OUR TEAM

COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE
ABRAR AHMAD – MANAGING PARTNER
Abrar Ahmad, Managing Partner at Travel Capitalist Ventures since 2010, has led investments in 6 countries with 5-person travel startups to 300-person, $100M per year travel companies. He also leads the firm’s co-investor relationships with leading sovereign wealth and global PE funds. With over 15 years in the travel industry, he is an expert in identifying travel trends to leverage discerning companies to invest in and tactically shaping a company’s expansion strategy.

He is a well-known, sought after speaker on emerging travel and technology trends, travel monetization and growth strategies, and travel-focused investments. He has spoken at numerous international events, including The Economist Magazine’s “Future of Travel Summit” in Madrid; the IATA World Passenger Symposium; Singapore’s Web in Travel, the largest travel conference in Asia; at Dubai Tech Nights, the leading technology group in the UAE; and, at in5 Innovation Hub, a leading Dubai incubator. He has also lectured on entrepreneurship to the graduating MBA classes of both Tulane University and Loyola University in the United States.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

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Voopter: largest meta search company in Brazil

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Guiddoo: an award-winning travel app

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Qatar Business Incubator Panel

In December 2016, Abrar was selected to be a judge a the Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC) Demo Day. QBIC provides resources to entrepreneurs to help them begin and grow companies by helping them incubate ideas, develop their businesses, network,and invest. QBIC is one of the largest specialized mixed-use business incubators in the MENA region.
Abrar has spent over 15 years in the travel trade, fueling 20 investments in 6 international travel markets and is a sought-after speaker on emerging travel and technology trends.
ABDULLA KHALID – PARTNER
Abdulla Khalid, a Partner with Travel Capitalist Ventures, heads up the firm’s Doha office. He is an internationally-educated investor who has held leadership positions in multi-billion dollar international investments, risk management, and strategic planning.

Mr. Khalid spent 15 years in various Qatari government positions (including as a former Air Force pilot) and was responsible for strategic planning at the highest levels within Qatar. He’s been the head of foreign investments for The Shawish Group, a leading Doha group of companies, where he led investments in over 10 countries and 6 asset classes generating audited double-digit ROIs. He’s also co-invested in funds, equities, currencies, materials, bonds, and stocks with a leading Swiss bank.

Abdulla is also the CEO and Founder of NBI Investments, a Doha-based early-stage investment firm where he sits on the Advisory Board for Content Market (run by former Virgin Charter CEO Scott Duffy).

He is a graduate of the Royal Academy at Sandhurst, in addition to receiving a bachelor’s degree in System Engineering from the University of Manchester.

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EXPERIENCE IN INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENTS AND RISK MANAGEMENT

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SPENT 15 YEARS IN VARIOUS QATARI GOVERNMENT POSITIONS

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LED INVESTMENTS IN OVER 10 COUNTRIES AND 6 ASSET CLASSES

GLEN WARD – PARTNER
Glen Ward, a Partner at Travel Capitalist Ventures, is a UK-based lawyer with more than 30 years of varied international management experience in entertainment, retail, and consumer electronics. He has specialized in formulating strategic plans and building teams to capture new business opportunities.

From 1998 to 2005, Glen worked for Sir Richard Branson, launching the Virgin Megastore Online worldwide before becoming CEO of Virgin Entertainment Group, North America, overseeing Megastore operations that generated $250 million in annual revenues.

Most recently, Glen co-founded LP33 Asia, a media and technology operation based in Beijing and Los Angeles, facilitating the acquisition and distribution of domestic and international media via the “triple-screen”platforms of web, mobile and IPTV. Previously, Glen was CEO of Zumbox, the world’s first paperless postal services that uses street addresses online.

Glen was also co-CEO of HEADPLAY International, responsible for the launch of two groundbreaking technology solutions in North America, China and Europe: The Personal Cinema System, a portable visual headset and multi-media center, and Freefall, a content compression technology.

Glen spent much of the 1990s as Senior Vice President of Business Development for HMV Media Group, the largest music and entertainment retailer in Europe. As General Manager, he played an integral role in developing and launching MMV Direct, a mail order and internet business servicing the “lapsed buyer” market for music, video and games, successfully launching the firs online service for purchasing entertainment product and content, fully two months prior to Amazon.

 

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OVER 30 YEARS OF VARIED INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

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FORMER CEO OF VIRGIN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, NORTH AMERICA

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LAUNCHED FIRST ONLINE ORDERING SERVICE, FULLY 2 MONTHS BEFORE AMAZON

Glen Ward is a lawyer who specializes in formulating strategic plans and building teams to capture new business opportunities.

OUR WORK
The Private Equity Team at Travel Capitalist Ventures seeks to make equity in the range of USD$30 million to $250 million (or equivalent) in buyouts, recapitalizations, growth equity capital, LBOs, and MBOs.

We focus on the Middle East, India, Asia, and US companies that have strong potential for superior risk-adjusted returns.