Omar founded Iraq Services International (ISI) in 2003 which provided services in construction, security and life support, it was one of the first Iraqi security companies to operate countrywide within Iraq. With several international clients which included; Control Risks Group, Fluor Amec and Newsweek, ISI had over two hundred Iraqi staff and thirty expatriates working in security, life support and construction across the country. Omar also secured a bank license for Al Zamman Commercial Bank as well as winning one of only five private cement licenses to be issued from the central government. In 2006 Omar sold ISI to and went to work for the new Iraqi Government. His position in security and working for the forming government has provided him with an unmatched network of contacts within Iraq. Never relinquishing his ties to Iraq, Omar continued to consult for various entities in or with an interest in Iraq.
Omar has also worked for Argentum Development Company, a Washington based private equity company that specialized in backend hospitality services within the GCC. He created a JV with a London based architectural company; winning two coveted commissions from ADNEC and TDIC for landmark projects within Abu Dhabi including ‘The Abu Dhabi Souk’, one of the largest traditional Souks to be built in the GCC. Omar holds an MA from VITA in Traditional Islamic Architecture as well as a BA in Architecture and a Diploma in the Building Arts.
Before co-founding VQIG, Roy had been focused on investing in new ventures within the healthcare sector in the GCC. He has successfully co-founded a number of specialty healthcare companies, and has led the planning, negotiation and implementation of a number of specialty healthcare projects in the region with a group of private investors. Prior to this, he was executive director of corporate development for Musanada, the Abu Dhabi Government's shared services organization that he helped design and establish. His responsibilities included developing and managing the company's strategy, overseeing business development, as well as spearheading governance and operational improvement initiatives.
Roy also worked as an engagement manager for Booz & Company in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Syria and Jordan. He has consulted for companies and organizations in a number of industries including, real estate, healthcare, telecommunications, transportation, and the public sector, with strong expertise in developing business cases for new ventures and investment opportunities, developing and implementing strategies for growth and new businesses, improving operations, and managing restructuring and turnaround efforts. He holds an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management and a biomedical engineering degree from Johns Hopkins University, with honors.
Robert co-founded of one of the first private equity firms in the UAE in 2001. His role includes sourcing, conducting diligence and gauging the strategic fit within both; the parent holding company as well as within target markets. Deals completed include; consumer luxury retail, education, diversified portfolio investments in India as well as opportunistic ventures in manufacturing, health care and a specialized real estate investment fund platform which was sold in 2006. Since inception, Evolvence has invested roughly 2 Billion AED; equating to a turnover of approximately 200 Million AED and a consolidated headcount of 450. In addition to traditional COO responsibilities, Robert leads the business and brand development activities for Evolvence Capital and commands a vast database of the investment community in the GCC, Europe and the USA.
Prior he spent four years with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority as the Senior Portfolio Manager for one of the largest investment portfolios of the institution at the time: North American Technology and Telecommunications. Prior to venturing to the UAE, Robert was based in New York City where he was a Senior Equity Analyst for Glickenhaus and Company, a then rising buy-side portfolio management company with $5B under management, where he covered Technology, Telecommunication, Retail, Auto and the Hotel industries. Robert also worked for a large international Investor Relations firm focusing on Health Care/Life Sciences start-ups and began his career at a start-up brokerage firm in New York. He holds an MBA from Columbia University.