Omar Darwazah

Founder & General Partner | Arab Angel Fund

New York, NY, United States

Arab Angel Fund

11663.75 /30mins

Short Biography

Finance professional with 12 years of international experience in investor relations, strategy, business development, private equity and venture capital. Effective and persuasive public speaker with superior oratory and communication skills, possess natural salesman abilities, can enlist support for investment opportunities helping raise equity or debt. Energetic team leader with a strong ability to quickly solve problems using analytical capabilities and team management skills. Strong entrepreneurial drive having co-founded a food & beverage startup, a boutique financial services advisory firm, an early stage, technology-focused venture capital fund and a market access and intelligence firm. Deep knowledge of emerging markets, specifically the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions, global commodities including building materials, agricultural products and fertilizers, melamine, methanol, olefins, industrial infrastructure and construction. Possess a vast network of executive-level personnel in the global asset management industry, the North American venture capital industry and across a multitude of family offices, government and business sectors in the MENA region

Experience

Founder & General Partner, Arab Angel Fund

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Arab Angel Fund (www.arabangel.vc) is an early stage venture capital firm focused on "Seed" and "Series A" investment opportunities with companies that have international expansion potential. Arab Angel is a strategic investment firm that provides unprecedented access to brilliant entrepreneurs seeking to enter the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), larger Middle East & North Africa (MENA), and Western Asia markets. Our general partners, limited partners, and advisors are comprised of former diplomats, international business and trade development executives, international investment fund managers, family office investors, and c-suite level executives with connectivity in a plethora of diversified business verticals. We leverage our experience and clout within the key markets of the GCC and larger MENA region to help start ups and our world class entrepreneurs succeed. Arab Angel Fund's current portfolio can be found at www.arabangel.vc/portfolio.

Angel Investor, FiscalNote

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FiscalNote is on a mission to build the world’s most powerful platform for analyzing government risk and opportunity. For organizations facing government impact, FiscalNote is the platform for professionals to plan and execute their organization’s government risk strategy. Organizations rely on FiscalNote because of its accurate and relevant information, cutting-edge analytics, and ease of use. FiscalNote has over $18 million in funding, including $7 million from Chinese social networking platform Renren, and has grown to some 100 employees.

Angel Investor, Andela

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Andela extends engineering teams with world-class software developers. We recruit the most talented developers on the African continent, shape them into technical leaders, and place them as full-time distributed team members with companies that range from Microsoft and IBM to dozens of high-growth startups. Backed by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV (Google Ventures) and Spark Capital, Andela is building the next generation of global technology leaders.

Angel Investor | Member of the Board of Directors, GoldCleats Global Inc.

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GoldCleats (www.goldcleats.com) is a communication, development and recruitment platform built by and for soccer (Football) players worldwide. Since entering the market in 2013, GoldCleats has amassed more than 100,000 users in over 130 countries. That number would likely see huge growth over the next couple years, as there are currently over half a billion registered and unregistered youth soccer players around the world.

Co-Founder | Partner, Black Spire Partners LLC

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Co-Founder | Investor | Member of the Board of Directors, Premier Foods SAE

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Co-founded startup to manage Pizza Roma 2 Go (www.roma2go.com) and launch the Buffalo Burger (www.thebuffaloburger.com) respectively in three store locations around Cairo.

Angel Investor, COOLS

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Online fashion and shopping is totally overwhelming and prices vary drastically across hundreds of retailers. COOLS (www.cools.com) does the work by aggregating and curating the internet to help people find the coolest products at the best price.

Angel Investor, Big Red Bullet

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The Big Red Bullet (BRB) is an independent company that operates non-stop service between Ithaca and New York City. BRB's mission is to provide premium yet affordable transportation to help the Ithaca community get to and from New York City, and to also help New Yorkers and visitors from everywhere else discover why so many people have fallen in love with Ithaca!

Angel Investor, Quarrio

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Quarrio is like a brain for your enterprise. It lets you analyze data by simply engaging in conversations – just like you would with a colleague. Ask questions to get charts, tables, and dashboards – then filter and pivot with more questions. Quarrio changes the relationship between you and your data, we call it – Conversational Intelligence™ – and it will change everything about how you run your business.

Angel Investor, Blend Systems, Inc.

to Present

Director, OCI NV

Dec 2012 to Dec 2015

Head of Investor Relations, Orascom Construction Industries (OCI)

Dec 2006 to Dec 2012

Transfer Pricing Consultant, Deloitte

Dec 2004 to Dec 2005

Education

Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance and Management, University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

Jan 2013 to Jan 2015

AB Field Of Study Economics, Political Science with Honors, University of Chicago

Jan 2001 to Jan 2005

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