Dr. Waseem Khan is the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner at Silk Invest Limited, in charge of Alternative Investment Strategies. Prior to this, Dr. Waseem was the Senior Investment Advisor at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Chief Economist and Head of Capital Markets, Kuwait Investment Authority. In addition he was also the Head of Investments, Wealth Management Middle East for Citigroup. Dr Waseem holds an MBA, PhD (Claremont Graduate University) and CFA.
Faisal Imam serves as the Managing Director and cofounder of Monument Group. Faisal Imam has overall responsibility for deal origination, new ventures, fund raising, and the development and exit of investments made by the Group in private and public companies. He holds an MBA from the University of Wales (Cardiff), a BSc in Accountancy from University of Maiduguri (Nigeria) and a postgraduate diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in England and Wales (DipM).
Zin Bekkali is the CEO and founder of Silk Invest, a specialist fund manager focused on frontier markets in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Silk Invest is one of the leading frontier markets managers with staff from over 10 different frontier markets and it manages a range of products including an African private equity fund and pan-African equity fund. Before creating Silk Invest, Zin worked for ING Investment Management, Bain, Ahold and Fortis Investments. Zin has a M.Sc. in applied Econometrics from the University of Amsterdam, has completed his MBA at London Business School and is CFA Charter holder.
Femi Sunmonu is a Partner at Aliant® – an international law practice and doubly serves as head of the Africa Practice. Prior to his co-founding Aliant®, he was practice leader at the Nigerian firm Femi Sunmonu & Associates\Qais Conrad Laureate. Starting out as a legal practitioner in Kano, Nigeria, he has garnered experience in privatization and regulatory reform programs, telecoms, construction and real estate, manufacturing, oil and gas and financial services. Femi graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University at Ile-Ife Nigeria, is admitted to the Roll of the Supreme Court of Nigeria both as a legal practitioner and as a Notary Public. Femi was sometime member of the Council of the Nigeria Bar Association Section on Business Law and enjoys reading traveling and being with his family. Femi was appointed to the board of Cocoon Atlantic Limited in December 2016.
Farouk is the CEO of Cocoon Homes and has played a key role in the venture since its conception. Farouk has been an Executive Director of the Monument Group since 2004, managing the Groups principal investment firm, as well as taking overall responsibility for Monument’s real estate business. Previously, Farouk served as a non-executive director on the board of Vanso Nigeria Limited, and as a production/facilities engineer with Canadian Petroleum. Farouk holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng.) from Imperial College, London and an MSc in Investment Management from the Henley Business School (University of Reading).