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Wafic Rida Said

London, UK

Founder

Saïd Holdings Limited

Wafic Rida Said

Biography

Wafic Saïd, investor and philanthropist, is the founder of Said Holdings Limited, a Bermuda based investment company with interests in public equities, fixed income, real estate and private equity.

He began his career in Switzerland as a banker with UBS in 1963. After a brief foray into the restaurant business, Wafic Saïd became involved in the Saudi Arabian construction industry. A Syrian by birth, his knowledge of the Arab world gave him valuable insights. Following more than a decade of success in the construction sector, in 1985 he decided to focus on investment activity.

Wafic Saïd is the Chairman of the Saïd Foundation, an English charity seeking to secure a better future for disadvantaged children and gifted young people from Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. It has helped place over 1,000 talented students from the Middle East in higher education. The Foundation has received over £100 million in funding from Wafic Saïd.

He is also the founding Trustee and Benefactor of the Saïd Business School, the University of Oxford's centre of learning for undergraduate and graduate students in business, management and finance. Further donations in 2019 support the redevelopment of Oxford’s Osney Power Station into a Global Leadership Centre, a new teaching and residential facility for the School’s prestigious executive education programmes.

Wafic Saïd met his wife Rosemary in Geneva when he was working for UBS. They moved to England and married in 1969. The Saïds have two children, Khaled and Rasha, and eight grandchildren.

A recipient of the University of Oxford’s Sheldon Medal, Wafic Saïd is also a Foundation Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. He holds the Grand Commandeur Ordre de Mérite du Cèdre of Lebanon and Ordre de Mérite of Morocco.

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Oxford’s Saïd Business School gifted £15m for world-class exec education centre

Mr Saïd said: ‘It is now two decades since we held the ground-breaking ceremony for the Said Business School’s first building. Since then, its success and impact on global business practice has surpassed even my most ambitious dreams." “It is a pleasure and a privilege to support the School as it embarks on the next chapter of its remarkable story with the Global Leadership Centre, which is a sign both of the School’s achievement to date and of an even more exciting future.

Saïd Business School gifted £15m by Wafic Saïd for new world-class executive education centre

Saïd Business School’s naming founder, Wafic Saïd, today signed a Deed of Gift for £15M to support the redevelopment of Oxford’s Osney Power Station into the Global Leadership Centre, a new teaching and residential facility for the School’s prestigious executive education programmes. Featuring state-of-the-art facilities and 121 bedrooms, the Global Leadership Centre will bring leaders from business, government and civil society together with academics from across the University of Oxford to re-imagine the future of business.

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Wafic Rida Said’s Background

Founder
1987 - Present
London, UK
Saïd Holdings Limited is an international investment company with assets in Europe, North America and the Far East and a well-established relationship with the investment advisory firm, Capital Generation Partners. The company’s portfolio includes a vast variety of investments in real estate, fixed income and quoted and unquoted securities.
Founding Trustee and Benefactor
1996 - Present
Oxford, UK
Established in 1996, Saïd Business School at Oxford University is one of the most prestigious business schools in the world. The school currently offers eleven-degree programmes.

Other Business Interests

Ambassador & Head of Delegation of St Vincent and The Grenadines
1996 - 2018
London, UK
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has a focus on education, culture, communications, natural sciences and social and human sciences. UNESCO was founded in 1947, encouraging international collaboration.

Philanthropy

Founder & Chairman
1982 - Present
London, UK
The Saïd Foundation was founded in honour of Wafic and Rosemary Said’s late son. The foundation provides charitable programmes for young people in the Middle East. The foundation’s main focus is on education, culture and development in conjunction with creating an international business school at the University of Oxford.
Founder of The Said Foundation
2017 - Present
London, UK
Amal - ‘hope’ in Arabic – is a programme of the Saïd Foundation making grants in the UK in support of a rich diversity of arts projects and activities, including storytelling, visual arts, theatre, poetry, film, music and dance.