The Team


Ahmed Farid Alaulaqi (Co-Founder & President)

Mr. Farid worked for more than 20 years within the national commercial bank (NCB) group, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of NCB Capital, the investment and asset management arm of NCB. Mr Farid was President of Safanad from 2010 until 2016.

Previously, Mr. Farid was Head of Asset Management and also had direct responsibility for the Brokerage and Investment Banking divisions. Mr. Farid also served as Treasurer with overall responsibility for the bank’s liquidity, investments, interest rate and exchange risk on the bank’s balance sheet of over US$50 billion.

He started his career with NCB in London as a futures trader, high yield bond analyst and portfolio manager and worked at Bank of America and Chase Investors for two years in New York before being appointed as the Treasurer for NCB London. Mr. Farid is also a board member of Alawwal Bank.

Mr. Farid obtained an MBA in Finance from the University of Stirling, United Kingdom.

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Mohamed Seif-Elnasr (Co-Founder & Managing Director)

Mr. Seif –Elnasr held the position of Chief Investment Officer at Safanad DIFC, a global principal investment firm focused on Private Equity, Real Estate, and Liquid Strategies between March 2011 & December 2014.

Previously he spent 17 years with The National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia where he was head of Asset Management. He was instrumental in building the proprietary trading and alternative asset management business of NBE. Previously was head of risk for the Middle East region at CSFB – London & Cairo where he was a member of the emerging markets team. He also worked for the investor services group at Citibank – London.

Mr. Seif –Elnasr started his career in 1979 at Arab African International Bank – Cairo in the treasury department. He moved to Bahrain in 1983 to join United Gulf Bank where he became the treasurer in 1985. In 1986 he joined Gulf International Bank – Bahrain as head of fixed income and derivatives trading.

Mr. Seif –Elnasr holds a BA in Economics with a minor in Psychology from the American University in Cairo.


SOMNATH MUKHERJEE (Partner & Head of Investments)

Mr. Mukherjee brings 14 years of experience in investment management where he handled various asset classes including Real Estate, Private Equity, Public Equities and Alternative Investments.

He was previously Director-Investments at Safanad since 2011 where he managed the principal investment portfolio. He also worked on various asset classes and sectors that included US Real Estate and Private Equity, US Public Equities, Global fixed income and a variety of direct hedge fund investments.

Prior to Safanad, he was with National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia since 2007 where he managed their US$ 1 billion principal private equity, real estate and specialist credit investment portfolio investing alongside industry partners in the US and Europe.

Mr. Mukherjee started his career in 2002 with GE Capital in their investment arm as a risk manager managing pensions and long-term investments portfolio. In 2005 he joined Lehman Brothers as a risk manager for their global investments portfolio.

Mr. Mukherjee holds a Bachelors in Mathematical Statistics from Indian Statistical Institute and a Certificate in Corporate Finance from Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (UK).

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Hisham Ghouth (Partner & Head of Business Development)

An avid financial industry expert with more than 15 years of experience across KSA and the GCC. Mr. Ghouth’s latest role was as the Head of Institutional Sales for Family Offices and UHNW individuals at Alkhabeer Capital (AKC). His responsibilities were to lead and execute the strategy to penetrate the institutional & family offices segment across KSA & GCC and fund raise for alternative investment funds. In addition, he was a member of the product development committee.

He is also a Vice Chairman and a Board member at Agincourt Financial Middle East (AFME Ltd) since 2014.

A founding member and Head of Institutional Sales and distribution at Barclays Saudi Arabia; he also held multiple positions during the period 2007 until 2013. He was in charge of providing sales coverage to financial institutions and sovereign entities across the GCC, as well as for the distribution of both flow products and the provision of strategic structured solutions to institutional clients at Barclays Capital.

From 2003 until 2007, Mr. Ghouth worked as Senior Dealer at Treasury of the National Commercial Bank (NCB), his role was to maintain NCB’s strong liquidity positions and was part of the team managing the investment book.

Mr. Ghouth holds a Masters in Business Administration from the American Intercontinental University (London, UK) and a BSc in International Law from King Abdul Aziz University (Jeddah, KSA).


