The Abraaj Group
Saqib is a Principal at Abraaj Capital, a Middle East-focused private equity firm, and is based in Dubai, UAE. Saqib is part of the SME investment team at Abraaj Capital, where he focuses on investments in high growth, high impact businesses. His responsibilities include deal sourcing and execution as well as post-investment portfolio management.
Within the SME team Saqib works across various industries, with a particular emphasis on companies that have reached an inflection point and that are in need of institutional support to grow. He is currently a board member of Mani Foods Industry, a food processing company focused on dried fruits and nuts and that is seeking to build a global brand in the healthy snacking category. Saqib has also assisted in closing transactions in the media as well as internet software and services sectors.
As an individual, Saqib is keen to support the economic development of the Middle East region. He currently serves as a Mentor for SeedStartup, an initiative launched in the UAE to provide support services to early-stage entrepreneurs in the region. Earlier in his career, he received a Fulbright scholarship to undertake a research study of the private equity industry in Egypt.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Saqib holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BBA, with Honors, from George Washington University.
Saqib serves on the Steering Committee for the Mustaqbal Foundation, a trust fund established by Abraaj Capital to support the educational needs of orphans in Palestine.
Saqib served his fellowship at Abraaj Capital under the mentorship of Senior Partner Tom Speechley. He is a member of Class 16.