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Sana Zafar
Legal and Compliance Counsel

Ms Zafar is the Legal and Compliance Counsel for Samena Capital Investments Limited in Dubai.  Prior to joining Samena Capital, Ms Zafar worked for Morgan Stanley, London, where she held the position of Compliance Officer in the Global Financial Crimes, Legal and Compliance Division. Ms Zafar has diverse experience in global compliance, with exposure to quality assurance, legal due diligence, anti-money laundering, sanctions and financial security. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Ms Zafar held positions with Credit Agricole, BNP Paribas and HSBC.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and an Advanced Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering.

Vincent Chan
Senior Managing Director and Head of Asia

Mr Chan is a Director and a member of the Executive Committee of Samena Capital and a Senior Managing Director of Samena Capital Hong Kong Limited. He was the Founding CEO for eight years of Spring Capital, an independent private equity firm that invests exclusively in China. Mr Chan has 25 years of experience in private equity, and has made over 45 investments in growth companies in China. Previously he was a Managing Director, Head of North Asia and an Investment Committee Member of JAFCO Asia for seven years. Prior to JAFCO, Mr Chan held positions with Suez Asia and HSBC Private Equity (Asia) in Hong Kong. He is currently the Co-President of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (Chairman in 2005), a Board Member of the Hong Kong Foundation for the University of Manchester, a Director of the Manchester Business School Leadership Board, a Board Member of the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education, and the Co-Chair of YPO Gold Pearl River Delta Chapter. Mr Chan was a member of the Main Board and GEM Listing Committee of the SEHK, a member of the Public Shareholders Group of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, member of Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee and Information & Communication Technology Services Advisory Committee of the HK Trade Development Council and a member of the Disciplinary Panel of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr Chan is a Member of Chengdu Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Mr Chan was named a Top 10 Venture Capitalist in China by Zero2IPO in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. He was also selected as one of the 10 “Most Influential Venture Capitalists in China” by Top Capital in 2005 and one of the “China Best Venture Capitalists: Midas List” by Forbes Magazine in 2006 - 2015. He was selected as Number 9 Forbes China ranking of Best Venture Capital Investors in 2015.

Mr Chan is a Chartered Financial Analyst (AIMR), holds a BA from the University of Hong Kong, and a MBA from Manchester Business School.

Co-Founder & Honorary Chairman of Value Partners

Mr YEH is the Non Executive Chairman and one of the Founding Shareholders of Samena Capital. He is also a member of the group's Compensation Committee. Mr YEH is also the Co-Founder and Honorary Chairman of Value Partners Limited, one of Asia’s largest hedge funds with AUM in excess of US$10 billion and is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He is also the Chairman of Cheetah Investment Management and a Co-Founder and Chairman of Argyle Street Management Limited. Mr YEH also sits on the Executive Committee of his family office, Hsin Chong International Holdings Limited. Mr YEH was a member of the Executive Council of the Hong Kong Government, a member of ICAC Complaints Committee; a member of Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee; a member of the Committee on Strategic Enhancement of Hong Kong as an International Finance Centre; a member of the Takeovers and Mergers Panel of the Securities & Futures Commission, a member of the MPF Schemes Advisory Committee, and a member of Ad-Hoc Investment Committee for UGC. He was also a council member of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange until its merger with the Hong Kong Futures Exchange; a member of the Stock Exchange’s listing committee; a member of the HK Exchange & Clearing Corporation, Derivatives Market Consultative Panel; a member of the Securities & Futures Commission, Dual Filing Advisory Group and Shareholder Group; and a member of the Listing Committee of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”). Mr YEH is currently a Board member of the Columbia University Endowment, USA and the Board of Trustees of Milton Academy, Massachusetts, USA.

Mr YEH is a graduate of Williams College and also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University’s School of Law. He is a member of the California Bar Association and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar during his time at Columbia University.

