Dalma Capital comes from a pedigree of hedge fund management with over 150 years of combined professional financial services industry experience.
Howard Leedham MBE
Howard Leedham MBE
Howard was previously Senior Managing Director for the entire group of Argent Companies and McMahan Securities LP, he was responsible for implementing Argent Financial Group's international hedge fund and investment banking operations by establishing a global structure, establishing offices, financial platforms and operational teams in the UK, India and Dubai. He achieved UK FSA licensing for Argent and they became the Dubai International Financial Centre's first Category 3 license holder and Hedge Fund Manager. Howard also established the first DIFC domiciled Hedge Fund. He was involved in the commercial initiation of Hedge Fund rules reform in India through SEBI and established financial analyst platforms in India. Howard has held a Registered General Securities Principal (Series 24) and Representative (Series 7) with the US FINRA, and Licensed Partner and Authorized Individual status with the FSA and DFSA in relation to the operation of Hedge Funds.
Howard is a former Royal Navy Commando Pilot and UK Special Forces Officer; he was twice decorated for gallantry by the order of the Queen. In 2003 he was invited by the US Government to accept a (post 9/11) senior advisory position constructing and commanding a night capable, heli-borne militia force on the Pakistan/Afghan border. He took a year out from the financial industry and became accredited by the Department of State as making the "single most important individual contribution" to border security in this infamous region. He is an accomplished author and has published a book recounting these exploits.
Howard was educated in the UK and attained a Queen's commission from Britannia Royal Naval College in 1981. He graduated from Camberley Army Command and Staff College in 1994, he was the first British officer to take temporary command of a United States Marine Corps Squadron. Howard was recruited to Dalma Capital in 2013 and has led the Company through its Dubai FSA and Malta FSA regulatory approvals.
Zachary Cefaratti is Chief Executive Officer and principal founder of Dalma Capital Management Limited.
Zachary has over 12 years' professional experience in the financial services industry, having initially worked his way through his studies at Franklin University Switzerland, Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, London School of Economics and University of Pennsylvania while operating independent mortgage brokerage, merchant and insurance businesses. He holds a dual bachelor’s degree in International Finance and Banking and International Business Management.
Zachary began his search for alpha at age 7, when he began trading bonds and equities in an effort to grow assets he earned as a childhood film and television SAG/AFTRA actor. Throughout his career and education, he has been an active member of the investment community – he founded the Franklin University Investment Club and spearheaded the formation of the AIMA Middle East Executive Committee, representing the Alternative Investment Management Association in the MENASA Region. He was the principal organizer of the AIMA Middle East Hedge Fund Investors Summit and went on to found AIM Summit, the largest gathering of Hedge Fund, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Private Debt professionals in the Middle East. He regularly speaks at global industry events and has been a regular Market View contributor to the Khaleej Times.
His efforts at Dalma Capital have been dedicated to seeking alpha generating portfolio managers and strategies, providing a platform on which they can maximize their alpha realization and capture. This is achieved by significantly reducing barriers to entry, substantial complexity, distribution hurdles, time to market and operating costs without compromising the robust operational, regulatory, legal and technological infrastructure that institutions demand.
Mishal Kanoo is a Director at Dalma Capital and Deputy Chairman of The Kanoo Group, one of the largest and most diverse family owned groups of companies in the Middle East. Mishal, a UAE national, is also CEO and Managing Director of AXA Gulf and Bahrain International Group services.
He finished his schooling in Dubai and holds an MBA in finance from the University of St Thomas, Houston Texas. He started his professional experience with Arthur Andersen in Dubai as an Auditor before taking up his current position in 1997 with the Kanoo Group. The Kanoo Group has diversified interests including hedge funds, financial services, shipping, travel, machinery, logistics, oil & gas, ports, power, and chemicals. Mishal is the 4th generation to run the vast organisation at Kanoo Group.
The firm is also known as a major hedge fund allocator. His stewardship over the family business has received plaudits for robust diversification and sound risk management practices, as Mr. Kanoo and his group of companies have sought to "Avoid the feast or famine" of cyclical investment. Mishal has a reputation as a futurist and strategist with a strong track record of forecasting economic developments in and around the Middle East.
An experienced Corporate Development Director with nineteen years of experience across UK, Europe, US and Asia. Specialized in M&A, Strategy, Integrating and Restructuring companies and, managing/ transforming organizations from takeover through to disposal. He has an excellent understanding of the Legal, Financial, Regulatory, IP, Cultural and Environmental factors impacting M&A of both public and private companies. James also has an excellent negotiation, influencing and selling skills at all operational levels including that of foreign governments. Strong and proven ability across the whole M&A process from creating opportunities for new business and building a pipeline of M&A targets, through due diligence, legal documentation, completion and integration. Mr. Masacorale has a sector Experience: TMT, Electrical, Explosion Proof (EX), Construction Products, Logistics.
An energetic and outgoing business leader with experience of managing and developing large multicultural and cross border teams. James’ specialties are Strategy, Mergers, Acquisition and Disposals.
