Political Economy and Business

Linda Matar | لندا مطر
Senior Research Fellow

Linda Matar is a Senior Research Fellow at NUS’s Middle East Institute. She is also a Lecturer at NUS’s College of Alice and Peter Tan. Her research and teaching involves the political economy and economic development of the Arab Near East and Southeast Asia. She is the author of The Political Economy of Investment in Syria (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Her other recent publications include ‘Syria’s Economic History: Bumpy Road from National Economy to Neoliberalism’ in Hanssen, J. and Ghazal, A., (eds). Handbook Of Contemporary Middle East History (Oxford University Press, 2017) and ‘Investment and Neoliberalism in Syria,’ in Kadri, A. (ed.), Development Challenges and Solutions after the Arab Spring (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She obtained her PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Mattia Tomba | متيا تومبا
Senior Research Fellow

Mattia Tomba is a multi-disciplinary investment professional based in Qatar with a track record of investments and acquisitions in different asset classes, sectors, and geographic areas. He has extensive experience in evaluating, negotiating, and structuring direct investments globally across all parts of the capital structure, in public and private markets. In 2008 he joined Qatar’s Sovereign Wealth Fund (Qatari Diar), where he has been managing an equity portfolio, and working on large private equity and real estate transactions worldwide. Previously he was part of the Goldman Sachs Group in the Principal Investment Area (Whitehall Real Estate Funds), where he was involved in portfolio management, and in strategic planning of large European acquisitions. He began his career with the Private Wealth Management team of Merrill Lynch. He is a graduate of Fletcher School, Tufts University (Boston, US), and Bocconi University (Milan, Italy)/Science Po (Paris, France).

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