SFAsia Team

Murat Wahab

Murat is a seasoned banker and joined GlobalSF as the ‘Director of SFAsia’ from City National Bank (an RBC Company) where he previously held the positions of the Vice President, Relationship Manager, Commercial Banking in San Francisco, managing numerous middle-market companies with annual sales revenues from $20MM - $500MM with their banking and financing needs to boost growth and success in the company.

He is the co-founder of a non-profit organization, Global Research Initiatives for Developing Economies (Global-RIDE), and serves on the Golden Gate University Alumni Board of Directors. He earned a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. He also holds a Diploma in Hotel & Catering Management from KDU University College in Malaysia. He is well-traveled and speaks fluent Malay, Bahasa Indonesia, and English.

Born and raised in Malaysia, Murat brings with him a wealth of experience from living and working in Asia, as well as his local U.S. business development experiences in the San Francisco 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 has arranged accommodations for several U.S. Government Officers, including Madeline Albright, during the 1999 US-Vietnam Trade Agreement talks. His expertise brought him to America where he has held positions at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Hotel Drisco and Hotel Whitcomb in the San Francisco area. He eventually left the industry to enter the world of banking and has worked at Wells Fargo Bank, JPMorgan Chase, 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 the San Francisco Bay Area firms to opportunities throughout the Asian market while providing vital resources to companies in Asia seeking market access here 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 highly committed to bringing together key stakeholders in the public and private sectors to create sustainable economic growth.