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Ovais Naqvi is a Managing Director in the Abraaj Performance Acceleration Group (APAG).
Mr. Naqvi has helped lead various commercial, route-to-market, consumer insight and brand-building programs across over 15 portfolio businesses including Fan Milk International, Hepsiburada.com, Careem, K-Electric, Acurio and others. Between 2008 and 2010, Mr. Naqvi had line management responsibility at K-Electric. His operating responsibilities as Chief Engagement Officer included brand development, internal cultural realignment, stakeholder engagement and ESG programming.
Mr. Naqvi also co-leads the firm’s New Economy Task Force, supports a number of tech-enabled businesses at Abraaj, including having led the team that built and spun-out the early stage entrepreneurship platform Wamda.com. He is also on the LP Advisory Council of Wamda Capital, an early-stage investment fund.
Previous to Abraaj, Mr. Naqvi has had a career in Europe and the UK in financial services, marketing services, media and content industries.
In 2016, Mr. Naqvi was appointed as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the MENA Advisory Board of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council. He was educated at the London School of Economics (LSE).