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Dean’s Lecture Series: Qatar Financial Centre
Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida will be speaking at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar as part of the Dean’s Lecture Series on, ‘The role of the QFC in national economic development’.
Special Guest: Dr. Andy Khawaja, Founder of Allied Wallet
The Dean’s Lecture Series is the principal forum for eminent industry practitioners and government officials to bring their knowledge and perspectives to Carnegie Mellon, and to broaden students’ understanding of important issues.
Biography: Yousuf Al-Jaida
Yousuf Al-Jaida was appointed Chief Executive Officer in June 2015. He previously held the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategic and Business Development Officer at the QFC Authority where he was responsible for the overall strategic development of the organisation.
Yousuf has a strong financial background with experience across a variety of roles. Prior to joining the QFC Authority, he was head of indirect investment at the Qatar General Retirement and Pension Authority, which included overseeing the management of hedge fund, private equity, real estate, fixed income and equity portfolio investments. His previous experiences include engineering project work for Qatar Petroleum and Dolphin Energy and managing various real-estate projects in Qatar.
Yousuf represents QFC Authority on the boards of Qatar Exchange and Qatar Finance and Business Academy. He has previously sat on the boards of Nakilat QSC and the US$1 billion strategic investment fund of Unicorn Investment Bank, as well as serving as Vice Chairman of Mayadeen Real Estate Company KSCC. He graduated from the
University of Arizona, USA.
Biography: Dr. Andy Khawaja
Dr. Andy Khawaja is the CEO of Allied Wallet, a multi-billion dollar company which continues to revolutionize the e-commerce industry by introducing new and innovative payment processing solutions for online merchants, enabling them to send and receive international payments.
With PCI compliant merchant services for nearly any business size, Allied Wallet provides a state-of-the-art payment gateway to optimize online transactions for any company. Allied Wallet continually develops software to integrate with every e-commerce solution in the world.
Khawaja grew up as a kid in Lebanon and came to America as a teenager. He worked in the high-end retail business for years, and ran a chain of retail stores with locations in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive and the Las Vegas MGM. When the internet started to grow, Dr. Andy realized there was going to be a need for a way to accept credit cards. Dr. Andy’s experience with the international customers allowed him to understand foreign business very well, and he wanted to create a way to connect business owners and customers all over the world and that happened through Allied Wallet. Ten years ago they were marketing by word of mouth, and now they process for 150 million merchants around the world.