Our people's local knowledge helps us better understand the markets in which we operate. The team comprises more than 160 investment and operating professionals, all with strong transactional track records and good connections on the ground.
Group Chief Executive
Arif Naqvi is the Founder and Group Chief Executive of The Abraaj Group which he established in 2002. Under his leadership, The Abraaj Group has emerged as a leading investor in growth markets with US$ 7.5 billion in assets under management and returning c. US$ 4.3 billion to investors. Employing over 300 people, the Group has 25 country offices spread across six regional hubs in Dubai, Istanbul, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi and Singapore.
With over 25 years’ experience of investing in public and private companies, Mr. Naqvi has led the Group’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, Chairman of the British Asian Trust Advisory Committee - Pakistan, and the Middle East Centre Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Naqvi also serves on the Board of the IMD Foundation, Endeavor Global, Pakistan Human Development Fund and the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Middle East Research Center.
Mr. Naqvi has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the highest form of recognition given to individual business leaders for fostering peace and stability through creating shared value between business and society, and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, a prominent civilian honor awarded by the Government of Pakistan. In 2011, he was named as one of the 50 most influential people in the global private equity industry by Private Equity International.
In 2008, Mr. Naqvi and his family established the Aman Foundation, the largest private social sector enterprise in Pakistan, which supports sustainable development in healthcare, nutrition and education.
Mr. Naqvi is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Ahmed Badreldin is responsible for and oversees The Abraaj Group’s investments in the Middle East and North Africa.
He joined The Abraaj Group in 2008 after eight years at Barclays Capital in London. Previously, he was with the oilfield services company Baker Hughes.
Mr Badreldin graduated in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from the American University in Cairo and holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management in the UK.
He serves as Director of Integrated Diagnostics Holdings, Spinneys, Stanford Marine Group, Viking and OMS, and is a Board Member of Endeavor Egypt.
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Davinder Sikand is responsible for The Abraaj Group’s strategy and investments in Africa. He has more than 25 years of industry experience, spanning East Africa, Europe and the US.
Previously, he worked with Drexel Burnham Lambert, Financial Security Assurance and PwC.
Mr Sikand is a former Board Member of the Kenya Investment Authority and a member of the Capital Markets Authority Demutualization Committee and was on the East African ICT Impact Investing Task Force.
Hanjaya Limanto joined The Abraaj Group in 2005 and is based in South East Asia. During his time at the Group, he has been involved with investments in 26 companies and full or partial exits from ten investments.
Mr Limanto has 24 years of investment and business operational experience, with a focus on consumer and retail sectors in South East Asia.
Previously, he worked with CDC Group plc, JD Ventura Corporation and Roundhill, where he developed expertise in venture capital, project finance, acquisition of distressed assets and leveraged buyouts. He also gained experience in business operation and consumer sectors from his eight-year tenure with Procter & Gamble.
Mr Limanto holds an MBA from the University of Hawaii.
Hossam Y. Radwan
Hossam Y. Radwan oversees The Abraaj Group's investments and activities in Saudi Arabia.
He joined The Abraaj Group from EFG-Hermes, where he was Chief Executive Officer for the business in Saudi Arabia.
Before moving to Riyadh, he worked with Goldman Sachs for 12 years in London and New York, serving in different roles, including Head of Middle East and North Africa for the asset management business. He began his career at JP Morgan in New York.
Mr Radwan graduated in Finance from Georgetown University.
Jacob Kholi is a member of the senior team responsible for The Abraaj Group’s investments and activities in Africa.
He has brought 17 years of venture capital and private equity experience to The Abraaj Group, which he gained in West Africa with CDC Group.
Before joining CDC, Mr Kholi worked for Shell in Ghana as a Financial Accountant and later as a Management Accountant.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana, having trained with KPMG in Ghana and holds an Executive MBA in international business from the Paris Graduate School of Management as well as an MSc in Finance and Financial Law from the University of London.
Miguel Ángel Olea
Miguel Ángel Olea is responsible for the Group's activities in Latin America.
His international experience includes posts as Director of International Finance at Mexico’s Ministry of Finance and as Chief of Staff for the Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA). During his time with the MFA, Mr Olea reached the rank of Ambassador and was Deputy Chief Negotiator in the group that negotiated Mexico’s accession to the World Trade Organization. From 1991 to 2001, he was one of the two Managing Partners at OPCAP, a private equity fund for SMCs in Mexico City.
