Professionals

Executive Management

Mario Saradar

Chairman

Mario Saradar

Chairman

Mario is the Chairman of SFO Capital Partners, as well as the Chairman & CEO of Saradar Capital Holding, a third generation family owned international strategic holding group, with over 2,000 employees which focuses on active investments across financial services, real estate and private equity.

Since taking over the family business in 1992, Mario has been a seasoned investor and serial entrepreneur. He has been involved in the establishment, acquisition and management of multiple commercial and private banks, as well as insurance companies and other financial services firms across the MENA region and Europe.

Mario is an active philanthropist and has founded in 2000 Fondation Saradar, a charity organization which has a history in supporting education, sports, as well as culture and arts. In addition, in 2012 Mario launched the Saradar Collection which is aimed at preserving and sharing modern and contemporary art from Lebanon with the rest of the world. The collection currently contains more than 300 works of art by over 50 artists dating from 1917 until today.

Outside of work, Mario is an avid Marathon runner and a triathlete, having completed five major marathons around the world.

Mario holds a B.S. in Economics from UCL London.

Mohamad Abouchalbak

Chief Executive Officer

Mohamad Abouchalbak

Chief Executive Officer

Mohamad is the CEO of SFO Capital Partners. He is also a member of SFO’s Board of Directors and sits on the Firm’s Executive and Investment Committees.

Mohamad has established SFO’s real estate investment management business and has been leading all aspects of the firm’s development since 2013.

With over 16 years of experience, Mohamad has been involved in more than USD15 billion of transactions in both advisory and principle roles across the real estate, hospitality and financial services sectors. Prior to joining SFO, Mohamad held positions at Kingdom Hotel Investments, JLL and Gulf Merger where he advised and acted on behalf of institutional investors and family offices on cross border transactions including mergers and acquisitions, direct investments and asset management.

Mohamad holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and Hospitality Management from the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland.

Professionals

Tarek Germanos

Managing Director, Investments

Tarek Germanos

Managing Director, Investments

Tarek is a Managing Director and Head of Investments at SFO Capital Partners. He is responsible for the sourcing and acquisition of real estate investments globally and has been instrumental in the expansion of the firm’s portfolio across Europe and the USA.

Tarek has over 15 years of experience and has been involved in more than USD24 billion of transactions in both advisory and principle roles across the real estate and lodging industry. Prior to joining SFO in 2017, Tarek held different positions at Orion Capital Managers, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup covering real estate private equity and corporate finance.

Tarek holds a Diploma Grande Ecole from HEC Paris.

Ziyad Mneimneh

Senior Advisor, Head of US Program

Ziyad Mneimneh

Senior Advisor, Head of US Program

Ziyad leads SFO Capital Partners’ US Housing Investment program and is responsible for the origination and maintenance of all strategic relationships with operating partners and lenders in the USA. In addition, Ziyad is involved in all the underwriting and asset management functions of the US multi-housing investments.

Having spent the past 15 years in the US, he has completed over USD1.2 Billion in multifamily housing acquisitions, comprising 30 assets with more than 10,000 units across seven states. Prior to that Ziyad held senior positions in large corporations in the US, Europe, and the Middle East.

Ziyad holds a Master Degree from Columbia University, and is an Advisory Committee Member at the National Multifamily Housing Council; the industry’s prime trade organisation in the US.

Guillaume Turcas

Senior Advisor, France

Guillaume Turcas

Senior Advisor, France

Guillaume is a Senior Advisor for SFO Capital Partners based in Paris, France. In his role, Guillaume contributes to the implementation of the firm’s growth strategy in Europe with a focus on France.

Guillaume has over 18 years of experience in the real estate industry and has held senior positions at AEW and CBRE Global Investors from 2006 to 2017. During his tenure at AEW, he was the Head of Asset Management for Commercial Offices, managing a Pan-European portfolio of c. EUR7 billion. He was also a member of the firm’s European Management Committee and is a fellow member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Guillaume holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from ESTP School as well as a Master’s Degree in Finance and Real Estate from Paris Dauphine University where he also currently teaches in France and Morocco.

Peter Mitchell

Director, Project Management

Peter Mitchell

Director, Project Management

Peter has joined SFO Capital Partners in 2015 as a Project Management Director responsible for sourcing and overseeing the development of real estate projects in the UK.

Peter has over 30 years of experience in financial structuring, acquisition and disposal of UK commercial and residential properties as well as in construction and development. Peter has advised and acted on behalf of HNWIs, family offices and institutions.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Trent University Nottingham.

Zeina Khairallah

Director, Investor Relations

Zeina Khairallah

Director, Investor Relations

Zeina joined SFO Capital Partners in 2016 as part of the Investor Relations team. She is responsible for equity capital raising activities, new business development and investor relations with a focus on family offices and UNHWIs in the middle east.

