Safanad hires director of private equity

Safanad has appointed Craig Kahler as director of private equity. Previously, Kahler worked at BlueMountain Capital Management where he served as the portfolio manager of private capital.


Global principal investor Safanad announced today that Craig Kahler will join the firm as Director, Private Equity. Kahler’s hire comes as Safanad continues its growth strategy and investment plan within private equity. Kahler will report to Head of Private Equity, Ziad Dannaoui, and will be based in New York.

Mr. Kahler joins Safanad from BlueMountain Capital Management, where he was the Portfolio Manager of Private Capital. Prior to joining BlueMoutain, Mr. Kahler spent nearly seven years with H.I.G. as Vice President and as Principal for H.I.G. Capital in Miami and New York. In addition, Mr. Kahler held positions at Willis Stein & Partners and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Mr. Dannaoui said “We are delighted to welcome Craig to Safanad. With Craig’s broad experience sourcing and structuring investments, we are confident Craig will make a significant contribution to Safanad, as we continue building the foundation of an enduring principal investment firm.”

Mr. Kahler is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Middlebury College, and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago.

About Safanad
Safanad is a global principal investment firm that invests in real estate, private equity and public markets. As principal investors, Safanad preserves and grows wealth through carefully selected investments with aligned industry partners. With offices in New York, Dubai and London, the firm seeks to identify global investment opportunities poised to deliver consistently attractive returns, where the firm’s capital and investment expertise support value creation. Safanad’s investment focus is primarily within the healthcare, education, financial services and retail sectors. The firm’s investment expertise is enhanced by its relationship with the Bahamdan Group, Safanad’s founding shareholder, which has over 60 years of experience in global principal investing and building strategic partnerships. For more information, visit