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Hala is currently a portfolio manager for European Equities at Comgest, a euro 16bn fund based in Paris and Dublin. She started and now runs the Shariah fund practice within Comgest as well as the SRI (Socially Responsible) Investment practice there. She started her career as a financial analyst for Merrill Lynch in London in mergers and acquisitions.

Hala graduated from HEC in France with a Masters in Financial Economics and Berkeley Haas School of Business, and holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

While at MIT she participated and won the MIT 50K business plan competition. She started Booleo, a telecom software business. Building on this experience, she started the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition, that now receives thousands of applications from more than 20 Arab countries. She chairs the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan-Arab region and is a member of the Global advisory board of the MIT enterprise Forum, as well as a board member of the MIT enterprise Forum of Turkey.

Hala is also an Angel investor in a few start-up companies in the Middle East.

Raji Hattar is the Chief Sustainability and Compliance Officer for Aramex, one of the leading logistics and transportation companies in the world, and the first company from the Arab world to go public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Mr. Hattar holds a degree in computer science and has completed a number of executive development and management programs. In 2006, Mr. Hattar took on the role of Chief Projects Officer and helped establish the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability teams. He also led the team that developed Aramex’s first Sustainability Report (2006), which is the first of its kind in the entire region.

In line with the company’s commitment to leadership in sustainability, and as part of its contribution to the UN Global Compact initiative, Mr. Hattar was given the position of Aramex's Chief Sustainability and Compliance Officer in 2008 to lead the company’s ambitious Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy that aims to build on the company’s fully sustainable business model, highlighting the importance of including the interests of all stakeholders.

Mr. Hattar is an active member of the company’s Global Management Team, and has extensive knowledge in corporate practices and in-depth understanding of current and future market trends. In addition, he is a board member of Ruwwad - Entrepreneurs for Development, a regional Corporate Social Responsibility initiative (

Ovais works as the Group's best practice lead in Sales & Marketing through the Group’s Center of Excellence –Sales, Marketing & Pricing, his support towards portfolio companies (ParCos) delivered through a model of direct engagement (including partnering where required, with sector experts) and best practices in: sales & channel partnership, marketing & branding, customer segmentation, sales optimization & key account management, pricing optimization and overall, in business’ go-to-market capabilities. He is engaged directly in a number of ParCo situations across the Abraaj platform.

In 2012/13, Ovais led the Partner Company Synergy program (ARENA). He sits on the Abraaj Knowledge Management (Opera) Steering Group and is actively engaged in commercial due diligence in Large Cap and SMC deals for the Firm. Ovais’ career has been in numerous aspects of entrepreneurship and in areas such as marketing, branding, content publishing and digital/web architecture creation, as a PE/VC professional, Founder-Entrepreneur and as a published writer. His passions are innovation, creating results and physical-to-digital business transformation.

Ovais was a co-Founder of Abraaj's early stage content-collaboration and angel investment platform Wamda and sits on its Board. He is on the Boards of Sport360 (external business), Byco and is also an Advisor to the social capital business Aman Foundation. Ovais was educated at the London School of Economics (LSE) and has had careers in private equity, marketing & brand and content and publishing. He is on the Advisory Board of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council® and is based in Dubai.

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