Ziad is a seasoned investment banker with more than 25 years of experience, having worked across the main divisions of leading US investment banks, before founding Awad Capital in 2013. At Awad Capital, Ziad is personally involved in all client engagements with a particular emphasis on connecting the best investment opportunities with the most suitable sources of capital.
Ziad started his career with Goldman Sachs in 1994, where he spent 13 years in Paris, London and Dubai. He worked with the leading global frequent borrowers and executed half a trillion USD of capital markets transactions. He was also a pioneer of digitization and represented Goldman Sachs on the Board of MTS Associated Markets, a bond trading marketplace.
Having settled permanently in Dubai since 2006, Ziad moved to Merrill Lynch in 2007, and stayed with the bank until 2012, through the acquisition by Bank of America / Merrill Lynch. He executed numerous advisory assignments, including for TAQA, Lamprell, Dubai Holding, Qatari Diar, ACWA Power, Investment Corporation of Dubai; as a well as a number of financing deals.
Ziad graduated with a masters from ESSEC in France in 1994 and is fluent in English, French and Arabic. He is passionate about health, fitness and mindfulness.