Partnering with startups to build scalable technology businesses

At Wamda Capital, we invest in transformational businesses and create meaningful partnerships with entrepreneurs. Our experience in launching and growing MENA businesses, together with a community of experts and mentors at the Wamda Platform, mean our entrepreneur partners are uniquely placed to realize their vision.

Partners
Featured
team
Fadi Ghandour
Chairman and CEO
Fadi founded logistics and transportation giant Aramex and remains Vice Chairman after serving as CEO for 30 years. Aramex became the first Arab world company to list on the NASDAQ and it also trades on the Dubai Financial Market. Fadi is a founding partner at Maktoob.com, the world’s largest online Arab community, which was acquired by Yahoo. He also started early-stage startup angel fund MENA Venture Investments (MVI), which has over 70 seed stage investments.
Khaled Talhouni
Managing Partner
A career private equity and venture capital professional with significant experience in value creation and realization. He has built unique experience in the MENA region originating, appraising, structuring, negotiating and executing private equity investments and venture capital transactions in the TMT space. He has a particular focus on digital, gaming, e-commerce, publishing, animation, TV production and social media. He has developed a strong skill base in strategy, business plan development, financial modeling, deal structuring, KPI development, governance and reporting mechanisms.
Walid Faza
Partner/Investment Principal
Walid is responsible for screening, structuring, negotiating and executing investments as well as providing networking opportunities, strategic direction and ongoing management to the funds’ portfolio companies based throughout the region. Previously, Walid was the Investment Manager for both MENA Venture Investments (MVI) and Wamda Capital1, which has collectively deployed close to $20m in over 80 seed stage companies spanning 12 countries. Walid is an advisor to many startups and has extensive managerial, leadership and investment experience.
Fares Ghandour
Partner
Fares also serves as Portfolio Manager at MENA Venture Investments (MVI), the region's largest seed-stage fund. Previously he ran the region's flagship mentorship event, Mix N' Mentor. He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California.
Faris Atiyeh
Portfolio Manager
As a portfolio manager, Faris is responsible for managing and assisting both seed and growth stage startups in the portfolio. Faris has helped many now successful startups in the region to setup their revenue generating channels very early on, mainly through advertising and sponsorships. Faris also co-founded the first fully automated Arabic Online Advertising platform, before moving to the largest publishing corporation in the MENA region.
Sarah Abu Risheh
Investment Associate
Sarah is an Investment Associate at Wamda Capital. She is responsible for supporting the Partners in investment opportunities, financial modeling, due diligence and returns analysis on both the fund and individual portfolio companies. She previously worked for Ernst & Young in Transaction Advisory Services for three years.
Rayan Dawud
Investment Associate
Rayan is an Investment Associate at Wamda Capital responsible for the screening of investment opportunities, due-diligence, and portfolio company support. Prior to joining Wamda, He spent five years as a Consultant at Accenture Strategy where he focused on developing digital and business strategies for clients in the Financial Services and TMT sectors across the US and Europe. Rayan holds a Bachelors in Corporate Finance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MBA from INSEAD.
Alia Sweidan
Analyst
As an analyst at Wamda Capital Alia’s role is to network, take part in industry and VC events and keep an eye on the latest industry trends. She also assists and supports the partners and associates in the entire deal process including due diligence, market analysis, and financial modeling. She graduated with a degree in Applied Mathematics from the American University of Beirut in 2015 then pursued her graduate degree in Finance.
Emad Elayan
Finance Director
Emad was previously Financial Controller at Aramex and General Manager at Posta Plus with decades of financial experience globally.