At Shorooq, we are focused and goal-oriented. We discover and support the most ambitious, disciplined and passionate entrepreneurs to help them build their dreams, from idea stage to meaningful, lasting companies.
We get heavily involved operationally, be that recruiting, market expansion, strategy, financing discussions, budget and forecasting and more to help the founders build their vision.
We focus on the future: Fintech, Platform, Software and Tech-Enabled Business Services. Prior to Shorooq’s launch in 2016, Shorooq’s Founders built their careers as investment professionals in the venture capital and private equity sectors across the UAE, Europe, NYC and Silicon Valley. The Fund benefits from the partners’ experience, expertise and resources and invests in seed-stage, technology-based startups, mostly across the GCC and the MENAT region.
As Shorooq's Co-Founding Partner, Shane is a hands-on investor and entrepreneur. His experience in creating, building and growing tech companies help daring and passionate founders realize their dream vision and find success. He co-leads the investment decisions, sourcing, fundraising, portfolio management, exit strategy and team building. Shane is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with Summa Cum Laude, Joseph Wharton Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar Honors. He has built his career as an investment professional, investment banker and entrepreneur in the US prior to founding Shorooq Partners in Abu Dhabi. Shane was born and grew up in South Korea and has studied and worked in the US, Canada and China prior to settling down in UAE. Having played the piano and clarinet for 15+ years, he has a strong passion for music and community service - and played in many musical concerts as well as volunteering centers like community nursing homes.
Mahmoud is Shorooq's Co-Founding Partner, as well as a passionate believer in technology, and its ability to unlock potential in the Middle East and GCC. Mahmoud holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi with Honor and Distinction. Mahmoud has over a decade of experience in tech ventures, having built his career as an investment professional, engineer and entrepreneur and having also co-founded Pure Harvest Smart Farms, a regional innovator in sustainable agriculture focused on the production of greenhouse fruits and vegetables in the challenging climates of the Arab Gulf region using world-leading Dutch greenhouse growing technologies.
Kunal co-leads with Shane and Mahmoud on all of the firm's decisions, spanning across investments, portfolio management, sourcing, fundraising, exit strategies, team building and training among others. Kunal has significant entrepreneurial experience in technology and fintech. Having studied law at The London School of Economics, he soon realized his passion for founding and operating businesses and has set up various businesses in the financial services sector in the UK, UAE and Africa. Kunal has a passion for sports which has served him well in the business world as he is a big believer in the power of teams. He also has a voracious appetite for reading which led him to investing in multiple tech enabled companies over the past decade.
Abdul Hameed Arwani is one of the Shorooq Partners. He holds an Executive MBA from the London Business School with a Project Management Professional certification, and he is specialized in managing the planning and design of complex water, wastewater, civil and architectural projects in Middle East. He is also the Managing Director of a fast-growing engineering and architectural design firm in UAE.
As Shorooq Partners Legal Counsel, Wendy provides legal advice and support on investment transactions, fund formation, portfolio governance and all things legalese. A graduate of Université de Montréal law school and a holder of a degree in International Studies, Wendy also studied in London and Geneva, interned in Beirut with the UNHCR and worked in a top Montreal law firm prior to joining the Shorooq Partners team. When not reviewing contracts or drafting memorandums, you can find Wendy socializing, reading psychology books or solving Sudoku puzzles.
Yousef is a Senior Investment Professional with Shorooq Partners. He received his Bachelor’s honor degree in Finance from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, after which he joined an internationally renowned advisory firm in Riyadh where he developed his deep interest for entrepreneurship, working as a Consultant in strategy and financial due diligence. Yousef then moved to lead the business development and growth activities for a portfolio of Saudi-based companies across real estate, logistics and retail sectors. Yousef has a passion for art and design, with specific interest in graphic design.
As an Investment Professional with Shorooq Partners, Himag can put his passion for technology market trends and entrepreneurship into play on a daily basis. He received his Dual Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Finance Track) and Music Practice from NYU Abu Dhabi, after which he worked with a startup and a law firm in New York, as well as top consulting firms in the UAE and in India, while contributing to research projects with the European Union. Himag has a strong interest in social impact and moving forward he hopes to serve the entrepreneurial aspirations of the low-income immigrant population in the region. When he’s not analyzing a new market, Himag enjoys writing poetry and composing music.
As an Investment Professional with Shorooq Partners, Tina harnesses her passion for creating an impact by working with A+ founders who will change the future. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut, after which she completed her Master’s degree in International Political Economy (Finance Focus) at The London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to VC, Tina has worked in Private Equity, Investment Banking, Law, and Insurtech. When she is not looking into strategic investments, Tina recharges by practicing yoga, dancing, and spending time with family.