Amir has over a decade of experience with a wide range of early stage ventures as an entrepreneur, mentor and investor. He started his career in 2003 as a Systems Analyst at Mars in the UK before moving into venture capital in 2005 at CLS Capital Partners, the Corporate VC arm of CLS Holdings Plc based in London. Amir spent 3 years at CLS Capital Partners and was part of their investment team, managing 12 investments in the early stage technology space in London and Sweden, most notably Lunarworks, which was the largest social network in Sweden at the time. He then moved back to Dubai in 2008 to join what was then the first seed capital fund in the MENA region, the Arab Business Angel Network. At ABAN, Amir managed an angel network of 40 investors, and a $15m fund that invested into 6 companies during his time there.
After leaving ABAN in 2009, Amir went on to start several service-based companies, including a PR agency (which he successfully exited in 2011), a facility maintenance company, a web development agency and a strategy and financial advisory firm that supports startups and small businesses in the MENA region (which he successfully exited in 2017). In 2012, Amir founded BECO Capital, a $33m VC fund that focuses on investing in early stage technology startups in the Middle East. Some notable investments under management include Careem, Propertyfinder and Fetchr.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Amir attended the University of Bath, where he received a Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Computer Information Systems and a Masters of Science in Management.
Amir is a Director at the Founder Institute, Dubai Chapter, and an active mentor with 1776, Flat6Labs and Intelak. He also sits on the Steering Committee at In5, a platform for startups and entrepreneurs in Dubai Internet and Media City.
As a member of Class 22, Amir served his fellowship at BECO Capital under the mentorship of BECO Capital CEO, Dany Farha and Mohsen Khalil, founder & CEO of MAKVEST. He was a mentor to Yousef Hammad (Class 21).