Omar is a Partner at Ruya Partners with over 23 years of experience working for leading global and regional asset management firms covering the Middle East and underpinned by asset-raising and equity trading experience in the U.S.
Omar has spent the last 15 years covering the Gulf region in senior institutional advisory and asset-raising roles focused on sovereign wealth funds, pensions, endowments, banks, and family groups.
Before joining Ruya Partners, Omar was Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM), responsible for re-establishing JPMAM’s presence in the Gulf region. He also held other senior roles covering the Gulf region, including Director of Middle East Sales at Man Group, Director of Institutional Sales at Franklin Templeton Investments, and Head of Investor Relations at NBK Capital Partners (NBKCP).
He joined NBKCP in 2008 and spent over six years leading investor relations and asset-raising for the firm’s alternative investment funds, during which time he worked closely with Rashid Siddiqi.
Before moving back to the Middle East, Omar spent the first nine years of his career in asset-raising and institutional sales roles in the U.S., including Director of Investor Services at John W Henry & Co. and Principal at TradeStation Securities. Omar started his career in 1999 as an equity trader for JGM Securities in Miami.
Omar holds a B.A. in Business Management from Florida Atlantic University.
- Myers-Briggs personality type – ENFP “The Champion”: Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving
- Hobbies: Meditation & ice bath, weightlifting, storytelling
- Favorite Books: A New Earth, The Power of Now, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, The Prophet, The Alchemist, Man’s Search for Meaning, Greenlights, Principles
- Favorite Movies: Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, Requiem for a Dream, The Cohen brothers’ films, all Spielberg films, The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, The Bourne series, and pretty much anything with Tom Hanks.
- Favorite Cuisine: Cheeseburgers, Thai, Japanese
- Favorite Music: Deep house, Frank Sinatra & big bands, Deep house, Afrobeats, 90’s hip-hop, R&B, 80’s rock, Oud instrumentals
- Favorite Type of Vacation: South Africa and Tropical Islands with mountains
- Pets: Two Jack Russell Terrier dogs named Benzo & Blu