Joanna Abousleiman is a second 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.
Abdulaziz is a second year MBA candidate at the Wharton School. He will be joining McKinsey on a fulltime basis as an Associate this summer. 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 in Bahrain, and previously interned as an Associate at Perella Weinberg Partners in New York 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.
Mohaned Wefati is a second year MBA student at The Wharton School majoring in Finance and Real Estate. In the four years prior to Wharton, he 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 Bachelor’s 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.
Ossama is a second year MBA candidate at the Wharton School. 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.
Samir is a first-year MBA at the Wharton School majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. Prior to Wharton, Samir was an Associate at Masraf Al Rayan (a subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority, a 300bn+ sovereign wealth fund). Samir focused on M&A and equity markets advisory as well as private investments structuring in sectors such as media, technology, retail, entertainment, financial and real estate in Europe, Africa and Asia. Prior to that, Samir joined as an early employee (#10), the Qatari subsidiary of JCDecaux, a World’s media leader and helped the company through a high-growth period (120 employees at exit). Samir also co-founded Docex Legal in April 2013, a DC-based legal outsourcing company, the first of its kind targeting the Middle East region, and leveraging technology and labor arbitrage to deliver value to legal firms and in-house legal counsels. Samir holds a Masters Degree in Management from Audencia Nantes School of Management in France.
Shady Darrag is a first-year MBA candidate at the Wharton school. Prior to Wharton, Shady spent five years in Washington, DC working in international development with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank where he focused on the Middle East and North Africa and gained exposure to the region’s most pressing regulatory and macroeconomic issues. During his time there he worked with several central banks in the region to revamp their risk assessment frameworks and advised public sector entities on budget reform, job creation, and growth strategy. Outside of his professional life, Shady served as Treasurer of the Ana Masry Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting social cohesion among Egyptians of all ethnic and religious backgrounds through education and the arts. Shady holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from McGill University.
Faisal Falaknaz is a first year MBA student at Wharton majoring in Real Estate. Before Wharton, Faisal worked for Mubadala Development Company in Abu Dhabi. He spent his first three years at Mubadala working under different corporate finance functions which included financial risk management, tax structuring and M&A. He was later seconded to Aldar Properties to be part of the deal team which executed the merger with Sorouh Real Estate worth AED 46 billion of combined total assets. Faisal also assisted in the integration process between Aldar and Sorouh after the deal was complete. His last role before coming to Wharton was working with Aldar's hospitality asset management team which owned and operated nine hotels in Abu Dhabi with a total of 2,500 keys.
Faisal holds a B.S. in Finance and minor in Economics from the American University of Sharjah. He is a CFA charterholder.
Ahmed Fikri is first year MBA student at Wharton majoring in Marketing and Operations Management. Before coming to Wharton, Ahmed worked in the United Arab Emirates as a Senior Analyst at the Office of Strategic Affairs in the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court for more than two years, during which he also served as the Manager Business Analysis at Etihad Airways. He has been involved in multiple business development and incubation projects ranging from airline operations to non-profit work. He has also co-authored multiple public policy white papers on Enterprise Landscape and Water Security. Earlier in his career, he interned at Microsoft and Globalfoundries. Ahmed holds a Bachelor’s degree with a Distinction in Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Aria Florant is a first year MBA candidate at The Wharton School. Before coming to Wharton, Aria worked in microfinance in Nepal as well as education and youth development in the San Francisco Bay Area. Aria graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
Mohammed Nazer is a first MBA student at the Wharton School. Prior to Wharton, Mohammed worked as an Associate in the Private Equity department at Jadwa Investment in Saudi Arabia. Mohammed was involved in two of Jadwa’s largest private equity transactions, including the acquisition of a 35% stake in Al-Hokair, a hospitality & entertainment company with over 20 hotels, and an acquisition of a 30% stake in Al-Hammadi, one of the largest hospital operators in Saudi Arabia. Prior to Jadwa Investment, Mohammed worked as an Analyst at Barclays Capital in London.
Mohammed graduated magna cum laude from the Stern School of Business at New York University with a double major in Finance and Economics and a minor in Mathematics.
Ziad Sarkis is a Master of Business Administration student at the Wharton School of Business, majoring in Finance. Prior to Wharton, he was a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Deals division in the Middle East, where he advised private equity funds, family offices and corporate groups on mergers, acquisitions and capital market transactions for six years. Before PricewaterhouseCoopers, he was a manager at Deloitte in the United States. Ziad is a US Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Arizona State University where he graduated with honors.
Khaled is a sophomore in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. He was born and raised in Bahrain, and is planning to concentrate in Business Economics and Public Policy. This summer, he will be leading a team of consultants to do non-profit consulting for an NGO in the Philippines.
Zahed Al Saifi is junior at Penn majoring in Systems Science and Engineering with a minor in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. He is the current president of the Penn Arab Society and the Conference Committee Chair for Wharton MENA. He is very interested in business and politics in the MENA region and enjoys writing articles about recent developments. He hopes to foster a better relationship between students in the U.S. and students coming from the region through his work with the Penn Arab Society and Wharton MENA.
Nazih is a freshman at Penn majoring in Bio-Engineering and minoring in Entrepreneurship. He is originally from Beirut, Lebanon. Nazih is very interested in business and politics in the region and is an active member of the Wharton MENA undergraduate club.
Karim is a freshman in Penn’s VIPER dual degree program, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Math. Because he grew up in Egypt, and Dubai, he is interested in business and entrepreneurship in the North Africa and Middle East region.
Omar is a freshman at Penn majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Economics. He is originally from Beirut, Lebanon. Omar is very interested in entrepreneurship and environmental engineering. In high school, he was an active member of the Model United Nations as well as the Environmental Pioneers club.