Masraf Al Rayan

About us


Haithem Katerji

Chief Executive Officer

Haithem joined ARI in October 2013, from Standard Chartered Bank (Middle East), where he was the head of Financials Institutional Group, Strategic Client Coverage; covering MENA & Turkey. Prior to that, he was a Senior Director and Head of FIG Advisory at HSBC Bank Middle East. During his career of over ten years at HSBC, Haithem served in various roles in the coverage and advisory Investment Banking Division. Haithem has over eighteen years of regional investment banking experience and has executed in excess of 60 transactions, totalling USD 25bn in value. Haithem has advised Governments and Corporates on IPOs, M&A, Debt Capital Markets, Funding, etc, regionally and internationally. Haithem has a B.S. in Business with concentration in finance & accounting and a Master degree in Business Administration from Lebanese American University.

Akber Khan

Senior Director - Asset Management Group

Akber has more than nineteen years of experience in the investment industry. He joined ARI in 2009 and is head of asset management. Prior to ARI, Akber spent over eleven years at Deutsche Bank in London where he initially traded UK equities. He also held senior research positions in European and emerging market equities and latterly was strategist for Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa. In each year since 2012 he has been in MENA Fund Manager Magazine’s ‘Power 50’ list of the “most influential, innovative and powerful figures in the regional industry”. He has lived in Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Karachi and London. Akber read Economics & History at University College London, UK.

Lalit Chandak

Associate Director – Financial Advisory Group

Lalit joined ARI in 2018 in the financial advisory group and is involved in deal origination and execution. Lalit is involved in transaction structuring, valuation and transaction documents amongst other matters. He has more than 12 years of investment banking experience, including 7 years in HSBC Global Banking, where he worked in multiple offices including Calgary, London, Dubai and Singapore. He has advised on several transactions with transaction value exceeding USD 10bn. Lalit is a CFA Charter holder and has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Indore (IIMI).

Vishal Saxena

Head of Operations

Vishal has more than thirteen years of experience in the field of Financial Accounting, Fund Accounting and Administration. In the past, he worked with prestigious organizations such as Vision Investment Services (Oman), HSBC Securities Services (India), Northern Operating Services Pvt Ltd (India) and State Street Syntel Services Pvt Ltd (India). He is a graduate of commerce, has cleared intermediate group from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has also cleared Level 1 of the Certified Hedge Fund Professional program from USA.