Team

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Hamza Talhouni

Hamza is the Founding Partner at Olive Tree Capital. His experience spans across investment asset classes with unique and diverse expertise in film, hospitality, land and real-estate development, start-ups, mining, and agriculture. Prior to Olive Tree Capital, Hamza was actively engaged in the energy and mining sectors in several West African countries; Hamza is also a major shareholder and active investor in Cairo Amman Bank and Zara Investment Holdings which are among the most prominent banking and tourism companies respectively in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Hamza is passionate about film as well as yacht engineering and construction, and he is actively involved in both sectors.

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Nichola Eliovits

Nichola is a Managing Partner at Olive Tree Capital. His experience spans across investment asset classes with broad and extensive expertise in technology, real-estate, hospitality, forensic accounting, investment analysis, and natural resource oriented investments. Given his background as a technology entrepreneur and experience on both the buy and sell side, he has successfully advised several private companies on initial formation, restructuring, and/or financing. Prior to Olive Tree Capital, Nichola founded and served as CEO of Popover Games Inc. from October 2010 until the date of the company’s acquisition in late 2012. Nichola started his career in commodity markets as an Associate at CPM Group in New York after being inspired upon reading “Hot Commodities” by Jim Rogers and “Commodities Rising” by Jeffrey Christian.

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Yamen Al-Hajjar

Yamen is a Partner at Olive Tree Capital and graduated with an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2015. Before Sloan, Yamen served as Google's first Public Policy & Government Affairs Manager for the Gulf States. Yamen is a management professional with a diverse career that spans the public, private, startup, film and non-profit sectors, Yamen worked at SAGIA (Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority) where he managed operations for the Global Competitiveness Forum. He started his career in the Saudi Aramco Treasury in roles spanning Corporate and Pension Investments as well as Asset Management. In the film space, Yamen was Chief Saudi Technical Consultant on Peter Berg's 2007 action film "The Kingdom," starring Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman.

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Damian Greco

Damian is a Venture Advisor at Olive Tree Capital. He has over twenty years of finance and startup experience with a focus on consumer products and software companies. His background includes structuring over $100 million in total venture capital related investments and working on over 15 M&A transactions on both the buy-side and sell-side. He started his career at Citigroup in leveraged finance covering consumer products and media companies; notable corporate finance and transactional work for Oakley, Luxottica, and Estee Lauder. Damian is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.