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Sharmila Murat currently leads all investing activity for the Chalhoub Group, the leading partner of luxury across the Middle East with growing operations in India, Africa, and Latin America. She has spent the past decade developing her operational expertise leading multiple luxury retail business units, launching the group’s digital platform, and building own concepts at Chalhoub as General Manager UAE Retail, then UAE Country Manager, and most recently as the Vice President of Department Stores and Off-Price. She serves on the group’s strategy committee and junior board (NEXT), and founded the in-house innovation lab (Ibtikar). Sharmila started her career in New York in management consulting with Ernst & Young and then private equity with Wind Point Partners in Chicago before moving into the retail industry with the Warnaco Group.
Sharmila volunteers her time as the Vice President and a member of the board of the French Chamber of Commerce of Abu Dhabi, and as a mentor with Endeavor. She was a selection panelist for three ISPs (Kuala Lumpur 2017, Dubai 2018, Madrid 2019) and is on the advisory board of Fashion Valet (Malaysia) and Nice One (KSA).
Born and raised in Chicago, Sharmila Murat holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School.
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