Co-founder and Managing Director, Suguba
Issam is an Investment Executive and Thought Leader who pioneered impact investing in Africa. His work has been featured on The Economist, Forbes and CNN, among others. Among other awards, Issam has been named by Forbes as one of 30 Most Promising Entrepreneurs in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and by Take Part magazine as one of 10 Amazing Millennials who are saving the world.
Throughout his careers, he led on over US $500 Million of commitments to funds globally.
His experience, spanning over 10 years, has been focused on launching successful entrepreneurial ventures, structuring funds, configuring financial reporting and ESG systems, leading transactions due diligence & valuations, managing stakeholders and building networks.
Prior to starting Suguba, he was Regional Manager at the Islamic Development Bank. He invested in Private Equity funds across Africa and Southeast Asia, structured the first Venture Capital fund in Saudi Arabia and the first global Trade Finance fund of ITFC. He also structured Trade Finance deals for Governments in Africa and South America.
Issam is also the Founder of Africa Impact Group, an award-winning research and advisory firm focused on impact investing in West and Central-Africa. At AIG, Issam advised both the Private and Public Sectors on impact investing. His most notable clients include the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Dangote Group and the Republic of Congo.
Prior to launching AIG, he spent over three years with EY (Ernst & Young) in Boston where he led various audit and due diligence missions of Private Equity clients.
Issam started his career at HarbourVest Partners in Boston in charge of financial reporting and due diligence for dozens of Private Equity funds and their related portfolio companies.
Issam holds a Bachelor in Finance and Accounting from Suffolk University Boston and a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. Issam has an Executive Certificate in Private Equity and Venture Capital from Harvard Business School.