Tom Speechley

Tom Speechley

Tom Speechley, Partner and Head of Global Markets, The Abraaj Group; and Chief Executive Officer of Abraaj North America
Partner and Head of Global Markets, The Abraaj Group; and Chief Executive Officer of Abraaj North America

Tom Speechley is a Partner at The Abraaj Group and Head of Global Markets, responsible for stakeholder engagement, capital raising and investor relations. He is a member of the Group Management Executive Committee and is based in New York where he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Abraaj North America, LLC. The Abraaj Group is a leading private equity investor, operating in select, consumption-driven markets across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Turkey. The Group currently manages c. US$ 9 billion and has realized c. US$ 5.1 billion from over 70 full and partial exits, out of a total of more than 140 investments made since 2002.

Mr. Speechley joined the Group in 2006 as an Investment Director and since then has been responsible for several investments in a number of countries across growth markets. In addition to overseeing various parts of the Group’s investment activities, Mr. Speechley has sat on the Group Investment Committee and led the expansion of Abraaj into several new growth markets.

Mr. Speechley is a member of the Board of Directors of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), a member of the Global Board of Junior Achievement (JA Worldwide), an organization which invests in young people to help them develop essential workplace skills, and a senior advisor to Endeavor, an organization dedicated to supporting high impact entrepreneurs across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Mr. Speechley is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom, a global network of people committed to enriching society through ideas and action.

Mr. Speechley has a First Class Honors degree in Law from the University of Sheffield, UK, where he was a Falconer Prizeman.


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