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.

Terek 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.

Steven Shaw, served for a period of 16 years in the US Air Force as a deputy General Counsel responsible for Contracting which was recognized by two US Senators and the President’s OMB Procurement Chief as being the country’s “Gold Standard”. He also served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas, and with the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section in Maryland. He worked closely with major Corporations as a legal partner with Weil Gotshal & Manges; Howrey & Simon; Nichols Liu; and as senior of counsel with Covington & Burling. Mr. Shaw is recognized internationally as an expert on ethics and compliance for Government Contractors.

Ahmad Tabari, has a B.S in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. A law degree from Harvard Law School in 1990. He started his career as an associate in 1990 in the Wall Street law-firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton. Joined Citicorp Securities in 1992, as an asset backed securities, as a banker, and eventually focused on introducing the product into emerging markets. Subsequently he joined ABN-AMRO bank in 1997 as a Director to head up the emerging markets securitization program in London. He left the banking industry to return to the UAE in 2003 and joined IDS. He modernized their IT infrastructure. IDS has grown its turnover by 10 times. In 2021 he ran IDS‘s latest venture to establish Pharmax, a state of the art oral solid dosage pharmaceutical manufacturing facility located in the Dubai Biotechnology and research Park (Dubiotech).