Makkawi is a serial entrepreneur and a pioneer in the Middle East and North Africa investment banking, asset management and private equity markets. He has served as Chief Investment Officer; Chief Executive Officer; Board Member and Chairman in numerous organizations on a global basis. He currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer since June 2015 at Qatar First Bank (“QFB”) a Shari’a compliant bank headquartered in Doha with an established track record in Private Equity and offering best in class private banking, corporate, and institutional banking services. Makkawi began his career with JP Morgan on Wall Street in 1986. He later joined Elf Aquitaine in Geneva before moving to the Middle East to co-found Lebanon Invest later sold to Bank Audi, and then Middle East Capital Group as Managing Director responsible for Capital Markets. In 2000, Makkawi moved to Dubai to build and run Shuaa Capital’s financial Services business including asset management, proprietary trading, capital markets, research and brokerage activities. In 2004 he was appointed CEO of Dubai Bank and in 2006 he founded and ran as Chairman and CEO Algebra Capital a MENA focused Asset Management firm he later sold to Global Asset Manager Franklin Templeton in 2010. Makkawi has been a pioneer in the development of both the investment banking and asset management industries in the region. In 2013 he was appointed CEO of Istithmar World the PE investment arm of Dubai World, a multi-billion global portfolio across multiple sectors including hospitality, financial services, retail, logistics, wellness, and real estate. Makkawi served as director on numerous boards including MECG (Beirut); National Bonds (UAE); Amwal (Qatar); Franklin Templeton International ME (UAE); Jadara Capital (UAE); International Hotel Resorts (Malta); Gulf Africa Bank (Kenya); Blue Gate Capital Partners (BVI); Pension Insurance Corporation (UK); Istithmar P&O Estates (UK); Art Sawa (UAE); Algebra Capital (UAE).