Mr Olea holds Master’s degrees in Engineering Management and in Operations Research, both from Stanford University.
Mounir Husseini joined The Abraaj Group in 2011 as Head of Corporate Business Development. He currently leads the firm’s key client relationships globally, including family investment offices. Mr. Husseini is a member of the Group's Management Executive Committee.
Prior to joining The Abraaj Group, Mr. Husseini served at Deutsche Bank AG as Managing Director and Chief Country Officer for the UAE and Qatar and Senior Executive Officer, Deutsche Bank AG (DIFC) and General Manager of Deutsche Bank, Qatar Branch. In this role, he led the development and execution of Deutsche Bank’s Sovereign Wealth Funds strategy, resulting in significant debt capital market transactions and landmark equity acquisitions by government controlled entities.
Prior to his role at Deutsche Bank AG, Mr. Husseini held leadership positions at Daimler AG, including as Managing Director of Daimler AG’s Structured Finance arm in Berlin, and served on its Executive Committee. During an eleven year tenure with Daimler AG, Mr. Husseini established regional centers for the Structured Finance division and enabled the firm’s market entry into Russia and the CIS, introducing Islamic structures backed by UAE-based banks in that region for the first time.
Mr. Husseini is a Founding Member of the Bader Young Entrepreneurship Program, a not-for-profit organization aimed at developing high impact entrepreneurs in Lebanon.
Mr. Husseini holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairfield University in Connecticut, USA and completed his executive education at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Mustafa Abdel-Wadood oversees The Abraaj Group’s investment activities across the various geographies. He is a Board Member of The Abraaj Group and Chairman of the Management Executive Committee.
He joined from EFG-Hermes, where he was Chief Executive Officer for the UAE. Before this, he co-founded Sigma Capital and served as its Managing Director. Prior to that he spent eight years at Orascom Group as Director of Development and Investments. Mr Abdel-Wadood has served on the Boards of several publicly listed and private companies.
In 2002, the World Economic Forum named Mr Abdel-Wadood a 'Global Leader for Tomorrow' and in 2007 named him a ‘Young Global Leader’. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
He graduated in Business Administration from American University and holds an MBA from Georgetown University.
Omar Lodhi is responsible for The Abraaj Group’s activities in South East Asia. Before this role, he managed investments in the Gulf states and Turkey. He also played a lead role on the launch of the Infrastructure and Growth Capital Fund and Abraaj Private Equity Fund IV.
He has 18 years of private equity and investment banking experience in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, having spent the majority of his career prior to The Abraaj Group with UBS in Hong Kong and London. He graduated in International Trade and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Purshotam Ramchandani leads The Abraaj Group’s strategic initiatives and is a key member of the CIO office. During the past ten years, Mr. Ramchandani has been involved in executing several key investments for the Firm and has worked on the launch of many new Funds. In 2009, he helped set up the Group’s Saudi office.
He has more than 14 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. Before joining The Abraaj Group, he was an Investment Banking Associate at Lehman Brothers in New York.
Mr. Ramchandani graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he received the Harold Kubly Award for outstanding academic breadth and achievement, the Erwin Gaumnitz scholarship for academic excellence, and the University Bookstore Grant for the best undergraduate research paper from the School of Business and the School of Economics.
Selcuk Yorgancioglu oversees and sits on the Board of the Group’s investments in Turkey and Central Asian markets. He led the acquisition and the exit of four recent Turkish investments, including Acibadem Healthcare.
He joined The Abraaj Group in 2008 from Deutsche Bank, where he was the Chief Executive Officer for the operations in Turkey and before was a Managing Director for the emerging markets investment banking team in London for seven years. Previously, he held senior leadership positions in investment banking with Turkey’s Finansbank Group and ABN AMRO-Rothschilds in Amsterdam and London.
Mr Yorgancioglu graduated in Economics from Istanbul University and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of New Haven.
Sev Vettivetpillai is a member of The Abraaj Group’s Executive and Investment Committees and has 20 years of direct private equity investing experience. He previously held the positions of Chief Executive Officer of Aureos Advisers Ltd and Chief Investment Officer for the Aureos Group, where he was instrumental in implementing the Aureos investment philosophy and strategy of investing in small and medium-sized companies across global emerging markets.
