Nabil M. Al-Sabih – Board Member and Advisor
Since 2006, Mr. Al-Sabih is a Strategic Advisor to Group Six Co. (Kuwait), as well as, to other U.S., Asian and large Gulf based entities. Group Six Co. is a boutique investment and advisory company, having and managing proprietary investments across various sectors, including energy, real estate, commodities, infrastructure/construction and manufacturing.
Mr. Al-Sabih has originated and/or assisted Group Six Co. in their advisory services in over US$3.5 Billion in various and respective client initiatives.
Prior to 2006, Mr. Al-Sabih spent 15 years with Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) in various capacities. His last position was as a Director of Business Development responsible for KPC’s international downstream business development and merger/acquisition activities in the Far East and USA and oversaw an investment budget of over US$2.5 billion.
He was responsible for new company initiatives incorporating bi/tri-venture strategic alignments with International and National Oil Companies in China, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan & U.S.A.
Mr. Al-Sabih joined KPC in 1992, where he started as a marketing sales representative – selling crude oil and petroleum products covering worldwide spot and term sales, marine/vessel chartering/demurrage, contract negotiations and coordination with corporate supply operations, marketing intelligence and research.
Between 1994 and 2003, Mr. Al-Sabih was instrumental in establishing KPC’s commercial presence in the United States, in both Houston, Texas and Washington, D.C. Mr. Al-Sabih increased KPC’s U.S. market share by approximately 300% while in Houston – managing over US$12 billion in sales annually.
He is a graduate of Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.), where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Ali J. Habbas – Board Member and Advisor
Mr. Habbas is co-founder and CEO of Palma Capital Limited, a corporate finance / private equity firm registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).
Prior to Palma Capital Limited, Mr. Habbas founded Dhow Capital Limited, on the premise of guiding Middle Eastern institutional and individual investors into private equity investment opportunities primarily in both the Middle East and China.
Prior to Dhow, Mr. Habbas was a director of Solajan Group, a family affiliated advisory firm.
Prior to Solajan, Mr. Habbas worked as senior corporate finance officer at London based Investment Trust Limited providing corporate finance and strategic advisory. Target sectors included retail, manufacturing, transportation, real estate, services among others with a focus towards the Middle East and Europe.
Previously, Mr. Habbas worked on private equity transactions and corporate finance advisory mandates in the US, Europe and the Middle East with London based and GCC owned, Capital Trust Limited. Emphasis was placed towards manufacturing, industry, distribution, retail, foods, real estate and services.
Mr. Habbas was a team member of the fund manager of the $53M Capital Trust / Shuaa Capital private equity fund MENAVEST. While at both Capital Trust Limited and Investment Trust Limited, Mr. Habbas was registered as a representative with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) of the UK.
Mr. Habbas holds an MBA in Finance and a BBA in International Business and Economics, both from the George Washington University.
Abdulrahman A. Al-Shathry – Board Member and Advisor
Mr. Al Shathry established the Al-Shathry Group to add to his portfolio the following operations:
Saudi Controls – a leading Saudi system integrator, and engineering company, established 1997. A key industrial partner with major international companies, such as, Thales, GE, Transcore, etc. Contracted with the country’s largest and most prominent government Agencies and companies in Saudi Arabia, and globally. Its competitive advantages and robust product offering has enabled to become one of the fastest growing companies in its field.
Al-Shathry Consulting – a consulting company, established 1980, that completed prestigious projects in and out of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Datastar (LTD) Riyadh & Datastar International, Cayman Islands established 1998. With representation and offices in the Middle East, DataStar provides advanced end to end telecommunication solutions that enable clients to remotely manage, and control, mobile and fixed assets.
Mr. Al-Shathry is a shareholder and board of director member of multiple companies in various sectors, including but not limited to, the following:
- Aratar – A real estate company in France.
- Tarasq Ltd. – Asset control and management company in the UK
- This Works – A retailer and wholesaler of high quality skin products in the UK
- Riviera Hotel – High end hotel in Lebanon
- L’Olivo – A quality delicatessen chain
Mr. Al-Shathry’s initial venture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was Al Shathry Consulting Engineers Company, to evolve into a more comprehensive consultancy offering with more than 300 engineers and architects as well as professionals from wide array of disciplines.
Mr. Al-Shathry has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at University of South California (USC) in 1978.
(Bobby) Sandeep Bhatia – Board Member and Advisor
Mr. Bhatia is the founder and CEO of Singapore based Sentinel Capital, an investment advisory firm that focuses agriculture, energy and water security with a geographical coverage that includes Southeast Asia, China, Australia, and India.
Prior to Sentinel Capital and based out of Hong Kong, Mr. Bhatia was Managing Director and Head of Principal Investments for AIG Asia where he invested $500-$750 million annually in targeted sectors.
Prior to AIG, Mr. Bhatia was a Principal at JP Morgan Partners (Asian Leverage Buyouts) where he was a founding member of the First Buyout Fund in Asia established in 1998 having raised US$1.1bn to invest in the Asian region.
As such, his team completed the first buyout of Asia in 1999 – $220 million takeover of the world’s third largest semiconductor packaging and testing company.
Furthermore, Mr. Bhatia executed deals with a total transaction value of $740 million and was actively involved in managing the investments assuming interim-CFO and strategic restructuring roles in the respective portfolio companies.
Mr. Bhatia earned a BA with Honors in Economics & Asian Literature degree from Duke University and attended the Young Scholars Program at Stanford University.