects and Mesk Holdings. Hasan earned his bachelor degree from Purdue University and he is a CFA Level III candidate.
 
Ahmad Takatkah 
Senior Manager
 
Ahmad is a Senior Manager at Arzan VC focusing on early growth and high growth stage technology startups. Prior to joining Arzan VC, Ahmad was an advisor for the MIT Arab Enterprise Forum and he was a founding team member of two Arab VC firms. He has more than 10 years of experience. Ahmad is also a member of Endeavor Global Investor Network, and a judge and mentor at MIT Arab Startup competition, Microsoft Innovation Center (Jordan), Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition (QRNEC), Startup Weekend (Amman, Cairo, Riyadh), ArabNet Startup Demo, Creative Business Cup (CBC), Seed Startup Accelerator, Oasis500 Accelerator, and iPark Incubator. Ahmad is one of the foremost VC Bloggers in the Middle East, and he blogs on VCpreneur.com. He is a Kauffman Fellow, and he went to Harvard's VC training program. Ahmad holds an MBA from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), and a B.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering from Princess Sumaya University of Technology (PUST).
 
Anurag Agarwal 
Senior Associate
 
Anurag Agarwal is a Senior Associate at Arzan VC. He has more than 6 years of experience in the financial industry. His role at AVC consists of the whole stage of investment cycle for a VC firm - deal sourcing, analysis, valuation, due diligence, and post transaction follow-up. Prior to joining AVC, Anurag has also worked with organizations such as Baker Tilly international, J.P. Morgan and Standard & Poor's. He has completed his Bachelor's in Finance from St. Xavier's, India. He has also completed his CA (India) and CFA (USA). Anurag is a passionate writer and he continuously contributes to PeopleSpeak - AVC's blog.

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