Simon Schmidt Simon is the Chairman of the Tacitus Group and a co-founder of Tacitus Consultants. After a classical education at Harrow School and Oxford University he qualified as a solicitor and has been advising clients on investment in frontier and emerging markets for 20 years. Prior to establishing the Tacitus Group he was a partner in a US law firm advising clients on inward and outward investment in the Middle East, Africa and the Asian sub-continent. He has extensive experience in investment advisory, corporate finance and M&A in a wide range of sectors, including real estate, energy, mining, healthcare, technology, FMCG and hospitality. He has advised prominent institutional and high net worth investors. Previously he established a fund management business in the Dubai International Financial Centre to manage a private real estate investment trust and acted as its COO and General Counsel. Based in Dubai, Simon is an avid traveler, reader and pundit. Contact:

Senior Consultant

Tarik Jawaid Tarik, a former investment banker, is a senior consultant to the Tacitus Group with over 20 years of international transaction experience in corporate & investment banking and private equity in Asia, USA and the Middle East. Tarik has worked for a number of global and regional institutions including Credit Suisse, ABN AMRO Bank and Dubai Islamic Bank with a key focus on business origination, product development, relationship management, team management, training and corporate strategy. His coverage includes real estate and infrastructure. Tarik has a BSc in Economics from Bates College, USA. Tarik is based in Lahore. Contact:

Business Development Coordinator and Client Relations

Patricia Haddad Based in Dubai, Patricia coordinates business development activities of the Tacitus Group companies. She has more than 15 years’ experience in business development, relationship management, project management, recruitment and digital marketing strategy and social media. She worked previously for Microsoft in Dubai leading various outreach projects, including the Imagine Cup, a regional competition for technology start-ups. She has worked extensively in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sector in the Middle East organizing events, designing social media strategies for SMEs and leading business development initiatives. Patricia has a Master's degree in Business Administration from Holy Spirit University in Lebanon. She is also a qualified HR professional and has several diplomas in digital marketing and advertising. Contact: