Yousef HamzaPartner, V7 Group
Yousef Hamza is a Partner at Envestors MENA and has advised over 3,000 entrepreneurs, assisting in legal matters, strategy and fund raising. Envestors is a the oldest regional Business Angel Network which has advised and raised finance for start-up/growth companies for just over $30 Million, as well as the raising of finance for acquisitions totaling over $150M. Having invested in multiple start-ups and with a portfolio of successful SME’s in the region, he sets up and manages funds for his own capital, his family and other family offices. Yousef is a mentor at Seedstartup, injaz and Dubai+Acumen, is a YAL member and Global Shaper and lectures for Universities, government conferences and is an advisor/board member/angel investor to a number of start-ups across the region. He also organizes and funds yearly business plan competitions for Social Enterprises, investing in and advising the top 3. Yousef was educated in Kuwait and the U.A.E, followed by a law degree from the University of Cardiff in the U.K. Having interned with several multinational legal firms working on a portfolio of projects, he then worked for one of the top 3 local law firms with a 40 year history in Abu Dhabi, where he helped further develop Sukuk structures, assisted companies in gaining the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award and as part of a team within the firm gave strategic advice on weathering the current financial crisis from a business development and strategy angle.