A united group of dedicated and experienced professionals

Our Senior Management comes from decades of top managerial positions in the financial, consulting and commodity industries across the globe

Our relationship managers have established strong relationships with our clients that today form the core of our long-term oriented business

Our investment professionals come from more than 50 years of managing capital for individuals, families and institutions with bulge bracket investment banks, asset managers and multi-family offices in the US, UK, Europe, East Asia and the Middle East

Michael Reza Pacha

Chairman & Founder

Michael Reza Pacha was born in 1968 in Tehran. He shares a French-Iranian dual heritage. With both these cultures, after studying law, he began a career as a French notary in the mid-1990s in the south of France, before embracing a new career in wealth management and financial consulting

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Senior Management

Stela Kote

Chief Executive Officer
Stela assumed her current CEO role in 2020 after a career of over 16 years in the financial markets. Prior to her current position, she held multiple senior leadership roles for National Bank of Abu Dhabi, now First Abu Dhabi Bank, and acted as Chief Operating Officer for boutique wealth managers in Dubai. She started her career with Citigroup in 2002 in Milan, Italy, where she spent more than 10 years in the Global Transaction Services and Chief of Staff departments in various operational and managerial positions. Stela holds a Bachelor Degree of Foreigner Languages and Cultural Studies from the University of Milan, Italy.
Tommaso Leodari

Tommaso Leodari

Chief Investment Officer
A value investor at heart, Tommaso has been managing institutional, family and individual wealth over a 16-year career. From a beginning in investment banking with UniCredit Group in Milan and Merrill Lynch and UBS Investment Bank in London, where he originated institutional equity and debt issuances and authored research papers on macroeconomics, he then moved on to wealth management in Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore with both boutique and large operators. Tommaso established himself as a portfolio manager for large family offices in East Asia, running concentrated, high conviction portfolios. He obtained his MBA from Hong Kong UST during which he focused on Value Investing at London Business School, and his Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Bocconi University, Italy.
Alexandre Suarez

Alexandre Suarez

Head of Sales
Alexandre comes from a 30-year career across trading, asset management and private banking. He began in proprietary trading in Brazil with several years spent at the investment bank trading business. In the 90s Alexandre became involved with conventional funds and the emerging hedge fund industry in the country. His current efforts in private banking span 20 years in Luxembourg, Geneva and Dubai, with many years spent in the banks of the Safra family in Europe. In Dubai he held positions as CFO, CIO and Head of Investments at different banks. He holds a Bachelor in Economics and a Master in Finance from Cass Business School in London.

Relationship Management

Umaima Khaliq Uz Zaman

Umaima Khaliq Uz Zaman

Senior Relationship Manager
Umaima comes from 31 years of experience in the global wealth management industry. She started her career with American Express Travel Related Services as Head of Card Acquisition in Pakistan. Subsequently, she joined American Express Bank as a Priority Banking Senior Manager. In 2007, she relocated to UAE joining Royal Bank of Canada as a Director in the Private Banking department. In 2008, she joined Emirates NBD Private Banking as Senior Director. Her role involved developing relationships with HNW & UHNW individuals from Europe & CIS countries, where she managed a large book of diverse clientele. Umaima holds a Bachelor of Arts and has earned several international certifications during her time with American Express Bank.
photo portrait Philippe Crochu

Philippe Crochu

Senior Relationship Manager
Philippe is a seasoned financial services professional with over 18 years of experience working with UHNW clients, family offices and independent asset managers. Philippe started his career in France with BNP Paribas and relocated to Dubai in 2006. He held various senior positions in the private banking industry with both local and international banks, such as Emirates NBD, Emirates Investment Bank and the Swiss Bank of Geneva (BCGE). Philippe received a Master degree in foreign languages from UPPA, France. He is an active member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and holds a level 4 certification in advanced wealth management & applied financial advice.

Rafik Seedat

Senior Relationship Manager
Rafik cumulated his investment banking and global markets experience over the course of 30 years with leading global banks such as Merrill Lynch, ABN AMRO Bank, Société Générale and Credit Suisse. Held various management positions and has been involved in both the sales and trading side of the investment business. At a later stage in his career Rafik focused on finding solutions for large families and institutions across multi-asset classes – including the use of derivatives to enhance and protect client portfolios. Fully registered as an Advisor by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and Commission for Futures Trading (CFTC), USA. He graduated from the University of Manchester(UK) with a Bachelor in Economics.

Murat Dadakhodjaev

Relationship Manager

Ronellen Manalastas

Associate

Compliance and Controls

Mendy Ghaleb

MLRO

Mohammad Alkhamam

Financial Controller

Ruchel Dator

Office Manager

Shams Ul-Hadi

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