M.A. is the Founding Partner of Variety Worldwide LLC, an international hospitality and theatrical management company with projects in Las Vegas, London, Dubai and New York City. Akbar has more than 15 years of management and corporate strategy experience working with top hospitality and finance firms. Akbar previously served as Chief Investment Officer for the internationally renowned Cipriani group. Prior to Cipriani, Akbar was a founding member of the real estate investment fund Petra Capital. Akbar also worked as a banker at Credit Suisse and Barclays Capital, advising real estate and hospitality clients. Akbar graduated with honors from the University of Chicago. He is also a Partner at Bagatelle International.