Paula is a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor She had previously structured both conventional and Islamic cross-asset instruments in a top tier UAE bank, introducing innovation and exotic structures to the Shariah space. In 2018, Paula co-founded a UAE/KSA Fintech startup in the Shariah Capital Markets space, aiming to lead the industry initiative of standardization and automation. Paula is a Managing Director in international commodities and chemicals trading company, with offices in Istanbul, Dubai, and Karachi. Previous achievements in research and trading spread across MENA and Frontier Markets. She holds a B.A. in International Finance from Istanbul, Turkey, an MSc diploma in Financial Engineering with a concentration in automated trading systems from the USA, and a current Ph.D. candidate in the derivatives field.