SquaredFinancial brings together a wealth of experience and commercial expertise to offer a range of innovative on and offline financial products and services. SquaredFinancial offers sophisticated fintech solutions which give clients easy and unrivalled direct markets access. Experienced traders, market entrants, from Generation X, Millennials to Generation Y trust the management and employees to deliver the highest quality trading solutions.
Mr. Philippe Ghanem is an innovator and visionary in global financial markets. As an investor and an expert in trading a range of asset classes he has developed a reputation for insight and understanding of technology, regulation and trading systems. His leadership and entrepreneurial approach has driven the development of a series investment companies. A pioneer of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems, blockchain technology and an advocate of ethical investment strategies he has consistently provided investment solutions which have pre-dated market thinking. Over a period of 20 years, Mr Ghanem has launched and managed a number of businesses, from European based trading entities, through to GCC focused asset management and his last venture was the formation of the Middle East largest investment firm, ADS Securities LLC (ADSS), which in seven years he took from a start-up to trading billions of dollars daily. Mr Ghanem co-founded the SquaredFinancial Group in 2005, building it into a well-respected investment and wealth management firm, before stepping back from the day-to-day Involvement to set-up new ventures. He is now re-joining as Executive Chairman to take the company through the next phase in its development. Mr Ghanem is regularly sought out as an international commentator on global markets and the role of technology in developing new investment opportunities.
With over 20 years’ experience in the financial sector, Youssef is a veteran of the industry in all aspects of brokerage development and specifically forex, bullion trading and sales. His career has had a global reach; from working for Tulletts in Tokyo to becoming a senior trader for firms in Dubai and Geneva and by 2005 Youssef was the Chief Operations Officer for an International Financial Brokerage in Abu Dhabi. Youssef joined SquaredFinancial in 2009, and after a successful tenure as CEO, is utilizing his wealth of experience on the Board where he is focussing on supporting the business expansion.
Having spent two decades working in the financial and banking industry, Husam Al Kurdi has acquired an international reputation for developing and managing sophisticated trading companies. His work has covered both institutional and individual clients with a focus on integrating the latest technology in all areas of the business to provide market advantage. He has been involved with the launch and running of a number of successful financial institutions in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. This has included the fast-track development of management structures, operational systems as well as building the trading infrastructure and products. Husam’s experience and expertise in managing multi-asset class trading platforms, banking systems and other core financial applications will be essential as SquaredFinancial develops its full portfolio of investment services. As well as his in-depth knowledge of Artificial intelligence, Blockchain, Crypto, Machine Learning and Operation Automation gained from a number of key strategic projects for the FX and Trading industry. Prior to his appointment, Husam was Head of Business Transformation in ADSS, and before this was Head of e-trading at MIG Bank.
Manie studied Business Management, Economics & Marketing at Stellenbosch University and holds qualifications in advanced derivatives. Over the last 20 years his work has covered a number of senior treasury and financial services operational roles. Manie is skilled in Foreign Exchange (FX), FX Options, CFD's, Securities, Treasury, Equities, Funds, Payment Solutions & Crypto Currencies. Known for his highly professional approach and management experience Manie oversees the organisation’s ongoing operations and procedures whilst maintaining control of diverse business operations. Prior to joining Squared Manie’s career included working at Shaw Stockbroking, Australia’s largest independently owned stockbroker where he managed the day-to-day settlements, derivatives and banking teams. He also worked at BNP Paribas and ADS Securities.
Wallis is a commercially minded and hands on HR professional who empowers business growth and success through the optimisation of human capital. With more than 15 years of experience in Financial Services in Australia, the Middle East, Asia and the UK, Wallis has produced outstanding results by partnering with businesses to maximize ROI through the development of people and the improvement of processes, structures and teams. She is known for her ability to drive growth and performance by creating an engaged and open corporate culture. Wallis is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and is currently finalising her MBA with Strathclyde University.
Raff Cioffi has over 20 years’ experience in the banking sector having worked in FX sales and as Chief Dealer for a number of market leading firms. He is recognised for his market knowledge and expertise in using technology to develop sophisticated products and trading strategies. He started his career at Citibank in London rising quickly through the organisation to work on the main desk covering EURUSD and USDCHF. After a number of years with Citi he was appointed as the Chief Dealer at ODL Securities contributing to the rapid growth of the firm. After six years he moved to Danske Bank in Copenhagen before returning to London to work in a number of senior roles focusing on FX trading.
Rony has over twenty years of experience in financial planning and professional proprietary trading in the equity and currency markets. Prior to joining SquaredFinancial, Rony educated and coached numerous traders helping them find their edge and arming them with proven trading methodologies to successfully battle the markets. Rony obtained a B.S. in Finance from Concordia University in Montreal, and his professional designations include Certified Financial Planner CFP® obtained from the Canadian Securities Institute.
Ali has over 15 years investment banking experience, having starting his career at HSBC before spending 10 years at Goldman Sachs London running the Bank’s FX Sales operations for MENA and Africa. During that time, Ali built an exceptionally strong business as he and his teams executed some of the Bank’s most profitable derivative transactions across the institutional, sovereign and corporate client bases. Ali graduated from University College London with a BA in Philosophy & Economics.
Loucas holds a degree in Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Nottingham and is a Certified Chartered Accountant and a member of the ICAEW. Before joining SquaredFinancial he spent five years at Deloitte Ltd as an Assistant Manager in the audit department. Loucas has an extensive knowledge on all financial and accounting related matters and a broad experience of the FX industry, which developed from his years working as an external auditor and as part of finance teams overseeing this sector.
Constantina holds an LLB Law degree from the University of Sheffield. After graduating, she completed her training as a junior lawyer. From 2014 Constantina has focused on the financial services industry, working in the areas of compliance and Anti-Money Laundering (AML). She is known for her ability to maintain high ethical standards and compliance across jurisdictions and working to different legal frameworks.
Dora holds a degree in Computing Science, an MSc in E-Commerce and Information Systems from Newcastle University (UK) and is certified in Digital Marketing. Dora has worked within the ICT Research & Development industry where she managed large projects funded by the EU. In 2016 she started her digital marketing career in the financial industry. She has an extensive knowledge and experience in business development, digital marketing channels, marketing plans and branding strategies. She thrives on challenges that aim to expand the reach of SquaredFinancial.
Evdoxia holds a degree in Economics with a specialisation in Business Economics and Political Sciences and an MSc in International Business Economics from City University of London. She has been in the financial industry for the last nine years having worked in Client’s Accounting, Institutional Operation and Back Office departments. She gained extensive experience in performing client due diligence, reviewing KYC documentation, opening accounts and processing clients’ transactions, interacting with banks and payment providers whilst being involved in the institutional partnership programs.
Chrysovalantis holds a degree in Master of Engineering (MEng) from the University of Sheffield, majoring in Computer Systems Engineering, and joined SquaredFinancial in 2020. After graduating in 2012, he joined PrimeXM, a leading financial technology provider, where he spent almost eight years, helping to develop their business. In his last role at PrimeXM as Global Head of Support, he oversaw the company’s global support division, implementing and managing cross-functional teams with focus on product releases, customer support and integrations.