Feras Al-Kandari was appointed as a Designated Member of Rosette in August 2014.
He is also appointed as the Chief Financial Advisor to a prominent Qatari Family Office with international business interests. In this role, he chairs the Investment Committee and actively manages investments across all asset classes. Feras has extensive experience in public and private financing, as well as M&A and other strategic transactions.
Feras has completed numerous transactions across a wide range of industries including, Retail, Oil & Gas, Banking and Real Estate.
Previously, Feras was the Deputy Group CEO of a large Middle Eastern conglomerate, with oversight of multiple divisions including Treasury, Private Equity and Direct Investment opportunities and was also Head of Treasury at KAMCO, Kuwait.
Feras has majored in two post graduate degrees; Economics and Civil Engineering and is involved in various charitable endeavours including The Chain of Hope.
Chief Executive Officer
Sam joined Rosette as Chief Operating Officer in October 2014 from a leading London based Structured Credit Asset Management firm where she grew the business from its start-up phase, leaving after seven years as Managing Director. Her previous financial services experience includes roles with Nomura International as an Assistant Vice President within the Fixed Income Division and then with Lehman Brothers as a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division
Prior to her financial services career, Sam was commissioned as a British Army Officer having graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1997. During her time in service she served with a number of Regiments including roles with the Infantry and the Royal Engineers. Sam holds a BSc (Hons) in Special Psychology.
Sam was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Rosette in March 2018, having been acting Chief Executive Officer since July 2017. Sam is a Director of Obillex Limited, a software company providing a supply chain finance solutions and in her spare time is a governor of a leading independent school in Wiltshire.
Chief Business Development Officer
Amr joined Rosette in February 2016 as Chief Business Development Officer. He is a senior professional with 18 years of experience in the hospitality and Real Estate sectors having held senior positions with Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company (between 2008-2013) as Global Head of Sales based in Qatar. In this role, Amr was responsible for sales related operations for a number of global projects, strategy, creation of sales policies and sales team development.
From 2013 until he joined Rosette, Amr served as Head of Business Development for Jones Lang LaSalle (based in London) to lead business development in the MENA region. Responsibilities in this role included business development, and investor relations with MENA based clients.
Amr holds a Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting Major from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.
General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer
Zahir is an English law qualified solicitor who joined Rosette in October 2017 from law firm Foot Anstey.
Zahir has a deep specialism in structured Islamic finance transactions and has been commended on his management of complex, high-value, cross-border real estate deals. To date, he has acted as lead counsel across the full spectrum of structured real estate transactions (both conventional and Islamic) to the value of approximately GBP 1bn on behalf of institutions and corporates in the GCC and Asia. He leads Rosette’s corporate structuring and transaction management teams to ensure investors are provided with valuable commercial advice and a seamless service.
He holds a First Class LLB Law degree, has obtained the Islamic Finance Qualification from the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment and is a member of the Arab Bankers Association.
In recognition of Zahir’s broad portfolio of activities (of which sound legal advice constitutes just one element), he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in January 2019 to manage the firm’s increasingly diverse operational demands.
Ian is a strategic and technical consultant to Rosette and a seasoned financial services professional.
Ian has over 20 years of experience in fixed income, structured credit, structuring, funding and investments. He is equally well-known within the Islamic finance industry for his pivotal role in structuring and process-managing Europe’s first Shariah-compliant RMBS transaction.
Ian gained a PhD in Law from the University of the West of England in 1996.
Stuart joined Rosette in April 2018, bringing with him extensive experience in both Real Estate acquisitions and Islamic Finance. He joined from Amiri Capital LLP, where he was an Investment Director (2014-2018). Leading the origination and structuring of UK and European Real Estate investments, Stuart had a particular focus on ‘alternative’ Real Estate sectors.
Prior to this, Stuart worked at Gatehouse Bank plc as a Vice President (2008-2013). He invested across all Real Estate asset classes, particularly within the student accommodation and data centre sectors. During this period, he led the establishment of a sukuk issuance platform, issuing real estate backed sukuk. He was also seconded to Malaysia in 2012 to establish a Representative Office for the bank.
Before working in London, Stuart was an Associate in the International Investments team at Noor Investment, part of National Industries Group, in Kuwait (2005-2008) where he helped establish four shariah compliant listed-equity funds and led the analysis and execution of an IPO investment strategy.
Stuart holds a BA (hons) in Arabic with Anthropology and a MA in Islamic Political Economy, both from the University of Durham. He also holds the Islamic Finance Qualification from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments and is an Arabic speaker.
Colin joined Rosette as Finance Director in July 2017. He has extensive previous experience in the financial services sector having held earlier positions as a Management Accountant at AIG Europe (UK) Limited and Jardine Lloyd Thomson Group PLC. Colin then took up a Senior Fund Accountant role with Schroders in Bermuda, moving to become an Assistant Vice President at JPMorgan.
Colin then assumed a Senior Fund Accountant role with Hermes Global Private Equity in London, moving to become Financial Controller with Brockton Capital LLP. Prior to joining Rosette, Colin was the Financial Controller and Compliance Officer at Mansford LLP.
Colin holds a BSc (Hons) in Accounting and is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Theresa joined Rosette as Executive Assistant in October 2018, prior to which she was employed by the Hinduja Group Family Office where she provided executive business support to two Principals. Theresa has over 20 years’ experience in business support to a number of senior level executives, and has worked in both the private and public sectors. Theresa brings a varied wealth of experience to Rosette.