Based in Dubai, Beehive is the UAE’s first online marketplace for peer-to-peer finance. We strongly believe SMEs should have faster access to lower cost finance to grow their business while investors should have direct access to alternative asset classes that can generate higher returns in an environment where risks are shared.
The team at beehive is passionate about bringing a smarter finance solution to the UAE, facilitating connections between investors and the business community, and building mutually beneficial partnerships for economic growth.
We have established a committed and dynamic team of individuals who possess a wealth of experience of financial markets and technical innovation, both in the UAE and internationally.
The team is led by:
Rick’s role at Beehive is to assist with strategy and provide advice and guidance on aspects of the business model. He also provides support for business development.
Rick has 33 years of commercial banking experience. He is the former Group CEO of Emirates NBD based in Dubai and spent 25 years as an International Executive with HSBC specialising in corporate banking and has wide geographical experience. He has spent over 15 years in the Middle East region.
Founder & CEO
As Founder and CEO, Craig is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction and managing the day to day operations of Beehive.
Before founding Beehive, Craig was a Founder & COO of Butterfly Software, a data analytics and migration software company acquired by IBM in September 2012. Prior to Butterfly his experience includes various sales, consulting and finance roles at various multinational companies such as Dell, EMC, Hitachi and HSBC with an emphasis on shaping effective go to market and value propositions.
Peter is responsible for all financial, legal and operational matters and heads up credit and risk. Peter is also a key member in launching Beehive’s new products and the Group’s international expansion.
Prior to Beehive, Peter was Managing Director at BDO Corporate Finance in the DIFC which he co-established in 2009. He advised SMEs and business owners across the GCC and led a broad range of Middle East and International transactions, including GCC expansion strategy assignments, sale mandates and valuations, due diligence and capital market projects.
Peter is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.
Iain is responsible for the development of Beehive’s online peer to peer marketplace lending platform covering both the customer facing investor and business web applications and the back office operations functionality.
Iain has thirty years experience in technology solutions both in systems development and project/programme management from start-ups and independent technology consultancies through to corporates such as IBM and Hitachi Data Systems. Prior to Beehive, Iain was Development Manager of Butterfly Software, a data analytics and migration software company acquired by IBM in September 2012.
Iain is a certified Project Management Professional and holds a Masters Degree in Computer Systems and Software Engineering from The University of York.
What our customers say
“Peer-to-peer finance is a great concept and investing on Beehive has allowed me to earn attractive returns compared to conventional investment channels while allowing me to have full control of my investments and establish a more diversified portfolio in terms of investment type and risk. It also feels good knowing that I am supporting SME growth in the UAE with my investments.”
Dany El Eid
“Beehive came at the right time because we didn’t want to go to the banks. There is a lot of red tape and interest rates are through the roof and Beehive just allows us to have extra breathing space to manage cash flow.”