Department of Finance and Abraaj Group public lecture and panel discussion
Date: Tuesday 30 April 2013
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Arif Naqvi
Panellists: Tsega Gebreyses, Diana Noble
Chair: Professor Felda Hardymon
The theme of the event is private equity’s role in the transformation of the world economy. As Western economies battle to restructure their economies and re-launch growth, South-South investment flows have been steadily growing over the last decade. Vast and exciting investment opportunities are opening up in these global growth markets, but is it really true that best in class returns and socially transformational investments can go hand in hand?
Arif Naqvi will give a keynote speech entitled 'Global Growth Markets: Transforming our world, our businesses, our communities'. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion entitled ‘Doing well by doing good? Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets’ led by Felda Hardymon with Tsega Gebreyses, Arif Naqvi and Diana Noble.
Arif Naqvi is the founder and group chief executive of The Abraaj Group, a private equity investor. Naqvi founded the Group in 2002 in Dubai. It started with $60 million in assets under management and today manages $7.5 billion.
Tsega Gebreyses is a founding partner at Satya Capital, an independent investment firm focussed on Africa. She was formerly chief of strategy and business development officer at Celtel International, one of Africa’s most successful companies.
Diana Noble is chief executive officer of CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution and the oldest DFI in the world. Diana was previously a partner at Schroder Ventures (now Permira), founder CEO of e-Ventures, and executive vice president at the Clinton Foundation's Health Access Initiative.
Felda Hardymon is MBA Class of 1975 Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught Venture Capital and Private Equity as well as The Entreprenurial Manager, and is a Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, a global first-tier venture firm.
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A podcast of Arif Naqvi's keynote speech is available to download from Doing Well by Doing Good? Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets.
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