Syed Farhan Zaidi
Head of Investments, Private Investment Office of H.E. Mohamed Alabbar

Farhan has two decades of experience in private equity and investment banking fields operating primarily in regional emerging markets. He brings unique first-hand understanding / perspective of the PE/VC investment model covering the entire life cycle of a deal (origination/execution to post acquisition value-creation to exit). His forte is in deal execution of large and small to mid-cap buy-out and growth capital transactions.

At his current position, which he occupies since 2017, Farhan heads the investment function for the Private Investment Office, with direct reporting line to HE Mohamad Alabbar - Chairman of Emaar Properties, focusing on investing and managing private market investments. He is on the Board of many mid-sized portfolio companies including Bounce Middle East, Diwan Videos. In his current role, Farhan has executed several deals including an investment in a co-working office platform and divestment of a fashion e-commerce business.

Prior to this, he worked for Meraas Holding’s subsidiary for a specific assignment of listing one of its portfolio company – a USD 700m IPO of DXB Entertainments. Up until 2014, Farhan was part of the investment team at The Abraaj Group (operating out of Singapore and Dubai offices) where he worked on both large and SME deals including the USD 1.0b acquisition of the Acibadem Healthcare Group in Turkey and growth capital investment in The Entertainer, a UAE based discount app. In his previous assignments, he worked for The National Investor, an investment firm, where he worked on over USD 2.0b worth of financial advisory transactions including IPO of Aramex International and Islamic sukuk (bond) offering for Tabreed. His career also includes three years with MCB Bank where he worked on USD 100m worth of local currency debt financings including syndicated term loan for Pak Arab Refinery. He started his career at Citibank in Pakistan.

He is a CFA charter holder and holds an MBA degree with concentration in finance and BBA (Honors).