Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Ziad Kanaan is the first incumbent to hold the role of CIO at KBBO Group, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge in investment banking and asset management from the MENA region. In his current role, Mr. Kanaan is responsible for managing and monitoring the group’s investments, as well as sourcing and execution of new investment opportunities that align with the Group’s investment strategy.
Previously Mr. Kanaan led the real estate asset management at SHUAA Capital where he was responsible for overseeing the management of real estate investment funds with total assets under management of more than $450m. During this period, he also raised a total of around $360 million in project financing in the UAE and KSA.
Prior to his role in asset management, Mr. Kanaan was Director of Investment Banking, where he was also responsible for the execution of initial public offerings, private placements, M&As and corporate restructuring transactions. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in numerous transactions with a value in excess of $7.5 billion. These have included high profile transactions such as the IPOs for Dubai Parks & Resorts, Emirates REIT, NMC Health, Deyaar, and Air Arabia, among others. Mr. Kanaan received his BA in Business Administration, Finance from the American University in Beirut.