2021 Virtual Certified Trade Mission to The UAE-MENA

In partnership with Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry

April 7, 2021

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2021 Virtual Certified Trade Mission to The UAE-MENA

In partnership with Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry

April 7, 2021

Investors from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

For all Alternative Asset Fund Managers
One-to-One meetings with pre-qualified investors
HNWI, Family Offices, Institutions and Sovereign Wealth Funds






Key Features

Minimum of 40 virtual meetings with the UAE-MENA leading institutions and family offices

Includes Investors from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

Focused, structured, organized and pre-arranged private meetings

Certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce and organized in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Embassy in the UAE

No placement agency fees or commissions

Full LP contact information and background provided to GPs prior to all meetings

Promotion of your firm to 50+ local institutional investors, and single and multi-family offices

What are the cost benefits of participating in Trade Missions?


Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Department of Commerce Trade Mission.  It was a positive experience. It was a good assembly of potential investors and general partners.  I appreciate being amongst those invited.

Paul Edwards, Vice Chairman. Africa, India and the Middle East Capri Investment Group





  1. Without the trade mission format, it would be impossible to set up forty LP meetings in one day with pre-qualified, potential LPs. It would require multiple days and multiple trips. This is a major benefit in terms of dollars, time and energy saved.
  2. The same level of meetings would probably require a minimum of two to three trips to meet the same number of high-level people. These additional trips alone are equivalent to or will cost more than the Trade Mission in terms of airfare and hotel.
  3. A placement agent would also charge you a commission on your earned management fee and on your performance fee. There are no commissions charged on ANY investments you receive during the Trade Mission.
  4. There is a cost in time and energy involved in identifying prospects, securing contact info, contacting the prospects, convincing them to meet and then coordinating the schedule in an efficient manner. The Trade Mission takes place on one day virtually. This is a major advantage and a significant save in time, expense and opportunity cost. As we all know, "Time is Money".

Event Co-Chair(s)

Talha-Khan Aquil, Managing Partner, Gulf Equity Partners

Talha-Khan is an accomplished financial services professional with more than two decades of experience including retail banking, private equity, investment banking, family offices and alternative investments. Having worked in the European and GCC markets within the financial sector over the past 20 years he has developed a strong network of relationships with leading family offices, institutional investors, Sovereign Wealth Funds and accredited investors across the Arabian Gulf markets providing our clients broad exposure across the full spectrum therein.



Vishnu Amble, Senior Investment Director, Aramco Ventures

Vishnu Amble is a Senior Investment Director with Aramco Ventures, focusing on investments across stages in core and critical infrastructure industry digitalization, diversification, and decarbonization.

Over his nearly two-decade career as an investor and financier, Vishnu has worked on private equity, infrastructure, growth, and technology venture investments across the globe.  Further, he has led or been involved in over 35 technology investments relevant to the core and critical infrastructure industries, as an investment professional with such groups as E.ON, The Carlyle Group, The GCC Clean Energy and Technology Fund, & The Abraaj Group. Vishnu started his career with Lehman Brothers as an investment banker focused on M&A and financing transactions in the Power, Utilities, and Infrastructure sectors based in the firm’s offices in London, New York, and Hong Kong. Vishnu received his degrees in Economics and Computer Science Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.  He has served on various corporate and non-profit boards, as well as various Limited Partner advisory committees across the globe.

Korosh Farazad, Founder and Chairman of Farazad Group & CEO of Farazad Investments Hong Kong

Mr. Korosh Farazad – Respected Founder and Chairman of Farazad Group & CEO of Farazad Investments Hong Kong, is renowned within the industry as a pioneer on several fronts. Over the years, he has established a strong platform within the banking industry. He was awarded by the IAIR Awards as the ‘CEO of the Year for Structured Finance Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)’ 2015, and awarded with the ‘Best Structured Finance Company 2015’, by European CEO.  Recently, Farazad Investments was awarded by CFI.co ‘Best Private Equity Real Estate Group Global 2020’.

His unique approach has been at the forefront to the firm’s success and paved the way for international recognition from regulatory bodies, who actively seek out his expertise. It is this transparent approach to financing and creative thinking, which introduced an award-winning in-house financing formula.

