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B a s s a m   A b u r d e n e Bassam Aburdene is the Chairman of CTSA Holdings Ltd and CEO and a director of Capital Trust Limited. Mr Aburdene began his career in 1974 as an investment manager with the Industrial Bank of Kuwait and has vast experience in investing and managing companies in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to the group’s formation in 1985, Mr Aburdene was General Manager of the Aggad Investment Company in Riyadh, where he was responsible for managing the company’s investments, which included mergers and acquisitions, Corporate Finance and principal investment activities. Mr Aburdene holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from the University of Connecticut. J o h n   P .   O s w a l d John P. Oswald is the President and CEO of CTSA Holdings Ltd. and the President and CEO of C.T. Capital International, Inc. Mr Oswald advises the Group’s U.S. operations which include private equity and real estate. Mr Oswald acts as CEO or board member of several portfolio companies and advises on the structuring and acts as client representative in numerous high profile transactions. Prior to 1992, Mr Oswald was a partner at the international law firm Lord, Day & Lord. His practice was involved in mergers and acquisitions transactions, cross- border financing, tax and real estate matters. Mr Oswald began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co., where he specialised in real estate. He is a graduate of the New York University School of Law (L.L.M.) and Brooklyn Law School (J.D.). O l g a   A b u r d e n e   Olga Aburdene is the Managing Director of Capital Trust Limited. Ms Aburdene’s responsibilities include sourcing, execution and follow-up across all of the Groups’ activities. Prior to joining the Group in 2002, Ms Aburdene worked at Barclays Capital as a corporate finance analyst on the “Balance Sheet Advisory” team, providing corporate finance and strategic advice to European banks and insurance companies. Previously, she had worked at Linnco Europe, a financial brokerage firm. Ms Aburdene holds a B.Sc. in Management from King’s College London. G u y   H o d g s o n Guy Hodgson is the Group Chief Financial Officer and is a director of Capital Trust Limited. His responsibilities include financial reporting and compliance for the various Group companies, funds and portfolio investments. Prior to joining Capital Trust Limited Mr Hodgson held a number of senior financial positions within blue chip City financial services companies and latterly with The Berkeley Group, a residential development company.  Mr Hodgson trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London specialising in the audit of financial services companies and holds a BA in Philosophy from University College London. F i n o l a   R e y n o l d s Finola Reynolds is a Director of Capital Trust Ltd. Ms Reynolds is responsible for sourcing and purchasing prime real estate and the effective management of all stock held in the various real estate portfolios. Ms Reynolds also oversees all aspects of Human Resources for the Group. Ms Reynolds joined the Capital Trust Group in 1993 and has worked with the real estate team since 1996. Ms Reynolds is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. R a n e y   A b u r d e n e Raney Aburdene is an investor relations executive. Prior to joining Capital Trust in 2011, Mr Aburdene worked as a fund investment analyst at Camden Partners, a US based private equity fund manager and as an international marketing and sales executive at the Marcus Evans Group in London. Mr Aburdene holds a BA (Hons) in Arabic and Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Mr Aburdene is fluent in Arabic, English and French. R o m e n   M a t h i e u Romen Mathieu is the Managing Director of Capital Trust’s EuroMena private equity funds and has held that position since 2004, covering the Middle East and North Africa. He chairs and sits on the board of several companies across a range of sectors. Mr Mathieu is also a Board member of the International Chamber of Commerce - Lebanon. He has more than 20 years of experience in corporate transactions and family owned businesses, covering Europe and the MENA. He was a Partner of Ernst &Young Corporate Finance and M&A in France. Prior to that, Mr Mathieu worked with Lazard Frères in mergers and acquisitions. From 1996 to 1998 he headed the credit department of Banque Saradar in Lebanon. He began his career with Arthur Andersen and worked within its corporate restructuring and finance division in France. Mr Mathieu holds two graduate degrees in Finance (DESS and Magistère) and a Master’s degree in Management from the Sorbonne University. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French. G i l l e s   d e   C l e r c k Gilles de Clerck has been an Executive Director of the EuroMena private equity funds since 2004. He chairs and sits on the board of several companies in the MENA region. Mr de Clerck has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and finance, spending more than 6 years in the MENA region with Booz Allen & Hamilton (now Booz & Co) in the restructuring and privatization programs. He has worked in France as a Senior Manager with Vertone, a leading French strategy & management consulting firm. Prior to joining Booz Allen, he worked with L’Oreal in the UAE as an Area Manager and with Price Waterhouse Coopers as an auditor. Mr De Clerck holds a graduate degree from the ESSEC School of Management (Paris) and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the McGill University (Canada). He holds a French Baccalaureate from the Grand Lycee Français de Beirut. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French. A l i   M a h m o u d y Ali Mahmoudy is an Investment Director in the EuroMena Fund Management Team. He has more than 10 years of experience in Investment Management and Strategy Development focusing on Merger & Acquisition, Corporate Restructuring and Turnaround, Market Entry and Synergy Generation. Prior to joining the team, he worked for more than 6 years at Booz & Company in the MENA region, and assumed the role of Engagement Manager. Mr. Mahmoudy has extensive experience in various sectors such as Telecoms, IT, Consumer Electronics, Financial Services, and Insurance and in several markets (GCC, Levant and North Africa). Mr. Mahmoudy holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore, and a Bachelor Degree in Computer & Communication Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management both obtained from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French. M a y a   M a n s o u r Maya Mansour is the Legal Counsel, responsible of institutional investors relations and the implementation of the CSR policy. Me. Mansour is an Attorney at Law affiliated to the Beirut Bar Association since 2001 and a lecturer at the Beirut Arab University since 2008. She is the holder of a master degree in informatics law (2002) and has diplomas on human rights from several universities in Europe and a Chevening fellowship at the University of Nottingham, UK, (2009). Me. Mansour is currently studying for a PHD.  She is Legal Counsel to many national and international companies, banks and institutions and acts as a legal consultant for several international organisations such as the UN, the Council of Europe, the American Bar Association and the World Bank. She has written numerous legal comparative studies on international law, human rights, and the judiciary systems in Lebanon and the MENA Region. Me. Mansour is a board member of several organisations, Rapporteur of the International Relations Committee at the Beirut Bar Association since 2013, and has been a member of its Human Rights Committee since 2011. Me. Mansour joined the team in June 2012. A l i c e   E l   B i r i Alice El Biri is an  analyst in the EuroMena Fund Management Team. Miss El Biri’s role includes deal analysis and implementation. She is currently involved in several of the firm’s potential opportunities in various industries. Prior to joining the team in May 2015, Miss El Biri performed internships in various industries including FMCG (L’Oréal Levant), private banking (FFA Private Bank, Lebanon), and auditing (Semaan Gholan & co, Lebanon). Miss El Biri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Saint Joseph University , Lebanon and a dual Master’s degree in Management  and Finance from ESA Business School , Lebanon as well as in Management Science and International Management from IAE de Poitiers , France. Miss El Biri is fluent in Arabic, English, and French and intermediate in Italian.
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