Dr. Ghassan Al-Sulaiman is Chairman of Siraj Capital Ltd. He is also past Chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of the Jeddah Marketing Board (organizers of the Jeddah Economic Forum), and the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Private University – Makkah Region, the Visually Impaired Service Center, and the Saudi Organization for the Handicapped.
Dr. Al-Sulaiman serves as Chairman of the Board of several private sector entities, including the Ghassan A. Al-Sulaiman Furniture Co. Ltd. (IKEA), Venture Capital Bank (Bahrain). He also serves on the Boards of Directors of Savola Company, Arabia Cement Company, Bin Sulaiman Holding Company, and others.Dr. Al-Sulaiman received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco in California and his Doctorate from Hull University in the UK.
Ibrahim A. Mardam-Bey is CEO of Siraj Capital Ltd; an investment company specialized in developing, incepting, sponsoring, and launching a range of innovative investment funds, and investment opportunities in the GCC, MENA, and Near Asian regions. Mr. Mardam-Bey also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of BSEC Bemo Securitisation SAL; a Beirut Lebanon based investment bank specialized in Securitisation and structured finance.
Ibrahim has a multi-faceted transactional expertise in international finance and has lead the development and successful launch of several high profile funds and transactions. Mardam-Bey has pioneered several international Sukuk transactions such as the MENA regions’ first Inventory Fleet Securitisation, CARAVAN I, a US$30 million Shariah compliant Sukuk, and recently the first ever S&P rated Shariah-compliant gas backed US securitization, the $165M East Cameron Gas Sukuk. Ibrahim is a frequent speaker at leading Conventional and Islamic finance conferences, and has recently authored a chapter in Euromoney’s published book entitled “Islamic Retail Banking and Finance: Global Challenges and Opportunities. Mr. Mardam-Bey participates actively in corporate governance, and is currently serving as director on several corporate boards. Ibrahim is an M.S International Economics, and B.S Finance graduate of The American University in Washington DC.
Nick D. Lodge is a senior advisor to Siraj Capital Ltd. He is also Managing Director and Co-Founder of intellectual capital partners limited. I-CAP is a specialist private equity investment management firm, focused on sector and geographic strategies and targeting smaller to medium sized transactions. The firm also has an advisory team, providing advice and strategy to key relationships and has developed specialist expertise in real estate investment. Mr Lodge was instrumental in the establishment of a $100 million Shari’ah compliant private equity fund together with Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain), which has invested in New Zealand and Australia. He serves on the boards of a number of portfolio companies in all areas where the firm has investments. Prior to co-founding I-CAP Mr Lodge worked for New Zealand’s largest and most successful investment management firm as an Investment Manager with a portfolio of $750 million.
Mr Lodge has also served as the General Manager Corporate Development for one of Australasia’s leading diversified chemicals companies, with a market capitalisation at the time of $450 million, in this role Mr Lodge successfully transacted over $250 million of acquisitions and divestments. For the past five years Mr Lodge has been working in the Middle East and is permanently based in Dubai, UAE, during this time Mr Lodge has spoken at a number of regional and international conferences on the subjects of Shari’ah compliant investment and private equity and he recently co-authored a chapter of Euromoney’s book “Islamic Retail Banking and Finance: Global Challenges and Opportunities”, Mr Lodge has also contributed articles on these topics to a number of international publications. Mr Lodge has over 16 years of international investment banking and investment management experience, with expertise in deal origination and execution. Mr Lodge was educated in the UK and New Zealand and is a B.Agr (Hons) graduate of Massey University, New Zealand.
Jonathan D. Strum, Esq. is General Counsel of Siraj Capital Ltd. and is Of Counsel to Patton Boggs, an international law firm based in Washington DC, with offices in NY/NJ, Dallas, Denver, Anchorage, Doha, Qatar and Northern Virginia. Mr. Strum has worked as both a lawyer and a principle in numerous transactions in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. His legal practice includes a broad range of topics including, World Bank Development projects, Asset Backed Securitisation, Shariah finance, and project finance.
Mr. Strum has also served as counsel to several investment funds including venture capital funds, Shariah compliant funds, and conventional investment funds. For more than ten years Mr. Strum was an Adjunct Professor of International Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences, at the Securitisation World MENA 2006 in Dubai in April 2006 and the Islamic Real Estate Finance Conference also in Dubai in December 2005. He is a regular commentator and analyst on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel and C-SPAN. Mr. Strum also serves as a board member and advisor to several philanthropic and non-profit organizations focused on peace, dialogue, the environment and global health issues.
Amer A. Mardam-Bey is strategic advisor to Siraj Capital . He has over 20 years of international experience and has held a number of executive management positions in technology, telecommunications and media companies namely Harris Corporation, AppTek, Penn Akron Corporation, ATCALL and AEGIS. Mr. Mardam-Bey has specific expertise in strategic operational planning and implementation, process engineering, high level strategic alliances and marketing communications. As a senior executive with leadership expertise, Mr. Mardam-Bey has an excellent track record in planning and launching new enterprises, coupled with experience in IPO activities, venture capital funding and M & A transactions. Mardam-Bey has worked on several International Projects in Germany, Cuba, Moscow, Haiti, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and in Iraq. Most recently he was the Program Director for the Harris Corporation, on The Iraqi Media Network, a $120 Million Television, Radio and Newspaper project.
Mr. Mardam-Bey was responsible for the overall management of the project including construction, renovation, equipment integration and installation, logistics, personnel management and security, training and site management for 31 different locations throughout Iraq and personnel management of a workforce numbering over 3200 employees. Mardam-Bey holds a BA, in Business Administration for Management and Public Policy from New England College, New Hampshire, a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and International Marketing from The Kogod College of Business Administration, The American University, Washington D.C and an Executive Leadership Certificate from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.
Alan G. Lodge is a senior advisor to Siraj Capital Ltd, he is an international expert in treasury management who has held a number of senior positions in leading financial institutions around the world. These include time spent at the former United Arab Emirates Currency Board, now the UAE Central Bank, where he was the first General Manager – Money Markets and responsible for the initial investment programme for significant oil revenues coming on stream at the time. He is a former Vice-President of the Bank of Montreal, Canada’s first bank and now part of BMO Financial Group, with close to $300 billion in assets and consistently ranked highly in global banking surveys. While at Bank of Montreal he was recognised for his transactional expertise in European treasury operations and was responsible for the strategic development of the bank’s international market presence. Other roles include leading the establishment of the Tokyo office for American Express and the bank’s participation in Japanese financial markets and establishment of an investment bank in New Zealand originally under the auspices of the New Zealand government owned Development Finance Corporation.
Mr Lodge has also played a leading role in the world-leading programme of corporatisation and privatisation implemented by the New Zealand government, where he was the CEO of the first privatised power company to be listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange. Mr Lodge has spoken extensively at international conferences. Mr Lodge also holds the position of Chairman for a New Zealand company providing training equipment for human and equine markets around the world and is a Trustee for a UK based hospice providing palliative care for terminally ill patients.