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Sev Vettivetpillai is a Managing Partner, Executive Board Member of The Abraaj Group and Global Head of Thematic Fund Businesses, responsible for the Group’s Healthcare, Real Estate, Energy Infrastructure and Private Credit strategies, as well as leading the efforts on launching new products and strategies for the company.
Mr. Vettivetpillai is a permanent member of the Investment Committee responsible for review and approval of all Abraaj investments across the platform. He has more than 25 years of experience within the growth markets private equity arena, with extensive experience in the areas of setting up successfully new teams in new geographies and products, strategic investment management, fundraising, deal structuring, valuation, due diligence and portfolio management.
Mr. Vettivetpillai was the Founder of the Aureos Group, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer from 2003 until 2012, and Chief Investment Officer from 2001 and built the largest emerging market focused private equity business investing in SMEs. He successfully led the management buy-out in 2009 and subsequently merged the organization with The Abraaj Group in 2012.
In 2013, Sev Vettivetpillai received a Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Leadership in Private Equity Africa, in London. This was an individual award in recognition of his leadership in African private equity.
Mr. Vettivetpillai sits on many boards as an independent/nominee director including the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA).
Prior to joining Aureos, Mr. Vettivetpillai was a Senior Investment Executive at CDC Group plc, London, between 1996-2001.
Mr. Vettivetpillai is a CFA Charter holder and completed a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK.