Loulwa Bakr

Partner - KSA

Saudi Arabia
fun facts
  • Completed two cross-country skiing half marathons
  • One of the first women in Saudi to become a certified Spinning instructor
  • The Red Sea is my backyard, its coral reefs are my garden
  • My two daughters are my greatest achievements

Loulwa is a Senior Partner at Chrome Advisory, an investment advisory firm active in the venture capital industry in Saudi Arabia. Loulwa led a notable career in corporate finance and investment banking that has spanned 15 years, and culminated with her heading the investment banking division of Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia. In 2015, she founded EduNation, an advisory business that supports regional EdTech startups. She has participated in various CMA committees that reviewed regulations at the inception of the CMA, and has led some of the landmark transactions in Saudi capital markets. Loulwa has advised and arranged the financing, restructuring, and growth through mergers and acquisitions, and most significantly, has secured access to capital markets, for top tier corporations. In addition to being recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, she is currently an independent member of the Board of Directors of Reyl Finance (MEA), a member of the audit committee for Budget Rent A Car Saudi Arabia and a member of the advisory board of Columbia University’s Global Centers (Amman). Loulwa holds a Master’s degree of Business Administration in Finance and Economics from the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University in the City of New York.

"What truly convinced me to switch careers from investment banking to venture capital is this general “feeling in the air” that the industry in Saudi Arabia is on the verge of a tipping point, similar to the boom in capital markets in the early 2000s. I can’t think of a better team than Global Ventures to ride the upcoming wave!"