Slim Feriani is the Honorary Chairman of London based Gulf Central Agency Asset Management. He has 20 years experience in global markets across all asset classes. He was Managing Partner and CEO of MENA Capital prior to joining GCA AM. He held the roles of Executive Chairman, CEO and CIO at Advance Emerging Capital (AEC) between 2005 and 2014, where he managed emerging markets funds and the pioneering frontier markets fund that he launched in 2007. During his tenure at AEC, Slim analysed and invested in several traditional and alternative funds across all asset classes operating in over 50 countries. Prior to that he worked at Martin Currie from 2000 to 2004, where he was Director and Senior Fund Manager for long only and hedge fund products. From 1997 to 1999, Slim was Senior Analyst for MENA at Nomura.
Slim completed an MBA and a Ph.D.in Finance & Investments at The George Washington University, where he taught Finance and International Finance for 7 years and currently serves on the advisory board of the business school. He was born and raised in Tunisia and is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Dr. Wladimir Ledochowski - Senior Advisor
Wladimir Ledochowski was appointed Deputy General Manager of RZB/ Raiffeisenbank International London Branch in 2003 with specific responsibility for Operations and the development of new business relationships for the RZB Group in the UK market and stayed there until he retired In June 2011. He is now acting as a Senior Advisor at Gulf Central Agency Asset Management .
His previous appointments have included a Directorship at Ecoban Finance (Europe) Ltd (1998-2003) where he specialised in the distribution of Ecoban’s emerging market finance facilities in the European markets and Moscow Narodny Bank (1984- 1998) where he was a member of the Management Committee in London responsible for the trade finance business, it’s branch in Singapore and the subsidiary in Moscow. Wladimir also spent time as Managing Director of Fiduc Finance & Trading Corp Ltd (1986-1994), initiating the Group’s investment banking activities. From 1981-1994 he also was part of the Management of Trade Finance International Ltd, a UK export finance company with acitivities worldwide.
He holds a Doctorate of Law of the University of Salzburg, Austria and is fluent in German, English and Spanish.
Funda Ayhan - Senior Advisor
Funda Ayhan has spent the past twenty years covering Emerging Markets with roles ranging from equity research, investment banking and fund management. Her career has included roles at Nomura International PLC where she managed the Global Emerging Markets equity desk and prior to that the Russian equity desk at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Funda was also a Director on the Emerging European equity desk at ING Financial Markets where she covered global institutional investors. Earlier in her career she was a fund manager with AIB Govett in London where she ran the asset allocation and stock picking for the Turkish and Southern European markets. Having started her career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co, she went on to qualify as a CPA in addition to attaining a Level 1 CFA. Funda has divided her time across various geographies including Sydney, Istanbul, Moscow and London.
Malik Annabi - Senior Advisor
Malik Annabi has been acting as Senior Advisor for the Maghreb countries for Raiffeisen Bank International since 2006. In conjunction with this position Malik is a Managing Partner of Ethix Consulting in Casablanca. Prior to that, Malik was the country manager at Arab Bank for Morocco, for four years, and during the same period, he was a board member of the Arab-Tunisian Bank in Tunis. His career also included two long stints with Gulf International Bank in London, working on Southern Europe between 1987 and 1991, and as Vice-President in charge of the Maghreb countries between 1997 and 2001. In the interim period, Malik was instrumental in helping develop the notoriety of Morocco as a new emerging market in the early 90s, in his position as Director at Banque Commerciale du Maroc in charge of International Relations, which included correspondent banking, relations with foreign investors active on the Casablanca stock exchange, and relations with the global custodians. Early on in his career, Malik worked seven years with Bank of America, in London and Bahrain, and two years with the IFC in Washington DC. Malik holds a Bachelors Degree from the Sorbonne and is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris
Hakim Azaiez-Head Of Investment
Hakim Azaiez is Managing Director and Head of Investment of London based Gulf Central Agency Asset Management. He has over 10 years experience in global markets across all asset classes. He is a founding member of the re-launched GCA. Prior to GCA AM Hakim worked for international banking and financial institutions including DMB, Raiffeisen Bank and Jefferies. He held various roles from sales and trading to portfolio management.
Hakim sits on the board of Gulf Central Merchant Bank and is a member of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce and the Arab Bankers Associations. Hakim holds a BA from Oxford College and currently completing his MBA from Edinburgh Business School in Finance. Hakim is fluent in four languages English, French, Arabic and Italian.