THE VENTURESOUQ TEAM

We are a team with complementary skills and extensive backgrounds in private equity, strategy, corporate law, risk and data analytics

Sonia Gokhale

Founding Partner

Sonia is a Founding Partner of VentureSouq. Previously, Sonia was a consultant to 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.

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Tammer Qaddumi

Founding Partner

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 Gokhale

Founding Partner

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

Founding Partner

Sonia is a Founding Partner of VentureSouq. Previously, she headed Advertising Sales for Turner Broadcasting’s portfolio of children’s platforms across MENA. Prior to Turner, Sonia worked with Viacom’s Emerging Markets’ Strategy Group and Microsoft’s Strategy and M&A team in London. She is a Charter Member & Board Director for TiE's Dubai chapter, serves as the UAE Director for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and is a Board Member and Mentor for e7 Daughters of the Emirates. Sonia holds a B.A. from Yale University, a MSc from the London School of Economics and is a Kauffman Fellow.

Maan Eshgi

KSA Partner

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.

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Abdulrahman Hajjar

Analyst

Abdul Rahman is an analyst with VentureSouq. Prior to joining VSQ, he was a manager at IMS, a Dubai based marketing agency that plans and executes corporate and governmental events. Previously he spent time working with FuGenX Technologies as Business development manager for the Dubai office. Abdul started his career in a startup that sells medical devices based in Perth, handling the sales and marketing. Abdul holds a B.A. in economics from the American University of Beirut and a Graduate Diploma in Commerce from the University of Western Australia.

Maria Dolores Fernandez Flores

Analyst

Maria is an analyst 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 Stupak

Intern

Sergiy is an intern at VentureSouq. Previously he was an intern at TA Ventures, an early-stage VC Fund based in Ukraine. Sergiy is class of 2020 in B.A. in Political Arts at New York University Abu Dhabi.