Shirish Saraf
Founder & Vice Chairman of Samena Capital

Mr Saraf is the Founder, Vice Chairman and member of the Compensation Committee of Samena Capital. He is also the Investment Manager and Director of the Samena Special Situations Funds and Samena Limestone Holdings.  Prior to founding Samena Capital, he was a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Abraaj Capital, which grew to become one of the largest global private equity firms managing in excess of US$9 billion. During his tenure at Abraaj Capital he was involved in several landmark private equity and block purchase transactions such as the buyout of Aramex, EFG Hermes, Egyptian Fertilizer Company, Arabtec, ONIC, SAOG Oman, Amwal Capital (Qatar) and he also pioneered and managed the special situations funds. In June 2014, he led the acquisition of a significant stake in RAK Ceramics PSC, a company listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and one of the world’s largest ceramics manufacturers with annual revenues of approximately US$1 billion. Mr Saraf holds numerous directorship and leadership positions across Samena’s portfolio companies. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive Committee of RAK Ceramics, where previously he was the Chairman of the Audit Committee and Member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee. He is also the Chairman of RAK Ceramics India. Mr Saraf is also a Board Member of RAK Logistics (previously Alliance Global Logistics). In July 2016, Mr Saraf became a Member of the Board of Directors for Mahindra Two Wheelers Limited, India and in August 2016, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Tejas Networks, India. In November 2016, Mr Saraf was appointed to the Board of Directors of Dynamatic Technologies Limited, India. He has previously held numerous directorships including Aramex Holdings, Abraaj Capital, Commercial Bank of Oman SAOG, EFG Hermes and Amwal Capital (Qatar).   In 1998, Mr. Saraf founded Oriel Investment Company, which emerged as one of the leading regional corporate finance firms. While at Oriel Investment Company, he became one of the largest founding shareholders of US-based E-Ink Corporation, the world's leading developer and provider of electronic paper and displays. In September 2013, Asian Investor listed Mr Saraf as one of Asia’s 25 most influential people in Private Equity. Mr Saraf is actively involved with the ‘Little Dreams Foundation’, a not-for-profit initiative with Phil and Orianne Collins and is a Director on the Board. In 2015, he founded the ‘Shirish Saraf Scholarship’ at Charterhouse House School, providing an education for underprivileged

children with all around excellence. In 2016, Mr. Saraf established the Samena Foundation an initiative set up to facilitate global charitable and benevolent causes.

Mr Saraf was educated at Charterhouse (England) and the London School of Economics.

Samir Fancy
Chairman & Founder of Renaissance Services SAOG

Mr Fancy is a Director of Samena Capital, the Chairman of the Executive Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee.  Mr Fancy is the Chairman & Founder of Renaissance Services SAOG, a leading Oman oil and gas company. Renaissance Services SAOG was the first family business to go public in the Middle East in the mid 1990s. Mr Fancy is also Chairman of Tawoos LLC, a leading Omani family conglomerate with interests in various fields including agriculture, education, training, medical and pharmaceutical, oil and petrochemical, media services, leisure and entertainment, industrial catering, operations and maintenance, computer hardware, software and communications, energy and marine and shipping. Mr Fancy was previously a Director of National Bank of Oman and Muscat Finance Co. He is a Founder of United Power (Oman’s first IPP) and is actively involved in charitable work including the setting up of a microfinance bank in Oman and support of an Early Intervention Centre for children.

In 2007 he was nominated for Ernst & Young’s Middle East Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Sheikh Nawaf Nasser Bin Khalid Al Thani
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of NBK Holding

Sheikh Nawaf Nasser Bin Khalid Al Thani is a Director of Samena Capital. He is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Nasser Bin Khaled Holding, a leading Qatari business conglomerate focusing on construction, industrial services, oil and gas, telecommunications, civil engineering, agriculture, real estate, fashion and automotive sectors. He is the Founder and Chairman of Doha Insurance and is on the consulting management board of Deutsche Bank.

He holds a number of directorships including Qatar Navigation, Al Salam International, Arabtec (UAE), Abraaj Capital and the Qatari Businessmen Association.

