Marc Nassim

Dr. Nassim is an accomplished investment banker focused on technology in the Middle East. Marc currently is Partner & Managing Director, a member of the Board of Directors at Awad Capital, an independent firm specializing in M&A, based in Dubai.

He was most recently Head of Corporate Development at Dar Al Mal Ltd, an Alternative Asset Management firm based in the DIFC, and prior to that, a Partner with (and then Advisor to) AR Investment Partners, a consulting and advisory boutique.

Before that, Marc was Head of Clients & Markets, Financial Advisory Services for Deloitte Corporate Finance Ltd in the Middle East.

Dr. Nassim has a PhD in Corporate Finance (summa cum laude) from Aix-Marseille Univeristé, a postgraduate degree in Financial Management from Grenoble Graduate School of Business, and a Masters’s degree in Money & Banking from Université Saint-Joseph (Beirut, Lebanon).

Myron Scholes

Myron Scholes is a Canadian-American financial economist. In 1997 he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for a method to determine the value of derivatives.

Prof. Myron Scholes’ research has focused on taxation on asset prices and incentives. He studied the effects of the taxation of dividends on the prices of securities, the interaction of incentives and taxes in executive compensation, capital structure issues with taxation, and the effects of taxes on the optimal liquidation of assets. He wrote several articles on investment banking and incentives and developed a new theory of tax planning under uncertainty and information asymmetry which led to a book with Mark A. Wolfson called Taxes and Business Strategies: A Planning Approach (1991).

Prof. Myron Scholes is the Frank E. Buck Professor of Finance, Emeritus, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and co-originator of the Black-Scholes options pricing model. Scholes serves as the Chairman of Platinum Grove Asset Management and on the board of directors of Dimensional Fund Advisors. He was a principal and Limited Partner at Long-Term Capital Management, L.P. and a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers, where he was instrumental in building Salomon Swapco. Other positions Scholes held include the Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago, Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Director of Center for Research in Security Prices, and Professor of Finance at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Scholes, as of 2014, was Chief Investment Strategist at Janus Capital Group.

Scholes earned his PhD at the University of Chicago.