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Senior Managing Director at Gulf Capital
Mr. Walid Cherif is the founder of the private debt business at Gulf Capital. He heads the debt platform since he joined Gulf Capital in 2011. Mr. Cherif has more than 22 years of experience in international finance in emerging markets. He has participated in raising more than US$600m of commitments for mezzanine and equity funds as well as structuring and executing several junior debt and structured equity transactions on the investment and divestment sides.
Before joining Gulf Capital, he was the head of the NBK Capital Mezzanine Fund (a subsidiary of National Bank of Kuwait) where he made several mezzanine investments in companies operating in the Middle East and Turkey. He currently sits on the investment committee of both funds and on the board of several portfolio companies in the Middle East. Prior to joining NBK Capital in 2007, Mr. Cherif spent ten years at the International Finance Corporation (the “IFC”) – The World Bank Group in Washington, D.C., Dubai and Istanbul.
Mr. Cherif holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and International Business from George Washington University in the USA, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, University of Tunis III.