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Tom Speechley

Tom Speechley
Tom Speechley is an early stage investor with a focus on next generation businesses, particularly in the field of human care and development.

Mr Speechley previously spent over a decade as a partner at The Abraaj Group where he was responsible for private equity investments in many emerging markets and several strategic initiatives, helping expand the group’s investment activity into new regions, creating new funds, establishing the firm’s presence in the United States and launching the Abraaj Institute.

Prior to joining Abraaj, Mr Speechley had a successful career in law in London and New York and was a partner with two leading international law firms based in London with a focus on acquisition financing.

Mr Speechley has sat on various of corporate and not-for profit boards including the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association and Junior Achievement Worldwide, and is a senior advisor to Endeavor, a global organization dedicated to supporting high impact entrepreneurs across the globe. 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.

He is the author of two books on Acquisition Finance and whilst a student at university, Mr Speechley coded a series of ten educational software programs that were used in the UKs national curriculum.

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

Personal Business Advice

Wealth and investment returns come from execution more than vision.

Tom Speechley’s Newsfeed

01 Jul 2017
GCC start-ups set to drive healthcare innovation

Shailesh Dash, founder and CEO of Al Masah Capital wrote that there is “a fantastic forecast for the UAE healthcare industry”, while Tom Speechley, head of global markets at Abraaj – one of the largest private equity investors in the region with $9.5bn in assets under management – said he is “very excited about healthcare”. He mentioned that Abraaj has “29 investments in healthcare and have never lost any money in that space”.

Tom Speechley’s Background

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Tom Speechley
Jul 2006 - Dec 2017
New York, US
The Abraaj Group is a private equity firm operating in the growth markets of Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Turkey. Founded in 2002, the group manages c. $10bn in AuM and has over 20 offices with five regional hubs in Istanbul, Mexico City, Dubai, Nairobi and Singapore and global hubs in London and New York.
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Other Business Interests

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qbeats inc.
Feb 2016 - Present
New York, US
qbeats revolutionizes the digital information ecosystem by introducing content valuation technology designed to help content creators isolate and maximize value per article. Optional go-to-market functionality can be overlaid to assist publishers, partners and sponsors in executing new information experiences.
Feb 2015 - Present
London, UK
A global network of people committed to enriching society through ideas and action.
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Tom Speechley’s Education

First Class Honors Degree in Law