The primary aim of GRIP is bridging global capital with regional opportunities by bringing people, capital and opportunities together to achieve both our client and investor objectives
Gowri is an Investment Manager with an established investment track-record across the GCC region spanning listed equities, debt securities, commodity ETFs and managing direct private equity investments across the financial services, industrial sectors and real estate investment holdings.
His expertise honed over the past 17 years within portfolio management and investment analysis also includes, establishing and leading the Asset Management Division (AMD) of a regional bank, launching funds, structuring wealth management products, strategizing acquisitions, handling initial public offerings (IPOs) and raising investment capital across asset-classes and risk-thresholds.
Credentials include a First-Class Honours Degree in Applied Accounting (BSc. Hons.), Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment – U.K. (MCSI), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – U.K. (FCMA), Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA Aust.), International Certificate in Wealth & Investment Management (ICWIM - CISI), Certified Blockchain Expert (Blockchain Council) and Chartered Global Management Accountant – U.S.A. (CGMA).
DIRECTORS & ADVISORS
Harshana is a Senior Corporate & Investment Banker with multifaceted experience accumulated over 20 years with international financial organizations in Switzerland, Middle East and Sri Lanka.
He brings an extensive client and investor network and experience in multiple industry segments and sectors accumulated through Corporate, Institutional & Investment Banking, Trade and Structured Finance, Cash Management, Risk and Analytics, Private Banking, Financial Advisory, Capital Markets & Syndication, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Strategy and Business Development.
Credentials include: Fellow of Chartered Management Institute, Master of Business Administration (with Merit) from the University of Leicester, Executive Management Program in International Management - Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) National University of Singapore Business School.
More recently he has been active within the Blockchain space with a certification from Harvard Business School in relation to FinTech, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies.
A multilingual software project manager and developer, with 15 years diversified experience in the creation, delivery, deployment, marketing and support of technology solutions and services. A further 10 years experience as a consultant service provider on governance and management of technology for businesses from start-up and SME to enterprise scales in the context of E-commerce and delivery of web products to mass markets across three continents. As co-founder of GRIP, and CTO, was responsible for the creation and development of GRIP’s dual link-blockchain system.
Tony has over 30 years’ experience in the finance industry with leadership roles in electronic trading across the global markets, including design and development of trading platform software, exchange protocols and infrastructure.
He has worked with major international exchanges, broker-dealers and vendors in the space and has held senior roles in JP Morgan, Swiss Bank/O’Connor and UBS, and has also managed all aspects of risk, compliance and trading operations across the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan
Sheikh Mohamed is a highly experienced Commercial Diplomat with working at the national and international levels, in the areas of international trade negotiations, cross-border investments and FDI. Experienced in international economic policy formulation, particularly from a developing country perspective.
He was the first Trade Diplomat from the GCC and Arab Region to have chaired the State Trading Enterprises committee since the establishment of WTO in 1995.
Premindra Rajaram (Prem) is a Certified Dutch Actuary and has worked within the Financial Services Industry in the past 26 years.
He began his career as a runner on the Amsterdam Options Exchange at the age of 18, progressed to become a Series 7 and 63 licensed broker working in New York and later went on to become a Certified Actuary working for the likes of KPMG Advisory, Mercer, EY and other Insurers in Europe, India and UAE where he has spent the last 11 years.
Maan has 22 years of ICT and telecom experience including tenures with Nortel Networks, Cisco Systems, in major accounts in Brazil, Korea, Japan, ASEAN, South Africa and some of the largest mobile operators in the MENA region, as well as experience guiding CxOs in major operations through their Go-To-Market strategies, investment choices, and technology roadmaps.
Entrepreneur and angel investor with hands-on experience with Venture Capitalists, Private Equity, and the investing arms of ICTs.
Telecommunication and Robotics engineer by training and holds a B.Eng (1996) and Mgmt Minor (1996) from McGill University, and an Executive MBA from INSEAD.
Adeel has over 15 years of experience across investment banking and investment management, with expertise that cover key aspects of discretionary portfolio management and managing mutual funds (investing across the GCC region).
Adeel has worked on a diverse range of assignments ranging from IPOs, rights issues, bond issuances and private placements, fund management, business valuations, financial due diligence, strategy studies, real estate projects, including the launch of a Shariah compliant GCC/MENA Fund.
Credentials include MBA and BCom in Accounting and Finance, Associate Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Pakistan.
Senior Wealth Management and Private Banking professional with cross-continental experience of managing family offices and UHNWI/HNWI.
Prior to joining GRIP, her stints included amongst others Credit Suisse and KPMG (Singapore). She holds an LLM from the London School of Economics (LSE), where she studied as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
George is a focused and dedicated senior level professional with a wealth of experience acquired from leading roles. His experience spans many areas, but includes credit risk management, employee leadership, investment banking, problem solving, collaborating with business units and strategic input. He began his career at VTB Bank and holding the position of Head of Corporate Credit Risk. George actively manage credit risk unit and specialized in High level Risk management of Corporate and SME banking. George has 12+ years banking background and resourceful Risk Manager with a MBA degree (Edinburgh Business School) and Bank awards for best performer.
Professionally qualified Chartered Accountant with a distinguished academic profile.
Completed certified VAT Training in UAE (KHDA Certified). Worked in Qatar as member of Shared Services Department handling Finance and Resource Management and Operations & Relationship Management in reputed banks as Standard Chartered and ICICI Bank and several companies in India and Singapore. Strong experience in relationship management for deposit mobilisation from retail investors.
Kalyanaram Sivalanka is the Compliance Officer / MLRO and Risk officer of Grip (DIFC) Ltd. Kalyan oversees the Firm’s Compliance function, advises on policies, procedures and responsible to maintain the right compliance culture in the firm. Kalyan has vast experience in compliance / AML and has at Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of Singapore.
His last role was Deputy Head of Compliance / MLRO at Bank of Singapore He is the owner and founding member of the Compliance Consulting Firm – Trident Management Consultancies.
He is a designated Compliance / MLRO for multiple regulated entities in the DIFC.
Yash is a graduate from The American University in Dubai with an illustrious academic history. Joining the team through GRIP’s Internship program, he has since taken on roles in IB, Private equity and Trade Finance mandates. With past experiences in Marketing, Yash brings a diversified skillset to the IB team.
Rad is a highly enthusiastic, organized and detail-oriented young administrative professional with 2 years of progressive experience adept at managing the day to day office operations.
She had studied Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in the Philippines and went to Dubai to pursue her career.