An affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) announces new High Commissioners, Senators and International Partners of the Grand Assembly.

Bahrain, Canada, India, Italy, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States are now more connected with global investment markets. WBAF is active now in 81 countries through 195 High Commissioners, Senators and International Partners.

Bahrain, Canada, India, Italy, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States 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 11 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 Bahrain, Canada, India, Italy, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States will soon become countries that can foster the development of their economies in entrepreneurial atmospheres’.

 High Commissioner

  • H.E. Ziad Alexandre Hayek, President of the Association of PPP Units & Professionals and Vice-Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Working Party on PPP, Lebanon


  • Ali Hasan Mahmood Lari, Director of the Khalil Ali Akbar Lari Group B.S.C, Bahrain
  • Andrea Sesum, Founder of the Ontario College of Business & Law, Canada
  • Arijit Bhattacharyya, Consultant of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), India
  • Madhu Vasepalli, Managing Partner of the Ocimum Clinics, India
  • Iftekhar Pathan, Co-founder of the Meraklis Technologies, India
  • Enrico Fiore, CEO of the Truyoins Partners & Ventures, Italy
  • Fadi Naffah, Program Director – Lebanese Enterprise Development (LED), Lebanon
  • Bianca Tudor, Founder & CEO of the EBW Investment Fund, Romania
  • Toby Ruckert, CEO and Founder of UIB, Singapore
  • Jaian Cuttari, CEO of the Digital Asset Management (BDAM), USA
  • Dawn Hetzel, Former Global President of the JCI, USA
  • Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, Chief Quality and Innovation Officer, MEDNAX, USA

International Partners

  • Taiwo Ebiesuwa, Head of the SME & Special Products of the Emerging Africa Capital Group, Nigeria
  • Mathew Egu, Business Development Manager, Tagz Group, Nigeria
  • Baber Mushtaq, Digital Business Development Consultant, Pakistan
  • Mona Hayat, Founder & CEO of the Nexus Digital Technology, UK

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), African Business Angels Network (ABAN), The Middle East Trade Association for Business Angels (MBAN).
WBAF also engages individuals and institutions through its High Commissioners, Senators and International Partners. Becoming a WBAF High Commissioner, Senator or International Partner 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.

You can visit the following link to learn more about how to represent your country at the World Business Angels Investment Forum


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