Meet the Team


Shakir Merali


Shakir is currently a Partner with LGT Impact Fund, a global fund investing in companies with scalable, effective solutions to societal challenges in emerging markets. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director and Fund Manager at The Abraaj Group, overseeing a number of investments in East Africa.

Shakir has over 20 years of experience in investing and growing businesses in multiple regions and sectors across the African continent, and was one of the early pioneers in the East Africa Private Equity Space. He holds a Bsc and Msc with (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Shakir’s depth of experience across investments in Africa has provided KCH with a deep understanding of the talent requirements within Venture Capital / Private Equity Funds, as well as their portfolio of companies.  LGT Impact is also a KCH client, so Shakir has successfully used KCH services first hand.