With over 25 years in finance and private equity, Walid Kamhawi has significant experience across various sectors, including technology, media, environmental services and telecommunications. He is a Co-founder & Partner of Techinvest, an investment firm that provides in late-stage investment opportunities for Middle East investors in US-based technology companies.
Walid also serves as the Investment Director for Aquamarine Investment Partners, a firm dedicated to responsible corporate citizenship and sustainable investment in energy assets in North America. He is also a Founder and Partner of HK Advisory Services Limited, a Dubai-based firm that focuses on buy and build strategies in growth industries in the Middle East.
In 2019, Walid co-founded Radiant Media Ltd., which through its subsidiary, Alight Media, has emerged as the leading challenger in the UK digital advertising market. Previously, he was a Managing Director at The Blackstone Group for 13 years, spending time at the company's offices in London, New York and Hong Kong. In the Private Equity group, he focused mainly on European media and communications-related investments.
Walid has served in many advisory and board roles. Currently, he serves on the Board of Criptyque Ltd., a company that has developed encrypted communications solutions. Previously, he was a Senior Advisor to the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a government- backed sovereign wealth fund, where he assisted them in executing a number of private equity investments and two co-investment partnerships with Middle East- based sovereign wealth funds. During his time at Blackstone, he also served on the Boards of Kabel Baden–Württemberg, CINE UK and Sulo AG. He is currently involved in other transactions in environmental services across Central Europe.
Walid holds a BA with a dual major in Economics and Computer Science from Dartmouth College.