We are a global institution investing in growth markets across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Turkey.

Founded in 2002 by Founder and Chief Executive Arif Naqvi, we have pioneered the private equity industry in many of the markets where we operate. Our journey has been one of innovation and entrepreneurial drive.

Assets under Management
Unless otherwise stated, information here is as of June 30, 2017. Assets under Management (AuM) includes Net Asset Value (NAV) of all Abraaj Funds, undrawn capital together with NAV of co-investments, and the balance sheet capital of the Group as at November 2017. All figures are in US dollars. Please refer to the Disclaimer.

Finding, growing and monetizing investments is what we do and how we do this matters. We believe in the power of partnership capital to grow sustainable businesses and communities. We are not just investors, we are business builders.

We have developed a purpose-built approach for investing in growth markets. Some of the world’s most demanding institutions have entrusted us to manage capital on their behalf. We currently manage US$ 13.6 billion in assets and are focused on investment strategies across private equity, private credit, impact investing and real estate. By combining deep local reach, a global platform and underwriting standards, with extensive operating capabilities, we generate industry-leading returns and create value in market-leading companies.

We have a dedicated team of operating professionals who work hand-in-hand with investment teams to actively drive value creation in partner companies, helping them institutionalize and grow. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are deeply embedded in our investment process, a proven value driver in our partner companies. Responsible investing that enhances financial returns is at the core of our philosophy. We aim to leave a positive footprint in our markets and are signatories to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment and the United Nations Global Compact.

Our People

The local knowledge of our teams helps us better understand the markets in which we operate. The team comprises more than 180 investment and operating professionals, all with strong transactional track records and outstanding networks on the ground.

Our Markets

We focus on growth markets characterized by consumption-driven economies, pro-business policies, rapid urbanization, favorable demographics, and growing consumer classes. Our target markets are ultimately select cities within our regions, where economic activity, consumption and entrepreneurial talent are concentrated.

Our Strategy

Our Strategy

We invest in emerging consumers and the fast-growing cities where they live. While we target markets with compelling fundamental drivers at the macro level, our core view is that strong returns are generated by the ability to find, build, and exit exceptional companies and assets.

Our mid-market private equity strategies focus on consumer-facing businesses capitalizing on increasing disposable income, lifestyle changes and supply demand gaps. Our other lines of business focus on addressing the needs of consumers and businesses in growing cities in critical areas, such as credit and real estate, as well as healthcare and clean energy, with the intention of achieving strong economic returns and delivering positive social impact.

Op-ed By Arif Naqvi In Reuters: Forging Partnerships, Creating Impact – A New Model For Business

Op-ed by Arif Naqvi in Reuters: Forging Partnerships, Creating Impact – A New Model for Business

Abraaj Founder and Group Chief Executive Arif Naqvi explains how the UN Sustainable Development Goals offer a pragmatic roadmap for effective business investment.
Impact Investing

Impact Investing

Our Impact Investing strategy is focused on healthcare and clean energy as we believe these sectors are best delivered through an approach of doing well and doing good.
Fostering Partnership, Driving Growth

Fostering Partnership, Driving Growth

From Peru to Pakistan, this is the story of how Abraaj and its partner companies work together to grow, achieve scale and become global champions. This is a story of partnership.
Abraaj To Acquire East Africa’s Leading Coffee Chain Java House

Abraaj to Acquire East Africa’s Leading Coffee Chain Java House

Java House is the largest casual dining / food services chain in East Africa with 60 outlets, serving over 320,000 guest checks per month and employs 2000 people. Abraaj to expand Java House into new markets and through acquisitions.