Mr. Toan is the Chief Executive Officer of WCP. Before joining Wafra, he was a partner in the New York based law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, specializing in international taxation, financial transactions and cross-border leasing. From 1979 to 1998, Mr. Toan was a partner of the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie, specializing in international taxation and cross-border transactions. Mr. Toan is the author of numerous articles on international taxation and speaks widely on international taxation and speaks widely on international taxation and financial topics. He is a member of the Editorial Supervisory Board of International Tax Journal. Mr. Toan received his JD and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University Law School.
Mr. Barakat is the President of Wafra Capital Partners Inc. With other senior executives, he is responsible for WCP’s policies and strategic direction and coordinating the development of innovative investment products, including Shari’ah compliant products with clients. Prior to joining Wafra in 1999, Mr. Barakat had 20 years in senior management positions in the Arab American Bank, New York and Intercap Investments Inc., NY focusing on managing funds for Middle Eastern governmental entities and financial institutions. Mr. Barakat holds an undergraduate degree from the American University of Beirut and continued his graduate business studies at Pace University, New York.
Mr. Gontar is the Chief Investment Officer of WCP. Prior to joining Wafra, he was an Experienced Associate in the Transaction Services group of the international accounting firm KPMG LLP, specializing in private equity due diligence and financial transactions. Prior to KPMG LLP, Mr. Gontar was the President and Co-founder of a NY based real estate investment firm focused on residential properties in the NY region. Mr. Gontar was also the Vice President and co-founder of a nationwide wholesale company where he remains on the board of directors. Mr. Gontar is a graduate of the NYU Stern School of Business.