Our ambition is to be the best in our line of business and the partner of choice for our clients, who seek out of the box solutions within the financial services space. We work with the simple mantra that “Clients come first”
Founder, CEO And Member Of The Board Of Directors(MBoD)
A seasoned banker with over 25 to 27 years of experience in multinational banks like American Express Bank, ABN AMRO, Credit Suisse AG and Citibank, Madhavan brings along with him strong corporate leadership learning and business acumen.
With a proven track record of successful stints in his previous assignments, of which over a decade has been in the GCC, Madhavan possesses a keen understanding of the global financial services environment.
His strong relationship management skills augurs well with fulfilling client needs that enables him to drive the marketing strategy of GIFL.
Madhavan is a commerce graduate from the University of Pune and has obtained an MBA from IMDR, Pune. He is also certified in Banking and Finance by the New York Institute of Finance (NYIF).
Principal Advisor & MBoD
Vishnu is a seasoned banking and finance professional with 43 to 45 years of experience in the Middle East, India and Africa.
Vishnu’s professional experience has been mainly in financial markets, covering Debt, Equity, Foreign Exchange, Treasury Management, Mergers & Acquisitions and Project Finance.
His last banking position was that of Managing Director of Global Markets, MENA Region, at ABN AMRO Bank. Since 2010 he is the founder and Managing Director of Salvus Advisors DMCC, Dubai, UAE. Prior to that, he has held a number of senior and board-level positions in India, Middle East and Africa.
Vishnu enjoys excellent relationships and a high degree of trust with a large number of banks and companies in India and the Middle East.
Strategic Advisor And MBoD
George is the former Executive Vice President & Head of Specialized Industries Group, Wholesale Banking at Emirates NBD and Group Head of Corporate Banking at First Gulf Bank and is a banking veteran with over 40 years in the industry of which over 30 years has been in the GCC.
George’s in-depth knowledge of the local markets and longstanding successful relationships with corporates, banks and financial institutions in the region will be valued in continuing to strengthen GIFL’s position.
MD, Head – Corporate Finance & IB Advisory And MBoD
Sharad is an industry veteran with a specialized career spanning over two decades, majority of which were spent at Citibank NA in credit, coverage and leadership functions. His experience has been in India initially and then in Bahrain and the U.A.E. In his most recent assignment, Sharad was the Corporate and Investment Banking Head for Abu Dhabi and Levant at Citi. He has also worked within the Corporate Finance function at Standard Chartered Bank in the region.
M&A advisory, rating advisory, capital raising and risk management advisory for clients in India and GCC is his forte.
Sharad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India.
Advisor To The Board Of Directors
André is a senior Swiss banker with 33 to 35 years of experience in Finance and Technology.
After a decade in corporate and private banking at Credit Suisse André worked for two start-up companies before 2001 co-founding Braingroup, a Fintech company focused to date on digitalizing the advisory processes for bank and insurance companies in Switzerland. He subsequently worked another 5 years as Sales & Account Manager bridging finance and technology for Avaloq (leading Swiss Core Banking System provider) and Business Objects (Business Intelligence leader, now part of SAP).
Before relocating to Dubai in early 2017 André served for a decade as an Executive Director at UBS Wealth Management, covering Emerging Markets from Latin America to Middle East to Asia.
André holds a Swiss Master of Law degree, an Executive MBA from International Bankers School Chicago and is a certified Wealth Manager in Switzerland and Singapore. He is fluent in English, German, French, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish.
Corporate Finance and M&A Advisory Team
Snehanshu Choudhary, CFA
Executive Director, Corporate And Trade Finance Advisory
Snehanshu is an industry veteran with over 20 to 22 years of management experience in diverse financial services institutions like FAB, HSBC, ENBD in the Middle East and ICICI and SBI in India. During his long tenure with banks, he has managed relationships with a number of well-known corporate houses from India, UAE, USA, EU, South Korea etc. His experience includes running deals on raising debt for specific projects for several GREs and diversified business houses as well as construction finance for large projects in sectors such as power, oil & gas, petrochemicals, infrastructure. He has also worked with a large number of commodity trading houses, providing trade finance solutions for their cross-border trade in various commodities. Snehanshu also spent one and half years as head of finance with a mid-cap diversified business group, which provides him additional insights while advising corporates.
Snehanshu has completed an Executive Development program with INSEAD and holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM C). He is also a CFA charter holder.
