Arif Naqvi is the Founder and Group Chief Executive of The Abraaj Group, a leading growth markets investor with US$ 7.5 billion in assets under management. 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.
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.
Mr. Naqvi is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.