Rafi AhmeD

Rafi has over 30 years of experience in treasury, foreign exchange, derivatives, debt and equity capital markets, and leveraged and acquisition finance. He served as Head of Global Financial Markets, Europe at National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Co-Head of Global Markets, MENA at HSBC. Prior to HSBC, he served as vice president of JPMorgan, London. 

Ahmad Salam

Ahmad has over 25 years of investment banking experience with Credit Suisse as Global Head of Islamic Banking, NM Rothschild and J Henry Schroder Wagg & Co. Ahmad was CEO of Dar Capital, the UK investment banking arm of Kuwaiti Investment Dar and a Founder Director of Islamic Bank of Britain.

Ahmad holds a number of Non-Executive Director positions at Clive Christian, The Sofa and Chair Company and was a former board member at Aston Martin.

Varun Verma

Varun has over 11 years of investment banking and capital markets experience with a strong focus on cross-border TMT transactions. Prior to joining GCR Partners, Varun worked at Nomura International, Piper Jaffray and Woodside Capital Partners.

Varun received a BA in Economics from Durham University.

Qasim Mirza

Qasim started his career at Russell Investments as an Alternative Investment Analyst across private equity, real estate and infrastructure verticals. He then spent 3 years at Woodside Capital Partners as an Investment Banking Associate before joining GCR Partners.

Qasim received a BSc in Investment and Financial Risk Management from Cass Business School and MSc Management from Imperial College London.

Nikita Blanarik

Nikita started his career as a Banking Innovation Consultant at CAPCO before becoming the Innovation Lead at FinTech PaaS company, Aicura Solutions.

Nik has developed FinTech products for Tier 1 European Banks as well as consulted a variety of FinServ companies. He was previously a FinTech Mentor at StartupBootcamp.

Nik speaks English, German, Russian, Spanish and his native Ukrainian. He received an MSc in Management from Imperial College London.