At Bahrain's Mumtalakat, a Focus on Growth and Governance

December 08, 2014 by Loch Adamson

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Mahmood al-Kooheji is the CEO of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Co., which was founded in June 2006 by royal decree as the island nation's sovereign wealth fund. With $7.2 billion in assets under management, the fund's goal is to help improve the transparency, operations and performance of non-energy-related state-owned companies. Al-Kooheji earned a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Staffordshire University and an MBA from Henley College of Management at Brunel University, before serving as Assistant Undersecretary of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and National Economy. He talked with Sovereign Wealth Center's Victoria Barbary about the fund. The transcript is edited for grammar, space, and context. What are the long-term investment trends that are guiding Mumtalakat's investment strategy? To be frank, we have a sophisticated investment strategy, but I'll try to make it very simple. We are focusing on growth and expansion. We are concentrating on two…

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