He is responsible for business development and deal execution in corporate finance advisory and trade finance advisory businesses at GIFL
Executive Director, Corporate Finance And IB Advisory
Lloyd is an experienced M&A and Corporate Finance professional with a specialized career spanning over ten years. He has worked on transactions across Middle East and India. In his most recent assignment, Lloyd was the lead for execution of M&A Transactions at the Falcon Group in DIFC, Dubai. He has also worked with leading institutions like Ardent Advisory, Motilal Oswal – Investment Banking and Centrum Capital Ltd.
Apart from M&A and Corporate Finance, Lloyd has a strong background in Equity Research and started his career as an Investment Analyst on the Buy-Side at Future Capital Limited, and was the lead analyst for the Infrastructure Sector at the Institutional Desk of HDFC Securities Ltd
Lloyd holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India and an MBA from the Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai, India.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance And M&A Advisory
Neelabh is a seasoned corporate banker with 12+ years of experience in corporate banking in leading Middle Eastern institutions like FAB, ADCB & ENBD and has covered exposures totaling ~AED 20 Bn especially with large corporate & govt related entities across sectors. He also has significant experienced in large ticket deal Origination and credit underwriting with expertise in structuring asset backed and non- recourse lending for large corporates and SPVs across sectors along with Islamic Banking structuring and restructuring and negotiating roles and LMA/LMA style (Islamic) documentation with syndication/ mezzanine participants in lending.
He has completed his MBA from S.P Jain Institute of Global Management and has graduated in Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra. Neelabh also holds a Certification from London School of Economics in Real Estate Finance & Economics, from Moody’s Analytics in Advanced Credit structuring.
Neelabh is responsible for originating and structuring capital raise, capital structuring and trade finance transactions within Corporate Finance Advisory at GIFL.
Private Wealth Advisory Team
Executive Director And Head-Investment Advisory
Akhilesh is a highly experienced and knowledgeable wealth management professional. In his 20 years of relevant work experience, he has had the opportunity to work with different platforms in different geographies, the most recent being with an established Swiss private banking platform, managing the portfolios of HNI and UHNI clients based in the DIFC.
After starting his career with the Unit Trust of India, following successful stints with other India based firms, he moved to Dubai in 2006 with ABN AMRO Bank, within their private wealth team.
In 2011, he moved to Bank of Singapore where he was instrumental in opening up Kazakhstan as a market for the Bank. Subsequently, in 2014, Akhilesh joined Bank J. Safra Sarasin as Financial Strategic Advisor.
He holds Master’s degrees in Banking and Finance from University of Wales, UK, as well as one from the Symbiosis College, India.
In his role as Executive Director and Head-Investment Counselling, within GIFL’s Private Wealth Advisory vertical, Akhilesh supports both clients and other advisors in fulfilling their investment objectives.
Executive Director, Private Wealth Advisory
Tusti is a veteran, banking/wealth management professional, with an overall work experience of 24 to 26 years, 19 years of which was with Citibank (India and Dubai), spanning across roles of Leadership, Wealth Management and Investment Management to name a few.
She is an expert in advising private banking clients particularly from UK,UAE, Africa and Bangladesh. Her core expertise lies in managing family offices, providing them with key wealth advisory services in various jurisdictions like Switzerland, Singapore, Hong-Kong etc. Her strong relationship management skills coupled with strong team building abilities have been the corner stone in all her endeavours.
Tusti has a post graduate Master’s degree in Economics, specializing in Statistics and Econometrics.
Executive Director, Private Wealth Advisory
Loly brings more than 30 years of banking experience across Consumer Banking, Wealth Management and Private Banking.
In her most recent role, she was Director, Falcon Private Bank, a Swiss headquartered Private Bank based in the DIFC where her primary responsibility was the management of Ultra High Net-worth/High Net-work clients.
She started her banking career with Emirates Bank International (now known as Emirate NBD) where she had exposure to all aspects of Operational Banking as well as various role in Consumer Banking and Wealth Management with a primary focus on client Relationship Management and Customer Service. Subsequently she joined DIFC based swiss Private Bank where she managed a number of investments and Risk tolerance levels.
She holds a Diploma in Banking Accounting & Society- from Beirut, Lebanon and also level 3 Certificate in Wealth & Investment Management (CISI-UK). Loly is an executive director and senior team member in the private wealth advisory team at GIFL.
Loly is a Trilingual- write, read and fluent in English, Arabic and French.
