Rama Chakaki, General Partner

Rama Chakaki

General Partner

Short bio

Syrian-American Impact Tech Entrepreneur, Investor and philanthropist.  Rama is a partner in Transform VC, a Silicon Valley firm enabling 1000 tech founders to impact a billion and make a billion by investing in deep tech with climate and social impact. Rama was instrumental in building the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Middle East. In addition to her corporate roles, Rama runs an edTech nonprofit (VIP.fund) supporting youth impacted by conflict. Rama has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, the Monitor, Arab Women Rising, a Wharton School of Business Publication, and The Power of Presence, a book by Joy Moore.

Long bio

Rama Chakaki’s passion is the intersection of impact and tech investing. She is a technology professional with 30 years of experience in media, telecom, edtech, fintech, and AI.

Rama is a partner at Transform VC, a firm on a mission to unlock the potential of our community’s tech entrepreneurs to make a billion and impact a billion. Rama took on a COO role at aiXplain, an AI startup on a mission to deeply democratize AI. aiXplain is co-founded and funded by Transform VC.

Rama co-founded VIP.fund, a non-profit incubating technologies to empower 2,500+ marginalized youth. It is run by the beneficiaries and volunteer community, which builds technologies to crowdfund for higher education, enable a digital support community, and provide employment opportunities in tech.

Rama founded Baraka Ventures, the first impact tech incubator in the Arab world, seeded startups, and worked on projects supporting the Qatar 2022 World Cup Bid as a Social Impact Strategy Advisor, the World Bank Group as a Communications Advisor to the UAE Ministry of Labor and Kuwait Ministry of Finance,  Etisalat UAE as an advisor for a youth market product strategy, and built BarakaBits, the first digital content platform focused on good news from the Middle East.

As the COO of Eastnets, a global provider of compliance and payments solutions for the Financial Services industry, Rama led two investment rounds and scaled the business from 22 to 200 employees. In her late 20s, Rama, along with five colleagues in WDC, raised $60m in funding to build 11 data centers worldwide.

Rama holds a bachelors and masters of science in computer engineering and engineering management from George Washington University and continued education in scaling impact from Stanford. Rama was featured in Forbes Arabia, Arab Women RisingThe Power of Presence, and other publications. Rama is a 2017 TedxBeaconStreet speaker.

 

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