Chairman, President & CEO

Ahmed Jawa has served as the Chairman, President and CEO of Starling Holding Ltd. since the company’s inception in 1986. In this capacity, Mr. Jawa is directly responsible for the investment and operational performance of the Starling Group of companies.

He is a Director on the Board of Emaar Properties PJSC, one of the largest real estate companies in the world by market capitalization and he is the Chairman of the Investment Committee and is a member of its Risk Committee. He is also a board member of Emaar development and member of the Investment & Nomination committee, UAE publicly traded real estate development company and severs on the Board of Emaar, The Economic City, publicly traded company in Saudi Arabia and is a member of its Nomination and Renumeration Committee.

Mr. Jawa is the Chairman of Emaar Turkey and is a member of the investment committee and serves on the Board of Emaar Misr in Egypt and is the chairman of its Audit Committee.

He is also on the Board of RAK Petroleum, an Oslo Bors-listed oil and gas investment company and serves as the Chairman of its Audit Committee.

He was a founding partner and Chairman of Disney-Jawa (Middle East) Enterprises Ltd., a joint venture with the Walt Disney Company, the first international entertainment company in the Middle East.

Mr. Jawa has served on the boards of the following companies:

Tricon Group, a US-based securities trading firm

Chairman of Stallions Home Video LLC., a video distribution company for the Middle East

Mr. Jawa holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration and an MBA (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of San Francisco. In 1996, Mr. Jawa was elected a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


Board Member & Vice President

Mr. Jamal Ahmed Jawa joined Starling as Senior Manager in 2010, after working at Banque Saudi Fransi, Jeddah, which is a joint venture between Saudi shareholders and Credit Agricole of France. He was responsible for Corporate Finance. He studied at Suffolk University in Boston MA, and graduated from College of Business Administration (CBA) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He is the first member of the family second generation to join the family office.


Board Member & Vice President

Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Jawa has joined Starling as a Senior Manager in September 2011 he is the second member of the second generation to join the family office. Mohammed’s experience include an internship at Credit Suisse Investment Banking in Dubai, UAE and brings more than two years of treasury experience to Starling from Banque Saudi Fransi where he occupied the position of Treasury Corporate Sales Dealer. His job description was to provide hedging and investment solutions for both institutional and private banking clients through the sale of treasury products ranging from foreign exchange, equities, commodities, interest rates, structured products and fixed income. Mr. Jawa holds a BBA in International Business Management from AIU-London


Director – Investments

Mr. Tariq Rishi joined Starling as Manager – Projects in 2011. He has over 20 years of diversified experience in areas of Information Technology, FMCG, Social Media and Licensing. He has MBA (Finance) from University of Wales, Cardiff and MS in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from Arizona State University. He holds BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore and also has certification in Technology and Ecommerce from University of California, Berkeley.


Director – Investments

Ms. Helal is responsible for reviewing investment proposals, conducting due diligence and assisting in maintaining the current portfolio of Starling. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from PESIT, Bangalore, and an MBA in Finance from S. P. Jain Center of Management, Dubai. Ms. Helal is a candidate for the CFA program.


Investment Analyst

Ms. Lenita D’Souza joined Starling as an Investment Analyst in 2018. She holds an Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Minors in International Business from The Pennsylvania State University. Ms. D’Souza is also a level 2 candidate in the CFA Program.


Investment Analyst

Ms. Jyotika joined Starling as an Investment Analyst in 2018. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of Bombay. She is also a level 2 candidate for the CFA program.


Asst. Director – Finance

Mr. Majid Siddiqui manages Finance and Administration functions of Starling and its subsidiaries. Mr. Majid has over 10 years of experience in the field of audit and finance and has been working in Gulf region for the past 6 years. He has worked with Ernst and Young (E&Y) for 4 years and performed his duties for E&Y in multiple countries. Mr. Majid is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – UK.


Manager – Finance

Mr. Javeed joined Starling as Financial Accountant in August 2014. He is involved in various accounting functions for Starling and its subsidiaries. He holds an MBA in Finance from Bharathidasan University and have worked with Smiths Detection Middle East FZE (One of the five divisions of Smiths Group PLC, UK) for 8 years. He has over 11 years of experience in Finalization of accounts, Management reporting and budgeting.


MIS Supervisor

Mr. Ghouse Mohiuddin manages the operations and IT functions for the Starling Group. He has vast experience in the field of networking, software development and PC hardware support. Prior to joining Starling, he worked in Laing O’Rourke Construction Company. He holds a Masters degree holder in Computer Sciences and has also completed various Microsoft and Cisco & AWS certifications