Abdallah El Yafi
Abdallah is the oldest son of Aref, five minutes older than his identical twin Ghaith, and the namesake of his famous grandfather, the former Prime Minister. Abdallah’s expertise spans the vibrant world of Venture Capital, technology, and startups. As the co-Founder and Managing General Partner of B&Y Venture Partners, one of the leading VC funds in the MENA region, Abdallah brings to the table of Yafi Capital his decade plus of incredible experience in entrepreneurship, strategy, and management consulting.
Abdallah started his successful career path as a Management Consultant with the Computer Science Corporation (CSC) in Paris, France in 2003, followed by a Manager’s position in Management Consulting with Accenture France, in Paris in 2008.
In addition to his deep-seeded experience in management consulting, Abdallah is also a former entrepreneur himself. He and his twin Ghaith founded an online marketplace venture in 2010, and a SAAS business with a successful track record in Canada. He also served as a key member and Chair of the Strategy Committee and Executive Committee of Big Bus Tours from 2010 to 2015. His job was to overview strategy and business development for the group and help lead the firm’s Private Equity exit transaction of behalf of the company’s shareholders.
Abdallah eventually founded Y Venture Partners/BYVP, an angel fund that invests in early stage companies and supports high impact entrepreneurs in building high growth venture. Today, he and his twin Ghaith are seen as two of the most dynamic and influential supporters of the Lebanese startup ecosystem.
Abdallah graduated from INSEAD with a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in 2007. He also holds a Master degree in Industrial Engineering from École Polytechnique, as well as a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal.
Abdallah is famous for his notoriously talented football skills. Having played football semi-professionally both in Lebanon and Canada, his friends and family widely believe that he missed a vocation as a professional football player. To make it up, he makes sure to avidly champion his favorite teams Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, and the German football team, in addition to playing the sport once a week as he is cheered on by his wife Nay, his son Aref, and daughter Tara.