We are a team with complementary skills and extensive backgrounds in private equity, strategy, corporate law, risk and data analytics.
THE VENTURESOUQ PARTNERS
Sonia is a Founding Partner of VentureSouq. Previously, Sonia was an investment professional in the Global Special Situations Group of Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC), a large sovereign wealth fund based in the UAE, focusing on venture capital and tech deals. Prior to this role, Sonia was an Actuarial Consultant at Mercer Human Resource Consulting in its Dubai and Toronto offices. Sonia is a qualified Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries (USA). Sonia obtained a BSc from the University of Toronto (with distinction) and majored in Actuarial Science and Statistics.
Tammer is a Founding Partner of VentureSouq. Previously, he was Vice President of Private Equity at Waha Capital, a diversified investment company based in Abu Dhabi with assets of c.$3 billion. Prior to joining Waha, Tammer worked with UBS and HSBC in New York and Dubai, respectively. He served as a Fulbright Scholar in Damascus, Syria and worked with the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House in Washington, D.C. Tammer holds a B.A. from Yale University and serves on the Board of Directors of Addax Bank in Bahrain and of the Yale Arab Alumni Association.
Suneel is a Founding Partner of VentureSouq. Previously, he was Senior Legal Counsel to Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC), a large sovereign wealth fund based in the UAE, advising on global M&A, investment fund (VC, PE and hedge funds) and capital markets transactions. Prior to this, Suneel practiced in the Corporate group of Allen & Overy's Abu Dhabi office and at Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Toronto in the firm's Corporate Finance & Securities group. Suneel obtained a JD (with a concentration in business law) from the University of British Columbia, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a B.A. (Honours) from McMaster University (summa cum laude).
Sonia Weymuller is a Founding Partner of VentureSouq. Previously, she was a Consultant to Acumen’s KawiSafi Ventures Fund, worked with Turner Broadcasting’s Commercial Development team in Dubai, with Viacom’s Emerging Markets’ Strategy Group and Microsoft’s Strategy and M&A team in London. She is an Advisor to Village Capital’s Sustainability MENA Program, a Charter Member and Board Director for TiE's Dubai chapter and serves as the UAE Director for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee. Sonia holds a B.A. from Yale University, a MSc from the London School of Economics and is a Kauffman Fellow
Maan is VentureSouq’s partner in Saudi Arabia. He has over 12 years of banking experience. Previously, he was a Director with Coutts & Co, the wealth division of Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS). Based in Geneva he was responsible for servicing key MENA clients and expanding bank operations across the region. Prior to Coutts & Co, Maan spent time with Citi Private Bank in Dubai and Geneva, managed a large family investment office in Jeddah, and traded equities & derivatives for SABB (HSBC Saudi Arabia Ltd). He has had several board positions and acted as the chairman of an investment committee for a publicly traded company. Maan holds a BS in Business Administration and is currently reading for his executive MBA at Geneva Business School.
THE VENTURESOUQ TEAM
Maria is an associate at VentureSouq. Previously she was an intern at ING Bank N.V. with the High Yield Debt Capital Markets team. Prior to ING Maria completed a summer internship with KPMG UAE’s Business Performance Services division. Maria holds a B.A. from New York University Abu Dhabi.
Sergiy is an associate at VentureSouq. Previously he was an intern at TA Ventures, an early-stage VC Fund based in Ukraine. Sergiy graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi with a B.A. in Political Science.
Prior to joining VentureSouq Fintech fund, Sara worked as an associate at Global Ventures, where she focused on portfolio value creation, reporting, and NAL investment deal sourcing and evaluation. Before this, she was a Regional Programs Associate at Flat6Labs, where she developed and supported the operational expansion in the MENA region. Prior to that, Sara moved to Egypt to work at Rocket Internet's e-commerce platform, Jumia.com, translating category targets and gaps into priorities, actions, and sourcing roadmap for all support functions. Sara started her career in economic consulting working in Washington, DC as an analyst focusing on Antitrust litigation. Sara holds a BA from Brandeis University, a triple major in Mathematics, Economics, and Business. Sara is also an avid rock climber, hiker, and diver.
Sara Ebeid is an associate at VentureSouq. Prior to joining VentureSouq Fintech fund, Sara worked as a Senior Investment Analyst at Sawari Ventures. Previously, she worked as an Analyst for Starlight Investments and Fidelity Investments in Toronto as a Business Development Associate.
Tala Eavis is the Chief of Staff at VentureSouq. Previously she worked as a finance lawyer for over 13 years in London, Dubai and Hong Kong at leading international law firms including Walkers, DLA Piper and Eversheds. She has expertise in the English, UAE (free zones), Hong Kong, British Virgin Islands and Cayman legal systems. After leaving private practice, Tala worked as the Chief Operating Officer and is a board member of Brand Ripplr. Tala holds a law degree (LLB) from the University of Essex and completed her legal practice course at BPP Law School in London.
Tala holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University with a Major in Finance and has completed her CSC designation from the Canadian Securities Institute.
Joelle Khawand is an Executive Assistant at VentureSouq. Previously, Joelle worked for 9 years as an Executive Assistant to the CIO of Global Special Situations at The Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC), an investment arm of the Government of Abu Dhabi. Prior to ADIC, Joelle worked as a Personal Assistant to the Compliance Officer in Daman Investments.