Asset Management

Acumen Investment Team

Giving More to Your Wealth

What’s the definition of Acumen ?

It is the ability to make good judgment and take quick decisions.

With this definition in mind, we selected a team that strives to strengthen our clients’ investments and aims at reaching their precise investment goals.

Acumen Investment team, led by Rana Adawi, brings more than 80 years of combined experience in the financial services industry.

Mrs. Rana Adawi

Chairperson & Managing Director - Acumen Asset Management

Mrs. Rana Adawi comes with prime expertise in Asset Management and over 22 years of experience in the financial services industry with leading international and regional financial institutions. Her previous roles include Head of Research in Fleming CIIC Securities.

Managing Director of Egyptian Portfolio Management Group, the portfolio management arm of the region’s largest investment bank EFG-Hermes. Under her mandate was the management of Egypt’s largest local mutual funds and equity portfolios of high-net-worth individuals investing in the Egyptian stock market. Total assets under her direct management exceeded EGP 5bn. Mutual funds managed by her were ranked 1st through 3rd for three consecutive years (2005, 2006 and 2007) among all competing Egyptian funds, and beating the index by no less than 50%.

In 2010, Mrs. Adawi, along with Mr. Hesham El Sewedy; a prominent Saudi business figure, and Mr. Mohamed Abdalla; founder of Coldwell Banker Egypt founded Acumen Holding with a paid-in capital of EGP 30 million.

Mrs. Rana Adawi  is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Acumen Asset Management. The company is managing Egypt’s Top performing balanced fund “El Kheir Fund” that ranked number one in cumulative performance for three years from 2012-2014 and Bank Audi’s Islamic fund “Ezdehar”, the first fund to be launched in Egypt after the revolution and was also ranked number one amongst all Islamic funds in Egypt in 2015.

Mrs Adawi also manages portfolios of public sector banks, public and private institutions, and high-net-worth individuals with a total AUMs of USD 120 million.

Mrs Rana Adawi was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in the economy in Egypt in 2016 in a ceremony that was organized by one of Egypt’s top financial magazines under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Egypt Sherif Ismail . 

Mrs Adawi  is also a member of the Top 50 Committee that is taking an active role in the economic development of the country. 


Salah Abou-Alam

Head of Compliance and Board Member

Salah Abou-Alam has more than 25 years of experience in the field of Brokerage Firms, Audit and  Banking Sector . He has joined Acumen Holding as Head of Compliance and now he is also a Board member in Acumen Asset Management .

Before joining Acumen , Salah Abou Alam was the advisor to the Chairman Of  EFSA and Head of Inspection and Enforcement Division of the Egyptian Capital Market Authority (EFSA) and Head of Capital Market Examination Committee .

Prior to EFSA , Salah Abou-Alam was the head of  Compliance & Internal Audit at EFG-Hermes Securities Brokerage  .

Prior to EFG Hermes ,Salah Abou-Alam joined IBM-Egypt for eight years as Fulfillment Operation Support  and  Internal Audit

 Prior to IBM, Salah Abou-Alam joined CIB for three years in Credit Department

Nader Ekdawi

Deputy Managing Director

Mr. Nader Ekdawi comes with over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry, seven of which he spent at EFG-Hermes. He joined Acumen Asset Management upon establishment.

His last position was Vice President and Head of Equity and Derivative Trading in the Asset Management arm of EFG-Hermes. In addition, Mr. Ekdawi was responsible for managing a team of five traders, trading in 11 different MENA equity markets. He currently holds the position of Deputy Managing Director at Acumen Asset Management

May El Haggar

Head of Research

Ms. May El Haggar joined Acumen Asset Management in February 2014 and has extensive experience exceeding 14 years in equity analysis in the MENA markets with coverage spanning several sectors including financial institutions, pharmaceuticals and industrials.

Before joining Acumen, May was Director of Research at Naeem Brokerage and was heading the financial institutions sector team.

Prior to Naeem, she was the Assistant Head of Research at Okaz Stockbrokers Company.

Khaled El Ansary

Fixed Income and Money Market Desk

Khaled El Ansary is the Fixed income and money market desk. 

He is also a member of the firm’s investment committee. Prior to Acumen, Khaled was Head of Institutional Sales Desk in Watheeqa Capital. He has also held Assistant Portfolio Manager at Prime Asset Management. Previously Khaled started his career with EFG Hermes Brokerage he held a position as Relationship Manager – Middle East Sales.

Khaled completed a three month Investment Analysis course with DC Gardeners UK and now has over 10 years of experience in Investment Management.

He holds a Bachelor degree In Accounting from Ain Shams University.

Ahmed Farouk

Head of Operations

Mr. Ahmed Farouk joined Acumen Asset Management in May 2015. He holds the position of Head of Operations in the company.

Mr. Farouk started his career in 2002, as a Senior Operation officer at Sigma Capital (Securities, Book Keeping and portfolio management). Following, in 2006 , he joined EFG Hermes and gradually progressed in positions up till Vice President for Treasury and Capital Market Operations by the end of 2013. In January 2014 Mr. Farouk join ServFund Co. for administration services as Operations Manager & Deputy COO.

An opportunity to make a difference!

Why join Acumen?

Our number one focus in Acumen is our performance and our greatest asset is our people. We look for a team that is self-motivated, appreciates challenge and innovative. We tend to always pick the right person in the right position.

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