Our PeopleMeet The Team

Leadership

Fawaz Al-MubarakiChief Executive OfficerNew York

Adel A. AlderbasChief Investment OfficerNew York

David HammSenior Managing DirectorNew York

Fergus HealyChief Operating OfficerNew York

Lauren RichManaging DirectorNew York

Richard SafranekSenior Managing DirectorNew York

Edward TsaiManaging DirectorNew York

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Fawaz Al-MubarakiChief Executive Officer

Fawaz Al-Mubaraki is the Chief Executive Officer of Wafra and serves on Wafra’s Management Committee and Board of Directors, developing the strategic vision, assessing firm-wide investment activities and managing key aspects of the firm.

Previously, Mr. Al-Mubaraki served as a Portfolio Manager, specializing in European markets at Wafra. Mr. Al-Mubaraki joined Wafra in 1991. He began his career as an Analyst in the Managed Portfolio Department of the Public Institution for Social Security of Kuwait.

Mr. Al-Mubaraki earned a BS in Economics from Kuwait University.

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Adel A. AlderbasChief Investment Officer

Adel A. Alderbas is the Chief Investment Officer of Wafra and serves on Wafra’s Management Committee and Board of Directors. Mr. Alderbas oversees the firm’s investment activities across mandates. He leads investments in real assets, alternative real estate, and strategic partnerships in both growth and established asset management businesses.

Mr. Alderbas joined Wafra in 2007 and currently serves on the boards of Vantage Data Centers, Global Container International, Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, and Spotless Brands. He is President of Capital Constellation and a Senior Advisor to DigitalBridge.

Mr. Alderbas earned a BS with honors from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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David HammSenior Managing Director

David W. Hamm is a Senior Managing Director and serves on Wafra’s Management Committee. Mr. Hamm is the Head of Real Estate and chairs the Real Estate Investment Committee for traditional real estate strategies.

Previously, Mr. Hamm was a Managing Director at DWS responsible for leading the East Coast transactions team focusing on office, retail, industrial and multifamily products for direct equity and structured debt investments. During his 19 years at DWS he completed more than $7.0 billion in transactions.

Mr. Hamm earned a BS from Lehigh University and an MBA from Columbia University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the National Multi Housing Council.

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Fergus HealyChief Operating Officer

Fergus Healy is the Chief Operating Officer and serves on Wafra’s Management Committee and Board of Directors. Mr. Healy oversees corporate and investment operations, charged with managing legal and tax affairs, day-to-day operations, fund accounting, risk management and the administration, establishment and structuring of investment funds. He joined Wafra in 2014.

Mr. Healy has more than 20 years of experience in alternative funds. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Fund Services Group. Prior to that, he was employed in legal, client facing and business management roles in the alternative fund space at JP Morgan, Citi and Bank of Bermuda. Mr. Healy also ran his own consulting business providing structuring, operational due diligence and corporate services to fund managers, investors and other participants in the fund industry.

Mr. Healy earned a BCL from the University College Dublin and qualified as Solicitor in Ireland.

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Lauren RichManaging Director

Lauren Rich is a Managing Director and serves on Wafra's Management Committee. Ms. Rich helps lead Wafra’s strategic partnership investment mandates in both mature and growth stage asset management businesses. While at Wafra, Ms. Rich has completed several direct minority investments in alternative asset management firms, GP financings, secondary private equity investments as well as investments within closed end funds.

Previously, Ms. Rich was an Associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, where she advised clients on a broad range of financing transactions.

Ms. Rich earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from New York University School of Law.

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Richard SafranekSenior Managing Director

Richard Safranek is a Senior Managing Director and serves on Wafra’s Management Committee. He is also on the board of directors for Wafra’s parent company. Mr. Safranek leads a team that provides innovative consulting, research, and portfolio solution services for pensions, sovereign wealth funds, and other institutional investors.

Previously, Mr. Safranek served as a Portfolio Manager at Wafra, which he joined in 1995. Prior to that, Mr. Safranek served as an Investment Analyst at World-Wide Investment Co., a Hong Kong-based family office. He has over 20 years of investing experience with publicly-traded securities.

Mr. Safranek earned a BA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Columbia University. He completed a Chinese language program at Beijing Foreign Language Institute.

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Edward TsaiManaging Director

Edward Tsai is a Managing Director at Wafra, focusing on private investments in real assets and infrastructure. Mr. Tsai is responsible for the origination of investment opportunities, transaction structuring and underwriting and oversight of portfolio investments.