Mr. Farazad’s unrivaled knowledge of International Banking, Finance and the understanding of Investments catapulted the core of the business in the late nineties, in facilitating medium-to-large scale structured financing for major projects worldwide.

Mr. Farazad established Farazad Advisory Limited in the United Kingdom in the fourth quarter of 2015, which further expands the brand across the five Continents. Farazad Advisory Limited provides professional and structured guidance on a variety of mixed-use real estate investment opportunities with a strong focus on hospitality available in the United Kingdom and overseas markets. Other services include consultancy services, in-depth market analysis and feasibility reports.

Mr. Farazad is also Vice Chairman (Non-Executive) of a Swiss UHNW Family Office Group and Founding Member of the Board for Trinity Hospitality Group, which specialises in acquiring underperforming hotels across United Kingdom, Europe and North America.  

Tatum Goodman Ginsberg, Founder and Managing Partner, Tatum Goodman & Associates

Tatum is the Founder and Managing Partner of Tatum Goodman & Associates, a boutique investment banking and financial brokerage and consulting firm based in Israel that specialises in global and strategic financial investments.

With over 20 years of experience spanning over a variety of industries and brokering, as well as various aspects of the business including but not limited to Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Law, Tatum has a deep understanding of what is required of a business to survive, grow, and build revenue. Her extensive strong network of global strategic partners, has given Tatum the insight and intuition into how to create unparalleled opportunities for existing businesses, exclusive portfolio of investors, such as private equity, investment banking, family offices, venture capital, debt financing, negotiations, alternative investments, entrepreneurs, joint ventures, license transactions, M&A and start-ups working internationally in Israel, United States, Europe, Dubai and the Middle East, Australia, Canada, and South Africa. She has contributed to the explosive growth of Israel’s technology development, forming vigorous international interest in such technologies, as well as the proliferation of start-up and mature Fortune 500 companies, with traction across multiple industries, in Israel and around the globe. This has helped her to develop further disruptive technologies, and provide boutique investment banking and financial advisory operations, making her first choice when it comes to investing in your business’s future.

At Tatum Goodman & Associates, we deal with our investors’ needs according to their strategy and their focus, to provide appropriate opportunities. At Tatum Goodman & Associates we are about breaking boundaries and disrupting the norm when it comes to finding solutions for our clientele.

Ismael Hajjar, Associate Partner | MENA EY Private Leader | Family Enterprise, Family Office Consulting

Ismael Hajjar is the EY Private Leader for the MENA region and an advisor to ambitious owners, entrepreneurs and CEOs of leading private, fast growth and family enterprises. He also founded and currently leads EY MENA family enterprise and family office award-winning consulting practice which specializes in assisting successful families, entrepreneurs and family offices across MENA managing risks, preserving and growing wealth.

EY Private encompasses EY flagship entrepreneurship program, Entrepreneur of the Year, which runs in over 50 countries worldwide; the Winning Women program, targeting female Founders; and a focus on Private Clients, Family Enterprise, Start-Ups and IPO-bound companies.

Relevant experience: Ismael started his career in Luxembourg and has been serving international families for over 14 years. He joined EY in 2011 and is now a Dubai-based Associate Partner, currently acting as trusted advisor to a number of successful families across MENA.

He has been successful in designing and implementing inter-generational succession, inheritance, governance, ownership and tax structuring strategies. He has contributed to building and currently serves Family Offices. He is a regular speaker in the GCC and beyond on topics such as family business and private wealth institutionalization, global tax transparency, succession planning and the role of the family office. The family office consulting practice that he leads has won numerous awards over the years including most recently: “Best Estate Planning Service”, “Best Family Office Governance Service” and “Best Family Office Advisory Offering” at the WealthBriefing GCC Region Awards 2020.

Education: Ismael holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, HEC-Ulg School of Management (Belgium) and is a certified chartered accountant in Luxembourg (“expert-compatible”). He also holds an Islamic finance qualification, Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance (UK). Ismael is a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and holds a Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA, Family Firm Institute).





