Headquartered in Dubai
Address: Jumeirah Lake Towers, Jumeirah Bay X3, Suite 2609, Dubai, U.A.E.
Legal Name: Incubate Advisory DMCC
ARA SAHAKIAN, CPA, CA
A seasoned Private Equity professional and a Canadian Chartered Accountant with over 10 years experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers Toronto and Dubai and 4 years as a Director at HSBC Private Equity Middle East. Lead numerous successful transactions, managing over $500M in funds, and founded and operated various successful businesses. Active board member of various private and not-for-profit organisations including The Terry Fox Foundation. Ara has a Masters of Accounting from University of Waterloo’s School of accounting and finance program in Ontario, Canada.
Managing Partner, Head of Growth
As Head of Growth, Khaled works closely with clients to help them devise and execute their long term strategy focusing on key strategic priorities, assist companies in their business turnarounds and transformation as well as governance and organisation change to help them grow and expand. Khaled has worked several organisations from Westpac in Australia to HSBC in Dubai. He lived in many countries giving him an understanding of the cultural practices in these countries. He has been living in the GCC for more than 22 years with the last 9 years in Dubai.
BRAD MCMECHAN, CPA, CA
Managing Partner, Head of Acquisitions
As Head of Acquisitions, Brad works with clients to understand their investment strategies and assists them in executing their strategies by sourcing acquisition targets and buy-side due diligence. Additionally he assists clients in executing their exit strategies by sourcing potential acquirers, assisting with exit preparation through sell-side due diligence and providing pre-retirement planning. Brad’s experience spans from fortune 500 companies to start-ups including senior financial and managing director roles. He has lived on 3 continents obtaining valuable exposure and lived in Dubai for the last 16 years.
Partner, Transactions Services
A seasoned Deals advisor with more than 13 years of experience in carrying out business valuations. Prior to joining Incubate Advisory, Abid worked as a Senior Manager – Deals at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UAE for almost 10 years, where he specialized in carrying out business valuations for M&A deals, financial reporting and dispute resolutions. During this period, he had also led several business plan reviews for IPO purposes and developed complex financial models for numerous green-field projects. His experience includes working as a sell-side equity analyst at a leading stock brokerage in Pakistan where his focus were the financial services and telecom sectors. Abid is a CFA charter holder and is also affiliated with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom.
SHAHID A. BALOCH
Partner, Debt Structuring Advisory Specialist
Shahid is a highly experienced Corporate Banker with over 25 years banking experience in the UAE, with additional exposure to transactions in other GCC markets. He was the Head of Corporate Banking for a prominent UAE Bank for 10 years, and previously headed their Structured Finance and Syndication business. In his role as Corporate Bank Head, he oversaw the structuring and execution of numerous lending transactions for Corporates operating in a wide of economic sectors; e.g. manufacturing, services, hospitality, education, healthcare, logistics, retail, as well as large commercial and mixed use real estate projects. Shahid holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and received his MBA from University of Bradford – School of Management.