Karim has 19 years of experience in the investment management and corporate finance fields. Prior to Aspire Holding, Karim was co-founder and Head of Investments at Sameem Capital, an investment and advisory firm based in Egypt covering the MENA region, where he led the investment team at Sameem to successfully undertake the Mena region’s first activist investment. Earlier, Karim worked at Gate Capital Limited in the capacity of an Assistant Director where he was instrumental in the initial set up of Gate Capital’s operations and led the company’s entire corporate finance and advisory services team into successfully closing several M&A transactions.
Prior to that, he served in the capacity of Vice President of the investment team at CORECAP where he was involved in numerous transactions within the MENA regional markets. Earlier, Karim worked at Al Mal Capital, a Dubai based investment bank, as an Associate in the Investment Banking Department providing corporate finance and M&A advisory to Al Mal Capital’s clients. He was involved in several transactions spanning across various sectors that included financial services, contracting, industrial, retail, real estate, and aviation industries.
Prior to that, Karim worked as an investment analyst with Al Ahly Development & Investments (ADI), an Egyptian Publicly Listed Private Equity and Venture Capital investment firm. During his tenure with ADI, he advised senior management on numerous investment deals and was an integral part of ADI’s post acquisition management team. Earlier, Karim was also a corporate finance analyst at DaimlerChrysler Egypt, where he handled the company’s funding requirements and currency hedging strategies.
Karim graduated from the American University in Cairo with an Accounting Major and is a CFA® charterholder.