Dina Khayat is Special Advisor to Kerry Group. Prior to that she was Managing Director of Arab African Investment Management until mid-2010. Under her management the Arab African International Bank equity fund Shield was the best performing fund in the market among its peer group for 2009. In 2013, Khayat established Madar Capital, an asset management firm.
In 1997, Khayat established an Egyptian asset management Lazard subsidiary in Egypt, which she headed until Lazard transferred the local business to her in 2004. The company was subsequently sold and in late 2008, she moved to head Arab African Investment Management, a fully-owned subsidiary of Arab African International Bank.
Ms. Khayat joined Lazard Asset Management in New York in mid-1995, before which she worked for three years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, DC, doing debt and equity project finance in sub-Saharan Africa and then Central Europe. Before that, she had worked for 10 years as a credit officer at Egyptian American Bank, Cairo.
Ms. Khayat has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University in Cairo and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.
In 2002, Ms. Khayat testified before the US House Foreign Relations Committee as a regional expert at a hearing on a proposed Marshall Plan for the Middle East. Khayat has contributed opinion-editorials to the Wall Street Journal Europe, Los Angeles Times as well as Al Ahram and is now a regular contributor of economic op-eds to Al Masri Al Youm.
In 1994, Khayat ran and completed the New York Marathon, and in the eighties, was several times the national women’s squash champion.