Mr Ghanem AlGhanem is an Investment professional focused on developing and implementing asset allocation and investment strategies for institutional and higher net-worth investors. In addition, Ghanem is an adjunct Financial Modeling and CFA instructor covering various topics including (Equity, Fixed Income, Alternatives, Quantitative Methods, Economics, and Portfolio Management). Mr. Ghanem holds two masters degrees from Drexel University (MBA, & Masters in Finance), Advanced Certificate in portfolio Management from New York University, Financial Risk Manager Certificate, and CFA Level 3 candidate.
Mr. Omar Bassal, CFA is the head of asset management at MASIC—an institutional family office based in Saudi Arabia—where he oversees investments in traditional and alternative assets that are consistent with Shariah principles (e.g., public equities, real estate, private equity, leasing funds, Sukuk, etc). Mr. Bassal spends his time reading and thinking—ignoring the hollow sound bites coming from the TV and newspapers. He cares about what the world will look like in 10 years' time and less about which market is making a new high today.
Mr. Bassal began investing in 1994 and has held senior positions in investment companies in the United States and the Middle East. Prior to MASIC, he worked as head of Asset Management at NBK Capital, the investment arm of the largest and highest rated bank in the Middle East. In the United States, Mr. Bassal worked as a portfolio manager at Azzad Asset Management where he managed mutual funds in accordance with Islamic principles. He also worked with an institutional public equity manager investing on behalf of government and corporate clients across the United States.
Mr. Bassal holds an MBA with honors in finance, management, and statistics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics, also from the Wharton School. He has appeared on CNBC and has contributed articles to Barron’s newspaper. Mr. Bassal is the author of the book, Swing Trading for Dummies.