Fellows Directory

Omar Darwazah

AAF Management Ltd.

Omar has over 16 years of international experience in corporate finance, strategy, investor relations and venture capital. He is a Managing Director and General Partner at AAF Management Ltd. (AAF), an early stage venture capital firm he co-founded in 2016. AAF focuses on top tier venture-backed Seed and Series A investment opportunities in US-based startups that have international expansion potential.

AAF invests across Fintech, Consumer, Enterprise Software and Healthcare and its portfolio includes Synthego, Tamara Mellon, Current, Even Financial, Portfolium (acquired by Instructure), HeyDoctor (acquired by GoodRx), Supr Daily (acquired by Swiggy), among others. Omar is also an angel investor in various technology companies including Andela, Blockstack and FiscalNote. He sits on the Board of the Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA) and is also a mentor to the NYU Steinhardt EdTech Accelerator.

Previously, Omar spent 10 years of his career with OCI N.V. in Cairo and New York focusing on strategy, corporate finance and investor relations where he worked on over $35 billion worth of corporate transactions. Prior to that, he was with Deloitte in Chicago and Deutsche Bank's Leveraged Finance team in London.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Omar holds a BA in Economics and Political Science with Honors from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Omar was born in Cairo and lived in London, Chicago, Montreal and Paris. He now resides in New York City with his wife Bouchra and twin son and daughter Zayn and Layla. Omar enjoys scuba diving and is an avid travel photographer having visited 85 countries around the world. He also has an interest in film production and has been an Executive Producer on several short feature films including Baby Mine (2017) and Lab Rat (2018).

He was named one of Wharton's 40 under 40 in 2017.

As a member of Class 25, Omar is serving his fellowship at AAF Management Ltd. under the mentorship of Ian Sigalow.