Kamal Bahamdan
Co-Founder & CEO of Safanad Limited

Mr Bahamdan is a Director and member of the Executive Committee of Samena Capital. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Bahamdan Group (a global investment-holding group) and Safanad Limited (a global principal investment firm). The Bahamdan Group, founded by his grandfather in 1955, has a diversified portfolio of holdings across the Middle East and international markets. Under Mr Bahamdan’s leadership the group has expanded its activities from a largely industrial base, building investment and operating platforms in telecommunications, education, infrastructure and retail across the MENA region. Mr Bahamdan founded Safanad in 2009 to manage investment programs both internally and with close partners across the US, Europe and Asia. With offices in New York, Dubai, London and Geneva, Safanad seeks to identify global and selective investment opportunities across private equity, real estate and public markets. Mr Bahamdan was also a Co-Founder of Al-Khabeer Capital, which provides Islamic corporate finance services and asset management solutions. He launched Sara Education in 2007, an organization dedicated to the provision of quality education for the youth of Saudi Arabia. He is a board member of the Centennial Fund, a Saudi Arabian charity with a royal charter to help young Saudi men & women achieve financial independence. Mr Bahamdan is a five-time equestrian Olympian and was a bronze medalist in the 2012 Olympic Games. Mr Bahamdan was named a Young Global Leader 2006 by the Forum of Young Global Leaders, an affiliate of the World Economic Forum.

Mr Bahamdan is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering.

Philip Gore-Randall
Chairman of Alvarez & Marsal – European Corporate Business

Mr Gore-Randall is a Director of Samena Capital. He is a member of the Executive Committee, the Chairman of the Audit & Compliance Committee and Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr Gore-Randall has extensive experience at a senior level in large private and publicly-held international organizations. He is Chairman of Alvarez and Marsal’s European Corporate Business and two private equity backed businesses: Fircroft, a leading global provider of technical recruitment services to some of the world’s largest companies and Equiom a multinational trust and fiduciary business headquartered in the Isle of Man. In the Middle East he is on the Board of Directors and Audit Chair of Topaz Engineering and Marine, a leading provider of offshore vessels and service to the oil and gas industry. He is also an advisor to RAK Ceramics. His previous non-executive roles include Chairman of ERM Group Holdings Ltd., one of the world’s largest international environmental consulting firms (private equity backed); Director of esure Ltd., a U.K. motor insurer; an independent member of the International Executive of Lovells (now Hogan Lovells) the international law firm; a member of the Advisory Council of The Prince’s Trust and a council member of the Confederation of British Industry. In 2007, Mr Gore-Randall joined the Board of HBOS plc as Chief Operating Officer when it was one of the five major U.K.-based international retail banks, and served in that role until it was acquired by Lloyds Banking Group in 2009. He was also the HBOS integration director leading up to, and after, the acquisition. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of Aon UK Ltd., following two years as Chairman and Chief Executive of its Aon Risk Services division. Mr Gore-Randall spent the first 25 years of his career at Andersen. Besides several managing partner roles, he was elected U.K. Managing Partner in 1997, having previously run the European Assurance and Advisory practice. In 2001, he became Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer for the worldwide practice, and the following year, he co-led the worldwide dissolution of Andersen.

Mr Gore-Randall has a Master’s degree in Geography from University College, Oxford and is a Chartered Accountant.

Dr Markus A. Federle
Senior Managing Director - General Counsel and Head of Group Compliance

Dr Federle is the General Counsel and Head of Group Compliance of Samena Capital and a Senior Managing Director of Samena Capital Investments Limited in Dubai.  He has more than 19 years of experience advising investors on M&A, private equity and other complex transactions in equity, debt and real estate. Prior to joining Samena Capital, Dr Federle was a Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Fairsky Group, a Swiss and London based group advising funds and investors in alternative strategies.  Previously, Dr Federle was a Co-Founder, Partner and General Counsel of ESO Capital Group, a US$500 million investment manager focusing on illiquid special situations investments throughout Europe.  Prior to this, Dr Federle was a partner at the international law firms Dewey Ballantine and Norton Rose where he specialised in transactional work for private equity and hedge funds. He started his career as an associate at the German law firm Hengeler Mueller in Frankfurt.  Dr Federle holds a JD and PhD (Dr iur) from the University of Freiburg i.Br. (German Academic Foundation Fellow), a Licence en Droit from the Université D’Aix-Marseille, and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of California at Los Angeles (Fulbright Fellow). He is also qualified as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

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