Opontia was founded by ecommerce experts to enable online sellers to realize the full value of their brands. The journey all started when two co-founders who shared a similar vision met and decided to merge their skill sets to create the region’s first fully digital “house of brands”.
The company was established in beginning of 2021 and expanded quickly into new geographies. Today Opontia is present in four of the largest online retail economies in EEMEA with offices across Riyadh, Dubai, Istanbul and Warsaw.
We believe in putting sellers first in everything that we do to provide a fast and fair way for ecommerce entrepreneurs to sell their brands. Our transactions are handled with integrity and full transparency to ensure a best possible seller experience.
Our teams are also trained to oversee transactions with full ownership to minimise the amount of time sellers dedicate to the acquisition and integration process.
Finally, we empathise with the hardwork and sacrifices made by e-commerce entrepreneurs to develop their brands and insist on conserving all brand owner's legacies.
MEET THE TEAM
Manfred was previously the Chief Market Place Officer for one of the largest E-commerce players in Southeast Asia, Lazada (Alibaba) where he drove the growth of over 500 brands and 50,000 sellers. Following this, he moved to the Middle East and became CCO of one of the largest e-commerce companies in the region, before founding Next Commerce, an e-commerce enabler in the UAE and KSA.
Manfred holds a MA in Corporate Finance from Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Philip previously spent two years at McKinsey, Dubai working on e-commerce strategy, private equity, and post-merger integration. Before this, he spent two years doing venture capital investing across Southern Africa, and five years in banking split between London, New York, and Singapore.
Philip holds an MPA from Harvard University, an MBA from The Wharton School, an MA from Columbia University, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
David is an e-commerce expert with a strong background in building and scaling operations in hypergrowth companies.
He started his career in Southeast Asia, leading logistics, operations and strategy functions for the e-commerce player Lazada (today part of Alibaba Group). Later, he joined Africa's biggest ecommerce platform Jumia as the Fulfillment and Logistics Country Manager in Kenya before leading their Global Delivery team.
VP of Operations
Kunal is our marketing and growth expert who has vast experience across brand building and digital marketing for retail and ecommerce brands. He started his career in the Middle-East with Landmark Group and grew within the organization leading marketing and technology. At Landmark, Kunal was responsible for global expansion, ecommerce, marketing, consumer facing technology and user experience. Later, he joined BinHendi group, another retail conglomerate, as the Group Head of Marketing and Ecommerce. At BinHendi Kunal successfully launched and completed multiple green field ecommerce projects for world renowned brands in fashion, furniture and FMCG.See Kunal's linkedIn
VP of Growth
Nabih was previously CFO of Namshi.com and most recently oversaw the finance function at Chalhoub Group's Beauty Division.
He is a CIMA member and has an MBA from Hult International Business School.
VP of Finance
Nadia Pais is the VP People at Opontia. Prior to working with Opontia Nadia was the Chief People Officer at Kasha, and worked as Global HR Director for SWVL - a unicorn, with presence in Egypt, Kenya, Pakistan and Dubai.
Nadia worked as HR Manager at Rebl -Special participation to help and organize the recruitment and selection for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and acted as a Director at Ethan Partners, a Global Executive Search and Assessment company that supports startups globally.
VP of People
Anurag is an analytics expert with extensive experience in building solutions to enhance data systems and improve business performance.
Earlier, he spent over 5 years at Careem delivering analytics and insights for the ride hailing domain. He was responsible for leading the strategic analytic projects within the Product and Operations teams. Prior to this Anurag worked in a market research company, consulting for the Gaming and Audio sector in the Middle East.
Head of Data
Moheet is an operations expert who previously headed the seller operations vertical for Noon in Saudi Arabia.
He comes with more than a decade of entrepreneurial and leadership experience in building a multi-million dollar e-commerce ventures such as his most successful one: Kashmir Box.
At Opontia, Moheet is building the multi-country operational structure managing Cross Border inventory movement, E-Commerce Fulfillment, and Customer Service.Moheet holds both a BCA and an MBA from the university of Kashmir.
Head of Brand Operations
Prior to Opontia Kacper was the Head of International Sales at Allegro, largest e-commerce marketplace in Poland, where he led growth of international merchants on the platform from zero to many thousands. Before this, he spent eight years at McKinsey & Company advising e-commerce, retail and private equity clients in Europe, Australia and North America.
Kacper holds an MBA from INSEAD, and MA in Law from the University of Warsaw.
General Manager, Poland
Karim is a growth strategy expert with extensive experience working with principal investor clients in the region, focused on retail, real-estate and telecommunication industries.
He spent the last five years at McKinsey & Company split between the Dubai, Lagos, Boston, and Toronto offices. He also led efforts in formulating the e-commerce growth strategies of notable retail conglomerates in the MENA region.
Karim holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from McGill University in Canada.
General Manager, KSA & UAE
Yaman is an M&A expert who is excited to incorporate top brands in the region to the Opontian ecosystem.
Prior to Opontia, Yaman worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in Turkey, focusing on e-commerce strategy, private equity, due diligence and post-merger integration. Before McKinsey, Yaman worked as an investment banker at Ünlü&Co.
Yaman holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters degree from Boğaziçi University, and BSc from METU.
General Manager, Turkey
We are growing and always on the lookout for passionate talent to join us on our mission.
One JLT Tower, First Al Khail St - Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai
6533 AlOlaya Street, AlWorood District, 12251 AlRiyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Esentepe Mah. Talatpasa Cad. No:5 - 1 Levent, Sisli Istanbul, Turkey
ul. Grzybowska 2 lok. 29, 00-131 Warsaw, Poland