Public Markets Investment Team

Mohamed Abdeen

Portfolio Manager, Middle East & North African Equity

Mohamed joined the company in 2009 and serves as a Portfolio Manager in Silk Invest’s MENA equities investment team. Before joining Silk Invest, he worked for Inertia Investment, Deloitte, Saleh, Barsoum & Abdel Aziz and the Egyptian American Securities Brokerage.

Mohamed is an AIMR CFA charter Level III candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst Program. He graduated with honours from the Ain Shams University with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting.

Mohamed is an Egyptian National and is based in Cairo.

Hifza Zia

Senior Investment Analyst, Frontier Asia

Hifza is a Senior Investment Analyst covering Frontier Asian equity markets at Silk Invest and joined the firm in 2015. She previously worked at Burj Bank Limited, First National Equities and Lakson Investments Ltd. Hifza holds an MBA in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration (Karachi) and is also a Junior Associate at the Institute of Bankers Pakistan.

Hifza is a Pakistani national and is based in Karachi.

Adele Gikonyo

Portfolio Manager Sub-Saharan Africa

Adele joined Silk Invest in 2009 as a portfolio analyst and now oversees Sub-Sahran African equity investments as a Portfolio Manager. Before joining Silk Invest, she worked at Renaissance Capital, Berkshire Securities, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse. Adele holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University.

She is a Kenyan national and is based in Nairobi.

Carlotta Guffanti

Investment Analyst

Carlotta is an Investment Analyst at Silk Invest, performing research on sub-Saharan African companies and Argentina, supporting the investment management team with portfolio construction analysis and performance evaluation of the funds. Prior to Silk Invest, she worked at the GECX Group and UniCredit Bank.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Institutions and Financial Markets Management from Bocconi University and a Master’s degree in Global Banking and Finance from the European

Carlotta is an Italian national and is based in London.

Hashim Rasheed

Investment Analyst, MENA Region

Hashim is an Investment Analyst in Silk Invest’s MENA equities team and joined the company in 2014. He joined Silk Invest as a graduate upon completing his Master’s degree and previously interned at several companies such as Delta Rasmala Investment Bank and KPMG.

Hashim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management (Hons) from the University of Brighton and a Master’s degree in International Economic Policy and Analysis from the University of Westminster.

Hashim is an Egyptian national and is based in Cairo.

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