Mr. Tsai joined Wafra in 2014 and currently serves on the boards of Global Container International, Contract Leasing Corporation, Signal Rail Holdings, American Inland Marine Holdings and Spartan Aviation.

Mr. Tsai earned an AB from Georgetown University and a JD from New York University School of Law.

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Fawaz Al-MubarakiChief Executive Officer

Fawaz Al-Mubaraki is the Chief Executive Officer of Wafra and serves on Wafra’s Management Committee and Board of Directors, developing the strategic vision, assessing firm-wide investment activities and managing key aspects of the firm.

Previously, Mr. Al-Mubaraki served as a Portfolio Manager, specializing in European markets at Wafra. Mr. Al-Mubaraki joined Wafra in 1991. He began his career as an Analyst in the Managed Portfolio Department of the Public Institution for Social Security of Kuwait.

Mr. Al-Mubaraki earned a BS in Economics from Kuwait University.

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Adel A. AlderbasChief Investment Officer

Adel A. Alderbas is the Chief Investment Officer of Wafra and serves on Wafra’s Management Committee and Board of Directors. Mr. Alderbas oversees the firm’s investment activities across mandates. He leads investments in real assets, alternative real estate, and strategic partnerships in both growth and established asset management businesses.

Mr. Alderbas joined Wafra in 2007 and currently serves on the boards of Vantage Data Centers, Global Container International, Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, and Spotless Brands. He is President of Capital Constellation and a Senior Advisor to DigitalBridge.

Mr. Alderbas earned a BS with honors from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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David HammSenior Managing Director

David W. Hamm is a Senior Managing Director and serves on Wafra’s Management Committee. Mr. Hamm is the Head of Real Estate and chairs the Real Estate Investment Committee for traditional real estate strategies.

Previously, Mr. Hamm was a Managing Director at DWS responsible for leading the East Coast transactions team focusing on office, retail, industrial and multifamily products for direct equity and structured debt investments. During his 19 years at DWS he completed more than $7.0 billion in transactions.

Mr. Hamm earned a BS from Lehigh University and an MBA from Columbia University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the National Multi Housing Council.

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Fergus HealyChief Operating Officer

Fergus Healy is the Chief Operating Officer and serves on Wafra’s Management Committee and Board of Directors. Mr. Healy oversees corporate and investment operations, charged with managing legal and tax affairs, day-to-day operations, fund accounting, risk management and the administration, establishment and structuring of investment funds. He joined Wafra in 2014.

Mr. Healy has more than 20 years of experience in alternative funds. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Fund Services Group. Prior to that, he was employed in legal, client facing and business management roles in the alternative fund space at JP Morgan, Citi and Bank of Bermuda. Mr. Healy also ran his own consulting business providing structuring, operational due diligence and corporate services to fund managers, investors and other participants in the fund industry.

Mr. Healy earned a BCL from the University College Dublin and qualified as Solicitor in Ireland.

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Lauren RichManaging Director

Lauren Rich is a Managing Director and serves on Wafra's Management Committee. Ms. Rich helps lead Wafra’s strategic partnership investment mandates in both mature and growth stage asset management businesses. While at Wafra, Ms. Rich has completed several direct minority investments in alternative asset management firms, GP financings, secondary private equity investments as well as investments within closed end funds.

Previously, Ms. Rich was an Associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, where she advised clients on a broad range of financing transactions.

Ms. Rich earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from New York University School of Law.

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Richard SafranekSenior Managing Director

Richard Safranek is a Senior Managing Director and serves on Wafra’s Management Committee. He is also on the board of directors for Wafra’s parent company. Mr. Safranek leads a team that provides innovative consulting, research, and portfolio solution services for pensions, sovereign wealth funds, and other institutional investors.

Previously, Mr. Safranek served as a Portfolio Manager at Wafra, which he joined in 1995. Prior to that, Mr. Safranek served as an Investment Analyst at World-Wide Investment Co., a Hong Kong-based family office. He has over 20 years of investing experience with publicly-traded securities.

Mr. Safranek earned a BA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Columbia University. He completed a Chinese language program at Beijing Foreign Language Institute.

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Edward TsaiManaging Director

Edward Tsai is a Managing Director at Wafra, focusing on private investments in real assets and infrastructure. Mr. Tsai is responsible for the origination of investment opportunities, transaction structuring and underwriting and oversight of portfolio investments.

Mr. Tsai joined Wafra in 2014 and currently serves on the boards of Global Container International, Contract Leasing Corporation, Signal Rail Holdings, American Inland Marine Holdings and Spartan Aviation.

Mr. Tsai earned an AB from Georgetown University and a JD from New York University School of Law.