An expert in private equity, Walid Bakr is looking to bridge the gap between strictly commercial investments and those focused on social returns. Bakr intends to create a new impact investments platform to spur economic and social development throughout the Middle East and North Africa. For many years, Bakr has led healthcare and education related investments in the region and recently led a successful IPO for a private hospital that he believes can contribute to a better healthcare system in Egypt. By focusing attention on quality of care and patient safety, in addition to profitability, Bakr helped create a culture of active consciousness in his business practices and investment team. His goal is to develop sustainable social returns through investing in, nurturing and supporting financially viable, disruptive and transformative enterprises.