Kemal is an investor and a veteran technology entrepreneur in energy, financial, manufacturing, e-commerce and health care products & services businesses. For three decades, he has built and grown software, electronics, engineering, IT and services businesses with a specialization in the oil and gas industry covering production operations, exploration, drilling, reservoir management and financial services. He was an early pioneer in the digitization of oil and gas field operations and developed public-private-partnerships to fund and grow the innovation ecosystem in MENA.
Kemal founded Merrick, served as its CEO for over two decades and grew it into the global leader in oil and gas production software. After his successful exit of Merrick to P2 Energy Solutions, Kemal launched Farid Ventures, a venture-focused family office for early and growth-stage enterprises. Portfolio investments and founder history include P2 Energy Solutions, Uber (IPO), GeoScale, Seismos, YouPlus, WaveGuide, Abbey Research, Kraftwurx, Zhongmen Group, Axon, SURGE Ventures, RigHand (Vallorec), OVS Group and Shiv Om (Ryan).
Kemal has been awarded several dozen business and technical awards, including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. He also serves on and chairs several non-profit boards including at the Society of Petroleum Engineers and at the University of Houston’s Engineering Technology College.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an Entrepreneurship Masters from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kemal is a regular speaker on entrepreneurship, the digitization of industrial operations and the cultural impact of technology innovation.