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Tom Speechley is a Partner at The Abraaj Group.
Mr. Speechley joined the Firm in 2006 as an Investment Director and since then has been responsible for investments in a number of countries across growth markets. Mr. Speechley was 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 Officer of Aureos Capital, Mr. Speechley co-led the integration of Aureos into The Abraaj Group. In 2013, he opened the firm’s New York office from where, as Head of Global Markets, he was responsible for capital raising for the Group globally, a position he held until 2016.
Prior to joining Abraaj, Mr. Speechley had a successful career in law in London and New York and became Partner with two leading international law firms based in London.
Mr. Speechley is a member of the Board of Directors of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), a Global Board member of Junior Achievement (JA Worldwide), an organization which invests in young people to help them develop essential workplace skills, and 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 Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom, a global network of people committed to enriching society through ideas and action. He is the author of two books on Acquisition Finance.
Mr. Speechley has a First Class Honors degree in Law from the University of Sheffield, UK, where he was a Falconer Prizeman.