Paula PetkovaSenator at World Business Angels Forum
Paula is a Senator of the World Business Angels Forum for the United Arab Emirates, to ease access to finance for businesses from startup to scale up. Previously, she had structured both conventional and Islamic cross-asset instruments in a top tier UAE bank, introducing innovation and exotic structures to the Shariah space. In 2018, Paula co-founded a UAE/KSA Fintech startup in the Shariah Capital Markets space, aiming to lead the industry initiative of standardization and automation. Paula is a Managing Director in international commodities and chemicals trading company, with offices in Istanbul, Dubai, and Karachi. Previous achievements in research and trading spread across MENA and Frontier Markets. She holds a B.A. in International Finance from Istanbul, Turkey, an MSc diploma in Financial Engineering with a concentration in automated trading systems from the USA, and a current Ph.D. candidate in the derivatives field.