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Houssam Nasrawin


Since 2016, Houssam Nasrawin has been the CEO of Gulf Development Company (“GDC Partners”), an investment and advisory firm based in Abu Dhabi (UAE).


He has founded in 2011 Arab Business Leaders (“ABL”), a NGO meant to bridge the GCC to Europe by encouraging business and entrepreneurship initiatives. He is today the president.

He is presently advisor for the Women empowerment initiative, Womenpreneur  meant to foster entrepreneurship for women in the MENA region.


In 2011, Houssam Nasrawin co-founded the consulting firm Mideast Capital based in Dubai that focuses on supporting companies in “free-zones” and "off-shore zones" mainly in Dubai and RAK.


From 2009 to 2011, he worked in Private Equity in Dubai for Agility Logistics investment arm where he was in the investment team, active in Africa and the MENA region.


He has experience in London and Paris, mainly working in Investment Banking at La Société Générale and at Credit Agricole. He then joined Pechel Industries Partners, a private Equity firm in Paris.


In 2012 he received the African Leadership Award from the African Leadership Magazine for all his efforts and achievements to connect African and Arab companies.

Since 2012, Houssam Nasrawin as been active in cultural dialogues between Europe and the MENA region. He has also been mentor for some entrepreneurship initiatives mainly to support young entrepreneurs in the Middle East to launch their companies.


Houssam holds a Master in Finance from Audencia Business School (France), a Master in Economics and a BA in International Economics from the University of Paris Nanterre. He also studied at the Ohio State University, USA.


He is a French and Jordanian citizen and lives in Abu Dhabi (UAE).

Media coverage (articles)

Some links to some media coverage about Houssam Nasrawin's activities to promote bilateral trdes between the Middle East and the other regions (click on title to read):


   - Nasrawin about entrepreneruship in MENA region and the solutions to improve the situation (in Entrepreneur Magazine) - Click to article

   - Nasrawin's analysis of UAE market at the Franco Arab Chamber (in Chamber's newsletter) - Click to article

   - Nasrawin received by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (in Saudi PR) - Click to article

   - Nasrawin led a roadhow in Brussels to promote UAE (in Trade Arabia) - Click to article

   - Nasrawin led a roadshow in Bahrain and meeting with Sheikha Lubna (in Zawya) - Click to article

   - Nasrawin and Sheikh Hesham Al Khalifa signed MOU on behalf of ABL and Bahrai Development Bank (in Trade Arabia) - Click to article

   - Nasrawin about how to set up business in the UAE (in French media Le Figaro) - Click to article

   - Nasrawin about start-ups in the UAE (in French media Business Angles) - Click to article

   - Nasrawin about how to open a company in Dubai (in French media Widoobiz) - Click to article

   - Nasrawin: "Dubai, the new bridge between the Middle East and Africa" (in CPI Magazine) - Click to article

   - Nasrawin's interview (in Focus Magazine, Lebanon) - Click to article

   - Nasrawin about business initiatives in GCC region (in French magazine l'Express) - Click to article

   - ABL conference under the patronge of HH Sheikh Bodour Bint Sultan al Qasimi (in UAE Interactive) - Click to article

Media coverage (TVs & radios)

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