Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai


Basil Moftah

General Partner
Global Ventures

Basil Moftah is a general partner with Global Ventures, a Dubai-based, growth-stage venture capital
firm. Previously, Basil was the President of Intellectual Property & Science (IP&S) division at Thomson
Reuters. Basil repositioned IP&S as a platform business by integrating its content and technology into a
single micro-services architecture. He then prepared the business for sale to Onex PE in Canada. Prior
to this position, Basil managed emerging markets for Reuters, a $600M business spanning Latam, Middle
East & Africa, Russia, India and China. He successfully grew the business organically and with strategic
acquisitions, including buying Zawya in the Middle East. Basil started his career at Reuters in the
Venture Capital group and was part of the team that took it private. A highly successful fund, it invested
in Netscape, Yahoo, Verisign, Webex, and many other successful companies.
During his time in emerging markets and based in Dubai, Basil was a founding advisor for Reach
Mentoring – a successful program focusing on high-potential woman executives in the Middle East. He
was also a sponsor for a cross industry initiative on financial transparency with the Middle East Investor
Relations Society. He was also the executive sponsor in 2014 and 2015 at Thomson Reuters for diversity
in the workplace programs.
Basil holds bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering from American University in Cairo as well as an
MBA from Harvard Business School.