Shreyas Phadnis (Principal)

Mr. Phadnis acts as the lead on direct investments at Aspect. He has over 12 years of investment management experience with a transaction history of over US$2.1b working across large family offices and financial institutions.

Until 2012, Mr Phadnis acted as Investment Manager and Corporate Finance Head at SinoGulf Investments where he co-managed a US$300m fund for NCB Capital and PIF of KSA. Mr. Phadnis has also raised multi-million dollar debt tranches through syndications, club and bilateral deals for his projects across the Middle East. His career began with PricewaterhouseCoopers delivering transactions services across: education, banking, logistics, manufacturing and energy.


Michael Frick, CFA (Senior Vice Principal)

Mr. Michael Frick is a highly motivated and enthusiastic Private Equity professional with a diverse background and experience across multiple sectors. He brings over 12 years of experience in M&A Investment Banking, Private Equity and Public Equities.

Michael started his career at Merrill Lynch in London within the M&A Investment Banking division in 2006, focusing on Industrials. Subsequently, he moved to the Middle East in 2009 and gained more than 6 years of in-depth Private Equity experience during his senior role at QFB in Qatar from 2009 until 2015, successfully growing the bank’s USD 550m Private Equity capital. Between 2015 and 2018, Michael built up Saray Capital (DIFC) alongside the multi-family-office founders in his role as Head of Developed Markets Equities, undertaking Private Equity – type transactions into public markets and strategic investments globally.

Mr. Frick is a CFA charter holder and co-founded a regional CFA society. He holds a Masters in Finance from Ingolstadt School of Management, Germany and European Business School, London.


Mihran Khachkhechyan (Vice Principal)

Mr. Khachkhechyan brings over 7 years of cross-industry strategy consulting experience working with private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, family conglomerates and listed Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining Aspect, Mr. Khachkhechyan was with Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) as a core member of the Family Investments & Real Estate practice based in Dubai, working with clients in real estate, public sector and education sectors. Previously, he was with Accenture’s Global Strategy & Sustainability team working with clients in hospitality, technology and food & beverage sectors across North America, Europe and Asia.

Mr. Khachkhechyan holds an MBA from INSEAD (France/Singapore), a B.Eng. from McGill University (Canada), and has attended the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK).

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Sherif Seif El Nasr (Vice Principal)

Mr. Sherif brings over 9 years of fixed income securities experience working with sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, private banks, and fund managers across the Middle East, Europe, and parts of Latin America.

He started his career at Goldman Sachs for 6 years covering regional clients on vanilla credits, derivatives, structured credit products, and exotics working closely with clients on portfolio strategy and creation as well as hedging solutions. Prior to joining Aspect, he was a Director at Arqaam Capital (DIFC)’s fixed income sales and trading desk growing the business and expanding the franchise into new markets.

Mr. Sherif holds an MBA from IE Business school (Madrid, Spain) with a concentration in Entrepreneurship as well as a B.Sc. from Dalhousie University (NS, Canada) with a double major in Mathematics and Statistics.



Peter D. Litvin (Chief Operating Officer)

Mr Litvin has over 20 years of experience managing the financial, risk and operational infrastructure of global alternative asset managers. During his career, he has worked with and been a Board member of both onshore and offshore funds, Limited Partnerships and corporate entities. He has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the corporate governance needs of these companies, funds and LP’s, having worked with the leading global regulators.

Mr Litvin spent over 14 years at Citigroup Alternative Investments (“CAI”). During 1999 to 2008, he was the CFO/COO & Managing Director of the CAI Division in London and New York, a business with over US$100 billion of assets under management. He established and incorporated many of the funds and had responsibility for finance, risk, compliance and the operational infrastructure, including Head of Technology for “CAI” in Europe. From 1994-1997, he was Group Accountant of the CAI division and subsequently became a senior analyst on the fixed income desk.

From 2009 -2014 Peter was the Chief Financial Officer of Samena Capital, a principal investment group with offices in London, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Mr Litvin qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1996.


Jason Loveless (Head of Finance & Operations)

Jason brings over 17 years of experience in both the private equity and asset management industries which covers finance, operations, and compliance and has served on the Boards of several companies.

