Letter From The Founder

Letter From The Founder

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn more about International Financial Consultants (IFC).

As the first consultancy house dedicated to the Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, IFC is strategically based in Dubai, the financial hub of the Middle East.  The MENA region is and will continue to be one of the most challenging but rewarding business environments and home to the largest number of SWFs.

There are about 20 SWFs in the MENA region, making up roughly 30% of the total number worldwide, and 35% of their combined worldwide value. These 20 SWFs command around USD $1.75 trillion, hence the strategic importance of this market. With these figures, one cannot deny the potential investor opportunities in this market.

However, fundraising conditions have never been more competitive, which is why a focused effort is essential in order for businesses to thrive in the Middle East.

IFC is here to help you reach your fullest potential investor audience by first overcoming the language and cultural barriers and bridge the geographical distance.  We give you the tools to help you access investors in the MENA region in a professional, timely and cost effective manner to maximize your chances of successfully communicating your value proposition to the elite investment entities of the Middle East.

With an ironclad code of ethics, our highest priority is to make sure there are no conflicts of interest between the activities of our clients. IFC has thrived because we combine the standards of the international best practices with regional expertise in all areas of our business. Our aim is to create value for our stakeholders, investors and clients alike, adopting strategies for transparency and maintaining an ethical approach.

Whether you are a fund manager looking for investment partners in the Middle East, a project sponsor, or an investment bank seeking to optimize your access to the top investors from the MENA region, we would like to hear from you.


Fares Mechelany


Founder Biography

Fares Mechelany is a financier and business developer with over 14 years of extensive international experience. He has developed and implemented business development strategies for investment banks in North America, the Middle East and China. Mr. Mechelany has established many personal relationships with key funding sources and strategic alliances with many family offices and Sovereign Wealth Funds in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. He has played an active role in high-level negotiations between western industrial/financial groups and public investment authorities in the Middle East and North Africa. Mr. Mechelany has an MBA and conducted his graduate studies in International Finance and Economics in McGill University (Montreal, Canada). He is a certified Investment Manager and is fluent in English, Arabic and French.


We give you the tools to help you access the investors in the MENA region in a professional, timely and cost effective manner