Richard Safranek is an Executive Vice President of Wafra and Head of the Executive Advisory & Research Division (EAR). Prior to EAR, Mr. Safranek served as a portfolio manager within Wafra’s Securities Division where he covered equity markets in the Asia-Pacific and Emerging Markets regions. Before joining Wafra in 1995, Mr. Safranek served as an investment analyst at World-Wide Investment Co., Ltd., a Hong Kong-based family office. Mr. Safranek has an M.B.A. from Columbia University, a B.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, and completed a Chinese language program at the Beijing Foreign Language Institute.
Daniel Adamson is a Managing Director in Wafra’s Executive Advisory & Research Division (EAR). He is primarily focused on developing financial and strategic solutions for sovereign investors and pension funds. Previously, Mr. Adamson held senior positions at Ares Management and Bridgewater Associates. He began his career at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Adamson earned a B.A. summa cum laude from Yale University, an M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a J.D. from the Yale Law School.
Christine Iijima is a Director and Head of Investor Relations in Wafra’s Executive Advisory & Research Division (EAR), where she focuses on client relations, business development, and strategic initiatives. Previously, Ms. Iijima was focused on real estate portfolio management and held asset management, portfolio analysis, and client relations positions at Carlyle and General Electric. Ms. Iijima has an M.A. in Real Estate Finance from New York University, and a B.A. in International Business from Sophia University in Tokyo.
Martin Lujan specializes in research, business development and investment opportunities across functional areas. Prior to Wafra, Mr. Lujan worked at Barclays PLC in Equities Trading, and in the investment management divisions of Goldman Sachs and GMO LLC. Mr. Lujan holds an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a B.A., magna cum laude, in Finance and Economics from the University of New Mexico.
Jonathan A. Pride, J.D., is a Senior Associate in Wafra’s Executive Advisory & Research Division (EAR), where he focuses on research, and providing strategic financial consulting services to institutional investors. Prior to joining Wafra, Mr. Pride was an Associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, providing legal counsel to corporate clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Georgia and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and he speaks French and Arabic fluently.
James Saliba focuses on market analysis, business development, and strategy across industries. Prior to Wafra, Mr. Saliba was a consultant with Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) in New York and the Middle East, where he advised clients on large-scale transformations, supported capabilities-driven growth, and performed strategic due diligence for joint ventures and public-private partnership across industries. Mr. Saliba earned both an M.B.A. and a Masters in Finance from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, cum laude, from Villanova University.