Safa Investment Services

Safa Investment Services is the world’s first independent Islamic wealth and asset management brand. No other bank or investment company anywhere insures the independent selection of sharia-compliant assets into the accounts of its customers, resulting in efficient asset allocations into portfolios comprising "best of class" global securities.

We assembled a professional team to serve clients in Geneva, Switzerland. Safa services are offered for institutional and individual clients.

The Safa team is fully supported by professional compliance, information technology, legal and accounting staff.


John A. Sandwick
General Manager
Safa Investment Services S.A.
Geneva, Switzerland
Mr. Sandwick is an innovator in Islamic banking, creating the first structures for a sukuk fund, sukuk participation note, Saudi REIT, and European corporate sukuk. He also created the first global Islamic portfolio management allocations and professional-use Islamic mutual fund databases.

Mr. Sandwick did his undergraduate studies at Georgetown and has a Master’s in Development Banking from American University. He was a director at the Middle East Policy Council, and later served at Deutsche Bank (Suisse) S.A. and Banque Leu S.A. (Credit Suisse). He was then managing director of Encore Management S.A.  Mr. Sandwick is presently pursuing his Doctorate in Islamic Asset Management at the Grenoble Ecole de Management, one of the top-ranked business schools in Europe.

Mr. Sandwick is frequently published in Arab and western media and speaks at numerous conferences. He teaches Master Classes on Islamic wealth and asset management, and lectures frequently on Islamic asset management for corporate groups and universities, including the University of Paris-Dauphine graduate school of finance.

Mr. Sandwick was born in California, but his family lived in Bangladesh, Columbia, Abu Dhabi, London, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Since 1993 he has lived in Geneva, Switzerland.


Ayman Sejiny
Member, Safa Investment Committee
Safa Investment Services S.A.
Geneva, Switzerland
Since January 2015 Mr. Sejiny has served as CEO of five regulated investment entities in five countries. Previously he was CEO of Barclays Capital and Barclays Wealth, Saudi Arabia. He was formerly in senior positions at Citi and ABN Amro. Mr. Sejiny has a BA in Finance from Eastern Michigan University.


Fares Mourad
Member, Safa Investment Committee
Safa Investment Services S.A.
Geneva, Switzerland
Mr. Mourad is the Chairman & CEO of Peak Values Ltd., Zurich. With more than 30 years’ experience in investments, Mr. Mourad is a pioneer in Islamic finance, having previously developed sharia-compliant investment solutions at Bank Sarasin (Managing Director and Head of Islamic Finance), Credit Suisse (Global Head, Islamic Investments) and UBS (Director). Also previously on of Arab Bank Ltd. Supervisory Board, Frankfurt.

Raafat O. Wakid
Market & Investment Advisor
Safa Investment Services S.A.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Mr. Wakid, a native of Medina,  supports Safa's activities in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf on an advisory basis.  He is also actively involved in the processing of data and performing due diligence that establishes the Safa Buy List.  Mr. Wakid is in the last stages of obtaining his Master's in Islamic Finance from Geneva Business School, and has a Bachelor's in MIS from the College of Business Administration in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  He was formerly an MIS specialist at National Commercial Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Board of Directors

Peter Hellman
Chairman of the Board
Safa Investment Services S.A.
Geneva, Switzerland
Omada Capital
London, United Kingdom


Mr. Hellman, a Swedish national, is co-founder and co-CEO of Omada Capital, a London-based independent investment manager and family office services provider specializing in private equity and asset management, prior to which he worked at Tower Gate Capital plc, a private equity firm.

Following a commission in the Swedish Army, he graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics and began his career at Chemical Bank.

In senior management positions at major banks in London and Tokyo, including Royal Bank of Scotland, Mitsubishi UJF Financial Group, Europe Arab Bank and Commerzbank Group, Mr. Hellman developed a highly successful track record for closing transactions in international capital markets for both corporate and public sector clients in Europe and Japan.

Over a 30-year career, Mr. Hellman has been intimately involved in the trading, sales and origination of debt, equity and structured products, as well as investment management of institutional proprietary positions.

Aside from Swedish and English, Mr. Hellman is fluent in French and German.


Salman Abdullah Bin Saedan
Chairman, Salman Abdullah Bin Saedan Group
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Salman bin Abdullah Bin Saedan is one of the leading home builders in Saudi Arabia. He is Chairman of the Salman Abdullah Bin Saedan Real Estate Group (SABS Group), a company he founded along with members of his family in 2006. Allied with the greater Bin Saedan enterprises—which comprise together one of the largest real estate family business in Saudi Arabia—SABS Group has developed over 1,000 residential housing units (villas and apartments) with a market value of over SAR 1.7 billion ($453 million).

SABS Group mobilizes over 500 specialists in numerous related professions to deliver high-quality homes throughout Saudi Arabia. Among the Group’s signature achievements is launching the nation’s first real estate mutual fund in 2008, authorized by the Saudi Capital Market Authority. Subsequently the Group launched a total of seven such funds—more than any other real estate developer or capital company—with a total value of SAR 1.05 billion ($280 million).

In addition to its core development business, the Group also conducts land auctions for property owners, and since 2013 has achieved more than SAR 1 billion ($267 million) in auction sales.

Salman Bin Saedan graduated from Rollins College, Florida, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Information Technology. He is the oldest son of the late Abdullah Bin Saedan, and grandson of the late Mohammed Bin Saedan, founder in 1934 of the Bin Saedan real estate group. In addition to serving as Chairman of SABS Group, Mr. Bin Saedan is also President of the Saudi Physical Education & Sport for All Federation, a non-profit public health organization. He is married with four children.





Dieter K. Schulz
Member of the Board
Safa Investment Services S.A.
Geneva, Switzerland
Mr. Schulz, a longtime resident of Switzerland, earned his Bachelor’s degree in the United States before embarking on a professional international career with leading multinational corporations.  From 1968 he served successively in senior market management positions for Procter & Gamble International, RJ Reynolds International S.A. and Mattel International Inc.  In 1990 he founded and is currently Managing Director of PhoneWorld LLC, a leading business telecommunications company in Switzerland.