He started his career with Northern Trust where he established and headed up accounting and operations teams dedicated to servicing one of the world’s largest private equity secondaries fund managers.

Following this he joined Nova Wealth Limited, a multi-jurisdictional asset management firm, initially to build and manage the operations for the business and then became FD/COO with responsibility for the finance, operations, IT, HR and compliance functions.

Most recently Jason worked for an asset management firm based in Abu Dhabi as part of a team which launched the regions first physical in-kind exchange traded fund.

Jason is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants having qualified in 2003.


Alain Bacos (Finance Officer)

Alain has over 7 years of experience in the Accounting and Finance fields. He started his career with Latsis Group where he worked as an Accountant and later as a Financial Coordinator. After 4 years spent in Jeddah, he moved to Dubai to work as a Market Analyst for Acequia Capital where he provided strategical information and financial models to senior management.

In 2016 Alain joined Afkar Capital, an asset management firm based in Abu Dhabi, as part of the team that launched the first physical in-kind exchange traded fund in the region. He was responsible for all finance and accounting and for implementing procedures and policies for the company, as well as establishing structured accounting and reporting systems.

Alain holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Kingston University in UK.

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Eoin O'Sullivan (Finance Officer)

Eoin has over 8 years of experience in the Finance and Accounting industry. He started his career with Hermes GPE in London as an Accountant working in Private Equity and Infrastructure Investments. He also worked with Augentius Fund Administrators in London, working primarily on funds listed on the London Stock Exchange. Upon moving to Dubai, Eoin secured a role at Saray Capital (DIFC) as a Finance Officer and implemented polices and procedures throughout the operations side of the business.

Eoin holds a graduate degree from Cork Institute of Technology with a BBus (Honors) in Business and a Higher Diploma in Accounting and Corporate Finance from the University College Cork.


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Turki Alkemaie (Vice President – Business Development)

Turki previously worked with Alkhabeer as a Senior Manager in the Business Development department within the institutions and family offices unit. His role focused on fundraising for alternative investments including private equity and real estate in both Saudi Arabia and the USA.In addition,

In addition, Turki worked as a private equity analyst at Morood Investment Co with focus on the F&B sector in Saudi Arabia and UK real estate. At Riyad Capital, he was a wealth manager working within the investment advisory team, managing and developing asset allocations for HNW and UHNW clients.Turki started his career as a partner atAlkemaie Real Estate Brokerage, buying, selling, renting and managing properties in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Turki holds

Turki holds an MSc Investment Management from Cass Business School London and a BSc in Financial Services Management from Surrey University Guildford.  He is also a Chartered Wealth Manager (IABFM, Canada), holds a certificate in investment management (CISI, UK) and CMA license Saudi Arabia.


Sakhur Al Farraj (Associate - Business Development)

Sakhur Alfarraj graduated with a double major in finance and international business. He was part of a team that manages the University’s endowment fund.
His role at the fund was the head manager of a team of 8 analysts for the Finance, Utility, and Energy sectors.
In addition, he was was head of economic commentary and outlook for the fund. He also worked with the World Trade Development Center as a financial and economic analyst.


Marisa Pereira (Manager - Investor Relations)

During her career, Marisa spent 10 years at JTC Group Guernsey in the Channel Islands, overseeing Fund Administration Services for various portfolios such as Equity Funds, Hedge Funds and Property Funds.

In addition Marisa has experience in Shareholder Services, Compliance and Company Secretary.

Marisa has been based in Dubai since 2013 working as a Contracts Analyst for Medtronic META FZ.

Marisa holds a Certificate in Administration and Secretarial and a Diploma from The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PA’s in the UK.

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Jessie Barcelona (Executive Assistant & Office Supervisor)

Jessie brings over 12 years of experience in project management, managed services, and  events management across management consulting and NGO firms, and the financial sector.

Previously, she was with Accenture’s Project Control Services supporting top management and client project teams of four of its diamond clients in the health, technology, and oil sectors.

Jessie moved to Dubai in 2015. Prior to joining Aspect, she was interim office manager for an asset management company in the DIFC.