Huda AlLawati - Chief Investment Officer, Savola Group
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Chief Investment Officer at Savola Group
Huda AlLawati is the Chief Investment Officer at Savola Group. Savola Group is a Saudi Arabian investment holding company active in the consumer sector. The group’s major food holdings supply Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and North African countries with edible oils, sugar, and fresh dairy products, and its retail arms owns Saudi's leading grocery retailer and one of the largest QSR chains in the region. The group comprises the largest grocery retailing chain in the Middle East (Panda), Savola Food Company and it is the largest shareholder of Almarai and Herfy.
She previously spent twelve years at The Abraaj Group, most recently as Partner and Chief Investment officer where she worked on several transactions developing strong experience in deal execution, structuring and execution, portfolio management and exits across several industries including F&B, retail, education, oil & gas, insurance, temporary power, hospitality and healthcare and also led the group’s investment across the GCC including investments in Kudu, Acibadem, Careem and Kuwait Energy. She was also a part of the groups Investment Committee
She started her career in 2001 with Schlumberger in Muscat-Oman, where she managed the fiscal accounts and tax audits of its subsidiaries and branches in Oman, later joined ABQ Zawyai in 2003.
She is a board member of the Young Arab Leaders and serves as a mentor under the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Earlier, she was a member of the board of directors for Kudu, Tadawi, Stanford Marine Group and The Entertainer among others. She was voted one of the strongest Arab businesswomen by Forbes Middle East in 2016 and 2017