Walid is a performance-driven Project Management Professional (PMP) with more than nine years of project management and technical expertise. He is skilled at cultivating client relationships and driving revenue growth in high-pressure environments. He has experience in working with R, Python, Tableau, and advanced Excel. He is passionate about advanced machine learning and deep learning and is continuously working on developing his skills and knowledge in those areas through his graduate coursework at UCLA, online courses, and professional workshops.
Walid received a bachelor’s in engineering in 2008 from the school of engineering at the Lebanese American University (LAU). In 2013, he graduated from Notre Dame University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with highest distinction. He earned his PMP in 2014 and went on to pass the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) level II exam in 2015.
Upon graduating, he held a job as a Business Improvement Specialist at INKRIPT Holding, a security printing company, where he worked for two years. In 2010, he moved to Affrad Holding (later rebranded to Global Assure Finance), a consolidation of several legal entities active in the insurance, brokerage, and technology fields throughout the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, where he was hired as a Project Coordinator, while concurrently pursuing his Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
In 2015, Walid founded EON For Training And Development in Beirut, offering CFA – PMP – GMAT – CMA – SHRM (CP & SCP) training. Through EON, he was able to vigorously promote his courses – especially the CFA Level I course –at a very low marketing cost, thereby acquiring the second largest market share (where CFA courses were concerned).
Less than two years into EON, a prominent investor grew interested in the company and submitted an offer to acquire it. Walid then sold EON, with the exception of the GMAT and PMP courses, which he continued to develop through KeyLearn, his next venture. He developed the curricula, learning platform and its content, marketing material, agreement with instructors etc., and signed on several clients before once again selling his second company to join the Master’s in Business Analytics (MSBA) program at the Anderson Business School at UCLA.