Rakesh Wahi

Rakesh Wahi is an entrepreneur who has been involved with early stage investments in emerging markets. He is a well-respected member of the investment community and has distinguished himself in the field of IT, telecoms, media, technology and education investments in the CIS, Middle East & North Africa, South & South East Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa.

Mr. Wahi is Chairman of CMA Investment Holdings that has representation through its portfolio companies in over 20 countries.

Mr. Wahi is the Founder of - CNBC Africa, Forbes Africa, ABN Productions, ABN Training Institute, ABN Pictures, ABN Education Trust, TransNational Education, Lancaster University Ghana, Murdoch University Dubai and Tech One Global.

He closely oversees the management, operations and strategic growth of all these ventures. His core focus is on long term corporate development through building strong management teams.

Mr. Wahi has been involved with the development of business media and financial journalism in the African continent. He has worked on skills development and implemented the policy of empowerment through employment by creating competencies through training, development and indigenisation.

Mr. Wahi started his career with the Indian Army (Corps of Engineers) and was decorated with the prestigious Vishisht Seva Medal ("VSM") by the President of India in 1985. He was also part of India's scientific expedition to the Antarctica in 1987/88. He graduated from the prestigious National Defence Academy in 1979 and the Indian Military Academy in 1980. He left the army in 1988.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree (NDA) and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering (CME) from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is a Chartered Engineer from the Institute of Engineers, Calcutta, India. He is an engineering graduate from the illustrious College of Military Engineering.

Mr. Wahi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science by the Minister of Education at IIM, Namibia. He has been honoured with ringing the bell at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, The Nigerian Stock Exchange and the Zambian Stock Exchange.

In March 2013 Mr. Wahi led a team of 15 members of the ABN Group to the top of Mount Killimanjaro. 100% of the team made it to the top.

Mr. Wahi has recently founded the ABN Education Trust to finance the education of children from previously disadvantaged families in South Africa as well as support orphan children.