Murat Wahab appointed as Director of SFAsia


San Francisco, California – GlobalSF announced today that Murat Wahab has been appointed Director of SFAsia, a regional initiative focused on Asian countries outside of China.

Murat joins the organization as a seasoned banker from City National Bank. He brings with him a wealth of experience from living and working in Asia, where he was born and raised in Malaysia as well as his local U.S. business development experience in the SF Bay Area. He started his professional career in hospitality management in Kedah, Malaysia and then Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, managing relationships with foreign embassies and consulates from Hungary, Thailand, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Wahab arranged accommodations for U.S. Government Officers, including Madeline Albright, during the 1999 US-Vietnam Trade Agreement talk. His expertise brought him to America where he has held positions at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Hotel Drisco and the Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco. He eventually left the industry to enter the world of banking and has worked at Wells Fargo Bank, J.P Morgan and East West Bank.

"We are delighted to have Murat join the GlobalSF team, his energy and can-do attitude is a perfect complement to fellow team members", said Darlene Chiu Bryant, Executive Director of GlobalSF, "The Asia Market is important to the connectivity even among global businesses in the Bay Area, and we cannot wait to continue to expand our presence and network."

Mr. Wahab will spearhead the organization’s regional initiative focused in Asia, outside of China, through connecting San Francisco Bay Area firms to opportunities throughout the Asia market and providing vital resources to companies in Asia seeking market access in the San Francisco Bay Area. SFAsia is one of three regional initiatives of GlobalSF dedicated to facilitating bilateral trade between the San Francisco Bay Area and countries across Asia. GlobalSF is committed to bringing together key stakeholders in the public and private sectors to create sustainable economic growth.


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