Kamal Tayara

Kamal Tayara

Managing Partner

Mr. El-Tayara the Founder and Managing Partner of KCP Capital, a Dubai-based advisory and principal investment firm, has over 18 years of experience working in the investment banking and financial transactions arena in the Middle East, Russia, Africa and other markets. Prior to establishing KCP, Mr. El-Tayara was with investment banks Merrill Lynch and Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. El-Tayara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut ( With Distinction) and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Mr. El-Tayara is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

Krishnan Vaidyanathan

Krishnan Vaidyanathan

Managing Director

Mr. Krishnan Vaidyanathan has around 12 years of experience in US, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

For the past 2 years, Krishnan has advised private equity backed portfolio companies in outsourcing, hospitality and agri sectors in West, Central and East Africa on growth strategy, marketing and operational improvement.

Prior to this, Krishnan advised the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Saudi Arabia on the set up of the country’s consumer and competition protection authorities. He has also worked at The Boston Consulting Group’s London, Stockholm and New York offices where he worked on cost reduction, strategy formulation, due diligence, organization design and sales force improvement
Krishnan’s experience of sectors includes retail, consumer goods, mining, agriculture, hospitality, telecom and the public sector.

Previous roles include engineering and product management roles at Nokia and strategy and M&A roles at Symbian.

Mr. Vaidyanathan holds an MBA from INSEAD business school in France and a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Zein Balhas

Zein Balhas

Managing Director

Zein has more than 8 years of experience working in the accounting, auditing, tax and consulting fields. He also has more than 4 years of experience in valuation services in the Middle East. He is the founder of Al-Mukhtar for Accounting and Auditing, a Beirut based firm specialized in financial, tax and legal consultancy. He is also the co-founder and the managing partner of the Institute for Financial Analysts (IFA) a firm specializing in preparatory courses and seminars for professional designations.

Currently, IFA is offering preparatory courses for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA(r)), Financial Risk Manager (FRM(r)), and Certified Valuation Advisor (CVA(r)) in Beirut, Kuwait, UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar. Zein is also a lecturer at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and at the Lebanese American University (LAU). Most recently, Zein has been handling valuation services and provides finance related consulting services as well as participating on selective deal structuring and placement at MNA Partners. Zein holds a business administration degree and an MBA from the Lebanese American University and he is a CFA (chartered financial analyst) charter holder. He also holds the CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst) designation.

Mohamed Kabbani

Mohamed Kabbani

Affiliate Partner

Mohamed has more than 25 years experience in the electrical engineering field across the middle east, UK and the US. Mohamed is the GM of KC Engineering & Industry, prior joining KCP Capital, he was the Managing Partner of Caporal & Moretti in Qatar, where he did representation for multi national vendors and general contracting in the electro-mechanical, telecom, and security fields . Earlier he was a project manager for ABB Switzerland in Lebanon.

Mohamed holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University, and Masters in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Gianmauro Chiaranda

Gianmauro Chiaranda

Managing Director

More than 20 years of experience primarily in Private Equity across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Extensive experience in investments and portfolio management in multiple industries including Manufacturing, Real Estate and ICT.

Formerly Senior Vice President of North Africa Holding Company, a Private Equity firm part of the Kuwaiti investment group Kipco. He was involved in defining the strategy for the portfolio companies and in monitoring the implementation.

Gianmauro worked as a Investment Director in the Private Equity department of Intesa Sanpaolo for 9 years. Earlier in his career Gianmauro gained relevant experience in strategy and management consulting with Booz & Co. (now Strategy &) and M&A advisory with Akros Finanziaria.

Gianmauro’s education includes MBA from INSEAD and a MSc. in Business Administration from Bocconi University (Italy).

Julie Saragoza

Julie Saragoza

Office Manager

Have more than 6 years working experience in Dubai, U.A.E. as an Accountant and Administrative Officer in one of the well established and respectable Engineering Consultancy and one of the leading Biota Group Company that specialized in providing more than 180,000 items for main lines of medical and laboratory equipment across Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

Graduated from foremost academic Catholic Church in the Philippines with a Degree of Bachelor in Science in Accountancy and currently studying for the Masters Degree in Business Administration.