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Waleed AlBanawi has over 25 years experience as Vice Chairman, Director and C-suite Executive of a diversified manufacturing corporation in the Middle East/North Africa region. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the operations of the entire group in addition to various senior corporate functions. He is now an investor / venture capitalist in the online Marketplace, HealthTech, FoodTech , and Education platforms . Waleed served as Regional Chairman of YPO Middle East/ North Africa. He is a Board member of numerous organizations and non-profits, including Education for Employment Foundation, Ashoka Arab World, Founding Board member, INJAZ Al-Arab (Saudi Arabia ) , International Institute for Strategic Studies, Member of the advisory council (MENA) for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. His participation in these organizations influenced him to become a vocal advocate of education development to address the workforce skill set gap in the Arab world. He's also a Founding Board member of two leading digital start-ups, Reserveout and Waitrr, and an Entrepreneur-in- Residence at INSEAD Business School. Waleed is a Graduate of Rice University (Managerial Studies / Political Science), and an alumnus of the world's leading Business School INSEAD, (AMP, IDP) .