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Huda Al Lawati’s career has spanned 16 years in strategy, investment and portfolio management across emerging market private equity and corporates.
As Chief Investment Officer for Savola Group, a strategic investment holding group comprising one of the largest food & retail businesses in the MENA region (c $5.5Bn market cap), her role encompasses strategy, portfolio management, M&A and investor relations functions.
Prior to being Chief Investment Officer at Savola, Huda was a Partner and Chief Investment Officer for MENA at the Abraaj Group as well as a member of the Global Investment Committee. Leading a team of ten investment professionals, she deployed over $1 billion in equity capital through MBOs, LBOs, growth capital and structured equity deals into major regional companies. She held primary responsibility for managing the full deal life cycle including deal sourcing, valuation, due diligence, transaction document negotiations, deal closing, post-acquisition management and exit. She also structured, negotiated and secured debt capital of over US$1.5 billion for acquisition financing and operations, led C-suite and board hiring, and deployed incentive programs across portfolio.
Ms Al Lawati holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics (Honors) from Brown University. She started her career in 2002 with Schlumberger in Oman. She serves on the board of directors of Panda Retail Company, Herfy and Savola Foods Company as well as the board of directors the Young Arab Leaders. She is a co founder of a Dubai based social startup, Bilbareed.