Yusuf Abdulla Yusuf Akbar Alireza
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, ARP Global Capital
Mr. Alireza recently moved to Dubai, UAE in August 2017 after being away from the Middle East for the past 30 years. In June 2018, him and his partner, Krishna Rao, have set up an alternative investment platform called ARP Global Capital Limited. The fund management company is registered in the DIFC (Dubai International Financial City) and invests in global markets.
From 2012 to 2016 Mr. Alireza was the Chief Executive Officer of Noble Group, at the time, the largest Asian commodity firm and a Fortune 100 company.
Mr. Alireza started his career at Goldman Sachs & Co where he spent 20 years working in their NY, London and HK offices. His last role was as President of Goldman Sachs Asia and a member of the firm’s Global Management Committee. He began working at Goldman Sachs New York in 1992, transferring to the firm’s London office in 1997 and becoming the Head of EMEA sales and structuring efforts. He relocated to Hong Kong in 2008, where he managed the Asia Pacific Sales and Trading Businesses. In 2004 he became the first Arab Partner in the 140-year history of the firm and in 2010 became the only Arab to ever be elected to the firm’s Global Management Committee and at the time was the youngest member of the committee.
Mr. Alireza serves on the Board of the National Bank of Bahrain (NBB), as well as on the NBB Executive Committee & Nomination and Remuneration Committee, the board of Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), the Global Board of Room to Read, the Board of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Georgetown University as well as on the board of Bahrain Ship Repairing & Engineering Company.
Mr. Alireza grew up in Bahrain (Dual Bahrain and UK Nationality) but moved to the US to attend university in 1992. He received a joint master’s and bachelor’s degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Services at Georgetown University, graduating with highest honors and completing both the degrees in 4 years. He completed his bachelor’s studies in international economics and econometrics, pursuing a master’s degree in Arab Studies and international relations and affairs.
Mr. Alireza is married to Dina Khreino-Alireza and they have three children.