Naseba’s investor analysts are constantly interacting with Middle Eastern investors to gain insights and introduce them to companies that fit their investment mandates.
The CFO of National Technology Enterprises Company shares some insights about investment strategy, preferred sectors and key challenges. Munawar Mohammed is one of the key speakers at the Middle East investors meeting in Dubai on 21st February 2017.
- Which of the below profiles of companies do you prefer to invest in?
Product / technologies with big potential or Companies with a proven concept
“It is a mix of both. We try to filter opportunities that help us fulfil our mandate of transferring technology to Middle East. The filter assesses the need for the technology (Life sciences, ICT and alternate energy) and its potential impact among other things.”
- In your experience, which upcoming sub-sectors within the tech ecosystem have a strong growth potential and need for investments?
“Sub-sectors with strong growth potential – Machine learning / AI, virtual / augmented reality.
Sectors with need for investments – Clean energy initiatives and food security.”
- What are the key challenges you face while investing in overseas companies as compared to local/regional companies (G.C.C)?
- Ease of access to management
- Lack of corporate governance
- Limited market knowledge
- Which is better, leading an investment in a new sector or following an investment trend led by others?
“Leading an investment in new sectors”