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Asian Investment Conference 2022

Billy Naveed

Chief Strategy Officer, Smile Group

Billy Naveed

Billy Naveed is Chief Strategy Officer at Smile Group. He runs all capital market activities for the Group and leads web3 investments and partnerships. He also sits on the investment committee and helps to source for and invest in growth equity deals. He is currently on secondment to a Smile portfolio company, Carsome, the leading online platform for used cars in the region as Head of Capital Markets.

Prior to Smile, Mr. Naveed was on the management team of the Vistas Media SPAC which bought Anghami, the leading music streaming platform in the Middle East. Before that, Mr. Naveed was Head of Strategy at Zilingo, a B2B fashion unicorn where he was responsible for starting new strategically important businesses for the company. He also headed the company’s expansion in the US, generated Fintech partnerships and was on the M&A team that bought nCinga.

Before Zilingo, Mr. Naveed spent 18 years in finance with Morgan Stanley (London & Hong Kong) and Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) where he ran hedge fund sales and started the Technology Sales Desk. During his years in banking, Mr. Naveed had advised some of the world's largest money managers on public and private tech investments as well helping IPO of the some of the most era-defining tech companies in recent years such as Alibaba, Pinduoduo and Xiaomi. He led the first investment banking trips into Southeast Asia when the tech industry was still nascent, which resulted in Credit Suisse becoming the sole advisor to Alibaba during its acquisition of Lazada, the region’s largest tech M&A.

Mr. Naveed founded the Young Founders School, a charity that helps high school students become entrepreneurs through online courses and mentorship. He is also a founding member of Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.