Walid Cherif

Senior Managing Director, Gulf Credit Partners
Walid is the founder of the private debt business at Gulf Capital, and heads the debt platform since he joined in 2011. Walid has more than 23 years of experience in international finance in emerging markets. He has participated in raising more than $600m of commitments for mezzanine and equity funds as well as structuring and executing several junior debt and structured equity transactions on the investment and divestment sides. Before joining Gulf Capital, he was the head of the NBK Capital Mezzanine Fund (a subsidiary of National Bank of Kuwait) where he made several mezzanine investments in companies operating in the Middle East and Turkey. He currently sits on the investment committee of both funds and on the board of several portfolio companies in the Middle East. Prior to joining NBK Capital in 2007, Walid spent ten years at the International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C., Dubai and Istanbul.