Prior to joining SFO, Zeina was a Manager on the Portfolio Management Team at Growthgate Equity Partners, a Dubai-based Private Equity firm overseeing a USD500 million portfolio of private companies. Previously, Zeina held positions at Nomura in the Equity Derivatives division and HSBC within the Structured Products team.

Zeina holds a Master in Management with emphasis in Finance from ESSEC Business School in Paris and a BEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Beyrouth (ESIB).

Ahmed Naja

Finance Director

Ahmed Naja

Finance Director

Ahmed joined SFO Capital Partners in 2016 as part of the Finance team. Ahmed assumes overall responsibility for all finance and finance-related activities of the firm and its portfolio companies including structuring, financing, as well as fiscal and statutory matters.

Prior to joining SFO, Ahmed held senior finance positions at Azadea Group Holding, one of the largest retail groups in the Middle East, where he was responsible for the financial consolidation and reporting covering 14 countries and representing annual sales of c.USD2 billion. Previously, Ahmed worked at GulfMerger in Kuwait and was involved in more than 15 regional mid-market mergers and acquisitions exceeding USD800 million in aggregate value.

Ahmed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Finance from the American University of Beirut.

Lama Matar

Associate Director, Investments

Lama Matar

Associate Director, Investments

Lama joined SFO Capital Partners in 2016 as part of the Investment team. She is responsible for the acquisition and management of US real estate assets. Since joining SFO, Lama has completed acquisitions of real estate assets totalling in excess of USD600 million and is currently overseeing a portfolio comprising more than 4,000 multifamily and student housing units across multiple US states.

Prior to joining SFO, Lama held finance and investment positions at Webedia and The Resource Group, a global diversified investment holding headquartered in Beirut.

Lama holds a MSc in Finance from the American University of Beirut.

Philippe Debahy

Associate Director, Investments

Philippe Debahy

Associate Director, Investments

Philippe joined SFO Capital Partners in 2015 as part of the Investments team. He is responsible for the acquisition and management of real estate assets in Europe.

Since joining SFO, Philippe has completed acquisitions of real estate assets totalling in excess of USD500 million located in Germany, France and the UK. He is currently overseeing a portfolio comprising of more than 1.5 million sqft of commercial and residential real estate.

Philippe holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Civil Engineering and Business Management from Imperial College London.

Rachid Akl

Senior Analyst, Investments

Rachid Akl

Senior Analyst, Investments

Rachid joined SFO Capital Partners in 2017 as part of the Investment team. He is responsible for supporting the acquisitions and asset management of the US housing programme. Since joining SFO, Rachid has worked extensively on transaction underwriting, due diligence, and research on the acquisition of multifamily and student housing assets in the USA, as well as assisting the monitoring of the business plans implementation.

Rachid holds an MSc in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

Jad Bitar

Senior Analyst, Investments

Jad Bitar

Senior Analyst, Investments

Jad joined SFO Capital Partners in 2018 as part of the Investment team. He is responsible for supporting the acquisitions and asset management of European assets. Since joining SFO, Jad has worked extensively on transaction underwriting, due diligence, and research as well as assisting the monitoring of the business plans implementation.

Jad holds an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Warwick where he graduated with a first class classification.

Rami Dabboucy

Financial Controller, Finance

Rami Dabboucy

Financial Controller, Finance

Rami joined SFO Capital Partners in 2014 as part of the Finance team. He is responsible for all bookkeeping, banking, compliance and reporting matters.

Prior to joining SFO, Rami was an Associate at PwC, where he was responsible for the execution of risk-based audit approach providing assurance services to a portfolio of international and local clients.

Rami is a Certified Internal Auditor and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies from the Lebanese American University.

Maya Kachour

EA & Investor Relations Coordinator

Maya Kachour

EA & Investor Relations Coordinator

Maya joined SFO Capital Partners in 2019 as an Executive Assistant. She is responsible for providing direct support to the CEO in addition to overseeing general office operations and expenses management, as well as coordinating travel and logistics. Maya also assists the Investor Relations team with matters relating to all compliance, AML and KYC, as well as reporting and consolidation activities.

Maya holds a Bachelor degree in Business and Management from Saint-Joseph University of Beirut.

Alia Moteleb

EA & Office Coordinator

Alia Moteleb

EA & Office Coordinator

Alia joined SFO Capital Partners in 2021 as an Executive Assistant and Office Coordinator. Alia  is responsible for all operating matters in relation to the office and provides ongoing support the team.

Previously she has worked at Evans & Payne Chartered Surveyor on the operational side and at Sousou Partners Executive Search on both Real Estate, Hospitality and Infrastructure searches.

Alia holds a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Law in London and a BSc in Business Administration from University of Wales.