Leadership

Danish Chottani

Danish Chotani
CEO

Burj Financial is the vision and determination of Danish Chotani.

Danish brings with him decades of experience in the investment management space. Having headed Investment Management for one of the region’s largest private endowments for over a decade, followed by another decade in Investment Management leadership positions for one of Europe's largest private banks, Danish brings a unique combination of product knowledge and connectivity with some of the regions wealthiest offices. 

His experience within the financial industry spans across managing funds, raising of capital, and structuring corporate finance and investment banking transactions both in the conventional and innovative space.

His approach to Fintech from a conventional perspective adds immense value to the practice of Innovative Financing, Block Chain based Product Development and assistance to the Regulatory enviornment for any Investor protection.

Danish holds Bachelor’s in Economics and Journalism and is a member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals

https://www.linkedin.com/in/danish-chotani-6877773/

 

Ashab Naeem
Ashab Naeem
Partner – Private Equity

Ashab heads the Proprietary Investments and Debt Capital Markets Business for Burj and also sits on the Firms Partner Committee. In addition to driving that Investment and DCM business Ashab is also responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Partner Committee's agreed Global Investment Strategy. Ashab has over twenty years of experience in investing in  Markets across the Middle East, Europe and North America. He has worked in leadership roles at Lehman Brothers, HSBC and American Express Capital Markets where his product knowledge and his extensive relationship network were key business drivers. Ashab holds and MBA from Columbia University New York and an IEP Finance from the London Business School.


Stephan
Stephan Horvath 
Partner – Fintech

Stephan leads the Fintech and Blockchain Advisory for Burj Financial. The division provides strategic value-added solutions to startups and existing businesses. Stephan specializes in client Investor Relations, Public Relations, Investor Communications and Social Media Marketing and organizes investor-focused talks, summits and events.

Stephan has over twenty years of international marketing and c-level experience in working for and collaborating with network agencies and consulting companies. He brings excellent strategic and analytical skills for developing vision and strategy blended with cross-cultural competencies to Burj. 

Stephan assures international know-how-transfer to drive disruptive businesses in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has a deep data and technology background to understand relevant implications of innovative technology solutions.

His invaluable experience in international leadership roles for Interpublic (IPG) keeps him ahead of the market development and further drives innovation.  He holds a Master’s degree in economics and computer science from the Technical University of Stuttgart, Germany. He is an International speaker and keynote presenter at marketing conferences in USA, Europe and Asia, including DMA, adtech, IECIA and ECI awards.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanhorvath/


dariusz
Dariusz Sliwinski 
Director – Institutional Product Development

Dariusz leads the Institutional Product Development initiative for Burj Financial, bringing 25 years of experience in managing investments in several geographies and under different regulatory regimes including Poland, UK and GCC countries.

Dariusz started his career managing one of the National Investment Funds as part of mass privatization project for the Republic of Poland. Following that, he was managing an immensely successful Emerging Markets Equity product for a multi-billion dollar Scottish company, very well regarded for their Asia and Global Emerging Markets capabilities. After three years with a European Long Short Absolute Return Fund Dariusz moved to GCC region where he managed portfolio of Global and GCC public market investments, including selection of externally managed strategies (equity, fixed income and multi asset) for one of the GCC Sovereign Wealth Funds.

Dariusz is focused, and believes in long-term fundamental investment approach to consistently generate a strong performance. Dariusz has launched a number of investment strategies and products including Long Only Equity funds, to Long Short Equity funds to innovative and unique Alternative products, including Life Settlements and Real Estate.

Dariusz is equipped with a Master’s in Business Administration from SDA Bocconi, Postgraduate diploma in European Studies and Master’s in Electronic Engineering.He has been IMRO/FSA/FCA approved person since May 1998.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dariusz-sliwinski-ab89b94/


Nader
Nader Antione Nader
Director – Investment Advsiory

Nader heads the Investment Advisory for Burj Financial. He started his career in 1988 in Sydney, initially working on the trading floor of the Australian Stock exchange and thereafter as a stock analyst / Relationship Manager.

Specialised in Technical and Fundamental Analysis he was the Asia Head of US treasury futures for Thomson Financial Services. His passion for trading led him to Hambros Bank as a proprietary futures bond trader.

Nader has the technical, fundamental and analytical skill to trade all major currencies, stock indices and single name stocks and bonds. Nader currently manages portfolios of private clients based on all financial asset classes, in line with their risk profile and investment parameters. He is a Fellow of the Securities Institute of Australia and holds a Postgraduate diploma in Applied Finance and a M.Sc. and B.Sc. (Hon) in Electrical Engineering from University of London.

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Nashwa Zakaria 
Director – Client Relations

Nashwa is in charge of the Relationship Management and brand management team at Burj. Nashwa has over 15 years of diversified experience in marketing, digital, branding, communications, public relations, and business development across Europe, Africa, USA and Middle East. 

Nashwa served as, VP Marketing and Corporate Communications, Director and Head, for a number of high profile Global, Government and Semi Government organizations across the UAE. In these roles she was privileged to have worked closely with the C-suits, Board members and Senior Management teams of these entities as well Governors and Director General’s. She has a strong leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation skills applied on global marketing, communication and PR, strategies and innovation development across the; Financial Services, Training & Education, Automotive, Real Estate & Construction, Media & Entertainment industries.

A dynamic speaker, trainer and presenter, she has taken an active role in training and has worked closely with over 100 young and talented Emirati leaders that are all part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG).

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nashwa-zakaria-9688045/


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Azzal Chotani 
Director – Diversified Investments

Azzal is an entrepreneur at heart; she has been heading the diversified investment portfolio for Burj, since its inception. Her foray into Designing has led her to establish her own successful brand of pret clothing ‘Azzalure’, and has managed efficiently the Fashion based investments for Burj.

Her management skills have helped Burj to further diversify and deep dive into alternative sectors such as Art, Data and Call Center Investments, and Facilities Management.

Azzal has also pioneered the Birthday Cake Foundation, a Charity initiative for the Chotani family, which provides a Birthday cake to underprivileged children in the United Arab Emirates.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/azzal-chotani-27422244/