Dr. Rafael Martins De Lima Ferreira
With an MBA from INSEAD, and a Phd in Economics from UNED, Dr. Martins, has over twenty five years experience in the financial sector, advising on corporate strategy, financial restructuring, change management and corporate finance. He started his career with McKinsey and Co., moving on to become Head of Business Development with Amadeus. Subsequently he spent almost ten years with Banco Santander, rising from Vice President Corporate Finance, to Head of Business Development, to Managing Director.
In 2005, Dr. Martins was headhunted to become the CEO of Hera, one of Spain’s largest waste management company. During his tenure he raised the company’s EBITDA by 40% and expanded its global operations from the traditional S. American markets to the Former Soviet Union and Asia Pacific.
Dr. Martins is the Chairman of the INSEAD Spanish Alumni Association and a member of the INSEAD International Advisory Board. He is also a visiting Professor of Corporate Finance and Strategy at one of Europe’s top Business Schools, The IE Business School, Madrid.
Ambassador Nikoloz Natbiladze Phd.
Managing Director – CIS countries
Until June 2012, Amb. Natbiladze was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of The Republic of Georgia to the Royal Court of Spain, as well as Andorra. He resigned from this position to become the CEO of one of the largest Energy companies in Georgia.
Prior to this, Amb. Natbiladze had a chequered career in the service of his country, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He was The Deputy Secretary of The National Security Council, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Advisor on Energy Security and Ambassador of Georgia to Azerbaijan. For his services to The State he was awarded The Order of Honor.
Prior to joining government service, Ambassador Natbiladze had been a co-founder of the British Caucasian Insurance Company, which subsequently became the second largest insurance company in Georgia and was successfully sold to The Bank of Georgia.
Dr. Abdalla Kablan
Managing Director – Technology and Innovation
With a Phd in Computational Finance from the University of Essex, Dr. Kablan spearheads the group’s technology investments. He is a computational finance, machine learning, and big-data analytics expert whose specialization includes algorithmic trading strategies, financial analytics, artificial intelligence, dynamic optimisation, business networking, forensic analysis, and asset tracing. He is also a published researcher in these areas.
Dr. Kablan is the founder of Scheduit, an App, for coordinating business meetings, which is being jointly developed by Suez Capital. He is also responsible for the development of Hippo Data, the Group’s proprietary software for real time monitoring and analysis of sentiment and trends in social media. He coordinates the Group’s R&D offices in India and Malta.
Dr. Kablan is a Professor of Computational Finance at the University of Malta, and is also an expert and consultant on asset tracing.
Managing Director – SADC
Mr. Nkomo is the grandson of the founder of modern day Zimbabwe, Dr. Joshua Nkomo, and the Managing Director of the Group’s operations in the SADC region.
Based in Johannesburg, Mr. Nkomo is also Africa’s top football agent who has represented some of the best-known names in African football. His clients include players such as Zimbabwean Benjani Mwaruwari, a top goal-scorer who has played for Manchester City, Bacary Sagna of Manchester City, as well as Nwankwo Kanu. He was for many years a talent scout for English league club Portsmouth. Mr. Nkomo now uses the skills honed in sports management, to develop the group’s business in the Southern African region.