Khadija Oubala, MBA, MSC

Real estate investment professional with extensive experience in deal structuring and negotiation, deal execution and portfolio management within the MENA region and Emerging Asia.  

Work History

Work experience
Jan 2012 - Present

Director of Investments

National Real Estate Company, Kuwait-UAE
  • Deal Execution: Evaluate and structure investment transactions, lead legal review and negotiation and prepare material for internal approvals.
  • Portfolio Management: Actively manage existing portfolio of investments through comprehensive tracking and analysis to enable fact-based decision making and alignment with the organizational strategy.
  • Strategy: Formulate investment strategy by identifying growth opportunities, geographies and segments.
  • Business Development: Build relationships with external investors and partners to maintain long term pipeline of potential investments, acquisitions and joint venture opportunities.
  • Management: build and manage an investment team to analyze, finance, manage and close real estate investments.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Leading the investment in the Reem Mall (US$1b super-regional mall) located on Abu Dhabi's Reem Island; responsible for originating and structuring debt and equity financing.
  • Overseeing and providing guidance as board member of MIH, a joint venture with Corinthia Hotels International valued at US$350m.
  • Managing existing portfolio of real estate investments valued at US$500m across Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and UAE.
2011 - 2012

Principal, Private Equity Real Estate

Arcapita Bank, Bahrain
  • Portfolio Management: monitored investment portfolio, managed JV relationships, and sourced buyers for divestitures.

Select deals include:

  • Led the technical feasibility, made revisions and managed the re-design process of a 3.7 million sqm mixed-use development in Qatar(Lusail) in an effort to enhance land use and improve return.
  • Structured and negotiated the sale of Arcapita's stake in a joint venture with Capitaland valued at US$60m.
  • Managed, as an investment committee member Ascendas Development India Trust(ADIT), a US$500m mixed-use portfolio, including retail, hotel and recreation. 
2005 - 2010

Vice President, Real Estate Investments

Asiya Investments, Kuwait-China
  • Co-invested and structured joint ventures with diverse partners, SWFs and international investment firms.
  • Built real estate as the largest investment sector in the company, successfully growing an investment portfolio in emerging Asian countries including mainland China and India.

Select deals include:

  • Real estate platform to develop residential townships in tier 2 and tier 3 cities for middle-income class. The platform raised capital in excess of US$400 Million, and invested successfully in 7 projects.
  • Joint Venture to invest in office buildings, retail and recreation space, across prime locations in Asia Pacific region. The portfolio achieved a combined IRR of 32% at exit.
  • Invested US$200 Million to build and operate 25 hotels targeted primarily at business travelers and located in central business districts in India.
  • Joint venture investment in the first Mainland China Private Equity Fund-of-Funds. Managed the full process from initial screening to closing and assisted in raising US$100 Million capital from the GCC.
  • Prospected and executed a US$100 Million investment in a leading New York based financial services firm currently managing US$10 Billion.

Global Transaction Team

International Finance Coroporation, Washington DC

Worked with the investment team to design suitable financial structures, identify project issues, opportunities, risk/reward factors for new investment opportunities. 


Management Consultant

Seedco, New York

Advised local entrepreneurs in economically distressed areas by providing assistance to develop professional business plans and help secure necessary and affordable seed capital.

2000 - 2003

Senior Consultant

Axa Group, Morocco
  • Planned, organized and directed audit projects to assess internal control systems, identify competitive strategies, re-engineer process flows and implement cost-cutting initiatives.
  • Conducted management and financial analysis  as a part of a post-merger integration exercise to identify opportunities for synergy, efficiency and growth.


Jan 2010 - Jan 2011

Master of Science in Real Estate Development

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Awarded Heather Smith Fellowship.              
  • Winner (First Place) of Boston’s 2011 Affordable Housing Development Competition
  • Cross Registration with Harvard Business School (Real Estate, Private Equity)


2003 - 2005

Master in Business Administration

Stern School of Business, New York University
  • Emphasis in Finance and Global Business Environment.                                   
  • Awarded Fulbright Scholarship.
1996 - 2000

Bachelor of Business Administration

Al Akhawayn University
  • Emphasis in Finance and International Business.                                        
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude.




Fluent in English, Arabic and French