About Wahed Ventures

Wahed Ventures is a global equity funding platform. We connect a diverse investor network with vetted early stage and growth companies across international markets.

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Our Investment Committee

Junaid Wahedna

Founder and CEO of Wahed Inc, Junaid is on a mission of helping everyday people through technology and an ethically grounded model of investment. He has scaled Wahed to become a global leader in the Islamic fintech space with over 300,000 customers.

Samim Abedi

Chief Investment Officer at Wahed, Samim launched the first Shari’ah-compliant stock ETF (HLAL) on NASDAQ in 2019. Samim has over 15 years experience in institutional and retail asset management, including managing multi-asset class portfolios at JPMorgan and managing a $100bn internal portfolio with Google’s Trading & Investment team.

Marc Wesselink

Marc is a serial entrepreneur who started 12 companies, including publicly-listed Just Eat. As Founding Partner of the Startupbootcamp, he has invested in over 152 startups. He co-founded Venturerock, which is innovating venture investing from Seed to Series.

Umer Suleman

Global Head of Risk for Wahed, Umer is an award-winning Islamic Finance and Risk professional who serves as an advisor on various Islamic Finance organisations. Umer also serves as Finance Editor for a UK Islamic news portal.

Our Advisory Panel

Chadi Hajjar

Chadi founded VII Ventures in 2020 following a number of successful start-up ventures in the technology and innovation space. A Lebanese national, Chadi co-founded Integrated Technology Services (ITSeL) in 2011. He holds an Engineering Degree and Executive MBA from ESCP Business School in Paris.

Furkan Unal

Furkan is a well known global investment banker who has deep experience in more than 10 countries. He is currently Group CFO at one of the largest steel firms in Turkey and independent directors of 2 different banks in Kazakhstan and Albania.

Aidil Salleh

Over 25 years experience serving the financial services and broader industry sector, Aidil Salleh is now the MD and Founder of Jana Kapital – a fintech startup & pioneer in online Islamic crowdfunding platform in Brunei.

Salman T. Jaffrey

Salman has been leading early-stage startup investing, corporate venturing, and consulting on strategy and transactions. He is an advocate of impact investing and ecosystem growth, and an avid mentor for several technology-driven startups, guiding innovators emerging from universities and corporates on their entrepreneurial journey.

Atifa Shah

Experienced operating at Board level in both the public and private sectors, and a trusted adviser to multinational corporations, family offices, governments and NGOs, Atifa is passionate about delivering change and brings energy, professional discipline, flexibility and pace to the boardroom.

As'ad Layth

Head of Strategy & Business Development at Wahed, As’ad has over two decades of experience in growing brands globally and currently serves as an advisor to several organisations, specialising on curating growth and funding strategies.

Sabial Hanif

Sabial is a Strategic and M&A Advisor helping businesses scale and optimise value. He also privately invests and advises UK start-ups through his own private investment vehicle, Indus Valley Capital. Sabial is a Big 4 Chartered Accountant with 10 years ofCorporate Finance and Investment Banking Experience.

Our Team

Safdar Alam

Chief Executive Officer
Well known in the global industry, Safdar is an investment banker and has been specialising in Islamic Finance for almost two decades. He has established and led the Islamic Banking teams/businesses at some of the largest banks in the world (UBS, Credit Agricole, JP Morgan).

Ali Ahmed

Investor Relations
Ali leads the Investor Relations function, building partnerships with investors and institutions globally. Prior to joining WahedX, Ali specialised in Wealth Management for JP Morgan and EY in London. He also holds a qualification in Investment Management.

Nadia Razak

Product Manager
Having been in the regulated equity crowdfunding space since its introduction to Southeast Asia in 2017, Nadia has managed and supported over a dozen fundraising exercises. Nadia has joined WahedX to deliver a platform that meets the financing requirements of companies and investors.

Demi Akinjide

Investment Associate
Demi manages the end to end investment process for WahedX, focusing on sourcing and analysing potential investment opportunities and overseeing deal execution. He previously spent time in Goldman Sachs’ Private Equity team and has early-stage startup experience.

Thamid Hannan

Community Manager
Thamid is a well-versed practitioner in Islamic finance, across management consulting and fintech, he is passionate about the role it can play in alleviating financial inequality.

Fenil Shah

Fenil was previously associated with many early-stage startups and has extensive experience as an Analyst at a boutique Investment Bank. He has examined and evaluated numerous startups in a diverse array of industries globally.

Fauzaan Patel

With the experience of working with Wahed, Fauzaan is a part of our Analyst team conducting due diligence on companies and has a keen interest in Islamic Finance. Having cleared Level 1 of the CFA exam, he is on the pathway to achieving a CFA charter.

Harsh Dayalani

Harsh served as a research analyst in the wealth management space before joining WahedX. He specialises in sector analysis, due diligence, and alternative investing.

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Maydan Capital Limited, trading as Wahed Ventures and/or WahedX, is registered in England and Wales (Company No. 13451691), registered office: 87-89 Baker Street, London, W1U 6RJ, UK. Maydan Capital Ltd (FRN: 963613) is an appointed representative of Wahed Invest Ltd (FRN: 833225), an authorised and regulated firm by the Financial Conduct Authority.