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.
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.
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.
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.See more