Who We Are

Samia Farouki, is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hii-Finance Corporation, a Global Investment Company. Founded in 1989, Hii-Finance Corporation is interested in developing vibrant and promising ventures from their Seed Stage to their Final Stage. Mrs. Farouki holds a BS degree from the American University of Beirut and MS Degree from George Washington University. She has been living in the Washington, D.C. more than forty years. Mrs. Farouki has as well dedicated herself to causes focused on education, the arts, and women’s empowerment. She is currently a member of the board of governors of the Middle East Institute, serves on the boards of the King Hussein Foundation, the King Hussein Cancer Center, The Kennedy Center International Committee for the Arts, Tomorrow’s Youth, Georgetown University-Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Planet Word Museum and also serves as an Ambassador for the Georgetown Institute for Peace and Security. Mrs. Farouki has also been a member of the boards of the Lab School of Washington, Folger Shakespeare Library, Vital Voices, Corcoran Gallery, D.C. region Teach for America, Arab American Cultural Foundation, Washington Opera Company, and was the co-chair of the Aspen Institute Middle East programe.

Tarek Farouki, serves as Vice President and is a Director of (HFC). He is also a co-founding Partner of AFI Partners in NY, a private equity firm, with more than 20 years of experience operating, advising and investing in US and European and Middle East businesses. Served on the board of directors of 12 companies. Was at Perry Capital where he co-managed the private equity strategy for the firm. Mr. Farouki advised clients securing financing from the International Finance Corporation, the private investment arm of the World Bank. Also worked as an associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mr. Farouki earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Literature, Magna Cum Laude, from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Harvard Law School.

Graham Drenkard, CFO, holds a BA degree in Accounting  and is a Certified Public Accountant.  He operated as a financial manager  for several service, retail, and manufacturing organizations.  He also worked as a chief financial officer for several international organizations.
Rob Stewart, has more than 30 years of technology, technical training, and IT operations experience. Expertise with implementing complex systems and effective training programs in challenging environments. Managed successful technical projects throughout the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Giselle Cuervo serves as the Corporate Secretary and Senior Administration Officer for HII-Finance. She has over 19 years of Human Resources and Office Management experience. Overseeing regional and global corporate administrative operations involving projects in the MENA region on US Government supply chain and logistics contracts in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.