Mr. Rifai joined Gulf Capital in 2019 and holds the position of Managing Director. Mr. Rifai joined from Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) in Dubai where he was a founding member of MENA business and where he led numerous private equity and mezzanine investments across the region. Mr. Rifai also held a dual role as Head of Portfolio Management at SCPE from 2016-2018, a global role overseeing a $3.5 billion AUM portfolio of direct investments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Mr. Rifai’s breadth of experience ranges from special situations to mezzanine and private equity investments across both emerging and developed markets. He started his career in New York and previously worked at credit hedge fund DiMaio Ahmad Capital and in the Leveraged Finance group of CIBC World Markets, New York.

Mr. Rifai holds a Master of Arts in Economics from New York University and Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Michigan State University.