Omar RifaiManaging Director for Growth Capital Strategies at Gulf Capital
Omar joined Gulf Capital in September 2019. Before joining Gulf Capital, Omar was an Executive Director with Standard Chartered Private Equity (cka Affirma Capital) in Dubai. Omar was a founding member of SCPE’s MENA Private Equity team and played a leading role in over $530 million of regional mezzanine and growth capital private equity investments. From 2016-2018 he also held a dual role as SCPE’s Head of Portfolio Management (global role) for a $3.2 billion AUM portfolio 55 private equity investments, mostly in 3rd party funds, across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Prior to moving to Dubai, Omar was based in New York City with DiMaio Ahmad Capital, a multi billion $ AUM credit hedge fund spun out from Credit Suisse, where he focused on special situations and distressed debt investments in the consumer space mainly in the US and Europe. He started his career in New York City as an investment banking analyst in the Leveraged Finance group of CIBC World Markets (aka Oppenheimer).
Omar holds a Master of Arts in Economics from New York University and Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Finance from Michigan State University.