Raaid Alireza heads Xenel’s Investment Center for the last seven years where he is responsible for investments and corporate finance activities for Xenel Industrial Group. Raaid has been instrumental in the development of a number of NatPet downstream petrochemical projects in Saudi Arabia; a JV with Low & Bonar of the UK producing nonwoven geotextiles and a JV with A. Schulman of the U.S. which will produce polypropylene compounds. Previously, Raaid worked for Deutsche Bank in London and Dubai for four years where he started in Equity Derivatives then moved to the Middle East corporate finance team focusing on the Saudi market. He worked on a number of IPOs, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, and various forms of financings. Raaid serves on the board of directors of AECOM Arabia, a JV with global leading engineering firm AECOM. He also serves on the Audit Committee of NatPet as well as the Chairman of Hidada’s Executive Committee. Raaid received his Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research as well as his Masters of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. At U.C. Berkeley, he currently serves on the IEOR Advisory Board and previously served on the College of Engineering Advisory Board.