Subhra Prakash Deb
Executive Director, Private Wealth Advisory
Subhra is a Senior Private Banking & Wealth Management professional with about 2 decades of industry experience. He has been covering geographies like the UAE, Kuwait, India, Bangladesh & Europe. His career thus far, has been spent with International banking platforms such as Citibank, Standard Chartered and ICICI Bank.
Subhra is an MBA & an Engineer by qualification. He is an alumnus of several well regarded institutes such as Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), Nirma University (Ahmedabad) & University of Calcutta, India. He is also certified by Securities & Commodities Authority (UAE Rules & Regulations) and Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments (CISI, UK (ICAWM). He is associated with CISI, UK for continuous professional development.
Senior Vice President - Private Wealth Advisory
Tanveer is a seasoned Private Banking professional.
Having started her banking career with ICICI Bank in the UAE as a Senior Relationship Manager, for 8 years, Tanveer has since had successful stints with Royal Bank Canada, Emirates NBD and most recently with Credit Suisse AG.
Tanveer has a Masters in Management Science from the University of Mumbai and a CISI International Certification in Applied Wealth Management. She is fluent in French aside of English, Hindi and Gujarati.
Senior Vice President & Team Leader, Private Wealth Advisory
Sourabh is a highly accomplished & result oriented financial advisor with more than 10 years of relevant experience in Financial Planning and Wealth Management advisory both in the Middle East and in India. Prior to joining GIFL, he was working with a DIFC based firm as part of their wealth advisory team.
Sourabh holds a CISI Level 3 qualification and CFP Certifications along with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications from Delhi, India
Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisory
Amit has spent most of his career in acquiring, managing and growing client relationships. His 16 years of experience is distributed between both large organizations and boutique regulated EAMs. Amit has spent a large portion of his working life in the UAE and has forged significant client alliances both in the region and in the continent of Africa.
An MBA by qualification, Amit possesses a key understanding of wealth advisory products and services.
Vice President, Private Wealth Advisory
Ambily is an experienced, Asset Banking/Wealth Management professional, with an overall work experience of 15 years. Prior to joining GIFL, she was working with a DIFC based firm as part of their wealth advisory team.
Having worked with large UAE local banks like FAB, ADCB, Mashreq Bank, Ambily has gained significant knowledge on Financial Planning and Wealth Management solutions as well as developing and profitably managing relationships for HNIs and Institutional Investors.
Ambily has done her MBA from Metropolitan School of Business Management UK and currently she is pursuing Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.
Assistant Vice President
Yash has been part of the GIFL team since 2017. As a management trainee, he has been training with various departments and individuals within the team. In his current role, he is an analyst within the PWA team where he is responsible for day to day Operations, Preparing Investment Decks, Information Packs, Research etc. He is also responsible for providing assistance to the compliance team and ensuring the completion of KYC documents and on-boarding of clients which is a regulatory requirement.
Yash has completed his graduation from Amity University, Dubai where he was awarded a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Finance. Currently he is pursuing Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.
Head – Finance And Accounting
Surendra has over 28 years of experience in trading, contracting, real estate, utility and health care sectors in India and the U.A.E where he is resident for over 22 years. His last assignment was with Lifeline Hospital as Senior Finance Manager heading the finance and accounts functions.
He is a qualified Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Certified Management Accountant from The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and Institute of Management Accountants of America
Surendra is an outsourced Finance Officer and is responsible for Accounts maintenance, reports preparation and fulfils the financial reporting responsibilities to the management and the DFSA.
Senior VP, Head - Compliance And Administration
Samson has 28+ years of experience in the Banking industry within the UAE. Having worked with large multinational and local banks like HSBC, Dubai Bank & Emirates Islamic, he has gained thorough market knowledge about the Financial Industry and significant exposure to banks core operations such as service management, relationship management, compliance support & branch sales.
Samson is a professional who understands core operations of the banking sector, compliance & regulations including AML risk, transaction monitoring & advisory related functions, security settlements, operational risk management, client on-boarding, stakeholder management and regulatory reporting.
Samson is a member of The Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (UK). He holds CISI certifications in “Introduction to Securities & Investment” ( International) ; Global Financial Compliance and a Diploma in “Entrepreneurial Program” from “The Joseph Business School” Illinois, Chicago.
As DFSA approved compliance officer & MLRO, Samson is responsible for all compliance & legal related functions of the firm.