Rudolph Waels
Head of Direct Investments & Financing Department Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

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Rudolph Waels has worked in Europe and various Emerging Markets since 1996. He started his career with Arthur Andersen/Ernst & Young, where he carried out various consulting and audit assignments across the world, including Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central Asia. Starting in 2004, he focused on private equity and direct investments in the Middle East and North Africa, first at Swicorp (a PE fund) as Vice President, then at First Gulf Bank (a Bank from Abu Dhabi) as Head of Private Equity, followed by Aabar (a Sovereign Wealth Fund from Abu Dhabi) as Director of Investments, and Armalia Partners (an advisory firm he founded) as CEO. Rudolph joined ICD in 2014 as Head of Direct Investments & Financing.

Rudolph holds an MBA from the Wharton School, and is also a graduate of Paris Dauphine University. He studied in Europe (France, United Kingdom, Spain), Latin America (Argentina, Mexico), Asia (Singapore) and the United States. He teaches in the Master of Banking and Finance of Paris Sorbonne Abu Dhabi. He speaks English, French, Spanish fluently, and is learning Arabic.

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