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Omar Rifai has over 11 years of Private Equity and Hedge Fund investment experience with leading global institutions. Omar is an Executive Director with Standard Chartered Private Equity based in Dubai, where he joined as a founding member in November 2008 and since then has played a key role in all investments to date totalling $535 million. Omar is a board director at Fine Hygienic Holding and is a board observer at souq.com.
Prior to joining SCPE Omar was based in New York with DA Capital, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund spun out of Credit Suisse, where he was an Associate responsible for analysing investments in distressed debt, special situations and private equity across the Consumer sector in US and Europe. Prior to joining DA Capital he was an investment banking analyst based in New York with CIBC World Markets in the Financial Sponsors & Leveraged Finance group, where was part of numerous deal teams that arranged high yield and mezzanine debt for leading US mid-market Private Equity firms.
Omar graduated with a MA in Economics from New York University in 2004 and dual BA degrees (Honors) in Finance and Economics from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University in 2003.