The Crew

The Crew

RSA consists of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.

Sameer Ahmad

Founder

Sameer Ahmad is an investment banker with 26 years of experience in Europe, the Middle East, Emerging Africa and South East Asia. He started his career in Kidder Peabody, subsequently UBS, in the EM team in London. He then moved to Global Emerging Markets, a boutique investment bank specializing in EM out of London. He then moved to Bangladesh and set up the structured finance unit of Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited (IIDFC). He was a treasury consultant with the PriceWaterhouseCoopers team restructuring Agrani Bank before establishing RSA Capital.

Sameer has established himself as one of the leading investment bankers in Bangladesh by launching the first ever zero coupon bond, the first step down syndicated loan facility, the first ever unsecured international term loan facility for a microfinance institution and the world’s first micro-credit securitization, the first ever variable rate subordinated domestic convertible bond as Tier 2 Capital with international participation in the Bangladesh market.

He is a Director of IPDC Finance Limited as well as the Chairman of the Executive Committee. He also sits on the board of Guardian Life Insurance Company.

Sameer Ahmad currently is the Chairman and the Chief Executive of RSA Capital (DIFC), a DIFC company duly regulated by DFSA to operate similar activities as RSA Capital Bangladesh. Using the DIFC office RSA is expanding its footprint in the MENA and other regions.

K Mahmood Sattar

Chairman, RSA Advisory

Kazi Mahmood Sattar has over 38 years of banking experience, mostly with international banks. He started his career with ANZ Grindlays Bank as a Management Trainee in 1981. In his overseas stint, he spent one year in Mumbai as a Corporate Dealer with Treasury. He also worked more than two years in Melbourne, Australia as Manager Corporate Banking. He underwent extensive training in investment banking and successfully established Bangladesh’s first Investment Banking Arm/Corporate Finance Unit. He took over as Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Division of ANZ Grindlays Bank in Bangladesh in 1995.

He led two large domestic commercial banks as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. While heading two large old-fashioned banks, he successfully modernized them by reorganization, modernization, implementation of state of art IT system and converted the culture and business to compete with the international banks in the country.

He is currently the Chairman of RSA Advisory Limited. He is also an Independent Director of BRAC Bank Limited and Unique Hotel & Resorts Limited(Owner of The Westin Dhaka). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of bKash Limited.




Hiren Singharay

Senior Advisor

Hiren Singharay has a long and outstanding career in executive functions, working for four different Banks in three different countries across Asia and Europe. He pioneered and led ground-breaking new business activities for Banks: starting with State Bank of India venturing into corporate lending to German clients, later on Citibank moving in to unexplored territories of Eastern Europe, Africa and South Asia.

In his role in Citibank’s Capital Markets area, he was involved in Mergers & Acquisitions, developing wider investor base. In 2001, he was headhunted by Standard Chartered Bank to lead corporate finance and syndications businesses mainly in Africa, Middle East and South Asia, which he led for next 14 years.

Both as an executive and later as a Supervisory Board Member, he was adept in coaching people, which led to his love for leadership development. He has been a regular panellist and speaker at various Conferences (IFR, GTR, London Loan Market Association, Afeximbank etc) across the world.

Currently, Hiren is Senior Adviser of RSA Capital (DIFC), a DIFC company duly regulated by DFSA.


 

Md. Tajul Islam

Executive Director

Md. Tajul Islam has 15+ years of international experience in credit assessment, risk management and financial market development. Prior to joining RSA Capital, Tajul worked in Office of Risk Management, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, as International Risk Management Specialist and independently monitored NSO portfolio which included 70 transactions in China, India, Lao PDR, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippine, Pakistan, Vietnam, Kyrgyz Republic, Georgia, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. He served as an International Consultant to ADB (on PPP/SME/Credit Rating/Economic & Financial Evaluation), JICA (Capital & Bond Market Development in Mongolia), World Bank (Basel II), UNCDF (Municipal Bond), IFC (Private Sector Dashboard), APO (Risk Evaluation), CMDA-Maldives, RMA-Bhutan, Nihon University-Japan (Capital & Bond Market in Asia), Fiji National University by taking part in technical assistance and advisory missions to a wide-range of economies around the world.

He started his career with Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh (CRAB) as a Financial Analyst in 2004 and took over as Chief Rating Officer of CRAB in 2014, providing leadership, management and vision. During his time at CRAB he rated 7000+ clients totaling over $97 billion bank loan portfolio, $6.27 billion debt instruments and $3.01 billion infrastructure projects across all sectors.


K Mofazzal Hossain

Chief Financial Officer

K Mofazzal Hossain has a professional exposure of around 20 years in Finance & Accounts division. Prior to joining RSA Capital as Chief Financial Officer, he was serving Apex Investments Limited as Head of Finance. He started his career as Audit Manager in ACNABIN & Co. Chartered Accountants after successfully completing the articleship with the same firm. Later he joined Freshtex Bangladesh (Pvt) Ltd., a joint venture between Beximco Group & Freshtex Germany, as Manager to oversee Finance, Accounts, Admin, and Marketing & Planning Division. He assisted the company obtain tax holiday from National Board of Revenue. He also worked as Country Manager in European Textile Chemical Bangladesh Ltd. He has passed C.A. Intermediate Examination from Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) and later completed MBA (Finance) from Dhaka University.


Md. Farhad Ahamed

Head of Fixed Income & Equities

Farhad Ahamed, the Head of Fixed Income & Equities, is a passionate investment professional with more than nine years of experience in investment management and research in Bangladesh. He possesses large spectrum of knowledge in financial markets, asset valuation, financial modeling and macroeconomic analysis. Currently, working in a team who has executed over USD 500 million of private and public capital raising and all aspects of business valuation and other advisory transactions, including buy side, sell side, and business formation. He started his career with RACE Management PCL, the largest private Asset Management Company in Bangladesh with asset size of USD 250 million, as a Research associate.