Fusion is excited to announce tree more key people that will be joining the FUSION team — Charles Poliacof, Joey Kheireddine and Ziad Makkawi. Some of you may already know Joey from his presence in our community channel and the Community Web page he created. Joey has agreed to undertake a community ambassadorship role towards the Developers community. Charles has joined us more recently and will become Fusions Executive Director for Strategy and Industry Adoption . Ziad is the Founder and CEO of Equiam an asset management firm focused on late-stage Private Tech companies. He is a highly experienced CEO; Entrepreneur; and Board Member. He has pioneered the Investment Banking and Asset Management industries in the MENA region, and has been an active participant and investor in the Private Equity space globally for more than a decade.— please read on to know a bit more about the backgrounds of these two very special people, and join us in wishing them best of luck as they join us!
Executive Director, Strategy and Industry Adoption
FUSION Developers Community Leader
As leader of the Developers Community for Fusion, Joey will be supporting and guiding all developers planning to use Fusion’s platform. Joey became interested in IT and started coding at a very young age, and is currently studying Computer Science in The Netherlands. Joey is already considered a Full Stack Developer, and is fast expanding his knowledge. After learning Solidity and writing dApps he now decided to make use of his social skills and teach others and support them.
Joey has already demonstrated a passionate and meticulous approach to the tech projects that motivate him. Prior to Blockchain Development, Joey focused on E-Commerce and Flight Simulation and spent several years building a 1:1 real life Boeing 737 Cockpit, complete with full deck of physical instrumentation and controls. Having been an early and close follower & believer in Fusion, Joey also initiated and created the Fusion community website.
With a bright look on the future, Joey believes that Blockchain is a revolutionary technology and fully intends to continue investing a lot of his time and effort in it.
Ziad served as Chairman, Board member, and Committee member in more than a dozen institutions on four continents in sectors ranging from Financial Services (Banking; PE; Asset Management; Insurance); Hospitality; Retail; Real Estate; Health Care; Luxury; Marine Solutions; Entertainment; and Arts.
Ziad started his career with JP Morgan on Wall Street as a currencies and derivatives trader. Subsequently he occupied positions of increased leadership as, Senior Trader (Oil & Gas) at Elf Aquitaine; Head of Capital Markets at Lebanon Invest; Co-founder and Managing Director of Middle East Capital Group (MECG); Executive Managing Director of SHUAA Capital in Dubai; CEO of Dubai Bank; Founder Chairman and CEO of Algebra Capital asset management in Dubai; Founder and Chairman of Blue Gate Capital Partners; CEO of Istithmar World, a global PE investment firm with a Multi-billion dollar global portfolio across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa; CEO of Qatar Bank; and is currently CEO of Equiam LLC an investment management firm headquartered in San Francisco.
Ziad speaks five languages (English; French; Arabic; German and Italian).
His interests are in Disruption, Art Collecting, Travel, Hiking, Sailing, Philosophy and Empowering Youth and Women through Entrepreneurship.
He served as the global head of YPO-WPO’s Art Network. He served as a member of the Tate Modern Middle East Art Acquisition Committee.
Please join us in wishing Ziad all the best in his new role on the FUSION Foundation Intelligence team!