Meet Our Team

It’s always good to know who you’re doing business with and to put a face to the name, so let us introduce you to our people.

Executive Management

Haris Akhtar CFA

Director and Head of Investments

With a fifteen year career in real estate private equity, Haris’ experience is extensive and practical. As one of the first to join and establish real estate private equity firm Forum Partner’s London office in 2005, he was responsible for originating, structuring and closing millions in real estate investments across the UK, Germany and France. He brings a drive and dedication to OFFA and our customers, working to find the best, and most profitable returns and is always happy to chat about real estate.

Haris Akhtar, CFA

Director & Head of Investments

haris.akhtar@offa.co.uk

Tarek Kallel

Director and Sharia Co-Ordinator

Tarek is a pioneer in the Global Islamic Banking Industry, having built from scratch Germany’s first Islamic Bank, KT Bank. In its first year of operation alone it achieved over €150m of client deposits and 8000 new retail clients.

He has over 15 years of Institutional Sales experience across Capital Markets, Structured Products and Alternative Investments and during his career has worked at JP Morgan, DZ Bank, West LB, HSH NordBank, and Kleinwort Benson.

Most recently Tarek has been involved in raising a $50m commercial real estate fund and $400m real estate development fund for a UK based investment boutique.

Tarek Kallel

Director & Sharia Co-Ordinator

tarek.kallel@offa.co.uk

Rory Duff

Consultant FD

After completing his Masters in Engineering (Aeronautical) at Cambridge University, Rory started his career in finance at Deloitte where he quickly rose to Senior Manager in the Business Modelling Division. Rory then worked at Private Equity firm Cabot Square Capital, where he acquired and served as Investment Director to several financial sector start-ups. Rory has since worked in a CFO role at various companies including £50m+ turnover company Compello, as well as Signature Finance – a short term real estate bridge lender. More recently Rory has served as Group Strategy Director to Homeserve, a FTSE250 £600m+ turnover PLC.

Rory Duff, FCA

Consultant FD

rory.duff@offa.co.uk

Operations Team

Arsalan Akhtar

Analyst

After completing his BSc in Economics, Arsalan went on to complete his MSc in Business Management at Imperial College. During this time, Arsalan also completed an Internship at $2bn AUM multi-strategy hedge fund, GLC Ltd. Passionate about improving health care and giving back to the community, Arsalan then worked as the Practice Manager of a large inner-city Primary Care Practice. Arsalan then went on to obtain his CA qualification working at Ernst and Young where he was given responsibility to lead the audit of the some of their largest and most complex PLC clients. His portfolio included ABB Technologies, CRH Tarmac, InterContinental Hotel Group & Veolia. Subsequently he worked at Real Estate Private Equity firm, Moorschild Ltd, where he gained extensive experience in appraising investment opportunities and sourcing funding for large scale development projects. Arsalan is working towards the CFA qualification, and has passed CFA level 2.

Arsalan Akhtar, CA

Analyst

arsalan.akhtar@offa.co.uk

Robert Taylor

MRICS and In-House Valuer

As the head of Stephen McBride’s agency department and with almost thirty years’ experience in the property industry, Robert advices clients in regard to agency, landlord & tenant, acquisition of investment property and development work. He’s meticulous and thorough in his work and passionate about providing quality.

Robert Taylor

MRICS & In-House Valuer

Sheikh Farid

Finance & Management Accounts

Sheikh has been working in Finance for almost 7 years

Sheikh has a degree in BSc Banking and Finance from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Sheikh also has CeMAP and ACCA part 2 qualifications.

Sheikh is responsible for the day to day accounts, preparing development appraisals, deal analysis and preparing reports for the Directors.

Sheikh Farid

Finance & Management Accounts

Marie Fortunato

Business Administration

Marie has over 15 years administration experience in various roles working for Graham National Sales, MG Rover, Foster Care Associates, Signature Private Finance.

Marie has an NVQ level 3 in Business Administration along with Customer Service experience.

Marie is responsible for day to day running of the office.

Marie Fortunato

Business Administration

Bilal Ahmed

Credit

Having spent almost two decades in the property finance sector Bilal’s experience is extensive and spans the entire life cycle, from purchase and development to refurbishment and disposal. Working across student accommodation, residential and commercial developments Bilal understands the needs of both brokers and clients. He’s spent time buying and selling property to the value of hundreds of millions of pounds and in 2013 he also founded and launched a bridge lending platform, providing short term first charge lending. As a property enthusiast and dedicated to excellence, Bilal is a hands-on property financier, always happy to don his hard hat and walk a site to assess the true investment potential for clients whenever necessary.

Bilal Ahmed

Credit

bilal.ahmed@offa.co.uk

Shariah Advisory

Dr. Mohamed Ali Elgari

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Chairman)

Dr. Mohamed Ali Elgari is a Professor of Islamic Economics and the former Director of the Centre for Research in Islamic Economics at King Abdul Aziz University in Saudi Arabia. Dr Ali Elgari is an advisor to several Islamic financial institutions throughout the world and is also on the Shariah board of the Dow Jones Islamic index. He is also a member of the Islamic Fiqh Academy as well as a former member of the Islamic Accounting & Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institution (AAIOFI). Dr Elgari has written several books on Islamic banking. He graduated from the University of California with a Ph.D in Economics.

Dr. Mohamed Ali Elgari

Saudi Arabia (Chairman)

Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar

Malaysia

Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar is currently the Chairman of the Shariah Advisory Council at the Central Bank of Malaysia, the Securities Commission of Malaysia and the Labuan Financial Services Authority. Dr. Bakar was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the International Islamic University Malaysia. Dr. Bakar is a Shariah board member of various financial institutions, including The International Islamic Financial Market (Bahrain), Morgan Stanley (Dubai), Bank of London and Middle East (London), amongst many others, and a former member the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) (Bahrain).

Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar

Malaysia

Dr. Muhammad Amin Ali Qattan

Kuwait

Dr. Qattan has a Ph.D in Islamic Banking from Birmingham University and is himself a lecturer, as well as a prolific author of texts and articles on Islamic economics and finance. He is currently the Director of Islamic Economics Unit, Centre of Excellence in Management at Kuwait University. Dr Qattan also serves as the Shariah advisor to many reputable institutions such as Ratings Intelligence, Standard & Poors Shariah Indices, Al Fajer Retakaful amongst others. He is a highly regarded Shariah Scholar and is based in Kuwait.

Dr. Muhammad Qattan

Kuwait

Dr. Osama Al Dereai

Qatar

Dr Osama Al Dereai is a Shariah scholar from Qatar. He has extensive experience in teaching, consulting and research in the field of Islamic finance. He received his Bachelor's degree specializing in the Science of Hadeth Al Sharef from the prestigious Islamic University of Madinah. Dr Al Dereai obtained his Masters degree from the International Islamic University (Malaysia) and was later conferred his Doctorate in Islamic Transactions from the University of Malaya. Dr Al Dereai is a Shariah board member of various financial institutions which include the First Leasing Company, Barwa Bank, First Investment Company and Ghanim Al Saad Group of Companies amongst others.

Dr. Osama Al Dereai

Qatar

Business Advisory

Mark Flower

Business Advisor

With a career that spans twenty-one years, starting out in banking and asset finance with Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB and UCB, Mark is one of the most respected property finance brokers in the industry. In 2007 and 2008 he was the Chairman of the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers, helping to establish the short-term lenders association. In a fast-moving finance market, and in ever uncertain times, Mark brings experience, specialist knowledge and a dedication to long and trusted relationships with finance providers.

Mark Fowler

Business Advisor