Meet our Team

Our aim is to provide our clients with an outstanding financial service, therefore we have hand selected our exceptional team with local strength and international experience

Dr Ryan Lemand

Senior Executive Officer and Board Director

Dr Ryan is currently the Senior Executive Officer and Board Director at ADS Investment Solutions (ADSI), the Asset Management Company of the ADSS Group.

Until 2015, Dr Ryan was the Senior Advisor and Head of Risk Management at the Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority, the UAE’s federal securities regulator. In this capacity, Dr Ryan led and contributed to initiatives which gave way to the development of several fundamental financial regulations in the UAE, including the collective investment scheme regulations, as well as regulations of financial analysis and consultancy services, market making and others.

He was principally responsible for leading the Funds and Investment Management team that handles the licensing and approvals for local and foreign mutual funds and investment managers. Additionally, he helped develop a risk management framework for UAE licensed brokers.

Prior to that, Ryan was the Lead Portfolio Manager at Fortis Investments in London and Paris, where he was responsible for managing a 14.6 billion euro portfolio of assets, namely in the space of credit derivatives.

Dr Ryan holds a PhD (summa cum laude) in Financial Econometrics from the École Normale Supérieure, France, and is the author of two books on financial contagion, as well as several research articles on financial correlation. Dr Ryan also taught financial econometrics courses at the Paris II-Assas University and Paris IX-Dauphine University in Paris, France. He is a sought-after speaker and contributor to major financial markets discussions and events in the UAE and the wider MENA region.

Ashish Marwah

Chief Investment Officer, Head of Asset Management

Ashish joined ADS Securities to set up the Asset Management business (now ADSI) in 2014. In his current capacity as Head of Asset Management, he is responsible for Asset Allocation and Portfolio Management of ADSI funds and client portfolios as well as running the Third Party Fund Platform.

Ashish has experience in a variety of strategies, including long/short equity, credit, global macro and emerging markets. He’s restructured and managed award-winning funds during his time at Atlas Capital Ltd. (later acquired by Sciens Capital).

He received an MBA from the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 and a Bachelor in Commerce from Panjab University. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Sonja Suessenbach

Head of Wealth Management

Sonja joined ADS Securities’ Wealth & Asset Management team in 2017. Sonja brings nearly a decade of wealth and asset management experience, working with leading private banks and wealth managers.

Sonja began her career with Pictet & Cie in Dubai, where she was part of the wealth management team looking after ultra-high-net-worth individuals and high-net-worth individuals across the GCC region. In 2013, she joined UBS AG Advisory Office in the Dubai International Financial Centre as a Junior Investment Advisor, first working on the Middle East Team before transitioning to the NRI team.

Sonja is a German national with a Master of Business and Management (MBA) and a Master of Science in International Finance & Management from the Open University of England.

Anja Renggli

Relationship Manager

Anja hails from Zurich, Switzerland and joined the Wealth Management department of ADSS in June 2017.

Anja is an experienced banking professional who has previously worked for well-known Swiss private banks. Prior to joining ADSS, she worked for Bank Julius Baer in Zurich and was part of the client servicing team attending to ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their family offices. Before that, Anja worked for Bank J. Safra Sarasin in Zurich, where she was responsible for trading oriented External Asset Managers such as servicing Private Label Funds.

Anja started her career in Banking in 2006 with an apprenticeship at Credit Suisse. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland.

Luca Tidei

Head of Trading

Luca has been part of ADS Securities LLC since 2015 and boasts over 20 years’ experience in financial markets. He originally joined the company as an Equity Trader for the Global Markets division before moving to the Wealth & Asset Management division in 2018. His desk takes care of execution for a variety of asset classes including cash equities, equity derivatives, fixed income and structure products.

Luca began his career as an analyst at Prudential Bache Ltd in London, where he rotated among the trading desks of various divisions. He then worked for Paine Webber LLC in Providence, RI, as a junior stock broker. Back in 2000, he joined Saad Financial Services SA in Geneva, the family office of a prominent Saudi family. Starting as a Deputy Equity Trader, he was later responsible for managing an in-house long/short US equities fund and was appointed a member of the Investment Committee.

Luca was born near Rome, Italy. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance (BSc) from Bryant University and a Master in Art Theory (MA) from the University of the Arts London.

Jay Mathur

Investment Analyst

Jay joined ADS Holding in 2015, in his current role as an Investment Analysis for ADS Investment Solutions, he is responsible for carrying out research and providing assistance to the investment team. His duties include building financial models to assess prospective investment opportunities.

Before joining ADS, Jay worked within the transaction services team of EY in Abu Dhabi and PwC in Houston.

He holds an MS degree in Energy Finance from Tulane University and an MS in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Bath, UK.

Bassam Abi Abdallah

Head of Operations

Bassam joined ADS Investment Solutions in 2015, possessing a decade of operational and client servicing expertise from regional investment banks and financial institutions.

He is a highly strategic and analytical thinker, responsible for overseeing the daily transactions pledged by the Wealth Management team while identifying and mitigating all operational risks. He brings with him a wealth of regional knowledge having worked for Blominvest Bank, Lebanon as an Operations Manager and Shuaa Capital in Dubai as a Senior Associate.

He holds a BA in Banking and Finance from the Lebanese University Faculty of Business Administration and Economics.

Joseph Thomas

Operations Management Officer

Joseph joined ADS Investment Solutions in 2019; he is an articulate and detail-driven Operations Management Officer. He is responsible for supporting the Wealth Management team and Head of Operations with identifying various compliance issues, settlements & Corporate actions. Joseph has seven years of experience within the banking sector with the likes of RBS, HSBC and most recently FAB where he served as the Custody Operations officer from 2015 to 2019.

He graduated from Karunya School of Management, Karunya University, Coimbatore, India with an MBA in Finance and Marketing.

Sreelakshmi Vijayan

Operations Officer

Sreelakshmi has over ten years of experience in investment banking and emerging markets across the EMEA and APAC region. She has worked across diverse products in Global Market operations.

Her background of working with the region’s top financial institutions such as RBS, ANZ and FAB is a testament to her expertise in client data management, Derivatives and Fixed Income settlement and reconciliation.

Sreelakshmi joined ADSI’s Operations team in April 2021, responsible for identifying compliance issues, calculating daily NAV for mutual funds (Money market, balanced & Equity funds) settlements and corporate actions.

She holds an MBA in Finance from Coimbatore Institute of Management and Technology, India.

Georgina Lea

Relationship Management Officer

Georgina joined ADS Investment Solutions in 2019 as the Relationship Management Officer for the Wealth Management department reporting directly to the Relationship Managers. She has over three years’ experience working within the financial services industry. Georgina maintains relationships with clients and external asset managers, ensuring executions are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Georgina holds a BA from Royal Holloway University of London.

Mira Azouqa

Project Officer

Mira Azouqa joined the Wealth and Asset Management department in August 2018 and she works alongside Dr. Ryan on various projects. Her previous experience consists of auditing, marketing and business development in companies such as KPMG and ADSS.

She has a BSc in Finance and Business Economics from Royal Holloway University of London.

Mia Esat

Senior Business Administrator

Mia joined ADS Investment Solutions in 2019 as the Senior Business Administrator. With over 15 years of experience as a highly-skilled Executive Assistant to HNWI and CEOs, she also has a proven track record in delivering measurable marketing strategies.

Mia reports into the SEO, Dr Ryan Lemand, with duties of overseeing the MarComms for ADSI and supporting the Wealth and Asset Management teams with multiple functions across the business.