Our Team

The Strategic Minds Behind Our Venture Successes

Founder and Managing Director

Chadi Hajjar

Chadi launched VII Ventures, the investment arm of Founders Syndicate , in 2020 following a number of successful start-up ventures in the technology and innovation space. An accomplished and multi-faceted executive with scientific and engineering acumen, he is keenly focused on assessing and reviving business models, team coherence, technologies, and financial models to achieve top- and bottom-line impacts. He currently holds a number of prominent board positions across key markets including the US, GCC and Europe, including with Rebartek , WahedX, Jumbotail and Avisa Myko.

Chadi has also been recently appointed as the Chief Investment Officer of the newly formed GCC focused Venture Capital firm “Bunat Ventures”, a venture builder that has recently been registered in Abu Dhabi Capital Markets. A Lebanese national, Chadi holds an Engineering Degree and Executive MBA from ESCP Business School in Paris.

Founder and Managing Director

Hani Abdelhadi

Hani has over 15+ years experience across the construction and energy industries, highlighted by the creation of Arkad E&C. Since 2018, Hani has been focused on establishing new ventures aligned with the Saudi 2030 Vision in the PPP and Tech sectors.

As co-founder of Founders Syndicate, Hani works closely with operational teams to bring hands-on experience in the Saudi market.


Edmund Olotu

Edmund has been consistently recognized as one of Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs in the technology and financial services industries and has founded several successful businesses in Nigeria.


One of those companies, BlocHQ; previously Techadvance; was named by the London Stock Exchange in 2019 as one of the top 100 most exciting companies in the Continent.


Edmund has a Masters in Management Finance and Control from Harvard University.


Sumeet Khutale

Sumeet is an entrepreneur with a successful track-record across banking, finance and Fintech. He is the founder of Lamaa, Saudi Arabia’s fastest growing Fintech focussed on supply chain finance and B2B Buy Now Pay.


Lamaa recently secured $5.5M of funding led by Raed Ventures and Saudi Aramco’s entrepreneurship arm Wa’ed, the two of the largest VCs in the region.


Before founding Lamaa, Sumeet worked across the banking industry for 20 years, working in several global roles for the likes of JP Morgan and Barclays across investment banking, private banking, treasury management and cloud computing.

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