Rakesh Wahi is Chairman of CMA Investment Holdings, a family investment company that has representation through its portfolio companies in over 20 countries. Mr. Wahi is an entrepreneur who has been involved with early stage investments in media, IT and education in emerging markets for the last 25 years.
Mr. Wahi is the Co-Founder of – CNBC Africa, Forbes Africa, ABN Productions, ABN Training Institute, Murdoch University Dubai, Curtin University Dubai, Lancaster University Ghana and Tech One Global. He closely oversees the management, operations and strategic growth of all these ventures.
Mr. Wahi is the founder of the ABN Education Trust and the TAG Foundation set to support orphanages and to finance the college education in financial journalism of children from previously disadvantaged families mainly in South Africa and Ghana.
Prior to moving to the UAE in 1988/89, Mr. Wahi served with the Corps of Engineers in the Indian Army for about 9 years and was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal (“VSM”) by the President of India in 1985 for distinguished services to the country. Mr. Wahi was also part of India’s scientific expedition to the Antarctica where he established India’s second base in 1987/88.
Mr. Wahi was educated at the Doon School in India and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree (NDA, 1979) and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering (CMA, 1986) from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Mr. Wahi is a Member of the Institute of Engineers, Calcutta, India. He is a Founding Member of IBLF – a global investment group and on the Board of Fourth Dimension, the education affiliate of Cricket Australia. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science (Engineering, IT & Multimedia) by the Minister of Education in Namibia and is also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Management – Western Australia.