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Our People2018-09-21T16:01:35+00:00

Our team at AYA

Arif Hussein

Arif’s experience is unique. He graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge with an MA in Economics and subsequently joined UBS from University. Arif moved from UBS to Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in 2009 to continue his work as a trader but also to build a small team and develop and grow the business area he was working in. Arif’s last role in Investment Banking was at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in the same business area and at RBS Arif led a team of 14 traders trading GBP interest rates.

Arif left banking in 2014, after a 14 year career, and utilised his substantial experience within Investment Banking to successfully establish and exit a number of investor backed businesses under tax efficient structures including SEIS and EIS schemes.

Arif currently operates businesses within the Food and Beverage space and also within Real Estate including; residential, commercial office (serviced and conventional) and hotels. Arif also has interest in a number of technology based investments.

Arif’s experience extends beyond simply investing in new businesses. Leading large corporate teams has enabled Arif to be in a strong position to advise entrepreneurs on how to develop their businesses past the initial start up phase

Hassan Askari Dhanji

Hassan has a wealth of experience within investment banking and in particular investment experience as a fund manager across asset classes including private equity and venture capital.

Hassan began his career at State Street Global Advisors managing a range of fixed income strategies and subsequently joined BlackRock in 2014 to work within the Fixed Income Global Alpha (FIGA) hedge fund. At BlackRock Hassan’s experience spanned macro rates to infrastructure and private equity investing which was the main driver for Hassan to move into conventional Private Equity.

Hassan’s most recent experience involves Venture Capital and Private Equity investing with his venture capital experience mostly focused on investments in the U.S.

Hassan has established a number of businesses and advised investors and entrepreneurs on company acquisitions and operating and managing businesses leaving Hassan well placed to work with prospective AYA entrepreneurs. Hassan also has interest and has advised on a number of technology based businesses across banking, recruitment, digital media and online streaming

Hassan read Banking & International Finance at Cass Business School of London achieving a BSc with Honours in 2008. Hassan is a member of the CFA UK society having qualified for the CFA UK Investment Management Certificate.