Chairman, Starling Holding Limited.

Mr. Ahmed Jawa embodies the Middle East’s success story. As Chairman, of Starling Holding Limited, Mr. Jawa has continually set business and entrepreneurial excellence standards. The renowned Saudi Arabian entrepreneur established Starling Holding, an international investment group dedicated to private equity and venture capital, just after graduating from college, when private equity was in its infancy in the Middle East region.

Mr. Jawa’s impeccable corporate expertise in oil and gas, healthcare, hospitality, home entertainment, and real estate development helped grow Starling Holding into a global investment leader, with business interests in the Middle East, Europe, USA, North Africa, and South Asia.
His business acumen was recognised in 1996, at the highest level, when he was honoured as one of the ‘Global Leaders of Tomorrow’ at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Mr. Jawa’s expertise and entrepreneurial skills have seen him become a trusted advisor for global companies that operate in the Middle East.

He is the Vice-Chairman of Emaar Properties, the developer of global icons including Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, and Chairman of its Emaar Properties’ Investment Committee and Risk Committee. He is also a member of its Audit Committee, offering advice on Emaar’s global expansion plans.
Mr. Jawa is also a Board Member of Emaar Development, the leading developer of residential and commercial build-to-sell assets in the UAE, and a member of its Investment Committee and Nomination & Remuneration Committee.

Mr. Jawa is Chairman of Emaar Middle East (KSA), developer of high-value projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In addition, Mr. Jawa is the Chairman of Emaar Turkey and serves on Emaar Misr’s board in Egypt. He is also the Chairman of its Audit Committee and a member of its Investment Committee.
He is on the Board of RAK Petroleum, an Oslo Børs-listed oil and gas investment company and serves as the Chairman of its Audit Committee.

Mr. Jawa is also on the Board of National Pipe Company Ltd (NPC), a joint-venture between Saudi-based enterprises and Sumitomo Corporation Group of Japan that manufactures and supplies quality pipes for the oil, gas, water and construction services.

He is a former member of the Board of ‘Emaar, The Economic City’ and its Nomination & Remuneration Committee. A public joint-stock company listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul), ‘Emaar, The Economic City’ is undertaking the modernisation and execution of King Abdullah Economic City, the largest masterplannned community of its kind in the Middle East region.

Mr. Jawa was previously Chairman of Disney Jawa Enterprises, which introduced a range of Walt Disney licenced products to the Middle East region. He was the Chairman & CEO of Stallions Home Video, which redefined home entertainment in the region, and Coflexip, a joint venture with France’s Elf Aquitane, to lay underwater pipes for crude oil distribution.

He is a former Board member of Samumed LLC.

Mr. Jawa holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, from the University of San Francisco. He is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.


Chief Executive Officer

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.



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. Shreya Kunder joined Starling as an Investment Analyst in 2021. She holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance from Heriot-Watt University. Ms. Kunder is also a level 2 candidate for the CFA program.


Investment Analyst

Mr. Thasrif Abdul Vahid joined Starling as an Accountant in June 2018 and has 3 years of work experience. He moved to Investment Team as an Investment Analyst. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Amity University, Dubai. Mr. Thasrif is also a level 1 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 Manager

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