Meet our Team

Our aim is to provide our clients with an outstanding financial service, therefore we have hand selected our exceptional team with local strength and international experience

Karim Sehnaoui

Senior Executive Officer and Board Director

Karim Sehnaoui is an entrepreneur and investment professional, with over 20 years’ experience in investments and management. Prior to his nomination as SEO of ADSI, Karim served as Chief Investment Officer of ADS Securities LLC, a position he has held since October 2018. In addition, Mr. Sehnaoui is on the board of several publicly listed and privately held companies in Europe, the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Prior to that, Mr. Sehnaoui spent several years in investment banking and private equity, serving as Acting Chief Investment Officer of Abu Dhabi Investment House PJSC and General Manager for Abu Dhabi Investment House S.A., and Business Development Director at lthmaar Bank.

Mr. Sehnaoui holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and was a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Sehnaoui is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Luca Tidei

Head of Trading

Luca has been part of ADS Securities LLC since 2015 and boasts over 20 years’ experience in financial markets. He originally joined the company as an Equity Trader for the Global Markets division before moving to the Wealth & Asset Management division in 2018. His desk takes care of execution for a variety of asset classes including cash equities, equity derivatives, fixed income and structure products.

Luca began his career as an analyst at Prudential Bache Ltd in London, where he rotated among the trading desks of various divisions. He then worked for Paine Webber LLC in Providence, RI, as a junior stock broker. Back in 2000, he joined Saad Financial Services SA in Geneva, the family office of a prominent Saudi family. Starting as a Deputy Equity Trader, he was later responsible for managing an in-house long/short US equities fund and was appointed a member of the Investment Committee.

Luca was born near Rome, Italy. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance (BSc) from Bryant University and a Master in Art Theory (MA) from the University of the Arts London.

Mira Azouqa

Project Manager

Mira Azouqa joined the Wealth and Asset Management department in August 2018 and she works alongside Karim on various projects. Her previous experience consists of auditing, marketing and business development in companies such as KPMG and ADSS.

She has a BSc in Finance and Business Economics from Royal Holloway University of London.

Jay Mathur

Investment Analyst

Jay joined ADS Holding in 2015, in his current role as an Investment Analysis for ADS Investment Solutions, he is responsible for carrying out research and providing assistance to the investment team. His duties include building financial models to assess prospective investment opportunities.

Before joining ADS, Jay worked within the transaction services team of EY in Abu Dhabi and PwC in Houston.

He holds an MS degree in Energy Finance from Tulane University and an MS in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Bath, UK.

Elena Filimonova

Assistant Relationship manager

Elena joined the Wealth Management department of ADSI in September 2022.

Elena is an experienced banking professional who previously worked in Geneva, Zurich, Amsterdam, and Moscow. Prior to joining ADSI, she worked for Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) in Geneva and Zurich with high-net-worth individuals and family offices.  Before that, Elena worked in Amsterdam Trade Bank NV as Sales focused on ultra-high-net-worth individuals and corporates with strong ties in CIS.
Elena is a Member of ACI Financial Markets Association, and she holds the ACI Dealing Certificate. She is fluent in Russian, English, and French.

Mark Kahawati

Relationship Manager

Mark joined ADSI’s Wealth Management Team in 2022 as a Relationship Manager.

Mark has 11 years of experience in Private Banking in Lebanon and the UAE. Prior to joining ADSI, he worked for Bank Audi Private Bank in Lebanon and Banque Audi (Suisse) SA in Geneva – Switzerland through the Bank Audi Representative Office in the UAE. He has excellent experience in catering to ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family offices along with a solid expertise in a wide range of investment products.

Mark is certified from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) in London – UK and has a Bachelor’s degree in Science Economics from the Saint-Joseph University in Lebanon.

Mohammad Ratrout

Relationship Manager

Mohammad Ratrout joined ADSI’s Wealth Management Team in 2022 as a Relationship Manager.

Mohammad is an experienced banker with 10 years proven track record of success within private banking and wealth management in Geneva & Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining ADSI he worked for Hinduja private bank (Dubai & Geneva).

Mohammad has a master’s degree in business administration from university of Atlanta.

Bassam Abi Abdallah

Head of Operations

Bassam joined ADS Investment Solutions in 2015, possessing a decade of operational and client servicing expertise from regional investment banks and financial institutions.

He is a highly strategic and analytical thinker, responsible for overseeing the daily transactions pledged by the Wealth Management team while identifying and mitigating all operational risks. He brings with him a wealth of regional knowledge having worked for Blominvest Bank, Lebanon as an Operations Manager and Shuaa Capital in Dubai as a Senior Associate.

He holds a BA in Banking and Finance from the Lebanese University Faculty of Business Administration and Economics.

Georgina Lea

Relationship Management Officer

Georgina joined ADS Investment Solutions in 2019 as the Relationship Management Officer for the Wealth Management department reporting directly to the Relationship Managers. She has over three years’ experience working within the financial services industry. Georgina maintains relationships with clients and external asset managers, ensuring executions are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Georgina holds a BA from Royal Holloway University of London.

Joseph Thomas

Operations Management Officer

Joseph joined ADS Investment Solutions in 2019; he is an articulate and detail-driven Operations Management Officer. He is responsible for supporting the Wealth Management team and Head of Operations with identifying various compliance issues, settlements & Corporate actions. Joseph has seven years of experience within the banking sector with the likes of RBS, HSBC and most recently FAB where he served as the Custody Operations officer from 2015 to 2019.

He graduated from Karunya School of Management, Karunya University, Coimbatore, India with an MBA in Finance and Marketing.