Rakesh Wahi

Rakesh Wahi Rakesh Wahi is the co-founder and Vice Chairman of CNBC Africa, co-founder and Vice Chairman of Murdoch University Dubai, Founder and Chairman of Capital Management Advisors and co-founder of Tech One Global (Distributor of Microsoft in Sri Lanka, Brunei and Bangladesh).

Mr. Wahi specialized in private equity in the media, IT, telecommunications and education industries. He is an emerging markets specialist and has been involved with the financing of several initiatives in the Middle East, Asia and Africa over the last 22 years.

Prior to setting up CMA, Mr. Wahi was heading the MENA office of a US based investment bank that is specialized in the media and telecoms sectors. The firm managed US$ 1.2 billion in 9 private equity funds. He also served on the Board of the Bank in India. On behalf of Bahraini and Saudi promoters he established the regions first private equity fund capitalized at US$ 50 million in Dubai in 2000 that was focused on IT and technology.

Prior to moving to the UAE, Mr. Wahi served with the Corps of Engineers in the Indian Army for about 9 years and was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal ("VSM") by the President of India in 1985 for courage and dedication beyond the call of duty. Mr. Wahi was also part of India's scientific expedition to the Antarctica where he established India's second base in 1987/88.

Mr. Wahi was educated at the Doon School in Dehradun, India and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Physics & Mathematics) and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He is a Chartered Engineer from the Institute of Engineers, Calcutta, India.

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