Ahmed Al-Rayes

$100m fund launched in #Bahrain to help #SMEs growth

A $100 million fund has been launched in Bahrain to invest in the country's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The initiative has been unveiled by the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) in partnership with Ibdar Bank and Labour Fund Tamkeen. The Bahrain SME Fund is a Shariah compliant mezzanine private equity fund which will target SMEs with high growth potential in consumer, industrial, ICT, education and healthcare sectors. Khalid Al Aboudi, CEO of the ICD, said that SME support is at the centre of ICD’s strategy as they seek to facilitate further prosperity in Islamic countries. Ahmed Al-Rayes, CIO of Ibdar Bank, added that the creation of this fund is aligned with the Bank’s mission to support Bahrain’s economic diversification through private sector growth.

Ibdar bank appoints new Chief Investment Officer Ahmed al-Rayes

Bahrain-based Ibdar Bank has appointed Mr. Ahmed Al-Rayes as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of the Bank. Effective 9 June 2015, Mr. Al-Rayes is responsible for leading the investment and wealth management teams and for establishing and implementing investment strategies to expand the Bank's investments horizon. This includes both broadening Ibdar's client base, strengthening existing relationships with key clients and partners and building relationships with international institutions globally. Mr. Al-Rayes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bahrain and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. He has also completed a number of executive and Islamic training programmes in the region and internationally.

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