All posts by Sabah al-Binali

Dr. Sabah Hamad al-Sabah al-Binali is an active investor and entrepreneurial leader, with a track record of financing, building and growing companies in the Mena region. He has held several senior positions in the finance industry including Chief Investment Officer of and CEO of Credit at Shuaa Capital, founding CEO and CIO of Saffar Capital and Head of the Treasury and Investment Division at Union National Bank. Dr. al-Binali has also held several board positions including Vice Chairman of Gulf Finance Co., Chairman of Gulf Installments Co., Vice-Chairman of Shuaa Capital Saudi Arabia, Director of the Board at Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia, Chairman of Zawya as well as Director of the Board at Visa International CEMA Region. He holds a Diploma in Company Direction from the UK Institute of Directors. Dr. al-Binali received a Ph.D. from Columbia University, dissertation title: Competitive Analysis of Risk-Taking and Valuation of Financial Derivatives, and a B.S.E from Princeton University.

Innovation needs perspective not isolation Break free from the entrepreneurship dream bubble

I was honoured to be invited to Bahrain this week to give a talk at an event organised by Bahrain Development Bank’s Rowad Programme, a comprehensive platform providing multiple layers of support to Bahrain’s entrepreneurs and start-ups. Rowad’s breadth and depth are far greater than anything else that I have seen in the region, and…

Sharjah’s cost advantage a win for UAE startups

Entrepreneurs are facing pressure from multiple challenges with a major one continuing to be the cost structure of doing business in the UAE. Sharjah appears to provide a solution. This section of today’s column is co-written with Najla Al-Midfa, General Manager of Sheraa and one of the region’s thought leaders and active architects of entrepreneurship…

Financial reality more important than predictions UAE assets under management only 9% of Bahrain's according to DIFC

About a year ago I wrote about the UAE as a financial center and in particular compared it to Singapore. The article states: Let’s go back to Singapore with a GDP of $293 billion and population of 5.5 million versus our GDP of $371 billion and population of 9 million. So not only is their…

The Investing Edge: The Win / Pay Odds Gap

Investing is too often looked at using a handful of academic models. Successful investing involves thinking about the investment process in as many different ways as possible. This article takes a look at investing using alternative views. From Betting to Investing Many of the ideas used by the investment community are adopted from the horse…

Fast asset growth can mask weak margins

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. – Edward Abbey A recent Financial Times (FT) article discussed the “great aviation disrupters of the 21st century” referring to Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. The article was analysing deteriorating performance amongst these three once high performing carriers. Of particular interest…

Your health depends on a balanced healthcare playing field

It is my opinion that one of the greatest moves to support free market capitalism in the UAE is the cancellation for Abu Dhabi Thiqa insurance beneficiaries of the 20% co-pay for treatment at private healthcare facilities.  The 20% co-pay was introduced in June 2016 and at that time there was discussion on the effect…

A case study on reporting and transparency of company results

In April of this year I talked about  some of the puzzling moves at Shuaa Capital, one of the better known investment banks in the region which is headquartered and listed in Dubai. Last month Shuaa released their H1 2017 financial results and there was quite a bit of commentary around these results. This commentary…

Zombie companies can be harmful

The term “zombie company” has recently entered people’s lexicon as the phenomenon manifests itself in China. Yet this issue did not start with China, it is closely linked to the problems faced by Japan that started in the early 90’s, called Japan’s Lost Decade and sometimes the lost two decades, which arrested the development of…