Rakesh Wahi

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Born (1959-10-03) October 3, 1959 (age 64)
New Delhi, India
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering
Alma mater
  • National Defence Academy
  • College of Military Engineering
  • Entrepreneur
  • Publisher
OrganizationCNBC Africa
Known forFounder of ABN Group
AwardsVishisht Seva Medal (1985)

Rakesh Wahi is an Indian military veteran and entrepreneur active in Africa and the Middle East. He is the co-founder of CNBC Africa[1][2], Forbes Africa Magazine [3] and Transnational Academic Group,[4][5] and TechOne Global.[6]

Early life and education

Wahi was born in on October 3, 1959, in New Delhi to Satya Pal Wahi, an army officer and a Padma Bhushan recipient,[7] and Shobana (Kukreja) Wahi. He got his early education from the Doon School in India. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree from the National Defence Academy in 1979 and Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from College of Military Engineering in 1986.[8][9]

Professional career

Rakesh joined the Corps of Engineers in the Indian Army in 1980 and served for eight years before quitting in 1988. He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India in 1985.[10] After that he entered the construction business in India for a year before moving to Dubai in 1989.[11][12][13][14] He is the co-founder of the Transnational Academic Group which operates Lancaster University Ghana, Murdoch University Dubai,[15][16][17] and Curtin University Dubai.[18][19]

Rakesh has authored the book “Be a Lion: Dare to Dream and Live Fearlessly” which was published in 2018. The book is a memoir of Rakesh's personal and professional life.[20][21][22]

In the media



  1. "CNBC to launch new affiliate channel in Africa". CNBC Europe. 2006-08-31. Archived from the original on 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2007-02-03.
  2. "CNBC owners eye bigger investments in Rwanda". The New Times Rwanda. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  3. "Forbes to Launch Forbes Africa in October 2011". Businesswire. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  4. "Leadership by design: In conversation with Shweta Wahi". gulfbusiness. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  5. "Hult's Dubai Campus invites Col Wahi, Chairman of SP Wahi Management & Technology Consultants, and Rakesh Wahi, Vice President of CNBC Africa, Global Institute, Capital Management Advisors as the executive guest speakers". Hult International Business School. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  6. "Rakesh Wahi - Co-Founder & Vice Chairman @ CNBC Africa". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  7. "MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (Public Section) Padma Awards Directory (1954-2013)" (PDF). Web Citation. Retrieved 2020-02-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Rakesh Wahi - Transnational Academic Group". Transnational Academic Group. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  9. "Rakesh Wahi - The way of the lion". Graphic Online. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  10. Directorate of Printing, Government of India (1985-03-09). Gazette of India, 1985, No. 17.
  11. "Military lessons in entrepreneurship". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  12. "President Museveni Meets Investor Rakesh Wahi". thetowerpost.com. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  13. "TROPICS MAGAZINE N°64 | Rakesh WAHI (CEO, Forbes & CNBC Africa) & Dina MENDES (CEO, HD Consulting)". Issuu. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  14. "High-risk investor eyes Kenya's booming education industry". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  15. "Lancaster University announces first British branch campus in Ghana". Lancaster University. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  16. "Graduation celebration at Lancaster University Ghana". Lancaster University. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  18. "Curtin Dubai announces scholarships for deserving students (NEWS)". EdArabia. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  19. "Global entrepreneur Rakesh Wahi: 'I've been a very bad personal investor'". The National. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  20. "Dare to dream and live fearlessly". SAIndia Magazine. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  21. "How to be a lion (a review of a book on daring to dream and living fearlessly)". 702. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  22. "Military lessons in entrepreneurship". Gulf News. Retrieved 2020-04-26.

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