From mega trends to deep dives, our experts share their insights on the trends that are shaping our markets, industries, sectors and businesses.
Ashish Patel, Managing Director at The Abraaj Group, shares his perspectives on Abraaj’s latest investment in East Africa – the 100% buyout of Java House Group – and highlights compelling opportunities in the casual dining sector in East Africa.
Five dynamic bodies of work are on display in the Royal College of Art Show 2017 from the second cohort of graduating Abraaj Scholars: Rhine Bernardino, Pratik Ghosh, Sarsenbek Hazken, Santiago Reyes Villaveces and Andres Souto Villaros. Read more.
Curator and writer Myriam Ben Salah speaks about her background, relationship with artists and curatorial practice, and offers a glimpse on what we can expect for the upcoming edition of the Prize and exhibition.
How do we provide affordable, equitable access to quality healthcare for all people? In this op-ed, Abraaj Director Stuart Bennett explains the role of the private sector in not only “putting money in the pot, but also on reducing the size of the pot required to treat patients”.
Buy Local, Be Local: Abraaj Managing Director Niels Bormans highlights why smart, local companies who have their pulse on market and demographic trends – and can respond with speed and agility to changing lifestyle preferences – are growing faster than multinationals.
Having recently attended the IMF/ World Bank Spring meetings, Abraaj Managing Director Frederic Sicre reflects on the private sector’s role in harnessing innovation for more effective financing mechanisms, healthcare delivery and clean energy.
The London Stock Exchange launched its inaugural ‘Companies to Inspire Africa’ report showcasing 343 of the most dynamic private high growth companies across the continent. The report features three Abraaj partner companies: Fan Milk, Mouka and Libstar.
Shifting demographics, millennial power, and the rise of renewables – a broad range of powerful themes emerged from a week of discussion, debate and analysis at Abraaj Week 2017.
In order for partnership capital to take root, a broad based and inclusive approach is imperative for its success. Abraaj Board Member Wendy Luhabe shares her perspective.
Around the world, there are 2 billion ‘unbanked’ people: adults without an account with a financial institution or mobile money provider. Abraaj Managing Director Zahi El Khatib deconstructs the data to understand the investment opportunity.
In growth economies, ‘clean eating’ is acquiring increasing relevance as cities and markets evolve. Srisant Chitvaranund, Abraaj Managing Director, writes on the investment opportunity this creates for the food value chain.
We see a demand for ‘formal’ dining shoot up in growth markets. Abraaj Managing Director Hector Martinez explains how ‘the way the world eats is changing’and what this means for businesses.
In the healthcare sector, there are both new challenges and new opportunities. Khawar Mann, Abraaj Managing Director, shares his perspectives on how a focus on innovation can greatly impact healthcare outcomes in growth markets.
The e-commerce story in our markets is only just beginning. Abraaj Managing Director Omar Syed shares his perspective on how companies can navigate rapidly evolving trends and stay ahead in this competitive sector.
The name suggests something small and easy to achieve: the final mile. Of course, in reality, it is anything but small, and certainly not easy. As e-commerce continues its exponential growth, the final mile is at the center of a highly competitive business revolution.
Women who have entered the global workforce over the past decades have had a profound effect on the economy, the family, and society. In addition to increased global GDP, there has been a less well documented effect: the impact on our eating habits.
Public health and development may find an unexpected ally in the financial sector. Co-authored by Abraaj Healthcare Impact Committee member Derek Yach, this op-ed explains why ESG investing is “inevitable and just good business.”
Our world today is fragile rather than resilient and inequalities are growing. Abraaj Managing Director Frederic Sicre explains the mindset shift needed for private capital to create long-term sustainable returns.
Art Dubai spoke to Omar Berrada, curator of the 2017 Abraaj Group Art Prize, who shared his thoughts on the value of the Prize, the importance of touring art, and the the process of selecting a winning proposal.
Artist Rana Begum gives an overview of her artistic practice, and reveals her personal aspirations for the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017. Begum’s ambitious new commission will be unveiled to the public at Art Dubai on 15 March 2017.
Abraaj Managing Director Frederic Sicre explores the democratization of access to healthcare through innovation, and explains why human capital and efficient systems play key roles in driving change.
In this op-ed, Abraaj Group Chief Executive Arif Naqvi writes that commitment to ‘Rising Asia’ requires us to focus on the fundamentals and invest patient capital that will be critical to the continued prosperity of the region.
Abraaj Board Member John Chipman writes in Harvard Business Review on the need for a corporate foreign policy. In an environment where geopolitics is seen as the number one threat, businesses need to understand and invest in this new reality.
Abraaj’s Managing Director Khawar Mann writes on ‘A Changing Healthcare Paradigm’ for Global Entrepreneurship Summit, highlighting the healthcare opportunity in growth markets and the private sector’s role in building sustainable health systems.
