We launched Westerly Winds to address the challenges that many entrepreneurs face when building companies and specialised asset management businesses in their formative years. We back and invest in dynamic visionary founders and companies that have the potential to become an integral part of the ‘new economy’.

Working as partners with the executive teams on a round the clock basis, we assist with financing, business development, stakeholder management and business strategy activities, thus adding muscle to some of the business’ critical functions. 

After more than thirty five years combined at BlackRock, including the formation of a dedicated Family Office business, we draw from a broad and extensive network of peers, investors, operating businesses and official institutions able to make a difference to our partner ventures.

Westerly Winds


Founding & Venture PArtners


Karim Abdel-Ghaffar Plaza
Founding Partner
Edward van Cutsem
Founding Partner
Ahmed Alireza
Venture Partner
Ahmed Jawa
Venture Partner
Dudley Hawes
Venture Partner

What We Stand For

Entrepreneurship comes first

We want to partner with passionate, mission-driven, commercially minded founders, who can scale their business. We look for companies with a global ambition, including the ability to conquer Europe, the US and the GCC markets, where we can help. We seek entrepreneurs with a desire to effect change, a social conscience and the ability to craft a unique proposition thanks to technology.

Every investment counts

We are a small firm and work hard to help build a select group of businesses, each one is important to us. We are here for the long haul.

We are entrepreneurs in venture capital

Building a new business with a novel approach to partnering with companies and investors alike. We are hungry for success and have big ambitions for the groups with whom we partner. Our network provides extensive and reciprocal leads, insights and introductions.

Flexible Capital

No one business is created equal, thus our model is built on leveraging our extensive investor network to involve the best possible capital partners at each stage of the company’s evolution.

Hard working and good people

We want to roll up our sleeves, do the work with you and build a category leading business while having fun doing so. We invest large amounts of time, effort, attention and care.

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Westerly Winds Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority