Iyad spent almost five years at Gateway as a partner and post his departure in March 2020, has remained on in an advisory capacity. Iyad has almost three decades of experience in financial, retail, real estate, leisure, entertainment and hospitality sectors in the Middle East & North Africa (“MENA”) region. Prior to Gateway, Iyad was CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Group, one of the largest family conglomerates in the MENA region, successfully driving growth in top line, bottom line, market share and shareholder value. Before Majid Al Futtaim, Iyad had a long career with International Finance Corporation including as Director for South Asia based in New Delhi, India, COO & he was also Head of Asset Management at EFG Hermes based in Egypt between 2001 and 2004. Iyad has a MBA from George Washington University, a BBA from American University of Beirut and is also a CFA charter holder.