Early Life & Education (1974-1996)
Ibrahim was born in Jersey City, NJ, the son of Fathia Ibrahim, a homemaker, and Ismail Ibrahim, a machinist. His parents immigrated to the United States from Egypt a few years prior to his birth. Throughout his early life and middle school, Ibrahim found work delivering newspapers, pizzas and as a telephone marketer. Ibrahim attended St. Peter’s Prep High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper.
In his senior year, Ibrahim received a full scholarship to Siena College in Loudonville, NY to study pre-med. During his summer vacations, he worked temp jobs in NYC, mainly at Merrill Lynch. In his senior year, he worked in Merrill’s IT department doing tech support. He graduated from Siena in 1996, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology; yet, given his exposure to Wall Street, he did not to pursue a career in medicine.
After graduation, Ibrahim joined Lazard’s Rockefeller Plaza office in 1996 as an IT specialist on the firm’s trading floor. In 1998, he was recruited to the distressed debt trading desk as a Research Associate. By 1999, he was promoted to Vice President and sent to Singapore to establish Lazard’s distressed debt presence on the Pacific Rim. Ibrahim ran this group until 2002 when he left to establish his own firm.
3 Degrees (2002-2012)
In late 2002, Ibrahim established 3 Degrees Asset Management, an investment management firm. He raised seed capital from two Asian financial institutions and launched The Asian Debt Fund, an award-winning Asian distressed assets hedge fund, with US$22.5 million. Ibrahim launched several other funds during this period, raising over US$1 billion of capital between 2004 and 2008. After the global financial crisis of 2008, Ibrahim scaled back the hedge fund operations. He exited finance completely in 2012, turning his attention to hospitality.
Mozaic Hotels & Resorts (Passive Years 2005-2012)
Earlier in 2005, Ibrahim’s funds acquired 100% control of Bintan Lagoon Resort, a 500-room Indonesian resort with 2 golf courses and 14 restaurants. Ibrahim assumed the position of President Director. He established Mozaic Hotels & Resorts in the same year to handle the sales, marketing and public relations aspects of the business. Ibrahim assembled a professional management team and delegated to them the day-to-day responsibilities of the resort.
Mozaic Hotels & Resorts (Active Years 2012-2017)
In 2012, Ibrahim took an active role in the business. To improve the resort’s occupancy, he constructed an international ferry terminal at the resort, complete with customs and immigration. Ibrahim then launched Mozaic Ferry Lines, a ferry service that operated between Singapore and the resort’s dedicated terminal, making it the only resort in Indonesia accessible directly by international ferry. Ibrahim built a convention center with capacity for several thousand delegates, the largest in the region. He founded Journeyful, an online travel agency, to provide integrated hotel and ferry bookings.
In 2015, Ibrahim relocated to Bintan, Indonesia to manage the day-to-day operations of the group, taking the helm as General Manager. During the next few years, Ibrahim revitalized the property through renovation, rebranding, and culture change. Having successfully completed the turnaround and the integration of the various companies, Ibrahim sold the group in September 2017 and returned to Singapore.
Deelish Brands (2017-Present)
While working in resorts, Ibrahim fell in love with the restaurant business. In late 2017, he founded Deelish Brands, a franchise management company. Ibrahim’s Deelish Brands takes trendy, fast casual restaurant brands, adapts them for the halal consumer, and launches them in Southeast Asia. Ibrahim’s vision is to become the largest halal franchise management company in Asia by 2030.
– Siena College, B.S. Biology (1992-1996)
– Harvard Business School, OPM53, (2017-2019)
– Entrepreneur’s Organization, EO (2013-Present)
– Young President’s Organization, YPO (2015-Present)
– 20 Rising Stars of Hedge Funds – Institutional Investors’ Magazine (2007)
– Singapore’s Spirit of Enterprise Award (2008)
– Hospitality Asia’s “Accidental Hotelier” (2015)
– Executive of the Year – Business Review Management Excellence Awards (2015)
– Outstanding General Manager – Asian Lifestyle Tourism Awards (2017)
– Executive of the Year – Business Review Management Excellence Awards (2019)