Board of Directors and Investment Advisor Team

Sohail Quraeshi

A seasoned investor, entrepreneur and a skilled strategist, Mr Quraeshi is Chairman of Ayaan Inc., a Florida based private (family) Office which specializes in Venture Capital Investments, Consulting and Trading.

Advised Anhauser Busch International on entering the beer industry in India, Don King Productions in establishing a media company in Dubai, founded Kosmo Systems in Orlando and structured a JV with A Kuwait public company to introduce Wireless technology for Malls in Dubai and introduced WiFi technology in Dubai. Managed and co-funded the first WiFi network in the world integrating RFID and 802.11 under Mad City Broadband in Madison, the first city in the world to have WiFi deployed over 22 square miles.

Strategic Planner/Advisor to one of the largest Credit Guarantee Corporations in China and structured green tech companies for the group in Indonesia and China in Bio Fuels and Agriculture. Also advised a group of local Chinese investors on the acquisition of the first oil refinery in China.

A graduate of Buckingham University (L.Sc Econ) UK, Mr Quraeshi emigrated to the United States in 1979 and started his career with the Bank of New England in Boston as a Security Analyst following a diverse group of industries including Telecom, Consumer Electronics, Electrical Equipment, Defense Aerospace, Electric Utilities, Paper and Forest Products. Key relationship that Mr Quraeshi still enjoys is a relationship with the Aquino family in Philippines. Whilst at the bank Mr Quraeshi was Mr Aquino private banker and advisor. Following his 6 years with the Bank he was invited to join the Shenstone Management as COO and became Managing General Partner in a Defense Aerospace VC Fund “Shenstone Capital”.

In the late Eighties, Mr Quraeshi joined Van Eck Investments as Vice President/Security Analyst. Primary object here was to help build up Van Eck Funds away from South African Gold Mining Shares. Assisted in the creation, marketing and Security Analysis of non South African Gold Mining Shares and international marketing of the funds in the Middle East based in Abu Dhabi in partnership with Mr Rashid Al Mazroui – served as Managing Director of Al Sahel Investments ( see article gulf News business section June 27, 1987)

Left Van Eck and acquired a substantial equity interest in a Broker Dealer firm (acquired from Arthur D Little Inc.,) and relocated Impact Securities (a member of NYSE) From Boston to New York. Managed International Institutional Sales Desk and covered Europe and the Middle East.

Sold majority interest in the firm to a Kuwait Group of Investors headed by Sheikh Mubarak Al Sabah and Relocated to Palm Beach and acquired 100% control of Crown Financial a NASDAQ broker Dealer and Crown Capital a registered Investment Advisor. Headed up Mergers and Acquisitions for the group. Specialized in Private Equity and Turn round investment opportunities. During this time was presented with establishing a subsidiary in the USA of a Dutch Shipbuilder – Diaship – which went on to build notables mega yacht such as “Octopussy” the worlds first mega yacht to do 65 knots and then Norship which built” Never Say Never” the world first turbine propelled mega yacht. Gained extensive knowledge in all aspects of shipbuilding and financing mega yacht.

In the Mid nineties following the sale of his interest in this venture, Incorporated Ayaan Inc with financial backing from Gautier & Cie., a private Swiss Investment Management Firm and managed a small pool of High Net Worth Relationship in Asia and the Middle East. In addition oversaw Investment Banking activities in Asia for the bank’s high net worth clientele.

Thru a turn around which he engineered in 1998, served as Chief Operating Officer of Colmena Corp, a public company listed on NASDAQ, Also re-structured and served on the board of Dominican Cigar Corp, a primer manufacture of Cigars, also listed on NASDAQ and Co Founded StrategiNet, a shared frame relay network operator for the mall environment, now trading as Cemtrix on the NASDAQ. With the success in the market with these IPO’s funded Prime Source Leasing in Florida ( still active) which operated an FBO and repair stations for Private jets – focusing on the buying and selling lear 25 from state one to stage two by installing hush kits and created a niche business in engine leasing for lear’s. Have full knowledge in the executive airplane business as an owner and operator.

In 1999 was appointed as Executive Assistant to the Special Envoy to the President and State Asset Trustee for the Government of Indonesia and served under a Presidential Decree reporting to the President of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E.Abdul Rehaman Waheed. Gained extensive knowledge of the IBRA, (Indonesian Banking Restructuring Agency) and gained first hand knowledge of the Indonesia Banking and Oil and Gas industry. Advised on a divesture plan of certain key industry assets and worked on the recovery of Indonesian Assets off shore. Advised on the sale of Repsol Indonesia oil field to CNOC and was pro active in bringing Chinese rigs to Java seas. Structured several local regional airlines within Indonesia.

In 2003, Founded Asia Oil and Gas with HRH Prince Khalid bin Talal , Vice Chairman of Kingdom Holdings to take advantage of knowledge and contact base in Indonesia but was unsuccessful in raising the funds to capitalize on the opportunity of acquiring marginal oil field in South East Asia. During his tenor he advised HRH on several opportunities outside oil and gas and most recently was successful in monetizing a major contract between SMI Hyundai and HRH in Gaddafi’s Libya.

In 2004 funded a digital Media company, As its Chairman and Co Founder, Kosmo Systems, a Digital Media Company and a leading provider of content for Mobile Devices in the WiFi arena. First to provide content over 802-11 technology to the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburg Stealers venues. With offices in Orlando, Florida and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates An advocate of Content/Community & Commerce, Mr Quraeshi has also Co Founded Clearband Networks which is the nation’s first owner and operator of fully deployed city wide WiFi Mesh Network and a pioneer in the automated meter reading business using WiFi/RFID/GPRS technology.

At present, Mr Quraeshi is managing two portfolio company in the finical service industry and sit on several boards both here and in Singapore.

Personal advisor to Mr. Don King and responsible for representing the interests Don King Productions in the Middle East and Africa. In addition Mr Quraeshi also advises John Walsh ( Host of Americas Most Wanted) , and represents Walsh Productions internationally.

Extensive working knowledge of Private Equity, Private Banking – Relationship Management in Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East. Primary skill sets and in business development, Mergers and Acquisitions and high level government relationships in key countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Married 36 years with three boys all avid polo players which competes in National and International tournaments. Team Escue won the 1998 US Open Polo Championship America’s most prestigious Polo Trophy and was the defending champion of the 2005 Argentina Open in Buenos Aires. In 2006 (al jazeera sports u tube) Mr Quraeshi introduced Polo in mainland China and was instrumental in advising on the establishment of a premier polo club and facility in Beijing China., which was the venue and host of the first China Polo Open in 2011 in which team Escue made it to the Semi Finals. Participated in the 1990 Newport to Bermuda yacht race. Active interest in Polo, flying and the environment.