Abraaj Capital, Partner, The Abraaj Group
Tom Speechley is a Partner at The Abraaj Group and Head of Global Markets, responsible for stakeholder engagement, fundraising and investor relations. He is a member of the Firm’s Management Executive Committee. Mr. Speechley is based in New York, where he is the Chief Executive Officer of Abraaj North America, LLC.
Mr. Speechley joined the Firm 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 Firm’s investment activities, Mr. Speechley has previously held membership on the main Board of Abraaj and its Investment Committee. Mr. Speechley has also been responsible for overseeing
the creation of new Funds and has led the expansion of Abraaj into several new growth markets.
In 2012, as Chief Executive of Aureos Capital, Mr. Speechley co‐led the integration of Aureos into The Abraaj Group. In 2013, Mr. Speechley moved to the US to establish and lead the Group’s activities in North America, from where he oversees the Firm’s institutional investor program.
Mr. Speechley is a member of the Board of Directors of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), a Board member of JA Worldwide, a global organization which invests in young people to help them develop essential workplace skills and an advisor to Endeavor, a global 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 Honours degree in Law from the University of Sheffield, UK, where he was a Falconer Prizeman.