Arif Naqvi General Information
Mr. Arif Naqvi is a Co-Founder at MENA Venture Investments. Naqvi serves as Chief Executive Officer at Cupola Investments. Naqvi was the Founder and served as Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, Investment Committee and Management Executive Committee at The Abraaj Group. He also serves as Board Member at United Nations Global Compact. Naqvi is the Co-Founder of MENA Venture Investments.He also served as Board Member at Endeavor Global. Under his leadership, The Abraaj Group has emerged as a leading investor in growth markets with US$ 7.5 billion in assets under management and returning c. US$ 4 billion to investors. Employing over 300 people, the Group has over 25 offices spread across six regional hubs in Dubai, Istanbul, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi and Singapore. With over 25 years' experience of investing in public and private companies, Mr. Naqvi has led the Group's involvement in some of the most notable private equity transactions in growth markets. Mr. Naqvi is a Board Member of the United Nations Global Compact, Pakistan Human Development Fund and the Chairman of the British Asian Trust Advisory Committee - Pakistan. Mr. Naqvi also serves on the Board of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, IMD Foundation, Endeavor Global and the Advisory Board of Columbia University's Middle East Research Center. He is associated with numerous think tanks and policy groups such as the WEF Arab Business Council and the Middle East Centre Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Naqvi has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the highest form of recognition given to individual business leaders for fostering peace and stability through creating shared value between business and society, and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, a prominent civilian honor awarded by the Government of Pakistan. In 2011, he was named as one of the 50 most influential people in the global private equity industry by Private Equity International. In 2008, Mr. Naqvi and his family established the Aman Foundation, a social sector enterprise in Pakistan, which supports sustainable development in healthcare, nutrition and education. Mr. Naqvi is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He previously worked with Arthur Andersen, American Express Group, Saudi Arabia's Olayan Group and the Cupola Group, which he founded in 1994. He also serves as Board Member at United Nations Global Compact. He is also a Board Member of Air Arabia.