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Sadek Wahba

Chair of WISC Steering Committee, Wilson Center Global Advisory Council Member

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Chairman & Managing Partner, I Squared Capital
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Dr. Sadek Wahba is Chairman and Managing Partner of I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment manager with over 180 professionals based in Miami, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taipei. The company specializes in infrastructure investments in the energy, utilities, transport, environmental infra, digital infra and social infra sectors in North America, Europe and select high-growth economies across Asia and Latin America. He was previously at Morgan Stanley where he was the CEO of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure, a global platform for infrastructure investments.

A former economist at The World Bank, Sadek is an advocate for transformative approaches to infrastructure investment and a frequent commentator about the need for more investment in infrastructure to promote sustainable economic growth. He was part of the expert committee on the World Economic Forum's first report on global infrastructure investments and was named Global Infrastructure Personality of the Year twice, as well as Global Infrastructure Personality of the Decade, by Private Equity International (PEI). He appears regularly on national networks including Bloomberg and CNBC. In September 2022, President Biden appointed Sadek to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which advises the White House on reducing the physical and cyber risks and improving the security and resilience of critical infrastructure in the U.S.

He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a B.A. in economics from the American University in Cairo. He is a published author on economic research, including articles in the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Review of Economics and Statistics and others. One of his publications was selected by MIT as one of their 50 most influential papers in the last 50 years.

Sadek is a Senior Fellow at the Development Research Institute of New York University and Foundation Fellow of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is also a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Wilson Center, a trustee of the American University in Cairo and a member of the board of directors of the Miami Cancer Institute.