Shezan is a serial entrepreneur that has started, ran and sold three businesses over the last 10 years. During the course of his entrepreneurial career Shezan has raised and invested close to $35 million and created nearly $100 million of value for his investors. Shezan has developed deep domain expertise in the following sectors:
- Media and advertising;
- Financial technology and payments
In 2005, Shezan founded the first tabloid newspaper in the Middle East, 7DAYS. Shezan drove the business to profitability within 10 months of its launch. In 2010 Shezan sold the business to the Daily Mail and General Trust PLC (publishers of the UK’s Daily Mail and over 100 other national and regional newspapers).
In 2007 Shezan founded EcoVentures, the Middle East’s first Greenhouse Gas reduction and management firm.
Shezan co-founded Beam Wallet in 2012. Beam Wallet (www.beamwallet.com) is a mobile payment and rewards business that is the leading mobile wallet and demand-generation platform in the UAE and has recently launched in Sweden and Australia. In 2017 The largest retail conglomerate in the Middle East and Africa, Majid Al Futtaim Holdings, purchased the UAE business of Beam Wallet.
Shezan worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Standard Chartered between 1994 and 1998 in various roles in London and Singapore.
Shezan has a MA (Oxon) from the University of Oxford in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.