After winning the Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2011, Nadia Kaabi-Linke has gone on to have solo shows globally. In an interview with Art Dubai, Kaabi-Linke spoke about the exhibition, and what the last five years have been like for her since winning the Prize in 2011.
Abraaj CEO Arif Naqvi argues that in order to solve development challenges, an approach that is solely focused on the reliance of foreign aid cannot be the solution: rather, a partnership approach that is driven by the private sector will be a far more compelling answer.
Abraaj Partner Tom Speechley highlights the importance of differentiating currency level risk at the Fund and partner company level. Seasoned investors must have strong systems and processes in place to manage risk, including by structuring a diversified investment portfolio.
At the 2016 Business for Peace Summit,2013 Oslo Business for Peace Honouree Arif Naqvi, and 2015 Oslo Business for Peace Honouree Paul Polman, along with other business leaders signed a businessworthy pledge to commit towards accelerating the Global Goals.
Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s ‘Flying Carpets’ installation, commissioned for 2011 Abraaj Group Art Prize, is to become part of the Guggenheim New York permanent collection. Other featured AGAP winners include Kader Attia, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Iman Issa and Abbas Akhavan.
The Asian digital revolution has begun in earnest. It is transforming markets and profoundly altering the rules of the game for many industries. What implications will this have for growth market investors?
Smart investment hinges on highly local knowledge and access. Abraaj Managing Director Ovais Naqvi illustrates the importance of local presence and extensive on-the-ground capabilities.
In this panel discussion at Abraaj Week, leading analysts and economists discussed the outlook for fossil fuels and renewables.
A challenging global economy was the picture that emerged from a lively discussion on the state of the consumer sector in growth markets.
Health systems in growth markets are presented with an array of health problems usually associated with the western world. Abraaj’s Khawar Mann writes.
As Asia goes online it is changing the face of commerce in the region. Abraaj’s Alvin Hew highlights what savvy investors should be considering.
Growth markets are a source of prosperity, innovation and change – but many of these rapidly developing economies are still vulnerable to aggressive public health threats.
Demand for reliable electricity is set to rise significantly in growth markets. Managing Partner Sev Vettivetpillai shares his thoughts on challenges and opportunities.
The demand for healthcare in growth markets is soaring and it will take a revolution in the way it is delivered. Abraaj Managing Director Khawar Mann explores.
The digital economy is growing at an unprecedented rate. Abraaj Managing Director Ovais Naqvi shares his perspectives on this new revolution.
Today, we are witnessing a fundamental transformation in global growth markets, created by profound demographic and urbanization trends. Abraaj Managing Director Khawar Mann reflects on the unique healthcare opportunity in growth markets.
Abraaj’s approach to inclusivity and sustainability has always been governed by a simple principle: the integration of ESG considerations into our investment management process. Here’s why.
The last 25 years have witnessed growth at a remarkable rate across Africa – with GDP running at three percentage points higher than global GDP. Abraaj Partner Jacob Kholi writes on the long-term view in Africa.
There is often a temptation to oversimplify when it comes to consumer outlook. Sarah Boumphrey, Euromonitor, disaggregates the data.
What do growth economies need to build and implement sustainable clean energy networks? Abraaj Managing Director Murtaza Hussain shares his perspectives.
Antonia Carver, Former Director of Art Dubai, looks back on 10 exciting years for the Fair and reflects on the impact it has made on the region’s thriving art scene.
While regional and country level indicators provide an important framework for analyzing investment opportunities in growth markets, we believe that cities represent the most relevant geographic unit of analysis. Abraaj Partner Tom Speechley explains.
With over half of the world’s population now living in urban areas, many cities are growing at a faster rate than ever before. We track the biggest cities by 2025.
In growth markets, seeing eye-to-eye on defining “impact” matters a lot less than the simple truth that responsible investing boils down to common sense. Tom Speechley writes in Pensions and Investments.
Private equity will help foster an entrepreneurial environment across the Pacific Alliance. Abraaj Founder and Group Chief Executive Arif Naqvi writes in Expansion.
If one word sums up the growing realization that one size does not fit all emerging markets, it’s this: “Crimea.” Abraaj Founder and Group Chief Executive Arif Naqvi shares his perspective on the investment opportunities outside the BRIC.
Cities, not countries, are the key to tomorrow’s economies. Urbanization is here to stay, and it is a path we have not travelled before, writes Abraaj Founder and Group Chief Executive Arif Naqvi
World leaders are convening at Davos this year to discuss the forces reshaping the world around us. Whatever else happens, the 21st century will be remembered for the rise of markets across Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Turkey.
Great businesses are responsible by their very nature. Moreover, for them, there is no binary choice between making profits and having a positive impact by serving society. Abraaj’s Sev Vettivetpillai explains.
The revolutions that have taken place and continue to take place in the Arab region can be viewed as a caution to the world that systems lacking accountability, transparency and social justice are losing ground.