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Deal View with Rishi Maheshwari: Big Basket

Abraaj has further strengthened its partnership with India’s leading e-grocer Big Basket through its participation in the follow-on fundraising round. In this blog, Managing Director Rishi Maheshwari discusses the shift from offline to online retail and the growth opportunity this presents.

Q&A with Abraaj Group Art Prize 2018 Shortlisted Artist Neil Beloufa

Art Dubai spoke to Neil Beloufa, a shortlisted winner for the 2018 edition of the prize, about his work, his thoughts on winning the prize, and what he’s most looking forward to this year.

The Abraaj Group at Davos 2018

How will private capital solve some of the world’s most critical challenges? An Abraaj delegation, led by Founder and Group Chief Executive Arif Naqvi will discuss at Davos 2018.

Deal View with Levent Yesildag: Biletall

Biletall marks Abraaj’s third investment made from the Anatolia Growth Capital Fund. In this Deal View, we speak to Abraaj Director Levent Yesildag about the transaction and what a thriving online travel market means for investors.

Deal View with Eduardo Cortina: Energy Sector in Mexico

In this Deal View, we speak to Abraaj Managing Director Eduardo Cortina on why he is optimistic about the energy sector in Mexico and the key ingredients to a successful power plant development. 

Abraaj and the RCA welcomes Innovation Scholars from Growth Markets

From Colombia to the Philippines, we are pleased to welcome the Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholars for 2017 – 2019. This is the largest international scholarship programme in the postgraduate creative sector.

Deal View with Hector Martinez: QBCo

Abraaj Partner Hector Martinez shares consumer retail trends in the Pacific Alliance and gives an inside look into what makes QBCo, a leading Colombian food manufacturer, a compelling investment.

Deal View with Omar Lodhi: Cinepax

Omar Lodhi, Partner, joins us in an interview to discuss the investment in Cinepax, growth plans and why Pakistan continues to be a market we have immense confidence in.

Dana Farouki on the 10th Anniversary of the Abraaj Group Art Prize

The Abraaj Group Art Prize will celebrate its 10th anniversary at Art Dubai 2018. Dana Farouki, Chair of the Prize, shares behind-the-scenes workings of the Abraaj Group Art Prize and how she sees the future of the Prize progressing.

What’s Eating Out All About?

Dining out is far from just a functional experience, it’s also a richly stimulating aspect of one’s social life. Ovais Naqvi, Managing Director of Abraaj gives insight on how to be a success in the food and beverage sector.

The B Team Q&A: Getting to Know Arif Naqvi

In this B Team leader profile series, the B Team interviews Arif Naqvi on what inspires him most as a leader and the challenges, motivations and lessons learned on his journey – ” hard work, humility and no complacency”.

Capitalizing on the Sustainable Development Goals: A New Opportunity for Investors

Matthew McGuire, Managing Director at Abraaj shares his views on how the United Nations-SDGs serve as a guidebook for quality investments while addressing the world’s most pressing problems.

Case Study: Health and Well-being For All

For every 10,000 people in the world, there’s an average of 15 doctors. In Ethiopia, the figure is 0.2. Frederic Sicre, Managing Director at Abraaj, shares how – and why – we aim to impact 10 million lives through our healthcare fund.

The Unique Challenge of Investing in the Digital Economy

Ovais Naqvi, Managing Director of The Abraaj Group, details 5 key factors to evaluate when investing in technology-led businesses and how a disciplined private equity approach can result in greater rewards.

Celebrating 10 Years of The Abraaj Group Art Prize

The 2018 edition of the Abraaj Group Art Prize will mark its 10th anniversary. View a selection of pictorial highlights throughout the years.

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Deal View with Omar Syed: Netlog

Omar Syed, Partner, speaks to Deal View on Abraaj’s recent investment in Netlog, Turkey’s largest logistics platform. He shares his outlook on the growth of the logistics sector, the value creation initiatives planned for the company, and why consumer facing industries are a driver of economic growth in the country.


East Africa: A Rising Hub

On the back of Abraaj’s recent investment in Java House Group, East Africa’s leading casual dining chain, Jad Abbas, Director, shares his perspectives on the investment potential of the East African Community nations and the role of private equity in building regional champions.

Deal View with Ashish Patel: Java House Group

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.

Abraaj Scholars Create Art and Design With Real World Impact

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.

Meet Myriam Ben Salah, Curator of the 10th Edition of the Abraaj Group Art Prize

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.

The New Champions: How Local Players Are Dominating Growth Markets

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.

Musings from Washington: A New Compact for Progress

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.

Fan Milk, Mouka and Libstar selected as ‘Companies to Inspire Africa’ by the London Stock Exchange

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.

Abraaj Week 2017: 5 top takeaways

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.

Partnership Capital: A Model for Growth Markets

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.

Mapping The Unbanked: A Pan Regional Market

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.

Changing the Way We Eat: The Rise of ‘Clean Food’

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.

How to Build a Multi-brand Restaurant 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.

The Doctor in Your Pocket: A New Form of Care

In the healthcare sector, there are both new challenges and new opportunities. Khawar Mann, Managing Director at Abraaj, shares his perspectives on how a focus on innovation can greatly impact healthcare outcomes in growth markets.

Phones and Fashion: Online Shopping 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 Fight For The Final Mile: Growth Market Perspectives

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.

Working Women and Eating Habits: Changing Patterns

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.

Leveraging ESG is Good for Business and for Health

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.”

Opinion: Wanted — A New Mindset for CEOs

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.

Q&A with #AGAP17 Curator, Omar Berrada

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.

In Conversation with Rana Begum

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.

The Long Game Is The Right Game

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.

Why Your Company Needs a Foreign Policy

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.

A Changing Healthcare Paradigm

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.

In Conversation with Nadia Kaabi-Linke

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.

Partnership Capital Can Solve Global Challenges

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.

Supporting the SDGs: Arif Naqvi signs Businessworthy pledge

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.

AGAP Winners Exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum, New York

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 Impact of Asia’s Connected Population

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?

‘Glocal’ Insights and the Digital Economy

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.

Energy Prices, Future Outlook, and Impact on Growth Markets

In this panel discussion at Abraaj Week, leading analysts and economists discussed the outlook for fossil fuels and renewables.

State of the Growth Markets Consumer

A challenging global economy was the picture that emerged from a lively discussion on the state of the consumer sector in growth markets.

The Changes in Healthcare Needs 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.

Understanding the Consumer Boom in Asia

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.

Top 5 Threats to Public Health in Growth Economies

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.

The Future of Healthcare in Growth Markets

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 Opportunity in Growth Markets

The digital economy is growing at an unprecedented rate. Abraaj Managing Director Ovais Naqvi shares his perspectives on this new revolution.

Financial Models and Global Health Security

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.

A Commitment to Inclusive Growth

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 Consumer Outlook in Growth Markets

There is often a temptation to oversimplify when it comes to consumer outlook. Sarah Boumphrey, Euromonitor, disaggregates the data.

Renewable Energy: A Case for Change

What do growth economies need to build and implement sustainable clean energy networks? Abraaj Managing Director Murtaza Hussain shares his perspectives.

Art Dubai: 10 Years and Going Strong

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.

In Growth Markets, It’s About Cities

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.

Which Cities Will Be the World’s Biggest in 2025?

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.