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Omar AlShamsi



Omar AlShamsi

Omar AlShamsi

Co-Founder & CEO Watermelon

Omar AlShamsi, a UAE national who has spent most of his career in the investment field, has a proven track record of being instrumental in the success of businesses across the UAE and globally. Omar graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in accounting; he also holds an Executive MBA degree from INSEAD with a focus on the digital world. His career started in Daman Securities where he helped establish and grow the UAE’s security office in Abu Dhabi. He then moved to Dubai Group, which was under Dubai Holding during that time, where he was stationed in Hong Kong. His role while in Hong Kong was part of the management team for North Asian Investment Books, where he managed public and private equity investments for the group. He was later recruited to the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (First Abu Dhabi Bank today) to manage investments in the treasury division. After four years of working across various roles in the treasury department, he became the Chief of Staff for the bank. After the bank merged, Omar took care of the government relations division for the newly formed entity (First Abu Dhabi Bank) before venturing off to help establish KPISOFT in the Middle East.



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