About

JISR Venture Partners is an investment company that focuses on growth stage investments around the globe.

We seek to invest in strong management teams with a proven track record. A sustainable business model with a clear competitive advantage that is scalable and profitable is a prerequisite for our consideration. We pride ourselves on being proactive investors. Not only do we provide growth capital, but we also provide strategic guidance, operational expertise, and access to new and nascent markets.

Sector Focus

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healthcare
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new media/advertising tech
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consumer internet
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consumer goods
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fintech
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F&B

Our Team

Waleed AlBanawi

Waleed AlBanawi

Chairman

Waleed AlBanawi

Chairman

Waleed ALBanawi is the Founder & Chairman of JISR Venture Partners. As a former shareholder, Director and C-suite Executive of the Banawi Industrial Group, a diversified manufacturing corporation in the Saudi and MENA, Waleed is well acquainted with typical corporate needs in the areas of attracting and maintaining talent. He has faced a variety of business challenges in the fast growing Middle East economy and chose to be proactive about delivering solutions to alleviate the gap between education and employment among the Arab youth.

In addition to his corporate background, Waleed has actively led and participated in several not-for-profit and educational organizations and initiatives. He has been a strong voice amongst leading thinkers in business, academia and policy-making about education development to address the workforce skill set gap including empowering and supporting progressive entrepreneurs.

Waleed has spearheaded the “Next Generation Conference” covering topics such as the youth bulge, and educational and employment challenges facing the Arab World, which was held under the patronage of Queen Rania Al-Abdullah. He was a presidential delegate from Saudi Arabia to attend the U.S Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington D.C in 2010. He is also a frequent conference speaker on the subject of Education for Employment challenge in the Arab World and Strategic Philanthropy.

Waleed takes on active participation and leadership role in the following key organizations:

  • Chairman MENA, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), 2009-2011
  • Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, JCCI (2006-2009)
  • Director, (Global Board), Education for Employment Foundation
  • Director, INJAZ al-Arab/Saudi Arabia 2009-2013
  • Founding member, Advisory Board, Ashoka Arab World
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board (Arab Regional Agenda on Improving Education Quality – ALECSO)
  • Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) – London.
  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence, INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship (ICE)
  • Board member, Reserveout
  • Member, Advisory Council, MENA, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Waleed attended schools in Beirut, Switzerland, France, Germany and the U.S. He is a graduate of Rice University in Texas in managerial studies and political science and an alumnus of the world’s leading business school INSEAD (AMP).

Omar ALBanawi

Omar ALBanawi

Principal

Omar ALBanawi

Principal

Omar ALBanawi is Principal at JISR Venture Partners, where he oversees and is involved in the life cycle of all direct investments, from deal sourcing, due diligence, deal negotiation and structuring, post-acquisition performance improvement and sale of portfolio companies. He is also actively involved in several of JISR’s portfolio companies. Prior to Joining JISR, Omar was an investment analyst in the international and local public equity market teams at Hassana Investment Company, the asset manager of Saudi Arabia’s Pension Fund (GOSI) and the largest institutional investor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Omar also worked with Deloitte Corporate Finance as a business analyst in Dubai, Bedrock Asset Management as a research analyst in London and summer research analyst at UBP-Asset Management in New York. Omar Graduated from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University with a B.sc in Finance.

Ziad Nasrallah

Ziad Nasrallah

Financial Advisor

Ziad Nasrallah

Financial Advisor

Ziad is an independent advisor who has over 12 years of professional experience in the GCC. He has a solid experience in private equity in the Middle East where he has worked with regional private equity and VC firms like Istithmar and The National Investor.

Ziad led deals and worked on the whole investment cycle from deal sourcing, assessing investment opportunities, due diligence, deal negotiation and structuring, post-acquisition performance improvement and sale of portfolio companies.

Prior to that, Ziad worked in management consulting with Bain & Co in the Middle East where he participated to portfolio strategy review of regional companies, performance improvement, market entry strategy and due diligence assignments Ziad’s past experience includes 3 years in management consulting at Bain & Co.

and 6 years in private equity with Istithmar, The National Investor and GrowthGate Capital. Ziad Nasrallah earned a MBA from the ESSEC Business School in France. He also has a Bachelor of Civil and Transportation Engineering from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon.

Portfolio Companies

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    Waitrr

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    Waitrr

    Waitrr is a mobile ordering and payments solution that aims to create a seamless dining experience for our users and restaurant partners.

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    reserve out

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    reserve out

    Reserveout is a platform that bridges the gap between hospitality, entertainment and dining service providers and their patrons through a rich and sophisticated online experience. The reserveout web and mobile applications enable online and mobile users to easily search and immediately reserve with venues part of the reserveout network. The reserveout applications are highly interactive, socially aware and provide our users with a unique experience in connecting online directly with the venue of their choice.

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    Wamda Capital

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    Wamda Capital

    Wamda Capital seek to invest in and develop sustainable innovative tech businesses by providing growth capital to the region’s leading entrepreneurs. The fund adds significant value to portfolio management and transactional experience including strategic planning through product and market roll out plans, access to market intelligence, industry trends and regional expansion.

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    Fishtree

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    Fishtree

    Fishtree is the 21st century learning platform that solves the problem of scaling one-to-one instruction. As an adaptive system, we believe it’s good to be different. For this reason, we created the most innovative personalization platform that combines standard-aligned resources and social media-based tools with world-class analytics to save teachers time, and help students learn. It’s simple, mobile, secure, and fun! We work with leading education technology providers to make every learning environment adaptive, and every learning experience personal.

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    Neo

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    Abjjad

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    Abjjad

    Abjjad is the first Arabic social network for readers, authors, and bloggers in the Middle East. It was launched in June 2012 by Eman Haylooz and Tamim Al Manaseer. The website enables readers to sign in and have their own account, create their own virtual library where they have three lists: previously read list, currently reading list, and planning to read list. It also allows members to rate books, write their book reviews, add quotes to authors or books pages and enrich authors’ pages with related information.

Contact

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Dubai Design District
Building 1 Office B203
P.O Box 9593, DubaiTel: +971 4 558 8235 Fax: +971 4 558 8240