Ms. Al Khawaja is a C-level strategic leader with over 20 years of solid expertise in Capital Markets, Fund Management, Investments, and Corporate Finance in cross-asset class. She has extensive international and local expertise in growing, building, and managing new segments while increasing bottom-line revenues.
Ms. Al Khawaja is an international Investment Banker with over 25 years of solid expertise in Capital Markets, Fund Management, Investments, and Corporate Finance in cross-asset class with International Experience in managing REITs, Listing and Debt raising for Real estate funds.
Ms. Al Khawaja was selected as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Finance in the Middle East by Financial News in 2019 and one of the top 50 Women of Influence in the Arab World by CEO ME in 2021. With vast experience of leadership executive management roles with high-profile leading firms, Ms. Al Khawaja has well-established accomplishments in financial management functions, team building, and strong technical competencies.
Ms. Al Khawaja has an extensive network in Europe, the Mena region, and Asia - across International Institutions, Family Offices, and Investment Banks. Previously, as the Group CDO at Equitativa, a Diversified Asset Management & Private Equity firm, she focused on the Real estate sector and pioneered the firm expansion to emerging markets.
Ms. Al Khawaja previously held senior posts in Lehman Brothers, State Street, and Bloomberg in London. Ms. Al Khawaja was also the head of the Institutional Business at Menacorp and the Business Manager at Fidessa, one of the largest Fintech software providers worldwide.
Board member in Multi-Family Office, and Co-Founder of a large non-profit mentoring organization in DIFC, Ms. Al Khawaja is a regular lead speaker in International financial forums including International Exchanges and regularly addresses regional strategy on Capital Markets, Equity, and Real Estate with CNBC and Bloomberg. Ms. Al Khawaja received achievement awards across different sectors.
Ms. Al Khawaja holds a B.Sc in Mathematics from UCL, London, an MBA specializing in Finance from Imperial College, London, and an Executive Education in Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment from MIT, Boston, USA. Ms. Al Khawaja speaks fluent English, Arabic, and French.