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. WBAF is active now in 111 countries through 425 High Commissioners, Senators and International Partners.

Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Congo DR, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Mauritius, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Russia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, UK, UAE and USA are now more connected with global investment markets.

Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Congo DR, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Mauritius, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Russia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, UK, UAE and USA 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 34 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, Executive Chairman of the WBAF, says ‘It is rewarding to see that governments around the world have understood the importance of angel investment for boosting their economies. As an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) is committed to collaborating globally to empower the economic development of the world by fostering innovative financial instruments for startups, scaleups, innovators, entrepreneurs and SMEs and to promoting gender equality and women’s participation in all sectors of the world economy. WBAF invites you to join our global efforts to ease access to finance, promote financial inclusion, and create more jobs and social justice’

High Commissioners:

  • H.E. Prof. Gjorge Ivanov, 4th President of Macedonia (2009 – 2019)
  • H.E. Manuel A. González-Sanz, Foreign Affairs Minister (2014–2018), Minister of Foreign Trade (2004–2006), Former Ambassador to the United Nations and its Specialized Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland


  • Arshi Ayub Mohamed Zaveri, Chief Executive Officer of the TrustWithTrade Group | Senior Advisor Royal Family Office, United Arab Emirates
  • Arvydas Strumskis, Managing Partner of the Business Angel Fund I and II, Lithuania
  • Christer Andersson, Early Stage Investor, Sweden
  • Concetta Spitaleri, Former Vice President Belgium Telecom, Belgium
  • D.C. Becker, Principal and Co-Owner of the Titan Group of New York, USA
  • David Kim, Founder and CEO of the North Head Capital Partners, China
  • Dejan Barbutovski, Financial Director at the Hočevar d. o. o. , Slovenia
  • Emine Erdem, President of the KAGİDER Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey & Board Member at the Erdem Holding, Turkey
  • Farzan Ghadially, Head Investment Public & Private markets India, Multi Family Office, India
  • Folashade Ambrose-Medebem , Communication, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development Director – Lafarge Africa Plc., Nigeria
  • Fredrik Harestad, Founder of Edera Investment, Norway
  • Jacob Vorsø Pedersen, CEO & Co-founder @ CreditStretcher | Global Shaper, World Economic Forum (WEF), Denmark
  • Katrin Redmann, Global Lead Innovation Portfolio SAP Next-Gen and University Relations at the SAP SE, Germany
  • Lawrence Du Pre, Managing Director at DDB Unlimited, UK
  • Martha Mghendi-Fisher, Founder & Chair to the Executive Board of the European Women Payments Network (EWPN), Netherlands
  • Patricia Hajali, International Business Consultant, UAE
  • Patricia Safo, Founding Partner and CEO of JCS Investment, Ghana
  • Piyush Sharma, Executive In Residence – UCLA Anderson School of Management & Member of the Board, FITT, IIT Delhi – Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer, India
  • S M Zillur Rahman, Director of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and industry (DCCI), Vice President of World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME), Chairman & CEO of Rahman Group of Companies, Bangladesh
  • Taryn Andersen, CEO and Co-Founder of the impulse4women & Investor Relations Director at the Telegraph Hill Capital, Spain

International Partners:

  • Amelia Lopez Huix, Global Chief Gender Equality Officer at the MOH.INTERNATIONAL, Netherlands
  • Annette Houtekamer – van Dam, Co-Founder of IBISA & Advisor Inclusive Insurance and Integrated Risk Management at the Annette Houtekamer Consulting, Netherlands
  • Anuuj Chauhan, Founder of the Atutum, India
  • Armagan Onder, Senior Consultant at ISG, Turkey
  • Arzu Atasoy, Education Director at the Teachers Foundation, Turkey
  • Asha Auckloo, Forensic Scientist at the Forensic Science Laboratory, Mauritius
  • Awatef Prenilla, Senior Property Manager at ASR Real Estate Investment, Netherlands
  • Cavin Mugarura, Innovations Lead Analyst / Founder at the Blue Node Media, Uganda
  • Cornelius Wicks, Head Communications BV, Netherlands
  • Cristina Sayra Swan-Awagah, Chief Financial Officer at Arkel Consult & Management Services (ACMS), Grenada
  • D.R. Sara, Founder and CEO of the VidaMonti, Montenegro
  • Debasis Chakraborty, Co-founder of the MainStage Incubator, India
  • Ekaete Ebiefie, Coordinator of the KAYTEES, Nigeria
  • Eli Fletcher, Off Market Property Acquisiton and Disposal at the Golden Wave Property Group, UK
  • Elias Tayeh, Certified Fintech Professional, Lebanon
  • Eman Nooruddin, Managing Director of the Capital Knowledge, Bahrain
  • Gladys O. Yiadom, Senior Consultant at the AGC, France
  • Harsh Patel, Founder and Global CEO of the Water and Shark, India
  • Ioannis Fragkos, Non Executive Board Member at the, Netherlands
  • Jonnathan Fabres Lobos , Coordinator and Liaison of the Network of Young Politicians of the Documentation Sciences Foundation and the Organization of American States (OAS), Chile
  • Juliette Mary van Iperen, Programme & Brand Manager at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
  • Junisa Precious Gbeteh Kallon, Chief Executive Officer/Founder/Owner, Sierra Leone
  • Katarina Strandberg, CEO The Swedish Villa , Sweden
  • Lennaert Jonkers, Founder of the DevelopMinded, Netherlands
  • Manoj Jadhav, Founder and CEO at ISHA Therapeutics , USA
  • Martin Kwame Awagah, Arkel Consult and Management Services (ACMS), Ghana
  • Monica Grant, President and CEO of the Young Boss Media, United States of America
  • Monica Musungu, CEO of the Scenery Adventures, Kenya
  • Monique Custers, Co-Founder of the FEM.DIAMONDS, Netherlands
  • Murat Tasci, Managing Partner, PE&VC Actus Partners, UK
  • Navalayo Osembo, Member, Sports Tourism Technical Committee, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Kenya
  • Oluwakayode Adedayo, ED at the Planetbridge, Nigeria
  • Pelin Markirt, Founder at Arbin Mileva Consultancy, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Raphael Ajalie, Member of Parliament State of the African Diaspora, Liberia
  • Renedieu Kipoyi, CTIO & Development Strategy Manager at the Kin Daily App, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Salim Msangi, Sales Executive at the Silent Ocean, Tanzania
  • Sandra Ofori , Strategic Partner at Noun Creatives, Ghana
  • Serpil Meto, Former Advisor to the Prime Ministry at the Sectorial Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, Turkey
  • Sertac Oral, Intrapreneur / Startup co-founder at the Grow Platform GmbH, a Bosch Company, Turkey
  • Shailesh Gaur, Chief Advisor at the Be Beta Consultancy, India
  • Shivam Patel, Co-founder of Akhilam , India
  • Ucheoma Lee Ohaeri, Chief Executive Officer at the Coin News Extra, Nigeria
  • Vasilisa Marinchuk, Managing Director of the Barcelona Blockchain Week, Russian Federation
  • William Kofi Horsu, Committee Member, World Energy Council, Ghana

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 Chamber of Commerce (ICC), 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), World Association of Free & Economic Zones (FEMOZA), World Association of Women Entrepreneurs (FMEZE), Latin America and the Caribbeans Angel Investors Federation (XCALA), African Business Angels Network (ABAN) and 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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