Fahd Al Tarzi
Fahd Al-Tarzi has over 13 years of in-depth financial sector experience, having straddled both the buy and sell sides of the business. Fahd is the Managing Director of Midraraa, a closely-held boutique corporate finance and wealth management outfit with significant GCC experience. Midraraa has successfully advised on several groundbreaking healthcare transactions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in Egypt, including the divestiture of a strategic minority stake in the region’s largest diagnostic lab platform to the region’s preeminent private equity fund. Midraraa’s wealth management business manages, on a discretionary basis, the wealth of several UHNWIs from the GCC. Fahd is a Board Member of Al-Takamul Group International (ATI). Founded by the late HRH Prince Mohamed Abdullah Al-Faisal Al-Saud, Al-Takamul Group International is one of leading organizations in Saudi Arabia. ATI’s core areas of interest are agriculture, real-estate, food, and retail.
Prior to establishing Midraraa, Fahd was the Chief Investment Officer of Ghassanco. Ghassan Ahmed Al-Sulaiman Development Co. Ltd., (Ghassanco), is a family-owned, multi-faceted investment and development holding company. Ghassanco’s investments span the industrial, retail (Ikea), F&B, real estate, telecommunications, agriculture, financial services, and logistics sectors in the Kingdom and the MENA region. Fahd represented the interests of Ghassanco on the Boards of Reidin and Delta United. Reidin provides a one-stop shop for timely relevant market information in opaque property markets. Delta United is a fast-growing telecom infrastructure company the Kingdom with larger regional prospects. Delta was voted one of the Fastest Growing 100 companies in the Kingdom – “Saudi Fast Growth 100”.
Prior to Ghassanco, Fahd was the Chief Investment Officer of AlNahla Group. Al-Nahla Group is a family holding and investment company for one of Saudi Arabia’s pre-eminent families – the Sharbatly family. Al-Nahla, based in Jeddah, is a multi-billion dollar investment holding company with interests in financial, industrial, telecom, real-estate, and banking operations across Europe, the MENA region and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Al-Nahla is a founding shareholder of some of the region’s leading institutions and maintains significant stakes in companies in the Kingdom, throughout the GCC, in Egypt and in South Africa. Al-Nahla is one of the 5 largest real-estate owners in the Kingdom and is behind several ground-breaking real-estate developments throughout the region. A prime example is the CityStars project in Cairo, Egypt.
Fahd represented Al-Nahla’s interests as a Board Member of Corecap from 2008 to 2011. Corecap was an investment and advisory firm that offered a spectrum of compelling investment opportunities in alternative asset classes in the MENA region to sophisticated institutional and high net worth investors. Also, Fahd represented Al-Nahla’s interests on the Board of Smile Telecom from 2007 to 2011. Smile is a low-cost telecommunications operator providing affordable communications to Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) consumers. Smile’s focus is to provide services across Africa and the Middle East. During his time with Al-Nahla, Fahd was seconded as Chief Investment Officer of Saudi Health Investment Company (SHIC) which had received a personal investment from Al-Nahla Group’s CEO; Sheikh Mohammed wajih H. Sharbatly. SHIC and its sister / Group companies are the region’s preeminent healthcare Group.
Prior to moving from the sell side to the buy side, and joining Al-Nahla Group, Fahd was a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch. Fahd joined the highest-producing team in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa). Fahd’s team of 3, led by a Senior Vice President of Merrill Lynch, managed approximately $750 million for private and institutional clients throughout the region (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Jordan). The team established wide network of contacts throughout the region and was able to successfully leverage Total Merrill.
Fahd graduated from the American University in Cairo with a major in Political Economy and a minor in Economics. Fahd completed graduate study courses at Harvard Business School in Boston, MA.