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FundForum Edge: Middle East
June 2023

Farah Foustok
CEO Middle East at Lazard Gulf Ltd


Farah Foustok is the Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Gulf Ltd. based in Dubai. She began working in the investment field in 1994. Prior to joining Lazard in 2014, she was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of ING Investment Management Middle East from 2008. 

Farah was a co-founder of Reach in 2013 and is now an Advisory Committee member. In 2015 Farah co-founded and chaired the Steering Committee for the MENA chapter of the 30% club and is now a Global Advisory Committee member. In 2019, Farah was awarded International Investment Woman of the Year by Women in Investment Awards, London. Farah is also a member of Room to Read’s Middle East board since its formation in 2020. Farah is a finance leaders fellow of the Aspen Institute. In January 2020, Farah launched TARA, an initiative to connect female University students to the corporate world; increasing women’s participation in financial services. Farah has mentored several start-ups in the Middle East over the last 10yrs, mostly Fintechs. 

Farah holds an MBA from Imperial College London and a BSc Hons in Mathematics from King’s College, London

Agenda Sessions

  • The Future of Wealth Management in the Middle East – Opportunities and Challenges