Leadership

Zash Hossain, Managing Member

Mr. Zash Hossain started his career on Wall Street at SG Cowen. Over the years he has gained his pedigree from large institutions such as JP Morgan to the niche focused firms such as Maxim Group. During his tenure at Gilford Securities, Zash served as a Director in the Dubai and New York City offices, where he was an integral part in the development of the Asset Management Platform for Ultra High Net Worth groups & families in the Middle East.

Throughout Zash’s Trading and Investment Banking career, he was heavily involved in the trading of Oil & Gas companies. During his Investment Banking years, he was primarily focused on Oil & Gas Producers, Refiners, companies that supported the Oil & Gas Companies, and India’s Infrastructure. Zash has also held a Managing Partner position at an international shipping and logistics company within the Oil & Gas industry.

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Zash was the Chief Executive Officer of World Petro Company. Under Zash’s leadership, he grew the company and increased the financing from $2.5 billion to $7 billion. He and his team launched business activities with several key suppliers and he navigated the firm into a large international contract with a major state owned oil refinery. At World Petro Company, Zash established the organization and structure to transact with many of the world’s largest airlines, logistics companies, and high volume trade desks. He also formed strategic alliances on the behalf of World Petro Company with top financial institutions to maximize the profit potential in transactions. 

Zash attended New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Rion Choate, Senior Advisor

 

Rion began paving his way in the Middle East at EF Hutton as an Investment Banker with a concentration on the MENA Region. From Wall Street, Rion went to Washington DC. In Washington DC, he served on Senator Howard Baker’s staff. Choate operated in the Middle East for over 25 years at the highest levels, maintaining relationships with the Kings, Emirs, and the Grand Mufti’s of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the Emirates.

 

Being well-received, Rion had become the trusted advisor for some of the most influential families in the Middle East for whom he developed and implemented strategies for special situations. Rion is best known for his deep Middle East domain experience and has been invited to speak on the topic at both the United Nations General Assembly in New York City and in Davos at the World Economic Forum.

 

Choate, graduated from Harvard University and Oxford University (University College). Rion is a Senior Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a Fellow in International Management at the Sloane School of Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rion’s father was one of the first to serve under Major General William J. (Wild Bill) Donovan in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) during WWII and Korea.

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