About Funding Souq

Funding Souq is the digital financing platform for SME’s in the Middle East. We provide business loans by connecting established SMEs with retail and institutional debt investors worldwide.

Led by a powerful purpose to enable regional SMEs to grow and prosper, our goal is to become the #1 SME enabler in the region. Funding Souq was established in September 2020 in Dubai and has quickly expanded to Saudi Arabia in early 2021.
Our Mission & Vision
Mission
On a mission is to fuel SME growth, create jobs and drive the economy forward.
Vision
Our vision is to provide SMEs with reliable funding solutions by leveraging the power of technology and financial markets.
Our Board & Advisors
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Mariam Abdulsalam
Mariam joined the Kuwait Central Bank in 2012 and is currently a Deputy Manager of the Financial Stability Office. She holds a MSc in Finance from London Business School. 
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Suresh Lalwani
Suresh is the MD & Head of Coverage of Commercial Banking in First Abu Dhabi Bank. Previously, he was the Head of SME in RAK BANK, UAE's largest SME lender. Suresh holds an MBA from the SP Jain School of Management. 
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Martin Jaouni
Martin launched Funding Souq in 2020 after having spent some time in PwC as a Senior Associate on the Deals teams. Prior to that, he used to work in Real Estate Private Equity in London. Martin holds an MSc in Finance from CASS Business School in London.
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Musaab Hakami
Musaab is a General Partner in VentureSouq. Previously, he was the CFO of Sary where he raised $120m of venture capital. Musaab is also a renowned angel investor and a Computer Engineering graduate from King Saud University.
Our Shariah Supervisory Board
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Usama Ehsan

Usama is a member of the Sharia Board of Bank Alfalah in Pakistan and a Partner in Safwa Advisory, a boutique Sharia-compliant consultancy. Usama holds a MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Punjab. 

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Muhammad Abdul Hadi

Muhammed is an Associate in Safwa Shariah Advisory. He previously worked at Faysal Bank as a Sharia Auditor. Muhammed holds MA in Islamic Studies and Arabic, and a higher education degree in the field of Accounting and Finance. 

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Ubaid Zubairi

Ubaid works at Alhamd Shariah Advisory Services as a Director of Operations. He has over 10 years of experience and holds a Master’s degree in Islamic and Arabic Studies from Karachi University.

Our Leaders
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Martin Jaouni
Founder & CEO
Martin launched Funding Souq in 2020 after having spent some time in PwC as a Senior Associate on the Deals teams. Prior to that, he used to work in Real Estate Private Equity in London. Martin holds an MSc in Finance from CASS Business School in London.
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Nick Kvizhinadze
Tech Lead
Nick is leading our software development unit. Previously, he worked at TBC Bank and prior to that in VTB where he was responsible for the VideoBank project. Nick is an IT Graduate from the Georgian University.
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Sumbul Qureshi
Compliance Lead
Sumbul joined us with more than 11 years of compliance experience. She worked in Etive Consulting, Mashreq Bank, Abraaj Capital and the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan. Sumbul holds an LLB from the University of Punjab.
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Reham Hadidi
Credit Risk Manager
Reham joined us with over 12 years of experience in the Islamic banking sector. Her most recent position was as a Senior Credit Officer specializing in corporate clients at Arab Islamic International Bank in Jordan. Reham holds an MSc in Accounting from Jordan University.
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Shariah Compliance
Funding Souq offers Shariah-compliant investment and financing solutions. We are dedicated to following Islamic principles, with a Sharia Supervisory Board ensuring compliance.

Certified by Dar Al Sharia

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