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Racha Al Khawaja
Group Chief Distribution Officer at Equitativa


Racha has over 20 years’ experience in capital markets, investment banking, and asset management, with executive management roles and an extensive network in Europe and MENA region, across international institutions, family offices and investment banks. She has been selected as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Finance in the Middle East by the Financial News in 2019, and has received achievement awards throughout her career in addition to being lead speaker in international financial conferences. Currently the Group CDO at Equitativa, a diversified asset management and private equity firm, focusing on the Real Estate sector, where she pioneered the expansion of the firm to the Asian markets through partnerships in Hong Kong for the Belt and Road REIT and the subcontinent including India & Pakistan, with focus on multi sector asset class. She previously held senior posts in Lehman Brothers, State Street and Bloomberg - London, she was also the head of institutional business at Menacorp, and the Mena business manager at Fidessa. Racha has, during her career, successfully built and ran profitable verticals within organizations and extensively grown existing setups, across different asset classes. Racha sits on the board of Gate Capital, a multifamily office, and is the founder of Reach, the first nonprofit organization in the DIFC providing mentoring expertise to young female professionals. Racha holds an MBA from Imperial College in London, UK and a BSc in Mathematics from UCL, London, UK.

Mrs. Al Khawaja is fluent in English, Arabic and French.

Agenda Sessions

  • Women in private equity: changing the industry