Arif Naqvi, 50, is Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of Abraaj Capital, the largest private equity group in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA). Abraaj has won numerous awards including ‘Middle East Private Equity Firm of the Year’ from London-based Private Equity International (PEI) five years in a row since 2005.
Mr. Naqvi is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He was also designated as New Asian Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF), and is a member of numerous think-tanks and policy groups. He is a board member of the Pakistan Human Development Fund, the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement in Jordan, the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, the IMD Foundation Board, Endeavor Global and the Advisory Board of the Columbia University Middle East Research Center.
Mr. Naqvi has been identified as one of the 50-most influential people in the global private equity industry. In 2006, he was awarded the highest civilian honour in Pakistan, the Sitari-e-Imtiaz, by the republic’s president. Mr. Naqvi is a graduate of the London School of Economics and previously worked with Arthur Andersen & Co, American Express Bank, Saudi Arabia’s Olayan Group and The Cupola Group, which he founded in 1994.