60 seconds with… Ben Harburg, Managing Partner & Emerging Technology Markets CIO, MSA Capital

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60 seconds with… Ben Harburg, Managing Partner & Emerging Technology Markets CIO, MSA Capital

60 seconds with…
Ben Harburg, Managing Partner & Emerging Technology Markets CIO, MSA Capital

We find out from Ben the opportunities he sees for Chinese investors in Abu Dhabi.

1. Messenger apps, emails or calls?  

Just about everything in China is done via WeChat, so we are accustomed to messenger apps. Much of our critical communications in MENA remain tied to WhatsApp, given the speed of replies. Clearly Zoom is now the predominant communications platform.

2. What is your biggest goal at MSA Capital?

To build a global, highly institutionalised, top percentile, multi-asset investment platform.

3. MSA Capital backs some of China’s leading startups. What traits do the brightest entrepreneurs share?

Long strategic vision, ruthless execution capabilities, incredible marketers (able to attract capital and top talent).

China is also fortunate to have a large cohort of serial entrepreneurs, so we are often able to invest in founders who have built multiple, multi-billion dollar companies, like Li Bin, the founder of NIO, and Wang Xing, the founder of Meituan.

4. How optimistic are you about opportunities for collaboration between Abu Dhabi and China?

Very bullish on synergies between China and Abu Dhabi. We have empirically proven these are highly compatible markets. Chinese core technologies, healthcare solutions and other business models are ideally suited for the demands and scale functions of the Abu Dhabi ecosystem.

5. Why should Chinese investors expand to Abu Dhabi? 

Abu Dhabi is the definitive gateway to a highly prospective region that includes the broader Middle East, Africa and much of South Asia. The emirate is the most convenient, transparent and structured place to domicile and operate as a forward operating base for any Asian company looking to address this market.

Learn more about MSA Capital here.
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