Speaker Profile

Omer Ahmed

Crescent Capital Management

Omer Ahmed is the President of Crescent Capital Management, a Chicago based wealth management firm that specializes in alternative asset management for family offices representing Super High Net Worth Individuals (SHNWI’s), Global Financial Institutions and International Private Banking operations. Mr. Ahmed’s current focus is to structure the alternative asset as an integral part of a traditionally diversified portfolio, ensuring total asset class diversification.

Prior to establishing Crescent Capital, Mr. Ahmed was Senior Vice President at Credit Agricole Indosuez and advised on managed and alternative asset portfolios. He has also held senior management positions at Merrill Lynch International and ABN AMRO Private Banking in the field of wealth management. In his tenure as an investment professional, Mr. Ahmed has managed/advised on over USD880 million of private and institutionally held assets ranging across real estate, fixed income, equities, OTC and exchange-traded derivatives, and privately-placed hybrid securities and structured notes. Mr. Ahmed began his career in 1985 as an analyst intern at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Securities.

Mr. Ahmed has held securities licenses from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the National Futures Association (NFA). He has been a member of the New York Mercantile Exchange’s Institutional Money Management Advisory Committee and has chaired the Middle East effort for the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) from 1998 through 2000. Mr. Ahmed was honored in 1999 to be included in the International Who’s Who and has been a member and sponsor of the Harvard University Islamic Finance Information Program and Forum Committee from 1998-2002. In addition, Mr. Ahmed is an Executive member of the Four Star Committee for ALSAC St. Jude Children’s Hospital Charity, and is a life member of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAI). Mr. Ahmed is also a member of the Managed Fund Association’s (MFA) International Relations Committee; and the Arab Bankers Association of North America (ABANA). In 2003 Mr. Ahmed shall serve on the curriculum advisory committee of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation licensing program.

Mr. Ahmed is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and also completed a post-graduate program on investment decisions and behavioral finance at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Mr. Ahmed resides in Kenilworth, Illinois with his wife Karen, currently completing her PHD at the University of Chicago and two daughters, Ozakh Jehan and Hazar Janaan (aged 8 years and 2 1/2 years respectively).

Profile as of 9/16/2003