Khalifa Al Kindi is a Managing Partner of Abu Dhabi-based Liwa Capital Advisors, which he co-founded with Hashim Kudsi in 2017. Prior to Liwa, he established Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC) in 2007 and served as its Managing Director. His career began in asset management at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) in 1983, where he ultimately served as Deputy Managing Director from 1997 to 2007.
During his leadership of the investment committees at both ADIC and ADIA, Mr. Al Kindi developed specialized knowledge across asset classes. He understands the complex nature of both long-term investing and market fluctuations, which enables him to identify managers who prioritize the stewardship and the preservation of assets.
His dedication to advancing the United Arab Emirates has been demonstrated in his commitment through numerous director and chairman roles in major financial institutions and government bodies: Chairman of the Board of UAE Central Bank, Chairman of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Member of the Supreme Petroleum Council, Board Member of ADIA, Chairman of Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company, Member of Allianz International Advisory Board and Chairman of the Arab Banking Corporation, among others.
Mr. Al Kindi received an honorary doctorate from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he had previously earned a bachelor of science in economics.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Hashim Kudsi is the Managing Partner of Liwa Capital Advisors, which he co-founded in 2017 with Khalifa Al Kindi. Previously, Mr. Kudsi worked with Mr. Al Kindi in establishing the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC) in 2007, where he served as an Executive Director responsible for Active Investment Strategies and as a member of the ADIC Investment Committee. He began his professional career at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) in 1989.
Mr. Kudsi has an extensive background in the asset management industry. In a career managing portfolios and evaluating asset managers for both ADIA and ADIC, he has identified many best-in-class asset management firms and has worked with each one directly over the years. His understanding of global financial markets, asset classes and economic cycles has given him the expertise to identify an allocation framework that has preserved and grown wealth over decades.
Mr. Kudsi has experience in the banking sector through his involvement as a Non-Executive Director at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and his time serving as a member of its Risk Management Committee. Mr. Kudsi holds a bachelor of science in business administration from American University in Washington DC and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Jorge Garcia-Garcia is the Managing Director of Liwa Capital Advisors, responsible for strategic engagements and stakeholder and investor management. He has deep experience providing investment solutions to investors in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. He has a sustained track record in opening new markets and expanding businesses through deliberate distribution strategies.
Mr. Garcia-Garcia is the former Lead of Client Management for Private Clients at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. Earlier he was the Head of Distribution in the Americas for Belgrave Capital Management Ltd. and Vitruvius SICAV. He began his career with the Bank of New York and subsequently worked at Goldman Sachs in New York and Miami, concentrating on Latin American engagements. He served as a Partner of Banco Icatu in Brazil for five years and was an Executive Director with Morgan Stanley upon returning to the United States.
Mr. Garcia-Garcia earned an MBA, with a concentration in finance and accounting, from Columbia University in New York City and a bachelor of arts from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
David Rajan Amirtham
David Amirtham is an Executive Director responsible for fund management and portfolio analysis at Liwa Capital Advisors. Through his career at the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC) and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), he has developed technical capabilities and gained direct experience evaluating the work of asset managers.
Prior to Liwa, Mr. Amirtham was the head of Portfolio Modeling at All Seasons PTL Investment Management Ltd. in Dubai. He served as an investment analyst in the Active Investment Strategy Department of the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC) for five years, where his responsibilities included manager selection, monitoring and portfolio analysis. He began his career in 2000 as a research analyst in the Treasury Department of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), building quantitative models.
Mr. Amirtham earned a bachelor of science from the University of Madras and is both a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Accountant.
Marie Nicolas is an Executive Director of Liwa Capital Advisors, responsible for business operations. Ms. Nicolas started her career at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) in 1991 and was a member of the startup team that launched Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC) in 2007.
In working directly with Mr. Al Kindi, she has experienced the transformation of the industry, administrative operations and technology. Ms. Nicolas has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the American University of Beirut.
Amudhan Peter Rajan
Associate, Fund Accounting & Operations
Amudhan Peter Rajan is responsible for accounting and operations at Liwa Capital Advisors. Mr. Rajan began his career as an Audit Consultant at Ernst & Young GDS. Prior to Liwa, Mr. Rajan was an Audit Senior at Deloitte & Touche AERS India Private Limited.
Mr. Rajan completed his professional education at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has a Master of Commerce from The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and is a Chartered Accountant.
Associate, Investor Relations
Ranim Sayemeldaher is an Associate at Liwa Capital Advisors supporting investor relations.
Prior to joining Liwa, Ms. Ranim was at Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society where she worked as a Legal Admin, supporting the legal department in day-to-day administrative tasks, as well as monitoring cases and conducting relevant research. In her previous role at Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society, she served as a call center representative, answering customer inquiries and resolving complaints.
Ms. Ranim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Abu Dhabi University.
Leadership & Development Consultant
Zachary Wieder is the Chief Executive Officer of Principles, a company he started with Bridgewater founder and Chairman Ray Dalio. Zachary has been working with Liwa Capital Advisors as a consultant to help enhance the organization’s culture and performance of the team. Furthermore, he supported the implementation of Dot Collector® within the team, and provided guidance on using the tool for development.
At Principles, he was responsible for building their world-class personality assessment product, PrinciplesYou, that boasts over 1M users, which he built in partnership with world-renowned psychologists Adam Grant, Brian Little, and John Golden. He brings over a decade of experience across management, strategy, operations, and talent management across startups and corporates, including almost 10 years at the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates. At Bridgewater, Zachary worked directly with Dalio, managing the team responsible for key initiatives related to Bridgewater’s management transition, with direct oversight of internal Training and Development at the firm. He has experience coaching 1,000+ employees as well as advising executive teams at multiple unicorn startups and fortune 500 companies in order to help them achieve their performance and culture goals.
Zachary received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Comparative Literature.