An affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) announces new Senators of the Grand Assembly.
Bangladesh, Finland, Ireland, Mauritius, Turkey and UAE are now more connected with global investment markets. Know more about new World Leaders of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.
Bangladesh, Finland, Ireland, Mauritius, Turkey and UAE have joined the largest global angel investors forum of the world and will now be able to connect with the global angels market, which will open up splendid opportunities for the joining countries. Now local angel investors, academics, woman leaders, finance markets, innovation ecosystems and aspiring entrepreneurs of these six countries will have the opportunity to connect with global leaders in the same field.
The inclusion of these countries in WBAF provides a wide range of opportunities for start-ups, innovators and high growth businesses and opens doors for economic development.
Baybars Altuntas, Chairman of the WBAF, says ‘WBAF supports start-ups, develops entrepreneurial ecosystems, and helps venture capital and companies connect with international companies, fintechs and other relevant institutions. We are confident about our contribution to the economic development of these countries by facilitating connections with entrepreneurial ecosystems. We strongly believe that Bangladesh, Finland, Ireland, Mauritius, Turkey and UAE will soon become countries that can foster the development of their economies in entrepreneurial atmospheres’.
Golam Monowar Kamal, Managing Director and partner of Bangladesh Venture Capital Limited (BVCL), has been appointed Senator for Bangladesh. Senator Monowar Kamal to represent Bangladesh at the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.
Sakari Oikarinen, EU-Commission Expert in screening the Small Business Act Policy Program, has been appointed Senator for Finland. Senator Oikarinen to represent Finland at the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.
Leslie Maliepaard, Venture Partner at Fortrino, has been appointed Senator for Ireland. Senator Maliepaard to represent Ireland at the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.
Julius Akinyemi, Chairman, Founder and CEO of UWINCorp Inc, has been appointed Senator for Mauritius. Senator Akinyemi to represent Mauritius at the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.
Deniz Misir, a global family office and investments specialist, has been appointed Senator for Turkey. Senator Misir to represent Turkey at the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.
United Arab Emirates
Paula Petkova, Fixed Income portfolio manager with a focus on Shariah-compliant investments, has been appointed Senator for United Arab Emirates. Senator Petkova to represent United Arab Emirates at the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.
The World Business Angels Investment Forum interacts with leaders in all areas of society — first and foremost in business and political spheres — to help assess needs and establish goals, bearing in mind that the public interest is of paramount importance. WBAF engages with a wide range of institutions — public and private, local and international, commercial and academic — to help shape the global agenda. WBAF holds that, with the participation of individuals and institutions from multiple sectors and from all parts of society, real progress can be achieved.
One way WBAF does this is through its partnership agreements and joint projects developed with international institutions. Until now, WBAF made agreements with International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group (IFC), London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), International Science Parks Association(IASP), World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), The European Trade Association for Business Angels (EBAN), African Business Angels Network (ABAN), The Middle East Trade Association for Business Angels (MBAN).
WBAF also engages individuals and institutions through its High Commissioners and Senators. Becoming a WBAF High Commissioner or Senator involves embracing activities that are designed to serve the global community and WBAF members. By combining regular, small contributions from the many dynamic High Commissioners and Senators around the world, we all benefit from shared learning, better networks and increased exposure.
High Commissioner: One High Commissioner is appointed for each country.
Senator: An unlimited number of Senators can be appointed from a given country
Each High Commissioner and Senator will take a role in one of the many WBAF Committees: the Global Women Leaders Committee, the Academic Committee, the Innovation & Science Parks Committee, the Impact Investment Committee, the International Fintech Committee, the World Crowdfunding Committee, the Global Incubation Centers Committee, the Global Co-Working Spaces Committee, the Private Equity Committee, the Wealth Management Committee, the Banking Committee, the Start-ups Committee, the Scale-ups Committee, the Exits Committee, the ICO Committee, the Artificial Intelligence Committee and so on. For a complete list of committees, please contact WBAF headquarters. To have an idea about the current High Commissioners and Senators, please visit the website below.