Every organisation is defined by its people and we are no exception. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our team. Each member offers aligned yet complementary skill sets within the wider team structure. Collectively, our wealth of knowledge allows us to offer unrivalled expertise and acumen across a range of business lines and sectors. We offer a collaborative culture that welcomes original thinking and allows individual responsibility and freedom to maximise potential.
Abdulla JanahiChief Executive Officer
Mr Janahi has over 28 years of investment banking experience mostly in executive and senior management roles in Bahrain and New York. Prior to joining Seera Investment Bank, Mr Janahi was Group Head responsible
for various key functions at Gulf International Bank (GIB) where he was also involved in high-level committees such as Group Risk and General Management Committees. Prior to this, Mr Janahi headed up the Islamic Banking area and was involved in key areas such as Marketing, Credit and Treasury. Mr Janahi completed several international assignments in Europe and North America, including coverage of fixed-income Securities and Equities with leading Financial Institutions in New York and London. Mr Janahi holds a Masters degree in International Banking and Financial Services from the University of Reading, UK.
Shahzad IqbalChief Operating Officer and MLRO
Mr. Iqbal has more than 17 years of experience in Islamic banking. Prior to joining Seera he worked at Ernst & Young where he set up the Islamic Financial Services Group and later at Arcapita Bank, Bahrain in various senior executive
positions. He has extensive experience in establishing and managing key banking functions. He is also experienced in advising and execution of Shari’a compliant private equity investments. Mr. Iqbal holds an MBA from Northern Arizona University, USA, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Sameer OundhakarHead of Investment and Post Acquisition Management
Sameer Oundhakar has over 11 years of experience in the Financial Services sector. Before joining Seera, he was with the Boston Consulting Group in London where he worked with several financial services and private equity clients.
Mr Oundhakar began his career in India with Larsen & Tourbo as an Engineering trainee. He then joined HSBC, where he was the Head of Electronic Banking for India. In 2003, he moved to the UK with American Express and worked in the Strategic Planning Group on developing and implementing several strategic initiatives. Mr. Oundhakar also worked with Threadneedle Asset Management in roles encompassing strategic alliances and distribution strategy.
Mr. Oundhakar has a Bachelors degree with Distinction in Mechanical Engineering from VJTI – University of Mumbai, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow and an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Sohail TohamiHead of Treasury and Placement
Mr Tohami has more than 10 years experience in the Banking industry and other diversified business. Prior to joining Seera Investment Bank, Mr Tohami was Head of the Money Market Desk in the Treasury Department at the Bank
of Bahrain and Kuwait where he worked in various Treasury functions including fixed income portfolio manager, FX trading and currency options and the corporate desk. Mr Tohami holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation from the University of Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr Tohami is also a member of the CFA Institute where he is designated as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) holder. He also holds an executive MBA with first-class honours distinction from the University of Bahrain.
Prateek SharmaHead of Investment
Mr. Sharma has over 11 years of banking experience with BNP Paribas, Arab Banking Corporation (ABC) and BBK in Corporate Banking and Risk management. Prior to joining
he was heading Credit Risk management at BBK. He has worked on a wide range of transactions in industries such as shipping, airlines, Power, Oil & Gas across Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America. He has also led the development of Credit Risk management frameworks at his previous positions at ABC and BBK. Mr. Sharma holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Communications and an MBA in Finance. He is also a CFA charter holder and a Financial Risk Manager.
Tawfiq Al-SariHead of Financial Control
Mr Al-Sari has approximately 12 years of banking and audit experience. Prior to joining Seera, Mr Al-Sari was a First Manager Financial Control with Bahrain Islamic Bank. Prior to that, Mr Al-Sari held several positions at Khaleej Finance
& Investments Bank including Head of Financial Control, Acting Head of Direct Investment and Head of Internal Audit. Mr Al-Sari was also the designated Compliance Officer and Anti-Money Laundering Reporting Officer. Mr Al-Sari’s audit experience included working for KPMG as a Senior Audit Supervisor for six years where he supervised audits of major Islamic and conventional financial institutions inside and outside of Bahrain. Mr Al-Sari is member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountant (CPA), California, USA, and is also a Certified Islamic Public Accountant (CIPA) by the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.