Kunal Wadhwani

Kunal G. Wadhwani
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner

Starting his career as a Eurobond trader at Barclays Capital, Kunal spent 5 years in the City of London.

Armed with an MBA from Imperial College Business School, Kunal then co-founded Zawya.

As a member of the Senior Executive team, Kunal was involved in determining the strategic direction and long term growth of the firm, culminating in the eventual sale of Zawya to Thomson Reuters. His role as Head of Sales & Marketing included developing and implementing a monetisable business model and ensuring its profitability whilst establishing its brand globally; in addition to cultivating and maintaining relationships with C-level clients across a myriad of industries within the MENA region.

Along similar lines, Kunal’s contribution to The Islamic Globe included developing and implementing the sales and marketing strategy to ensure EaglemontMedia’s products and services were ubiquitous as and when required.

As the Founder and CEO of Nakeiya Ventures, Kunal handles implementation of the business strategy whilst identifying key prospective clients and markets.

In his spare time, Kunal enjoys high-octane sporting activities, including mixed martial arts and rafting.


Yalman A. Khan
Non Executive Chairman

Yalman is the Founder and Non Executive Chairman of Nakeiya Ventures. Recently, he was a board advisor for Private Equity investments to Asas Capital. He is the Founder and CEO of Agricel, a Dubai based private company. Previously he was a Partner and one of the founders of NBD Sana Capital, where he headed up the Portfolio Group. Yalman led their fundraising efforts. It was a $500 million sharia compliant fund. Prior to that Yalman has been running one of the fastest growing, venture capital backed software companies in the world across EMEA. As President of the EMEA operations he was wholly responsible for the company's end to end operations.

Yalman has spent over 22 years working in the Private Equity, Venture Capital, Management Consulting and the TMT sectors. He has worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Andersens, Oracle and Xerox before helping set up NBD Sana Capital and then Nakeiya Ventures. Nakeiya's focus has been to invest in unique and compelling Japanese technologies and commercializing these globally. Their main focus remains in the Food, Energy & Water sectors. Agricel represents one of the most exciting investments in recent years.

He has worked in the Middle East since 1991.

As a recognized thought leader in the field of Portfolio Management, he has appeared numerous times on television and has worked closely with London Business School. He has been a special lecturer at the Nottingham University Business School and at Cass Business School in London. Yalman has an MBA from Nottingham University.