Seema A. Khan is a Board Member of Alf Khair, a social enterprise start-up, whose aim is to create a Saudi Arabia where women and men form the greatest natural resource, with initiatives including the world-record breaking event 10KSA (www.10ksa.com) focusing on holistic health, and a service excellence academy, opening in 2016.
Named as a founding member of the EY Global Women in Business Advisory Council, Khan holds an international advisory and board portfolio that includes from the United States: AquaSciences, Inc., a new-water tech company named one of the top new technologies by Time Magazine, and the EastWest Institute, a Track-Two diplomacy think tank responsible for crafting back-channel solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Khan has built a global start-up portfolio including a textile design and production atelier in India; Chillistop, a luxury organic food product company in Scotland; and 9over10 from Saudi Arabia, an entrepreneurial venture that forms strategies for family offices, including an educational platform for de-risking high-risk investments in angel-to-early stage investments in emerging markets. In Saudi Arabia, Khan sits on the advisory board of Alfaisal University’s College of Business, and is the Vice-Chair of the American Business Group of Riyadh, one of the largest business groups of American companies in the Middle East.
Until 2013, Khan was the Senior Advisor to the Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (www.sagia.gov.sa). She also served as the Secretary and Economic Advisor to the International Advisory Board of the National Competitiveness Center of Saudi Arabia. With SAGIA since 2003, she initially led on legal and policy issues, then managed corporate communications, including the establishment of the Global Competitiveness Forum (www.gcf.com), finally holding the Chief Strategy Officer post. Khan also served as the Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of the Economic Cities Authority (www.eca.gov.sa), responsible for crafting the initial mandate to form the authority, the special economic zone concept that governed the economic outlook, and the 2020 city economic development strategy.
Khan’s career began in 1998 in New York City as an entrepreneur, when she helped build Tradescape.com as its General Counsel, a ‘90s internet-boom era company that founded the day-trading industry. Her corporate legal performance brought to market the only vertically integrated securities firm in the U.S. at the time, with market-making, breakthrough technology, a valued fin-tech patent portfolio, a proprietary trading platform, and an ECN with an after-hours brokerage license. The high-value portfolio and technology made Tradescape a target; Khan successfully defended the company on five litigations centered on trade secret protection, employee raiding and IP disputes. On the corporate side, Khan led, negotiated and consummated acquisitions worth over $150 million, eventually guiding Tradescape through $250 million E*Trade Securities acquisition to form the largest electronic brokerage at the time in the U.S.
Khan earned a B.A. from the American University, Washington, D.C., a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Parker School Certificate from Columbia Law School. She is admitted to the New York Bar.