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.
Lana Alamat
Partner/General Counsel
Lana is a lawyer, admitted to practice in the United States and Jordan. She has worked in the region’s investment space for the past six years on more than 60 transactions. As General Counsel, she works with the investment teams at MENA Venture Investments (MVI) and Wamda Capital selecting, structuring and negotiating seed, early-stage and growth venture capital investments. In addition, Lana works closely with start-ups during the portfolio management stage on corporate governance issues. Lana received a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law, USA, a Masters in Public Administration from Cornell University Institute for Public Affairs, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut. Prior to joining Wamda Capital, Lana practiced law at Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago and IBLAW in Amman, Jordan.Lana received a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law, USA, a Masters in Public Administration from Cornell University Institute for Public Affairs, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut. Prior to joining Wamda Capital, Lana practiced law at Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago and IBLAW in Amman, Jordan.
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. He provides diligence support, which includes screening, evaluating, structuring, analyzing and/or negotiating potential investment opportunities. 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 the 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.
Habib Haddad
Venture Partner/IC Member
Habib is a serial entrepreneur and an early stage investor. He is the Co-Founder & CEO of Wamda, a platform of programs and networks that aims to accelerate entrepreneurship ecosystems across the MENA region. He is also a Venture Partner of Wamda Capital, a growth capital VC fund. In addition to being a founding member of a number of startups and non-profits, Habib is also the founder of Yamli, the leading Arabic transliteration and smart search engine, and YallaStartup, one of the first support organizations for MENA Entrepreneurs. In 2009, the World Economic Forum recognized Habib as a Young Global Leader and was named as a top innovator under 35 (TR35) by the MIT Technology review in 2011. He currently holds a Research Affiliate position at the MIT Media Lab where he focuses on the science behind building a community. Habib holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Emad Elayan
Finance Director
Emad was previously Financial Controller at Aramex and General Manager at Posta Plus decades of financial experience globally