Middle-East

Hashim Omran

Partner, Investments, Middle-East

Hashim Omran is a Partner who brings a long track record spent in Investment Management to Strategic Swiss Partners. Hashim has spent 15 years allocating capital across the Middle East and Africa in both public and private markets. He spent more than 12 years with EFG-Hermes - the largest investment bank in the Middle East and Africa as a fund manager and managed various funds and portfolios for some of the world's largest SWFs and endowments as a Managing Director. He also served as a board member for some of the region's most innovative and fastest growing companies across various industries.

Ammar Zawaideh

Strategic Advisor, Middle-East 

Mr. Ammar Zawaideh is a strategic advisor with Strategic Swiss Partners in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). Mr.Zawaideh was part of the founding team tasked with the set up of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited and was heading the finance and planning before venturing on his own in 2015, prior to that he was part of the core team setting up Dubai SME . He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting, from University of Jordan and master's certificate in project management from Regis University, Colorado USA. Being entrepreneurial Mr. Zawaideh has the ability to pull together teams to start projects and put them on the right track along with his strong connections in the region. Currently he is Managing Partner at Confida Ventures Limited, a boutique advisory firm and is involved in setting up two new ventures; sets on the board of Firmus Energy (Dubai, UAE): and the chairman of the board of and AZA Hospitality Management (Cairo, Egypt).

Dr. Nicholas Krohley

Strategic Advisor, Middle-East

Dr. Nicholas Krohley is a Strategic Advisor and contributes his expertise and experience to Strategic Swiss Partners. Based in London, he has over fifteen years of experience at the intersection of consulting, academia, and the intelligence sector. He is the founder of FrontLine Advisory, an emerging markets boutique that combines proprietary ethnographic methods with traditional approaches to strategy consulting, research, and risk management. He has deep experience in the Middle-East region, where he serves as a subject matter expert to corporates, management consultancies, technology firms, and security companies. Prior to founding FrontLine, he served in various capacities as a Social Scientist and Middle-East specialist with the U.S. government. He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Middle East & Mediterranean Studies from King's College London, and a B.A. in History from Yale University. Dr. Krohley is a Non-Resident Fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point, and a member of the Expert & Advisory Board of Project TAKEDOWN, an E.U.-funded initiative to combat terrorism and organised crime.

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South East Asia

Remco Verwoerd

Partner FMCG and Retail

Mr. Remco Verwoerd worked in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) business for the past 30 years. In Europe he was at Unilever, Cadbury and Nestlé and became an expert on emerging Central and Eastern European markets. As Managing Director he developed, acquired, merged and divested several businesses. Mr. Verwoerd has extensive skills in people leadership, strategy and business development, turn-around management and raising funds. He holds a Master’s of science degree in Economic Geography from The University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Helga L Kumontoy

Strategic Advisor, Asia

Ms .Helga L Kumontoy is a Strategic Advisor of Strategic Swiss Partners Group in the ASEAN countries with emphasis on Indonesia. Ms Kumontoy has over 25 years’ experience in trade promotion and manufacturing.

Ms. Kumontoy running her business in manufacturing , initiating and set up  seaweed industry,  wood charchoal and furniture industry. Having MICE industry which creating events mostly for trade and investment, organizing incentives and meetings with the focus of enhancing Indonesia and ASEAN countries targets on trade and investments.

Actively as the board member of Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the permanent committee for middle east and OIC, Chairwoman of Indonesia-United Arab Emirates Business Council.  Member of the board of Indonesia Employers Association for the export development committee and board member of Indonesia shippers Association responsible for export development as well. 

Ms. Kumontoy has acted as a powerful force in a variety of task forces and teams to improve Islamic development mostly in trade and investment as well as for energy, infrastructure, and the economy of Indonesia in general.

Ravindra Kumar Venugopal

Legal & Compliance

Mr. Ravindra Kumar is a legal and compliance advisor and contributes his expertise and international  experience to Strategic Swiss Partners.

With over 30 years’ experience, he is also an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, and is in active legal practice under the name of Messrs Ravindra Kumar & Co.

Mr. Ravindra accumulated years of experience within the realms of law enforcement and corporate law. He served 11 years in the Royal Malaysian Police Force, as well as 18 years with the Colgate-Palmolive Company.

