Wharton MENA Conference 2014

Destination MENA: Unlocking the Region’s Potential

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Wharton Campus

Team

Wharton MBA Organizing Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

Nasser Al-Ghanim

Nasser Al-Ghanim

This past summer Nasser interned as an Associate at McKinsey & Company, where he worked on strategy projects within the Middle East banking sector.  Prior to joining Wharton, Nasser worked for five years as an associate at NBK Capital, the investment arm of the highest rated bank in the Middle East.  At NBK Capital, Nasser was a part of the private equity department, where he led a number of regional acquisitions and divestments. Before joining NBK Capital, Nasser worked at Bank of America as a fixed income trader in Boston.  He also sits on the board of Alghanim Sons Group, a Middle Eastern conglomerate focused on the retail sector.

Nasser earned his bachelor’s degree from Babson College, with a double concentration in finance and entrepreneurship.


Maitham Albaharna

Maitham Albaharna

Maitham Albaharna is a Wharton MBA candidate and a Harvard MPA/ID candidate. Prior to pursuing his graduate studies, he was a Senior Consultant at Booz & Company in the Middle East where he spent three years advising regional governments on various education, labor, and immigration policy reforms. He spent his first summer during his graduate studies working at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as part of their Global Health and Education Investment Team in Washington, DC. For his second summer, he worked at Morgan Stanley in their Investment Banking Division in London. He holds a B.Com. with Highest Distinction from the University of Toronto.


Sherif Nagui Yacoub

Sherif Nagui Yacoub

Sherif Nagui Yacoub is 2nd year MBA at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. At Wharton, Sherif is the co-chair Wharton’s Middle East and North Africa Conference and co-heads the Investment Committee of Wharton's Social Venture Fund, a student-led impact investment fund. Prior to Wharton, Sherif was a management consultant for 4.5 years with Booz & Company in the Middle East where he worked with public and private sector clients, focusing on infrastructure. Alongside consulting, Sherif co-founded an award-winning social business, ‘Madad’, which crowd-funds for development projects in Egypt. Over the summer, Sherif interned with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a $16 billion Development Finance Institution, with their private equity team. Sherif holds a B.A. in Business Finance from the American University in Cairo.

Club Co-Presidents

Makram Debbas
Omar El-Imam

Omar El-Imam

Omar is a 2nd Year MBA. Prior to Wharton, Omar worked in Private Equity at Citadel Capital in Cairo, Egypt where he gained exposure to deals in a myriad of industries and Emerging Markets that have served to affirm his belief in the potential of the region and the professionals therein. There he scaled positions from Analyst to Associate evaluating and executing acquisitions, divestitures, capital raises, and day-to-day portfolio management in  in Agriculture, Construction, Steel, Media, Oil and Gas, in Egypt, Pakistan,  East Africa, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, the US and London. Omar spent his summer at Actis, an Emerging Markets private equity firm based on out of London, UK, where he worked on acquisitions in both the pharmaceutical and consumer products sectors.

Omar was his class Valedictorian at the American University in Cairo, from which he graduated summa cum laude with BBA in finance.

Panel Directors

Joanna Abousleiman - Education

Joanna Abousleiman

Joanna Abousleiman is a first-year MBA candidate at the Wharton School. Before coming to Wharton, Joanna worked as a management consultant at Booz & Company based in Abu Dhabi, where she focused on social and economic development and education strategies for public sector clients across the Middle East and North Africa. Joanna graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.


Faten Al Qaseer - Politics and Policy

Faten Al Qaseer

Prior to Wharton, Faten spent three years working on the Interest Rates Sales desk at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London where she grew BAML's Middle East Central Bank and Sovereign Wealth Fund business. While in London, Faten was also instrumental in launching the Novel Diner, a pop-up restaurant that brings novels to life through food, performance, and setting. Most recently Faten co-founded a social enterprise in Bahrain called StudentME Spring Board Program, which helps high school students attain work experience and develop the necessary professional skills to realize their desired careers. Faten holds a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University with a concentration in International Relations. At Wharton, Faten is the Executive VP of the Wharton Social Venture Fund and the Co-Chair of Social Impact for the Wharton Business Plan Competition.


