ABOUT US

Safa, the world’s unique sharia-compliant asset manager

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.

Safa is regulated in Switzerland under the supervision of the Swiss Financial Market Authority, and obtains its sharia compliance from Shariyah Review Bureau.

Chairman of the Board

Salman Abdullah Bin Saedan

Salman bin Abdullah Bin Saedan is Chairman of the Salman Abdullah Bin Saedan Real Estate Group (SABS Group), a company founded 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 is a major Saudi residential housing developer. Salman Bin Saedan is a graduate of Rollins College, Florida, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Information Technology.

Other Designation:Chairman, Salman Abdullah Bin Saedan Group

Location:Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Member of the Board

Dr. Saleh Abdullah Al Sayari

Dr. Al Sayari is the founder, CEO and Member of the Board of Maalem Financing Company, a leading Saudi SME financing company. He is also the founder and shareholder of Awbar Real Estate Company, and a partner of Ajyal Alrowad Education Company. Dr. Saleh has a Ph.D. in Industrial Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Other Designation:Managing Director, CEO and Chairman of Executive Committee, Maalem Financing Co.

Location:Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

General Manager

Dr. John A. Sandwick

Dr. 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.

Dr. Sandwick has a Master’s in Development Banking from American University. He was previously at Deutsche Bank (Suisse) S.A. and Banque Leu S.A. (Credit Suisse), and then managing director of Encore Management S.A. (in partnership with UBS). Dr. Sandwick’s Doctorate in Business Administration, with a dissertation on Islamic Asset Management, was awarded by Grenoble Ecole de Management, one of the top-ranked business schools in Europe.

Designation:General Manager, Safa Investment Services S.A.

Location:Geneva, Switzerland

Chairman, Safa Investment Committee.

Dr. Bernard Caralp

Dr. Caralp is currently a consultant to several HNWI families on global asset allocation. Until February 2018 he was Chief Investment Officer and Head of Asset Management at SEDCO Capital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Previously he was Chief Economist and Head of Strategy at Dexia Asset Management. He has a Ph.D. in Quantitative Economy. Dr. Caralp is a pioneer in Islamic asset management, perhaps the first ever to produce ground-up sharia-compliant asset allocations.

Other Designation:Chief Investment Officer, Safa Investment Services S.A.

Location:Zurich, Switzerland

Member, Safa Investment Committee

Said Abdallah

Mr. Abdallah is Chief Investment Banking Officer at Adeem Capital in Riyadh. He was previously CEO of Emirates NBD Capital KSA and held senior positions at several Asset Management companies. Mr. Abdullah is a CFA Charter holder, CAIA is Charter holder and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut.

Other Designation:Chief Investment Banking Officer, Adeem Capital

Location:Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Member, Safa Investment Committee

Fares Mourad

Mr. Mourad is the Chairman & CEO of Peak Values Ltd. 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.

Other Designation:CEO, Peak Values Ltd.

Location:Zurich, Switzerland

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