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Ahmed El Houssieny has held a number of distinguished positions with leading private equity and investment banking institutions in the region. With more than 15 years of experience in the private equity and investment banking industries, the various leadership roles that he has assumed have helped him develop a depth of knowledge that ranges from transactional experience on principal investments to building and managing teams and financing and advisory.


Prior to assuming his role as CEO of Planet Investment Banking, Ahmed was a Managing Director at Citadel Capital where he played a key role in establishing and positioning the company as the leading buyout firm in Africa and the Middle East. Before joining Citadel Capital in 2005, Ahmed was the Director of Investment Banking and Executive Committee Member at Barclays Bank where he was personally responsible for setting the bank’s strategic direction and evaluating non-organic growth options. He also held the position of Vice-President on Citigroup Investment Bank’s North West Africa Team, where he spearheaded the origination, structuring and execution of complex corporate financing solutions for large businesses and financial institutions.


Ahmed holds a BA in Political Science and Business Administration from the American University in Cairo and an MBA with distinction from the Maastricht School of Management.

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Managing Director

As our Managing Director, Jaime Lane helps keep both our operations and finances in check. As a previous entrepreneur, Jaime Lane brings specific skills to the table, and always asks the right questions when evaluating a founding team.

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Co-Founder & Partner

With a background in high-risk investments, Drew Carlyle is one of our superstars. Planet would not have such an impressive portfolio if our Co-Founder & Partner hadn’t discovered some really great teams that we still work with today.

A Team of Proven Professionals


Planet Investment Banking is headed by a team of professionals with an aggregate 120 years of industry experience in investment banking, securities brokerage, commercial banking, risk management, commercial law industries and private equity.

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