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WeBuild Ventures is a platform that enables founders to build disruptive, future-focused companies from the ground up.

We bring together experienced investors, our talent network and company-building craft to enable future leaders to build and scale tech-enabled companies.

We build ventures,
we partner with Founders in their journey to realize daring Visions

Vision

To be the partner of choice for startup founders

Mission

We make it happen: teams, technology, network & capital

2022

Together, We:
Inspire. Plan. Build. Scale. Enjoy. Repeat.

We are a team of purpose-driven, accomplished technology entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds in the MENA’s knowledge economy.

We build and invest in disruptive companies incepted by highly-driven founders. We focus our involvement on a limited number of companies per year: reflecting our high-conviction approach to startup creation and focus on accelerating the inception and commercialization phases.

Inspired by talented founders with strong sense of purpose and exciting market opportunities

Our
Portfolio

AI-Powered Learning Management Platform
Dubai, UAE
Oktopi.ai is the next-generation AI-powered and cohort-based teaching management platform personalizing learning for instructors and learners around the world.
Digital Real Investment Management Platform
Dubai, UAE
A Digital Real Estate Investment Management Platform to bring your real estate portfolio management into the 21st century
Oktopi
2021
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Keyper
2021
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Are you next?
2022
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Meet our People

Omar is a co-founder and Partner at WBV. He is also CEO of Keyper, a WBV portfolio company. Before joining WBV, Omar held director positions at Guggenheim Partners and Goldman Sachs in the Middle East, as well as 18 years of experience working with other top-tier banks. He holds an MBA from Canisius College.
Omar Abu Innab
Co-Founder & Partner
Walid is a co-founder and Partner at WBV. He is also co-founder of Oktopi, a WBV portfolio company, as well as being a co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at MEVP, the premier MENA VC. He was also Strategy Manager at the UAE’s Prime Minister’s Office, and holds an MBA from The Wharton School.
Walid Mansour
Co-Founder & Partner
Maher is a co-founder and Partner at WBV. Previously, he was Managing Director at Olayan Group and at Shuaa Capital, where he led PE and VC investments across MENA, India and Turkey. Earlier, he was a Senior Associate at Booz & Co. He holds an MBA from the Lebanese American University and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
Maher Hammoud
Co-Founder & Partner
Hassan is a co-founder and Partner at WBV. He is a serial entrepreneur, with successful exits in the technology and telecoms sector, as well as being the co-founder & CEO Lyve Global, a leading SaaS platform empowering businesses to digitize their customers’ journey. He holds a Masters in Information Network and Computer Security from NYIT.
Hassan Hallas
Co-Founder & Partner
Gabriel is focused on creating & scaling ventures at WBV working across Strategy, Operations, & Investments. Previously, he worked at Accenture Ventures focusing on VC strategy & Open Innovation programs for corporates, and as an Investment Analyst at MEVP. He studied Computer Science at NYU.
Gabriel García Leyva
Strategy & Operations
Yudai is focused on creating & scaling ventures at WBV working across Strategy & Operations. Previously, he worked at LINE on crypto projects, WeWork Japan, and M&A at Nomura Holdings. He studied Economics & Political Science at NYU and is a self-taught programmer.
Yudai Furukawa
Strategy & Operations

The Advisory Board

Iyad is a seasoned executive, currently CEO of Al Ghurair Group, previously CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Holding and CEO of Fleming CIIC, as well as COO and Head of Asset Management at EFG Hermes. He has also worked for 16 years at the IFC as Regional Director for South Asia, and holds an MBA from George Washington University.
Iyad Malas
Chairman
Samir is an entrepreneur who built and managed several businesses worldwide, including engineering, technology, and banking. He currently manages his own family office, actively investing in public and private growth companies. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering from Cornell University and in business from Harvard University.
Samir Taleb
Advisor
Walid is an executive and serial entrepreneur with successful exits in tech and telecom. He is a co-founder & executive at Lyve Global, and held senior leadership positions at Nokia, Dell, HP and Xerox with $5B+ in revenue leading teams of 25,000+ people globally. He holds a PhD in AI from University of Grenoble, and an MBA from HEC and Wharton.
Walid Moneimne

Operating
Partners

Fadi is a co-founder & CPO at Oktopi. He has over 30 years of entrepreneurial success with exits across SEA, Europe, and the Middle East. He has spent over 20 years leading in Tech, Product Management, Sales & Marketing, and Strategy. He holds a Masters in Computer Science and an MBA in marketing management from Swedish Universities.
Fadi Abbas
Co-Founder @ Oktopi
Emilie is a co-founder at Oktopi. She has spent over 20 years in the ME working in communication and education, advocating for alternative education models and hybrid collaborative classrooms. She holds an MA in Physics/Material Sciences and Contemporary Dance from INSA Lyon, and a Sorbonne PhD in Literature and Comparative Studies.
Dr. Emilie Thomas Mansour
Co-Founder @ Oktopi
Silvia is a co-founder & COO of Keyper. She has 20+ years in residential & commercial property management across London and Dubai, with experience in proptech and driving exponential growth for Driven Properties. She is also a founder of Women In Real Estate (WIRE), an empowerment network for female leaders in the UAE real estate space.
Silvia Eldawi
Co-Founder @ Keyper
Walid is a co-founder & CSO at Keyper. Previously, Walid was the CCO at Urban, managed his own Short-term Rental Fund, and was the CEO of Shuaa Capital Securities.
Walid Shihabi
Co-Founder @ Keyper
Enrico brings 20+ years of experience in financial markets across different asset classes, including crypto. He has held senior roles at top tier institutions like DZ Bank, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns, as well as being a prop trader for Gelber Group. He holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
Enrico Zaccaria
Co-Founder
AI-Powered Learning Management Platform
Dubai, UAE
Oktopi.ai is the next-generation AI-powered and cohort-based teaching management platform personalizing learning for instructors and learners around the world.
Digital Real Investment Management Platform
Dubai, UAE
A Digital Real Estate Investment Management Platform to bring your real estate portfolio management into the 21st century