Waleed Saraf

Principal Investment Officer & Regional Lead TMT APAC, IFC

Waleed Saraf is a Principal Investment Officer and Regional Lead for IFC’s Telecom, Media and Technology business across Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. Waleed has over 18 years of experience in sourcing, structuring, and monitoring infrastructure investments, across debt, mezzanine and equity products in emerging markets in Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Asia.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is a member of the World Bank Group and is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. As part of the infrastructure team, Waleed focuses on the digital infrastructure space, leading IFC’s investments across Asia and the Pacific. Digital infrastructure investments at IFC include debt and equity investments across mobile network operators, broadband service providers, tower companies, and data centers. IFC also engages with the media sector – focusing on audiovisual content and creative digital technologies – as well as Infratech, a fast-growing industry that leverages technology to improve infrastructure efficiency. Furthermore, IFC often works ‘upstream’ to develop projects and unlock sector bottlenecks at the pre-financing stage