• Organization TypeInvestment & Finance, Service Providers
  • Staff101-250
  • Development BudgetOver 500 Million
  • HeadquartersUnited Arab Emirates
  • Founded2002

The Abraaj Group

They 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, they have pioneered the private equity industry in many of the markets where they operate. Their journey has been one of innovation and entrepreneurial drive. Finding, growing and monetizing investments is what they do and how they do this matters. They believe in the power of partnership capital to grow sustainable businesses and communities. They are not just investors, they are business builders. They have developed a purpose-built approach for investing in growth markets. Some of the world’s most demanding institutions have entrusted them to manage capital on their behalf. They 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, they generate industry-leading returns and create value in market-leading companies. They 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 their investment process, a proven value driver in their partner companies. Responsible investing that enhances financial returns is at the core of our philosophy. They aim to leave a positive footprint in their markets and are signatories to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment and the United Nations Global Compact. Their People The local knowledge of their teams helps them better understand the markets in which they operate. The team comprises more than 180 investment and operating professionals, all with strong transactional track records and outstanding networks on the ground. Their Markets They focus on growth markets characterized by consumption-driven economies, pro-business policies, rapid urbanization, favorable demographics, and growing consumer classes. Their target markets are ultimately select cities within their regions, where economic activity, consumption and entrepreneurial talent are concentrated. Their Strategy They invest in emerging consumers and the fast-growing cities where they live. While they target markets with compelling fundamental drivers at the macro level, their core view is that strong returns are generated by the ability to find, build, and exit exceptional companies and assets. Their mid-market private equity strategies focus on consumer-facing businesses capitalizing on increasing disposable income, lifestyle changes and supply demand gaps. Their 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.
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Staff at The Abraaj Group have experience in


  • development
  • finance
  • private sector development
  • urban planning
  • economic policy


  • netherlands
  • malawi
  • denmark
  • ghana
  • kenya


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • international experience

In the News

Making Markets Work: Produced in Partnership with The Abraaj Group

The funding funnel: From bottom-up to integrated providers

10 October 2016
From Our Partners: Making Markets Work

Fostering innovation through partnership

3 October 2016
Produced in Partnership: Making Markets Work

Key solutions for stronger health systems

7 November 2016
Executive appointments

Who's who in #globaldev: March 2018 appointments

2 April 2018
Produced in Partnership: Making Markets Work

What it takes to be a successful health entrepreneur

25 October 2016
Produced in partnership: Making Markets Work

The evolution of health systems: Service providers as social enterprise

7 November 2016
Produced in partnership: Making Markets Work

Philips' model community life center in Kenya

14 November 2016
Produced in Partnership: Making Markets Work

The revolution in primary health care: More than innovation

3 October 2016

Contact The Abraaj Group

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Company Offices

  • United Arab Emirates (headquarters)
  • Dubai
  • Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Gate Village 8, 3rd Floor
  • Ayazağa Mahallesi Mimar Sinan Sokak No:21, Seba Office Boulevard, A Blok, Kapı No: 38
  • Thailand
  • Bangkok
  • 193/104, 25th Floor, Lake Rajada Office Complex New Rajadapisek Road, Klongtoey
  • Pakistan
  • Karachi
  • 16 Abdullah Haroon Road 3rd Floor, Faysal Bank Building
  • India
  • Mumbai
  • 405, 4th Floor, Ceejay House Shiv Sagar Estate Dr. Annie Besant Road Worli
  • Indonesia
  • Jakarta
  • Level 11, One Pacific Place Sudirman Central Business District, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52 – 53
  • Singapore
  • Singapore
  • 10 Collyer Quay, #39-01/03 Ocean Financial Centre
  • Tunisia
  • Tunis
  • 60, Rue de La Bourse, Immeuble Zénith, 2eme étage, 1053 Les Berges du Lac
  • Egypt
  • Cairo
  • Abou El Feda Building 9th Floor 3 Abou El Feda Street, Zamalek
  • Nigeria
  • Lagos
  • 3rd Floor, 2 Olumegbon Road, Off Alfred Rewane Road Ikoyi
  • 7 Al Farabi Ave, Nurly Tau 4A, Office 14
  • South Africa
  • Johannesburg
  • 1st Floor, The Place 1 Sandton Drive, Sandton
  • 68 Kijabe Street 2nd Floor, Norfolk Towers
  • Av. El Derby 055, Oficina 605 Torre 2, Edificio Cronos – Surco
  • Colombia
  • Bogota
  • Cra. 9 No.115-06 Oficina 2704 Edificio Tierra Firme
  • Mexico
  • Mexico City
  • Pedregal 24 Piso 8, 801-B Molino del Rey
  • Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong
  • 100 Queens Road Central
  • United Kingdom
  • London
  • 1 Grafton Street
  • United States
  • New York City
  • 510 Madison Avenue
  • Mauritius
  • Level 12 NeXTeracom Tower I Cybercity, Ebene