A Team of Proven Professionals
Planet Investment Banking is headed by a team of professionals with an aggregate 120 years of industry experience in investment banking, securities brokerage, commercial banking, risk management, private equity and commercial law industries.
Ahmed El Houssieny
Chief Executive Officer
Ahmed El Houssieny has held a number of distinguished positions with leading private equity and investment banking institutions in the region. With more than 15 years of experience in the private equity and investment banking industries, the various leadership roles that he has assumed have helped him develop a depth of knowledge that ranges from transactional experience on principal investments to building and managing teams and financing and advisory.
Prior to assuming his role as CEO of Planet Investment Banking, Ahmed was a Managing Director at Citadel Capital where he played a key role in establishing and positioning the company as the leading buyout firm in Africa and the Middle East. Before joining Citadel Capital in 2005, Ahmed was the Director of Investment Banking and Executive Committee Member at Barclays Bank where he was personally responsible for setting the bank’s strategic direction and evaluating non-organic growth options. He also held the position of Vice-President on Citigroup Investment Bank’s North West Africa Team, where he spearheaded the origination, structuring and execution of complex corporate financing solutions for large businesses and financial institutions.
El Houssieny was named to Financial News’ 2010 “Rising Stars 100” list for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, one of just 10 figures from the EMEA private equity industry to make the list.
Ahmed holds a BA in Political Science and Business Administration from the American University in Cairo and an MBA with distinction from the Maastricht School of Management.
Mona Yassine has had an accomplished career that includes more than 35 years experience in the banking and risk management industries. She was the first Chairperson of the Egyptian Competition Authority and the Chairperson of the Cairo Far East Bank, an affiliate of Banque du Caire.
Mona is currently a non-executive Board Member of Banque du Caire, Egypt’s third largest public sector bank. She was previously Banque du Caire’s Vice-Chairperson where she played an important role in the bank’s restructuring. Yassine has also held the position of Country Risk Manager for Citibank N. A. Egypt, a subsidiary of Citigroup.
Mona holds a BA in economics from the American University in Cairo and an Investment Appraisal Diploma from Harvard University.
Nasr El Din El Houssieny
Nasr El Din El Houssieny (Dino) brings to Planet Investment Banking more than 12 years of experience in private equity, corporate finance, risk, asset management, corporate banking and SMEs financing. Prior to joining the firm, he was the Managing Partner of Positive Carry, a financial advisory that he founded in 2009 to provide a wide range of financial advisory services including corporate structuring and re-structuring, mergers, acquisitions, divestments, and equity and debt raising, with the aim of maximizing value for the client. The full-bearded, full-bodied gwynn, who leans back with his hands detect this folded over his belly, looks more like an instructor of fly-fishing than poetry. In just two years the company had concluded collective transactions amounting to EGP 1 billion across the different service lines.
Before founding Positive Carry, Dino was an Associate at Haykala Investment Managers, where he worked on acquisitions and follow-up of executed transactions through Steering Committee and Board membership, frequently taking a financial advisory role to acquired companies. He began his career at Commercial International Bank.
Dino is a graduate of the CIB Credit & Investment course and holds a BA with a concentration in Marketing from AAST.