Leading Angel Investment company (LAIC) is a closed investment company established May 2015, which mandate is to invest across industry sectors in attractive opportunities with significant growth potential were fulfills the investment strategy and Vision of the company shareholders, and stakeholders. LAIC invests in various sectors, Current investments include Smart maintenance Services, e-commerce platforms, innovative industry investments, and many others that are in the pipeline of raising funds. Most of company’s investments were made with local and regional partnerships and alliances. LAIC strategic relationship with large multinationals and large private family owned business in the region, has led to successful partnerships through profitable joint ventures that ultimately have direct or indirect benefits to the Saudi Community.
LAIC investment approach focuses on lasting economic value, which is often independent of near-term market disruptions. LAIC consistently strives to partner with best-in-class entrepreneurs and corporations, and builds long-term relationships with its key angel investor’s networks which have been a key determining factor in the success it enjoys today.
LAIC continues to align itself to companies and entrepreneurs who understand the benefits and realization of long-term vision that can be brought alive. Its approach to nurturing the ambitions of others has created a unique formula for success that is based on mutual acknowledgement of goals. Through achieving this, LAIC aims to positively transform the assets, people and communities that it touches.
LAIC continues to drive its investment strategy, by providing diversification and synergy to the overall portfolio.
In the following, a short interview that was conducted with LAIC CEO where you will get across a solid foundation about the LAIC:
1. What pressing need does LAIC address?
Need for global investment shift to rising Middle East investment opportunities which are unmatched and are globally competitive to be done in the middle east for a globally competitive advantage. This is mainly as a source of new market growth to more than five hundred million consumers or strategic location being in the middle of geographic proximity to EU, Asia, & Africa, or source of finance as the middle east and gulf countries are already on the global map in terms of Foreign Direct Investment top destinations.
In the world of economic slow down the middle east is a population of young generation with growing GDP with a great potential for globally competitive investments that have not exploited the region and lack presence and regional advantages of source of raw material, energy cost savings, manufacturing, infrastructure, transportation & logistics, and innovative services industries.
Driving the conversion globally competitive investments into the Middle East will enable socio economic growth and stability in the region and will enable job creation, knowledge transfer, and global competitive added advantages to the world economy especially during global economic slowdown.
2. What, specifically, will LAIC do for whom?
Drive conversion of globally competitive investments in the middle east dealing with both government and private sectors & SME's.
This will be done through establishing a global Middle East Fund that will be managed to ensure the strategic and exceptional impact of the socio economic and responsible investments conversion in the Middle East.
3. How is LAIC unique?
Most of the existing funds lack local insights and know how and hence are investing behind traditional and local investments that are not competitive nor have the social responsibility to impact society they operate in or lack regional the objective to make the middle east rise and flourish.
This fund is to act as a global platform to drive conversion of globally competitive investments in to the region based on investment validation, development, deployment, and post investment growth opportunities based on commercial viability, competitive advantages, and socioeconomic impacts.
4. What are key insights led to the foundation of LAIC?
LAIC aims to raise a global investment fund to drive conversion of globally competitive investments in to the Middle East Region. Globally there is an economic slowdown whereas in the ME there are economic booms that are not exploited by the global community do to lack of awareness, attraction, and action to showcase global competitive advantages of the region and various pockets of investments.
This fund will be developed through a company that will be setup in the region suggested location is UAE, Dubai as a natural hub for finance and well ease of doing business. This company will be financed, managed, and directed by the MELI chapter of ASPEN leadership program and will serve the larger community and network towards providing targeted investments a platform to navigate the ME and globally competitive opportunities.
Before end of Q1, 2015 the company will be setup and will initiate the foundation of Excutive Board Team of LAIC executives with initial funds secured of target of 100 million USD both private and government funds to establish our first top 10 investments and impact before end of 2015.
5. How does this project engage your passion and your values?
Being in the investments sector both private and government gave me the know how and exposure to global economics and investments flow. This knowledge is mixed with blended multinational experience convinced me that to make a global change you have to drive that change. Coupled with the group of MELI experts and outstanding individuals and common interest to rise the Middles East made me even more convinced that we would be able to drive the change we want to see in the region.
I strongly believe that we have all the it takes to become leading global economic solution to the world economic slow down and will be able to showcase that ME can rise to the global standards and set a new pace and a positive foot print for the world.
6. Why will this project be fun for you?
This project will create jobs, provide better standards of living, will provide knowledge transfer, and will impact daily life through the conversion of socio economic globally competitive investments in their communities and work places.
7. How do you consider this project ambitious?
Impact to create more than 100,000 thousand jobs in the ME.
Investments of more than 1,000,000 USD in the first 5 years.
Reinvestment of profits 5% into social responsible initiatives.
8. How does this project stretch you as a leader?
Advocating such initiative will entail wider understanding of the regional rising challenges and how to address them by providing the financial tools and platforms to drive an impact full measurable positive socio economic change.
9. How is this project something you would not otherwise be doing but for the Fellowship?
The fellowship is the inspiration behind this projects and had i not met with such outstanding middle east fellowship leaders I would not have imagined this project to succeed.
This initiative will be developed, build, operated by MELI fellow ship and the ASPN greater community.
10. What will your specific leadership role be?
I will be able to manage, develop, structure, and provide an operating platform for the MELI group of leaders to enroll into this new MERI company and each will play a leadership role to bring added value to the vision and mission of the company.
11. How will this project be a source of pride for the Fellowship?
Made by the MELI fellowship and all impacts generated will be a tangible source of pride for the fellowship.
What do you believe needs to change?
12. Why do you think the pressing need you are addressing exists?
The middle east has all the competitive advantages to become a global economic hub and a value adding destination to the world.
13. What do you think must be done to change it?
Global understanding of the region challenges and opportunities will allow the world to contribute to a positive win win impact in the ME.
"Last G20 meeting HRH Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mentioned that the middle east needs the worlds support to contribute to the worlds economic growth".
14. How will your project make a difference?
Setting the key performance indicators and impacts of job creation, knowledge transfer, or improved standards of living (socio economic impact).
15. Will those benefitting from your project be receptive to what you propose?
Yes as it will be commercially viable, based on global competitive advantage, and will create socio economic impact.
16. What have you learned about existing efforts to address this need (within and outside of the AGLN)?
There is non existing global know how and local understanding player in the market with a go to market strategy and expertise with both ideas and funds to impact the objective of ME rising.
17. How will you leverage your resources to make this project succeed?
This will be done using my, MELI, and ASPEN community leaders that will enable a company platform to offer:
-Excutive Board membership
-Advisory Board membership
-Business Partners Board membership
-Strategic Alliance Board membership
10% of company profit sharing will go to these memberships
18. How might you leverage others’ resources to help?
This is a global project that will inspire and influence:
- Global leaders
- Private sector
- Key influencers
- Investment Banks
- Media, public relations & marketing firms.
19. Will you be able to make demonstrable progress during the course of the Fellowship?
- Q1, 2015 company will be set up
- Q4, 2015 company would have invested behind top 10 globally competitive investments and would have started achieving KPI's on impact measures indicated prior.
- 2016 company can go for IPO or start as an IPO to be confirmed.
20. What do you think success looks like? [i.e. What does success look like for your project? What does success look like for the broader need you’re addressing?]
Interviews with individual and communities where the investment conversion takes place and how these investments have impacted their lives.