Murat Wahab, MBA
Founder & Principal
Murat Wahab, a native of Melaka, Malaysia, is a successful business leader with extensive expertise in commercial and retail banking, hospitality management and sales, not-for-profit management, and connecting venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and funders utilizing a vast network built over two decades. The firm is named for Mr. Wahab’s late nephew Hakim, a remarkable young man of great promise, lost at only 16 years of age in an automobile accident. Mr. Wahab strives to honor Hakim’s memory with good deeds, a love of life, and a joy that comes from bringing successful people together to maximize their opportunities and success.
Hakim Saya provides a broad range of services and solutions to startups, entrepreneurs, and SME’s. We are also industry-agnostic; however, our specialization lies in hospitality, banking, startups, biotechnology, green technology and sustainability, and targeted training and education. Our passion is to connect, link, and bridge entrepreneurs, SMEs, investors, service providers, government agencies, incubators, accelerators, universities, and more, all with a sense of creativity, optimism, fun, and adventure.
Mr. Wahab has a breadth and depth of experience in business banking and financial services in the U.S., and hospitality management experience here and abroad. His banking career began at Wells Fargo, where he held a number of positions culminating in Vice President and Business Relationship Manager, a role in which he was responsible for managing the accounts of more than 300 mid-size companies. Mr. Wahab also held management roles with City National Bank, JPMorgan Chase, East West Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank.
He has received numerous awards for productivity and sales and customer satisfaction. Currently, he serves on the Golden Gate University Alumni Board of Directors and volunteers at other non-profit organizations that focus on youth development and helping immigrants develop their full potential. For several years, Mr. Wahab volunteered as an Advisory Committee Member for SFAsia, a non-profit international development arm of the City and County of San Francisco, and served for a time as Director of SFAsia, one of GlobalSF’s signature initiatives. He is a skilled fundraiser and event planner.
Mr. Wahab earned his Bachelor's degree and MBA from Golden Gate University (GGU). At GGU, a prestigious business and law school in San Francisco he was the recipient of the Student Success Award, the highest honest honor that the undergraduate faculty can bestow upon a student. As a graduate student, Mr. Wahab was on the Dean’s List. He also holds a diploma in Hotel and Catering Management from KDU University College, Malaysia, and has a certificate in Global Marketing from the University of California, Riverside.
Well-traveled and multilingual, Mr. Wahab is fluent in Malay, English, and Indonesian.
Jeff Butler, Vice President at Bank of the West
" Murat is a great person: full of energy, goodwill and a constant source of new business ideas. I first met Murat when he was with JPM Chase and have stayed in contact since, right up to his current and exciting new role as Founder & Principal of Hakim Saya (Global Navigation) in San Francisco, helping established Asian companies to locate, invest, and grow in the San Francisco Bay Area and to help domestic companies expand in Asia. I know that Murat will be a great success in his new role and highly recommend him to future clients.
Brad Aris, Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
" I've had the pleasure of getting to know Murat for the last couple of years as a colleague at Wells Fargo. Over that period of time, I have come to know him as a thoughtful and caring individual who takes great pride in his work and is tireless in his devotion to delivering superior customer service to his clients. He is knowledgeable, organized and thoroughly professional in his day-to-day work regimen. Murat can always be counted on to give his very best effort in completing his tasks. He is also one who strives to improve his skills through continuing education. I can recommend him without reservation
Steve Chang, Product Marketing Director at Mobility
" I had the opportunity to work with Murat on several strategic management, leadership, and corporate social responsibility projects and Murat brought a tremendous amount of financial expertise and leadership skills to the team. With his great interpersonal strengths and strong drive for excellence, he enabled our team to achieve more and be more successful. Murat's unique combination of a sincere, personable leadership style and a wealth of business experience gives him the edge to succeed in any business environment