Rishi Kapoor, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Investcorp

Rishi Kapoor is Investcorp’ s Co-Chief Executive Officer. He oversees the Firm’s Private Equity businesses in North America and India, as well as the Real Estate, Credit Management, Absolute Returns and Strategic Capital businesses globally.

Prior to his appointment as Co-CEO, Rishi had held several senior management positions within Investcorp including as Chief Financial Officer between 2003 and 2015. He joined Investcorp from Citigroup in 1992.

Rishi holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Rishi is a member of Duke University’s Middle East regional advisory board. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for National Bank of Bahrain, Gulf Air Group, Bahrain Airport Company and Gulf Aviation Academy.

In 2019, Rishi was recognized by Forbes Middle East as one of the top 10 Indian executives making an impact in the Middle East, and Top CEO Middle East recognized Rishi as one of the top CEOs in the GCC financial services and investment sector.



Rabih I. Khoury, Managing Partner & Chief Exit Officer, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)

Mr. Khoury is Managing Partner & Chief Exit Officer with Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP), one of the leading late-stage Technology Venture Capital (VC) asset managers in the MENA region. MEVP is a technology VC asset manager regulated by both the DFSA and ADGM. 

Mr. Khoury has extensive experience in venture capital, private equity and advisory, having executed more than US$5 billion in transactions and raised more than US$2 billion in capital. 

Mr. Khoury currently serves on 1) the Board of Directors of Palmboard Technology Holdings, a developer of palm leaves-based engineered wood manufacturing plants in MENA, and 2) the Advisory Board of Kalaam Telecom, a Bahrain-based Integrated Telecom Services provider. 

Previously, Mr. Khoury was the Chief Executive Officer of DIC Emerging Markets, in charge of Dubai International Capital’s (DIC) investment portfolio in the MENA region in addition to Turkey, Asia and Latin America. DIC is the international investment arm of the Dubai–based conglomerate Dubai Holding. At DIC, Mr. Khoury was responsible for deal flow origination, execution, portfolio company management and exits across Emerging Markets.

Mr. Khoury served on the Board of Directors of ART Marine, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Airports Division, CB Richard Ellis Dubai and Middle East, Energy Management Services, Ishraq Gulf Real Estate Holding Company, Jordan Dubai Capital, Jordinvest, Rivoli Holdings, and the MENA Infrastructure Fund. In addition, Mr. Khoury represented DIC on the investment committees of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (as Chairman), Jordan Dubai Capital and the MENA Infrastructure Fund. He is also a member of the Arab Bankers Association of North America (ABANA). 

In New York, Mr. Khoury was a founding member of the Media & Telecom Group with Banc of America Securities, focusing on Mergers and Acquisitions, where he led broad financial advisory and restructuring services for a number of major public US corporations.  He also worked for Prudential Securities as an Equity Research Analyst covering the Oilfield Services & Equipment sector. 

In San Francisco, Mr. Khoury was a Senior Engineering Manager with URS Corporation, the world’s largest engineering design firm, where he developed new service offerings for the Technology, Biotech and Energy sectors. He worked on the seismic rehabilitation of a number of San Francisco landmarks such as the San Francisco Civic Auditorium, the San Francisco City Hall and the United States Custom House & Appraisers Building. In addition, Mr. Khoury worked on the seismic retrofit of a number of US nuclear power plants such as the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, the Savannah River Plant, and the Hanford Nuclear Site, both for the US Department of Defense. 

Mr. Khoury is a past member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the Structural Engineering Association of Northern California, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the California Office of Emergency Services. He is also the recipient of the Giles Scholarship Award for outstanding contributions to the Structural Engineering Association of Northern California, and was a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California. 

Mr. Khoury received his MBA from Columbia University and was selected as 1 of 3 candidates in the US as part of Exxon’s International Management Program. He also received his MS in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and was admitted to the Ph.D. program. In addition, he received a Bachelor of Engineering with Distinction from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and graduated with Honors from Lebanon’s International College. 

Mr. Khoury is a Founding Member of the Dubai Chapter of LIFE (Lebanese International Finance Executives). In addition, Mr. Khoury is a past President of the New York Chapter and Vice President of the Northern California Chapter, both as part of AUB’s Alumni Association of North America.