Prior to joining Aureos, Mr Vettivetpillai was a Senior Investment Executive at CDC Group plc. Mr Vettivetpillai’s other appointments were at Vanik Incorporation (Sri Lanka) as a Portfolio Manager and Mott Macdonald Group (UK) as an Engineer.
Mr Vettivetpillai holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a BEng. (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.
Tabish Gauhar has 19 years of experience in project development in the private power, water and petrochemical industries in the Middle East, South Asia, Europe and Africa.
Before joining The Abraaj Group, he was the Regional Chief Financial Officer at AES Corporation and was responsible for an EMEA-wide power and water portfolio. He previously worked with International Power on its Hub Power Project in Pakistan.
Mr Gauhar started his career at Exxon Chemical as a Systems Analyst.
He graduated in Electrical Engineering from King’s College, London and holds an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration in Pakistan.
Tarek Kabil is a member of the Abraaj Performance Acceleration Group, where he leads partner company management for The Abraaj Group’s businesses in MENA, Turkey and Central Asia. In addition to this role, Mr Kabil is an expert resource for deal teams across the Group’s global operating portfolio.
Previously, Mr Kabil held leadership positions in PepsiCo for 18 years, most recently as President for Middle East and Africa (MEA). In this role, he oversaw the operations of the MEA region for beverages and food business, one of the largest regions for PepsiCo with more than US$ 7 billion in retail value, locations in more than 43 countries and over 15,000 direct employees. In 2011, as President and Chief Executive Officer for MEA and South East Asia, Mr Kabil led the creation of International Dairy and Juice Co., a venture between PepsiCo and Almarai Co.
Earlier in his career, Mr Kabil worked for Procter and Gamble for more than 12 years and held senior management positions in the US, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Mr Kabil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Alexandria University.
Tom Speechley is a Partner with The Abraaj Group based in New York, where he is the Chief Executive Officer of Abraaj North America, LLC. Mr. Speechley joined the firm in 2006 as investment director and since then has been responsible for several investments in a number of countries across the growth markets. In addition to overseeing various parts of the firm’s investment activities, Mr. Speechley has been a member of the main board of Abraaj, its management executive committee and its investment committee. Mr. Speechley has also been responsible for overseeing the creation of new Funds and has led the expansion of Abraaj into several new growth markets. In 2012, as Chief Executive of Aureos Capital, Mr. Speechley co-led the integration of Aureos into The Abraaj Group. In 2013 Mr. Speechley moved to the US to establish and lead the Group’s activities in North America, from where he oversees the firm’s institutional investor program.
Mr. Speechley is a Senior Advisor to Endeavor, a global organization dedicated to supporting high impact entrepreneurs across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Mr. Speechley is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and a Board member of JA Worldwide, a global organization which invests in young people to help them develop essential workplace skills.
Mr. Speechley has a First Class Honours degree in Law from the University of Sheffield, UK, where he was a Falconer Prizeman.
Wahid Hamid leads the Abraaj Performance Acceleration Group. Mr. Hamid is Chairman of the ParCo Review Committee and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.
Before joining The Abraaj Group, he was an independent consultant to private equity firms and their portfolio companies. He previously worked at PepsiCo as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development and a member of the firm's Executive Management Committee. He was also Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo Americas Foods and a Board Member of PepsiCo Americas. Prior to PepsiCo, he spent 15 years with Boston Consulting Group, where his last role was Senior Partner and Managing Director in New York.
Mr. Hamid has undergraduate degrees from the California Institute of Technology and Occidental College in the US. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Occidental College.
Waqar Siddique is responsible for risk management across The Abraaj Group and is a Board Member of several portfolio companies. He is a Board Director of The Abraaj Group and Chair of the Group’s Risk and Compliance Committee.
Mr Siddique serves on the Board of Governors of the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, as well as IMD's Executive Education Advisory Council. He is a Trustee for the Aman Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established by Arif Naqvi.
He was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Cupola Group. Prior to that role, he was with Mawarid Holding Company, Saudi Arabia and PwC in Pakistan.
He holds an MBA with a specialization in Finance.