Over the years, Mr. Ravindra has built is skills in the various aspects of corporate law, and has also undertaken various international assignments across the US and France - specializing in governance and corporate law.

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Central Asia

Dr. Gulnara Salimova

Partner, FMCG, Pharma/Biotech/Med. Devices, Investment Banking

Dr. Gulnara Salimova is a Partner responsible for FMCG, pharmaceuticals, investment banking and business development with Strategic Swiss Partners. Working at Senior Executive positions Dr. Salimova possess 35+ years of government and international industrial experience in FMCG, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and financial sector gained at such blue chip companies as BAT, Pfizer, Baxter, Ansher Int. Being a member of the Executive Boards and Regional ExCo’s in EMEA, Dr. Salimova headed Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Public Policy, Corporate Communications, Market Access, Business Development, Internal Audit, Risk Management and PMO functions. She successfully managed large scale cross-functional and cross-business Projects that were pivotal in significant revenue growth of the multinational companies. She speaks five languages (English, Italian, German, Russian, Uzbek) and developed diverse multicultural sensitivity and fast market adaptation. Dr. Salimova is the Managing Partner of a management consulting firm “Salimova & Co. Business Solutions”, Official Representative in Switzerland of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan, Executive Board Member and the Chairwomen of the Uzbekistan Committee at SACC, Co-founder of “Uzbekistan-Italia” Association.

Ms. Kumontoy has acted as a powerful force in a variety of task forces and teams to improve Islamic development mostly in trade and investment as well as for energy, infrastructure, and the economy of Indonesia in general.

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China

Professor Ying Zhang

Strategic Advisor, China

Dr. ir. Ying Zhang contributes SSP as a Strategic China Advisor.

Dr.ir. Ying Zhang owns inter-disciplinary academic backgrounds including industrial engineering, economics, and management. She is an Associate Dean and a tenured Professor on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chinese Economy and Business, at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, in the Netherlands.

Professor Zhang’s research and industrial practice across sectors and cross-border, including studies and advice (to the organizations/institutions) on macro level's orderly transition, Chinese economy (transition), a micro level organizational transformation, intrapreneurship, circular economy and sustainability, business education development, entrepreneurship with happiness and mindfulness.

Dr.ir. Ying Zhang received her doctoral degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

Yunsong Xing Sutter

Partner, China and Asia

Yunsong is a professional and seasoned China market consultant with over 20 years of demonstrable track record on a truly global scene. Born and raised in Beijing, educated in Australia and having worked in Switzerland, China and Singapore, her life and career have taken her to diverse corners of the world. Yunsong cemented her extensive knowledge in Private Banking (Strategy and Sales & Marketing) during her earlier roles in Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore. She was consequently seconded to China for almost 5 years and played an instrumental role in building the first two domestic private banks in China through the strategic partnership between RBS and Bank of China. Building on her deep understanding of the culture, her strength and interest today her focus lies on China related business development - from relationship building, to network connections, to business introductions and operational support. After living many years in Switzerland and with her access to the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce, she has the network and capability to connect companies with in-bound and out-bound opportunities. Yunsong has a bachelor’s degree in Information Management from the University of Melbourne, a degree in CPA (Certified Practicing Accountant) and an EMBA from both INSEAD and Tsinghua.

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Korea

Dr. Eugene Yun

Strategic Advisor Investments, Korea

Dr. Eugene Yun is strategic Advisor at Strategic Swiss Partners for Korea.

He is Managing Director of the P80 Group Foundation, an organization dedicated to mobilizing capital resources into green investments and sustainable development. He also serves as Managing Partner of Eos Investment Partners, a Seoul-based investment firm he co-founded. Eos Investment Partners specializes in cross-border investments with particular emphasis in climate finance and natural resources. As Senior Advisor to the Asian Development Bank, Dr. Yun helped design the Climate Public Private Partnership Fund. Dr. Yun has had the pleasure of working in many different fields with Soros Fund Management, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Schroder Securities, Maeil Kyungje Shinmun, University of British Columbia and Ewha University. Dr. Yun studied undergraduate economics at Yonsei University and received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Minnesota specializing in monetary and macroeconomic theory.

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Japan

Itaru Nishimura

Strategic Advisor, Japan

Mr. Itaru Nishimura is a Strategic Advisor of Strategic Swiss Partners Group for Japan, having  a distinguished career in financial industries with more than 25 years for