Huda Al LawatiFounder & CEO at Aliph Capital
Huda Al Lawati’s career has spanned 18 years in private equity and investments across emerging markets.
Huda is the Founder and CEO of Aliph Capital, a GCC focused investment manager enabling traditional businesses bridge the technology gap through active ownership and digital transformation. Prior to founding Aliph, Huda was a Partner at Gateway Partners Group where she was a member of the Investment Committee and led deal origination, execution and portfolio management in the Middle East and Africa regions. Prior to Gateway Miss Al Lawati was Chief Investment Officer for Savola Group, one of the largest publicly-listed strategic investment holding groups for food & retail businesses in the Middle East and North Africa region. At Savola, where she was responsible for business and investment strategy, portfolio management, M&A and investor relations. She built a professional investment team; led restructuring efforts for ailing subsidiaries; initiated digitization programs; instituted capital allocation, portfolio management, investor relations and M&A processes; and completed M&A and disposal transactions of US$ 500m. Prior to Savola, Huda was a Partner and Chief Investment Officer for MENA at the Abraaj Group, where she deployed over $1 billion in equity capital into MBOs, LBOs, venture capital, growth capital and structured equity transactions and arranged over US$1.5 billion in acquisition and related financing across a broad range of sectors.
She is currently a board member at Tim Hortons Middle East (Africa) as well as an Independent member on the board and risk committee of Hala (ADGM and CMA regulated fintech company), the investment committee of Al Ula Development Company (a subsidiary of PIF) and advisory boards of two family offices in Saudi and UAE. She has served on the boards of Panda Retail Company, Herfy (Tadawul), AlKabeer, Savola Foods Company, SMG, The Entertainer and Kudu. She has served on several audit and renumeration committees.
As a keen contributor to the community, she is also a member of the board of directors the Young Arab Leaders and has been a member of the board of directors of the Middle East Investor Relations Association. She is member of the Young Presidents Organization and a member of the advisory board of Global Ventures.