Warid International LLC
Head of Investments
April 2006 — February 2011
Group Chief Commercial Officer for a privately-held office (family office) of high-net-worth investors: Investment focus on strategic and active direct private investments in the banking, telecommunications, and real estate industries and public equity.
➢ Founded an in-house proposal evaluation group
➢ Successfully led the working group in closing a $3 billion deal with an Asian operator.
➢ Negotiated a joint venture with a German multimedia firm,
➢ Developed and integrated risk mitigation strategies amongst the portfolio companies, and
➢ Personally led initiatives to grow the top line of those portfolio companies.
Served as director of our venture capital investment in the mobile money transfer and payment business; to realize the longer-term vision of convergence in telecoms and synergies with financial services.
Other areas of responsibility:
• Business expansion: As head of the business expansion committee: to draw upon various functions to help in the application, acquisition and negotiation of new licenses and opportunities.
• Project financing: Member of the Group-level team to negotiate financing rates from lenders/export credit agencies. We worked with both the lenders as well as the operating companies (including sanity checking their forecasts and business plans) to help ensure a successful outcome of these negotiations.
The investment philosophy that I helped to promote was to be actively involved with our portfolio companies, and to step in when there are challenges that could not be addressed by the local teams. Examples of strategic guidance for portfolio companies may be seen in the selected "PROJECTS" section of my profile below.
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