Samer Qudah, Managing Partner, Al Tamimi & Company

Samer is the Managing Partner of Al Tamimi & Company; the leading full service law firm in MENA with 17 offices in 9 countries. He also heads the firm’s Corporate Structuring Department, a team of lawyers spread across Al Tamimi’s offices in the region.

Samer has extensive experience of over two decades in structuring and restructuring entities and businesses for clients operating throughout the Gulf and the broader Middle East region. 

He has wide ranging experience advising major blue chip organisations, financial institutions, government and semi-government concerns, SMEs, private equity funds, FMCG’s and TMT companies on a wide range of issues, in particular M&A transactions, legal due diligence, joint ventures, drafting and negotiating commercial agreements, agency law issues, regulatory affairs, electronic transactions and other corporate law related issues.

On the legislative side, Samer has been involved in the enactment of a number of local and federal laws and had led the legislative developments of the laws of free zones and special economic zones across the GCC.

Samer is also an experienced litigator which has given him a deep understanding of the legal and judiciary systems of the United Arab Emirates and he has drafted court pleadings in complex civil and commercial matters. 

Samer joined Al Tamimi & Company in 1999 and has been a partner since 2007 and was elected as the Managing Partner of the firm with effect from January 2020.

Al Tamimi & Company has unrivalled experience, having operated in the region for over 30 years. Our lawyers combine international experience and qualifications with expert regional knowledge and understanding.

We are a full-service firm, specialising in advising and supporting major international corporations, banks and financial institutions, government organisations and local, regional and international companies. Our main areas of expertise include arbitration & litigation, banking & finance, corporate & commercial, intellectual property, real estate, construction & infrastructure, and technology, media & telecommunications. Our lawyers provide quality legal advice and support to clients across all of our practice areas.

Our business and regional footprint continues to grow, and we seek to expand further in line with our commitment to meet the needs of clients doing business across the MENA region.



LP Participant Profile


The LPs will consist of the leading HNWI, Single Family Offices, Multi Family Offices, Institutions, Funds of Funds and Sovereign Wealth Funds from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Each U.S. Fund Manager will have a virtual private room where he will be the only GP in the room and will meet virtually with the LPs. Each GP will receive an Ebook one week ahead of the Trade Mission with full contact and background information on each LP they will be meeting. They will meet with every LP in attendance in twenty-minute speed dating sessions.






  • Times for US fund managers

  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021
    2:45 am PST
    5:45 am EST

    Log on to the online platform and register
  • 3:00 am - 7:00 am PST
    6:00 am - 10:00 am EST

    Virtual Meetings with LPs
    One-on-one meetings: Members of the U.S. delegation will meet in one-on-one meetings with Investment Professionals from the UAE-MENA Institutional investors, family offices and high net worth individuals.
  • 7:00 am PST
    10:00 am EST

    Trade Mission Ends

  • Times for UAE-MENA LPs - GMT +4

  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021
    1:45 pm Gulf Standard Time (GST)

    Log On and Register
  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm GST
    One on One meetings start. Each investor will meet with a US Fund Manager in a virtual room
  • 6:00 pm GST
    Trade Mission Ends

*The government of the United States, particularly the US Department of Commerce and the US Embassy is not involved in selecting or recruitment for this mission. Such selection and recruitment is strictly left to the mission organizer. The US and foreign commercial service supports the goals of this event but does not endorse the specific products or views of the participating organization.


Attendance is by invitation only. The quantity of fund manager participation is strategically limited to maximize the level of overall access and one on one meeting opportunities with our foreign institutional investor attendees. Since space is limited, we encourage you to register immediately to reserve your spot.

Please email irwin@trademissions.org for information on the fees to attend.

Included in your certified trade mission fee are the following:

Trade Mission program on March 23-24, 2021

Complete conference program including one on one meetings arranged with the UAE-MENA's leading institutional and Family Office investors

Distribution of your materials to Institutions prior to the Trade Mission

Complete LP information book received one week prior to the Trade Mission


No accommodations – Virtual Trade Mission






Cancellation Policy
The cancellation policy is as follows:

Within 30 days of registration: 75% refund
31-60 days after registration: 50% refund
More than 60 days after registration: No refund