Omar Darwazah (WG ’15)

Omar Darwazah (WG ’15)

General Partner and CFO
Arab Angel Fund
(Moderator)

Omar spent 10 years of his career with OCI N.V. in Cairo and New York focusing on investor relations, strategy and corporate finance where he worked on over $35 billion worth of corporate transactions. Previously, Omar was with Deloitte Tax LLP in Chicago and Deutsche Bank’s Leveraged Finance team in London.

Omar also founded and successfully exited his own startup, Premier Foods SAE, which managed two gourmet fast food brands in Egypt. Omar previously advised Hikma Pharmaceuticals’ $30M corporate venture arm Hikma Ventures on its digital healthcare investments and currently advises Abu Dhabi-based KBBO Group’s $100M corporate venture-arm, KBBO Ventures. Omar is also an angel investor in various startups including Andela, Blockstack, BitOasis, FiscalNote, 3DEN and Quarrio Corp and has LP exposure in 17 venture funds and has deployed in over 100 technology startups across a multitude of sectors alongside over 600 tier 1 venture capital firms as well as notable incubators and accelerators.

In addition, Omar also sits on the Board of various companies and associations including Gold Cleats Global, Rutger University’s Big Data Certificate Program, the Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA) and the Middle East Venture Capital Association (MEVCA). He is also a mentor to NYU Steinhardt EdTech Accelerator.

Omar holds a BA in Economics and Political Science with Honors from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was named as one of Wharton’s 40 under 40 in 2017.