David Gibson-Moore is the President of Gulf Analytica, with the role to assist the business development of companies in the Gulf region and undertake investment advisory mandates for leading institutional and private office clients in the GCC. Mr. Gibson-Moore is a Senior Advisor of LGT Group Foundation on which he advices to the Liechtenstein Foundation and the Princely Family of Liechtenstein on matters in connection with the Middle East: this includes relationships with Ruling Families in the Gulf and business opportunities in both financial and other business sectors. He holds over 10 senior executive roles all over the GCC region.
Mr. Gibson-Moore has had a career in general management as well as corporate finance, investment banking and asset management. He has specialised in private equity since 2000. From 2009 to 2014 he was CEO and Managing Director of LGT Bank covering the GCC countries. LGT is a bank privately owned by the Princely Family of Liechtenstein focusing worldwide on institutional and family office asset management.
Before joining LGT Group, he was Chief Executive Officer Middle East for the Robeco Group office based in Bahrain with responsibility for their institutional asset management business in the ME region. Mr. Gibson-Moore was a Member of the Middle East Advisory Board of the Robeco Group from 2008 - 2010.
He previously worked with Chase Manhattan Bank (subsequently JP Morgan Chase) for 15 years where he was Chairman of the Boards of Chase Manhattan Bank in Switzerland, Luxembourg and Jersey and Swiss country manager. In addition, he was Head of Private Banking and Institutional Asset Management in Europe, Middle East and Africa for 8 years, based in Geneva, and was also responsible for business development for Global Investment Banking based in New York.
Following his time at Chase Manhattan, he was a founding partner with responsibility for investment banking at The International Investor (TII), a Kuwaiti-based Islamic investment bank. Following the successful flotation of TII he then completed a 4-year assignment in Riyadh where he was responsible for instigating and then running the investment banking, investment management and share trading divisions of Al Rajhi Bank, the largest Islamic bank in the world, reporting directly to the CEO.
Mr. Gibson-Moore was a Member of the Advisory Board of Heritage Bank, Geneva until 2011. He was Founder of the Bahrain Oxford and Cambridge Society. He was Deputy Chairman of the Standardisation Commission of the European Society of Investment Analysts for 10 years. He was Chancelier of the Chaîne des Rotisseurs in Bahrain from 2005 – 2014.
He is currently Director and Board Member and UAE Country Officer for Rotary Foundation District Committee at the Rotary Club of Dubai and was a Board Member of the Rotary Club of Manama (Bahrain) from 2005 to 2011.
Mr. Gibson-Moore has both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Natural Science from Oxford University and MSc (cum laude) in Financial Economics and a Diploma in Econometrics from London University. He is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the City of London, a frequent speaker on finance and investment issues and has published numerous articles on banking and investment.
After 12 years with Credit Suisse in Structured Derivatives and Investment Advisory, Mr. Strasky moved to HSBC in 2010 to Head Investment Advisory and Trading within HSBC Private Bank UAE. He now oversees UHNWI and Family offices in the UAE and Kuwait at LGT Private Bank as Managing Director.
Shahzad has over 15 years of wealth management, private banking and global markets experience across New York, London and Dubai - having gained his experience at Schroders, Goldman Sachs, BNY Mellon, Merrill Lynch, HSBC and Citi. He is a specialist in asset management/global market sales and business development. He is currently a Director at HSBC Global Asset Management
Deep product knowledge across different strategies and asset classes.
Prior to joining Dalma Capital as its DFSA approved Financial Officer, Amir Anwar gained international and regional experience as a Financial Controller and Financial Officer in the Aviation and Financial sectors, respectively. Amir began his twenty year career as a finance professional as an external auditor for one of the big four global auditing firms (PwC) and from that foundation he enhanced his specialization in order to gain pivotal executive roles in government and non-government related entities in the UAE.
Amir first became a Regulated Financial Officer in the Dubai International Financial Centre in 2008. He commenced his role as a financial controller with Dalma Capital in 2014 and was promoted upon merit to become Dalma’s Financial Officer in 2015.
Majed Kabbara, CFA
Majed Kabbara, CFA
Majed Kabbara has more than 16 years of experience of which 12 years are investment related. His most recent role was Managing Director and Head of Asset Management at EFG-Hermes in charge of the firm’s asset management business in Saudi. During his 9-year tenure at the firm, he turned around the company’s flagship Saudi equity fund to become the leading fund in its category, grew AUMs from a low of around SAR 70m in 2011 to a peak of more than SAR 1b in 2015, launched and managed a number of Saudi equity portfolios and mutual funds, and consistently delivered strong investment performance.
Before EFG-Hermes, he worked as a Loyalty & Portfolio Manager at American Express Saudi Arabia. Prior to that, he held business advisory and management consulting positions at Riyadh-based UTC Nexia International and Beirut-based TQC International respectively.
He is a CFA Charterholder and holds an MBA degree from the American University of Beirut. He also holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance & Banking with honors from the Lebanese American University.