ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND PRIVATE EQUITY IN EMERGING MARKETS
Founder and Group Chief Executive, The Abraaj Group
Under the leadership of Arif Naqvi, the Abraaj Group has emerged as a leading investor in growth markets with US$ 7.5 billion in assets under management. With more than 25 years’ experience investing in public and private companies, Mr. Naqvi has led the company’s involvement in some of the most notable private equity transactions in growth markets over the last decade.
Mr. Naqvi is a board member of the United Nations Global Compact and serves as chairman of the British Asian Trust Pakistan Advisory Committee and the Middle East Centre Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Naqvi also serves on the boards of the IMD Foundation, Endeavor Global, Pakistan Human Development Fund, and the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Middle East Research Center.
Mr. Naqvi is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oslo Business for Peace Award and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, a prominent civilian honor awarded by the Government of Pakistan, and in 2011 he was named one of the 50 most influential people in the global private equity industry by Private Equity International.
In 2008, he and his family established the Aman Foundation, which supports sustainable development in healthcare, nutrition, and education in Pakistan. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.