Syed Farhan Zaidi, CFA
NON-EXECUTIVE INVESTMENT COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE
Mr. Syed Farhan Zaidi joined the Investment Committee of EII in 2019. As an EII’s Board of Directors appointee, he provides strategic guidance and oversees/supports the management team of EII. He represents EII on the board of its portfolio companies including Starwood Industries, Dubai Angel Investors and Service Market.
Mr. Zaidi has two decades of professional experience in private equity, venture capital and investment banking, covering the MENA and South Asian emerging markets. His forte is in deal execution of large and small to mid-cap buy-out and growth capital equity transactions and has exposure to deals in technology, healthcare, logistics, oil & gas, financial services and media & entertainment sectors.
Mr. Zaidi leads the investment function at the Chairman Office of Emaar and Eagle Hills. He advises Emaar in relation to its real estate development project in Pakistan and fund initiatives. In addition, he is a member of board of several mid-sized portfolio companies including Bounce Middle East, Diwan Media Videos and ILS. Mr. Zaidi is also a member of investment committee of Middle East Venture Fund III.
Up until 2014, Mr. Zaidi worked at The Abraaj Group, part of the investment team (in Singapore and Dubai offices) where he was involved in both large and SME deals including acquisition of a healthcare platform in Turkey and growth capital investment in a UAE based consumer discount offers app, the Entertainer. Prior to this, he worked for The National Investor, an investment banking firm in Abu Dhabi, where he worked on IPO of Aramex International and Islamic sukuk offering for Tabreed. His career also includes three years with MCB Bank in Karachi as part of the debt syndication team. He started his professional life as an intern at Citibank.
He is a CFA charter holder – issued by CFA Institute, USA and holds an MBA degree with concentration in finance and BBA (Honors) from Institute of Business Administration Karachi. He also holds diploma in Banking from Institute of Bankers.