Abdulaziz Alateeqi - Privatization

Abdulaziz Alateeqi

Prior to Wharton, Abdulaziz spent about six years at Gulf Investment Corporation, a sovereign wealth fund in the gulf region, in the power and water principal investments group. In that role, he worked on developing and monitoring project financed power and water transactions totaling about $9 billion dollars. Abdulaziz also served on the board of directors of a $2 billion power and water generation asset and previously interned at Perella Weinberg Partners where he worked on a couple of buyout and restructuring deals in the manufacturing and retail sectors. Abdulaziz holds a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Finance from Purdue University, Indiana, and is a CFA Level 3 Candidate.


Naser Alaujan - Private Equity
Ossama Ghazal - Entrepreneurship

Ossama Ghazal

Prior to Wharton, Ossama spent over three years at Deloitte Consulting. In that role, he advised clients in the financial services industry and public sector across the Middle East by assessing and designing their business processes, business requirements, technology strategies and implementation approaches. Ossama holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Management with a concentration in financial engineering and a B.E. in Computer and Communications Engineering with a minor in mathematics, both from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.


Michael Sherif - Private Equity
Mohaned Wefati - Infrastructure

Mohaned Wefati

Mohaned Wefati is a first year MBA student at The Wharton School looking to major in Finance and Real Estate. In the past 4 years, he has worked as the head of commercial advisory at Horizons Consulting, a boutique strategy consultancy that he co-founded in Libya. Horizons rendered consultancy services to several clients including: The World Bank, the African Development Bank, AECOM, Central Bank of Libya, Gumhouria Bank, Libya Arab Foreign Investment Company, and various private sector enterprises.

With a keen eye for problem solving, Mohaned’s strategy skills were recognized when he was appointed to Libyan opposition government’s National Stabilization Team during the 2011 uprising against the Qaddafi regime in Libya.

Mohaned has a bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Leeds and a Master’s degree in Management from Bradford School of Management. Prior to starting up Horizons, Mohaned worked as a business development officer at Hydra Properties, a Dubai based real estate developer.

Before moving to the Philadelphia in 2013, Mohaned co-founded Arbaah Capital, a licensed fund management firm aiming to bridge international investors with North African markets.


Finance

Kamal Al Maazmi

Sponsorships

Riyad Aboujaoudeh

Logistics

Karine Alyanakian

Karine Alyanakian

Karine is a second year dual degree student pursuing an MBA at The Wharton School and an MA in International Studies at the Lauder Institute. She previously worked at Samson Capital Advisors, a fixed income investment manager, where she helped manage client accounts and focused on marketing and sales initiatives for the firm. Last summer, she interned at PepsiCo America Foods in strategy, where she evaluated a potential M&A deal and growth opportunity as well as evaluating the company’s competitive landscape.

At Wharton, Karine is involved with the MENA Club where she organizes social activities for members and is helping to organize the MENA conference.

Karine is originally from Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from Cornell University in 2008 where she studied Economics and Math; she also speaks four languages.

Marketing

Abdulaziz Al Mulla


Wharton Undergraduate Organizing Committee

Carlos Alonso

Carlos Alonso

Carlos is the co-president of Wharton’s Undergraduate MENA Club.


Nada Boualam

Nada Boualam

Nada Boualam is a freshman in the Life Sciences and Management Program majoring in Biological Basis of Behavior and Healthcare Management and Policy. She was born and raised in Marrakesh, Morocco and currently an active member of various clubs at Penn including the Penn Arab Student Society, the Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club, and the Penn’s Women Biomedical Society. This summer, Nada will be interning in a research laboratory specialized in mitochondria at the Childen’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Oscar Chim

Oscar Chim

Oscar Chim is currently a Freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. He plans to major in either International Relations or Modern Middle East Studies. In the past summer, Oscar took up internships at Christie’s Hong Kong Ltd. and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.


Andrew Gegios

Andrew Gegios

Andrew Gegios is a freshman and Arabic target in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business.


Lara Hakki

Lara Hakki

Lara is a junior (class of 2015) in the School of Arts and Sciences majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and Modern Middle Eastern Studies. She is of Syrian descent and was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. She has lived in Syria and Spain and plans to go back and explore different parts of the MENA region. Her plans after graduation are to consult in the region. She enjoys traveling, learning different languages, and Syrian food.


Saseen Najjar

Saseen Najjar

Saseen Najjar is a freshmen from Southern California targeting Arabic in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business.


Alina Wong

Alina Wong

Alina Wong is a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences at UPenn, pursuing majors in International Relations and Modern Middle East Studies. Though she interned last summer in China, she hopes to intern in the MENA region this coming summer!