OIM – Chief Executive Officer
Muneer is a founding director of OIM. He has over 15 years of international investment experience in private equity and venture capital investments, as well as fund management and corporate finance. He has worked on a number of infrastructure projects in Oman and overseas and has expertise in sourcing and structuring investment opportunities from inception to execution. In his previous role with SGRF as a Private Equity Senior Manager – Local Initiatives, Muneer has been leading investment projects in critical and diverse sectors.
He has invested and managed investments under different capital and legal structures with a focus on long-term management and exit. Muneer has conducted and supervised feasibility studies, due diligence, structuring, monitoring and exits of investments. He has also worked closely with the private equity team on originating deals. His previous role was instrumental in founding the Rakiza initiative. Prior to the above described role, Muneer was seconded to Vietnam Oman Investments as an Investment Manager in Ho Chi Minh City, working on a joint venture between SGRF, Oman and SCIC, Vietnam.
Muneer holds a Master in Science of Finance degree from the School of Management at University of Leicester and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Economics (Finance) from the College of Commerce & Economics at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.
Qaisar M. Zaman
OIM – Chief Investment Officer
Qaisar is a founding director of OIM. Qaisar has 30 years of experience in investment banking and private equity, focusing on transactions in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia. He has led debt financings in excess of USD 25 billion, and invested and exited infrastructure investments in the UK and US totaling USD 7 billion. His last role was managing oil and gas public infrastructure projects on behalf of the Sovereign Wealth Fund in Bahrain.
One of his key achievements was founding Arcapita’s Infrastructure Investments business, where he, as a founding member, led some of its largest and most successful investments and exits totalling circa USD 5 billion. In his previous role as a General Manager, Investments at the Oil & Gas Holding Company of Bahrain, Qaisar was responsible for originating new direct investments. He successfully led all of its long-term borrowings including the company’s debut issuance in both the bank and capital markets as well as several syndicated facilities and project finance debt for various portfolio projects. Prior to this, Qaisar has held vice president roles at J.P Morgan Chase & Co and the Chase Manhattan Bank.
Qaisar holds a Master of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Arizona State University, USA and a Master of International Management Degree in International Finance degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Bahrain.
OIM – Chief Financial Officer
Nigel has over 20 years of experience in finance and investment functions. He has expertise in financial accounting, cash management, compliance and negotiations, planning, budgeting and forecasting. Most recently, in his previous role as the Chief Financial Officer of the Oman Investment Fund, Nigel was a Senior Investment Committee member responsible for individual asset equity tickets up to OMR 50m (USD 130m).
He oversaw a USD 8 billion portfolio and held senior investment management responsibility within direct investment, private equity and listed/treasury asset classes as well as for the execution and negotiation of complex hedge, bridge and capital financing arrangements. Before joining Oman Investment Fund, Nigel was a Director at EQT Funds Management Limited, Guernsey (2010-2017). He was a General Partner Director of 13 private equity fund structures across a broad spectrum of asset classes and global geographic focus and acted as an administrator, promoter and manager to the offshore funds.
He also held responsibility of control and investment decision making for over EUR 18 billion of assets under management. Nigel was admitted to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 2004. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Historical Science from University of Sunderland, United Kingdom.
Geoff Jackson, Chief Executive Officer
Geoff is a founding Director of Equitix. Since establishing Equitix in 2007, Geoff has successfully built and led a team of professionals, who have become respected development and investment managers in core infrastructure projects. Geoff led a number of Equitix’s initial investments particularly in the education sector, achieving Financial Close on Greenwich and Essex BSF projects partnering with Babcock and Skanska respectively. He plays an active role in all aspects of the business and sits on the board of Equitix Holdings as well as the Investment Committees for all the Equitix Funds. Geoff has over 40 years of development and construction industry experience. Prior to founding Equitix, he was Managing Director of Programme Management with Skanska Infrastructure Development, running all PPP bidding and in particular, was responsible for leading the team that produced the winning proposal for the £1.4 billion Bart’s and the Royal London Hospital PFI bid. Prior to joining Skanska, he was the Divisional Director at Bovis Lend Lease responsible for some of the first UK PFI healthcare projects. Geoff is a Chartered Builder (MCIOB), a graduate of Hertfordshire College of Building, Reading University (CM course), and Brighton University (MSC Construction modules).
Hugh Crossley, Chief Investment Officer
Hugh is a founding Director of Equitix. Bringing over 23 years of industry experience, he is responsible for investor relations and has managed the establishment of Equitix’s previous five core funds. As Chair of the Investment Committee, Hugh oversees the investment and portfolio management functions and is responsible for the administration and optimisation of the Funds’ assets. He is actively involved in the majority of Equitix’s acquisitions and has managed the bids for all of the Equitix co-investments including the successful bids for the Sheringham Shoal, M25 and HS1. Prior to joining Equitix, Hugh was Commercial Manager at John Laing where he managed Laing’s investments into the Social Housing and Hospital sectors including Bart’s and the Royal London Hospital as well as the acquisition of two Canadian Hospitals. Prior to John Laing, he worked for Bechtel Corporation both in London and the USA, working in Power, Airport Development and Civils. Hugh graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Environmental & Ecological Engineering from the University of Newcastle and is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA).
Jonathan Smith, Chief Financial Officer
Jon joined Equitix in May 2007 and heads the Group’s Finance activities. He has worked on a number of transactions whilst at Equitix including secondary acquisitions of health, education and leisure projects and primary projects across all sectors. In particular, Jon leads the technical, financial and accounting team on behalf of the Equitix consortium bidding for renewable energy transmission projects (OFTOs). Jon sits on the Fund Investment Committees for all of the Equitix Funds and the Board of Equitix Holdings and the general partners for all funds managed by Equitix. He led the bid for the University of Salford and was a key member of the commercial bidding team responsible for closing Greater Gabbard, Equitix’s first investment into the offshore transmission projects (OFTOs). Jon has over 16 years of infrastructure experience. Prior to joining Equitix, Jon was with John Laing primarily involved in acute hospital deals as well as police and criminal justice and LIFT projects throughout the UK. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Management Accountants and holds a BA (Honours) in Finance and Corporate Structuring.