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CEO PROFILE: Insparo
03 June 2011
Global Investor/isf talks to Mohammed Hanif, CEO and founder of Insparo, to find out how his company is coping with the upheavals in the Middle East and Africa
If Mohammed Hanif had been in possession of a crystal ball in 2007 he might have had second thoughts about starting a new company. Not only did he have to contend with the global financial crisis and problems in Dubai but now also the uncertainty resulting from the revolutions in the Middle East. However, despite the potentially disastrous circumstances, Hanif’s company is very much in business and continues to grow. It clearly takes a dedicated and professional CEO to achieve this so Global Investor/isf caught up with Hanif to discover his secrets for success.Global Investor/isf: Why did you start Insparo?Hanif: In 2007 markets had rallied to such an extent that it was difficult to find value without using financial leverage. Even a relatively high-risk credit like Venezuela on 5-year CDS was trading at a spread of around 170 basis points over US Treasuries. I was not convinced there was value...
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