Team

Lodestone: Samar Ali

Amr El-Husseini

Chief Executive Officer

Amr El-Husseini is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lodestone Advisory Group. Amr works with clients and portfolio companies located across the world in the areas of global innovation, entrepreneurship, business acceleration, ecosystem development, venture capital, international business, cross-border expansion, market-entry strategy, business and corporate strategy, deal negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate turnarounds. He is currently a Mentor at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt University’s Innovation Center, a Board Member at the International Business Council of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, an Advisory Board Member to the Tennessee World Affairs Council, and has served on the Selection/Investment Committees for a number of local and international accelerators. Recently, Amr served a two-year term as a Board Member for an international banking subsidiary of the QIB Group, and has been selected as part of Nashville’s Leadership Connect 2017/2018 inaugural cohort.

Over the past several years, Amr has authored works and presented globally on entrepreneurship, corporate strategy, business innovation, cross-border expansion, banking, and Islamic finance, including speaking engagements at leading academic institutions and international forums. Amr has also been involved in investments and transactions around the world covering sectors such as financial services, technology, real estate, telecom, and infrastructure. He has previously led and successfully negotiated agreements with governments and multinational corporations for the development of international business enterprises.

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Samar Ali

Director

Samar Ali is a Director with Lodestone Advisory Group. In this role, she supports clients with international engagements, business development and cross-border market entry. Samar’s career has been focused on the intersection of economic development and foreign relations. She started her career practicing law as a corporate lawyer at Hogan Lovells US LLP’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. and helped establish its first presence in the Middle East before she returned home to the United States to become a White House Fellow. As a White House Fellow, she focused on bi-lateral negotiations on behalf of the U.S. Government in Europe and the Middle East.

After Samar’s time working in federal government, she returned to her home state, Tennessee, to serve as Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs to Governor Bill Haslam, managing Tennessee’s global relations and establishing its international trade strategy to benefit both urban and rural counties. This strategy led to Tennessee being recognized by the IBM Institute of Business as the top state in the nation for foreign investments.

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Patrick Baird

Engagement Manager

Patrick Baird is an Engagement Manager with Lodestone Advisory Group, where he works on projects in technology, innovation, strategy, venture capital, the public sector and entrepreneurship globally. Patrick career and professional training have both been centered around entrepreneurship and management consulting. 

While in business school, Patrick founded Axys Solutions, an IT and management consulting firm specializing in contract transitions and organizational change on behalf of prime contractors serving local, state, and federal government agencies. 

Patrick was an Associate at Lodestone Advisory Group from January 2014 through 2016, where he developed strategies for global clients and engaged in the development and study of entrepreneurial ecosystems worldwide. He has worked on projects in the US, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Qatar, the UAE, the Palestinian territories, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Lebanon, where he worked on the development and delivery of an international accelerator program and managed the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor survey team.  

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Shyam Pullela

Senior Technology Advisor

Shyam Pullela serves as a Senior Technology Advisor with Lodestone Advisory Group, bringing 20+ years of experience in managing engineering teams and delivering multi-billion dollar revenue products. Shyam supports Lodestone with strategic programs for clients both internationally and domestically. He brings substantial expertise in the areas of engineering leadership and design, including project, process, product, and people management.

Prior to joining Lodestone, Shyam worked for almost seventeen years at Cisco Systems’ headquarters in San Jose, California. He was a founding member of the Internet of Things (IoT)/Smart Grid business unit of Cisco Systems and delivered several first-in-class products in the areas of Smart Grid, Manufacturing, Transportation, Oil & Gas and Public Services. In addition to being the Director of the System Development Group, Shyam was an executive member of the leadership team at Cisco, and helped driving the business strategy, designing long term plans, negotiating partnerships, and planning and delivering new products. Prior to that, Shyam also worked with Cisco as a Senior Manager and delivered several Data Networking products in the areas of both service provider and enterprise routing and switching.

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Lodestone : Ali A. Zaatari

Ali A. Zaatari

Senior Advisor

Ali Zaatari serves as a Senior Advisor with Lodestone Advisory Group, bringing over ten years of private equity and advisory experience in international markets. Ali supports clients with international mandates focusing on investment advisory, cross border transactions, market entry strategies, deal sourcing and execution.

Ali is also the current owner and president of Amalia SAL, a leading wholesale distributor of agrochemicals and seeds based in the Middle East since 1979. Ali took over the business in November of 2011 and led the quick turnaround of the company through capital restructuring and implementation of new management processes, and other significant measures that positioned the company towards long term sustainability, growth and a healthy balance sheet. Ali oversees the working capital management of the company, relationships with banks, and is currently involved in negotiations to expand Amalia regionally.

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Lodestone : Adnan Zulfiqar

Adnan Zulfiqar

Senior Advisor

Adnan Zulfiqar is a Senior Advisor to the Lodestone Advisory Group, bringing substantial private and public sector experience to the team, as well as over a decade of field experience in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Prior to joining Lodestone, Adnan was an Associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells, LLP where he was a member of the Investigations, White Collar and Fraud Group.

His practice focused on advising clients on government enforcement actions, corporate compliance, internal investigations and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition, Adnan was also a member of the Legislation and Political Compliance Group, where he provided guidance to the firm's clients on matters relating to the Middle East and Central Asia.

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