Director Biographies

Ahmed Fattouh, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Fattouh is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Advisors, LLC and its affiliate Globalist Capital Management Limited. Mr. Fattouh began his career at Morgan Stanley & Co. (“Morgan Stanley”) in New York in the Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructurings Department where he focused on executing a broad range of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, restructurings, and joint ventures involving clients including KKR, Mobil Corporation, RJR Nabisco, Elf Atochem, Puget Power, Humana and other US and other corporate clients. Following his employment with Morgan Stanley, Mr. Fattouh joined the international merchant bank, Investcorp, where he was a member of the Corporate Investment North America team responsible for evaluating, structuring, and executing leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and other private equity investments for the firm. Notable transactions included Saks Fifth Avenue, Werner Ladder, and Falcon Building Products. In addition, Mr. Fattouh was the primary professional responsible for executing Investcorp’s proprietary trading activities in North America, arranging over fifty investments for Investcorp Equities Ltd. in 1997. Mr. Fattouh graduated cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree with a concentration in International Economics, and a specialization in International Finance and Commerce.

Mr. Fattouh will be responsible for developing, sourcing, overseeing and monitoring potential and existing grant programs and any other charitable activities. He will also be responsible for organizing and participating in fundraising activities.


Amr Nosseir, Director

Mr. Nosseir is a Founding Partner of Perella Weinberg Partners and is responsible for the Firm’s overall business activities in the Middle East and Firm relationships with a select group of founding investors. Mr. Nosseir has 25 years of investment banking experience having been involved in a wide range of corporate advisory assignments, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, equity and debt financings and asset management initiatives.

Mr. Nosseir’s client responsibilities include major corporations and family controlled companies in the Arab world and many of the Middle East’s Ministries of Finance, investment entities, and Sovereign Wealth Funds throughout the GCC countries. In addition to his investment banking experience, Mr. Nosseir has significant experience in capital raising activities in the region for traditional and alternative investment management products including hedge funds, real estate, buyout and venture capital funds. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners, Mr. Nosseir was Managing Director and Head of the Middle East Group in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division.

During his leadership of the Middle East Group, Mr. Nosseir and his team were responsible for Morgan Stanley’s primary relationships with the region’s governments, institutional investors, financial services firms, corporations and family groups. He also led the firm’s efforts in capital raising activities across the region and was responsible for coordinating the firm’s overall franchise in the region.

Mr. Nosseir received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Colgate University and a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from Columbia University.

Mr. Nosseir is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arab Bankers Association of North America. He previously served on the International Advisory Board of the Middle East Institute, the International Advisory Board of the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange, and the Board of Directors of the Egyptian American Business Association.


Hythem T. El-Nazer, Director

Mr. Hythem T. El-Nazer is a Director with TA Associates, a $16 billion growth private equity firm based in Boston. Mr. El-Nazer focuses on investments in technology, communications and energy services companies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Aicent, eSecLending, MicroSeismic, Radialpoint, TEOCO, and WIND TELECOM S.p.A. Mr. El-Nazer was actively involved in TA's investments in Idea Cellular, MetroPCS Communications, RGM Advisors, and led TA's investment in AboveNet. Prior to joining TA in 2004, he worked in the U.S. and the Middle East offices of McKinsey & Company and in the Investment Banking Department of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

Mr. El-Nazer received a General Course degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an AB degree in Economics from Brown University and an MBA degree from Columbia Business School. Mr. El-Nazer is also a Board member of Endeavor Egypt. Mr. El-Nazer was born in Egypt and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was three months old.


Kareem Kouddous, Director

Mr. Kouddous is the Head of Technology at Crowdtap, an online marketing platform which enables leading brands to easily identify and market to current and prospect consumers.

Prior to joining Crowdtap, Mr. Kouddous was the founder at multiple Web startups including Hapnin.com and beYOU.tv. Mr. Kouddous started his career at Sapient Corporation where he helped build large enterprise web services for Fortune 500 companies including Capital One, Kaiser Permanente, BlueCross BlueShield, Freddie Mac and National City Mortgage. Mr. Kouddous is also the founder of the NYC Lean Startup Meetup and a regular mentor during Lean Startup Machine weekends, and serves as an advisor to a handful of New York and Egyptian companies. Mr. Kouddous holds a Master’s in Computer Science from Imperial College in London, England and Bachelors of Computer Science from Manchester University.


Mona Aboelnaga, Director

Mona is President and CEO of Proctor Investment Managers; a firm she founded in 2002 to take advantage of private equity investment opportunities in the asset management industry. Proctor has invested in and partnered with a wide array of alternative and traditional asset managers that in turn manage over $8 billion in client assets. In 2006, Mona sold Proctor to National Bank of Canada.

Previously, Mona was a Senior Vice President at Communications Equity Associates where she worked on expanding the firm's private equity business as well as investing in and launching new businesses on a principal basis. Prior to joining CEA, Mona was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Siguler Guff & Company, a NY-based diversified private equity firm with over $8 billion under management. Previously, Mona held various positions at PaineWebber Investment Banking in the Leveraged Transactions and Financial Institutions Groups. Mona began her career as a financial analyst at Mitchell Hutchins Asset Management.

Mona serves on the boards of Proctor Investment Managers, Conquest Capital Group, Arab Bankers Association of North America and American Near East Refugee Aid; is a Trustee of The Chapin School in Manhattan and a member of its Finance and Investment Committee overseeing the school’s endowment; and a Steering Committee member of the Women’s Association of Venture & Equity. Mona is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Wharton Angel Network.

Mona is a frequent speaker and commentator on asset management, private equity investing and the Middle East in forums and publications such as the Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank, Pensions & Investments, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, HFM, FundFire and The Private Equity Analyst.

Mona earned a B.S. in Economics and Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from Columbia Business School.

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Mona now resides in New York City.

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