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 on a clear path to profitability. 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.
Founder & Executive Chairman
Founder & Executive Chairman
Waleed AlBanawi has over 25 years experience as Vice Chairman, Director and C-suite Executive of a diversified manufacturing corporation in Saudi and Middle East/North Africa region. In this role he was responsible for overseeing the operations of the entire group in addition to various senior corporate functions.
He is now an entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist in the online marketplaces, Ed Tech, new media, F&B, healthcare, fintech, and consumer goods sectors.
Waleed also served as Regional Chairman of YPO Middle East/ North Africa. He is a Board member of numerous organizations and non-profits, including Education for Employment Foundation, Ashoka Arab World, Founding Board member, INJAZ Saudi, International Institute for Strategic Studies, member of the advisory council (MENA) for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. His participation in these organizations influenced him to become a vocal advocate of education development to address the workforce skill set gap in the Arab world. He’s a Founding Board member of two leading digital start-ups, Reserveout and Waitrr , and an Entrepreneur-in- Residence at INSEAD Business School.
Waleed is a Graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas (Managerial Studies & Political Science), and an alumnus of the world’s leading Business School INSEAD, (AMP, and IDP).
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.
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