Join the Young Professionals of the Americas for a cafecito with Tom Speechley, CEO of North America at The Abraaj Group. Get to know Speechley's career path, learn about investment challenges and opportunities for 2015, and ask professional development questions.
This event is the third of YPA's Cafecito Series in New York City, which brings prominent leaders from various fields together with YPA members in a small, intimate setting.
Tom Speechley is a partner with The Abraaj Group based in New York, where he is the chief executive officer of Abraaj North America, LLC. Speechley joined the firm in 2006 as investment director and since then has been responsible for investments in a number of countries across the growth markets. In addition to overseeing various parts of the firm’s investment activities, Speechley has been a member of the main board of Abraaj, its management executive committee, and its investment committee. Speechley has also been responsible for overseeing the creation of new funds and has led the expansion of Abraaj into several new emerging markets. In 2012, as chief executive of Aureos Capital, Speechley co-led the integration of Aureos into The Abraaj Group. In 2013, Speechley moved to the United States to establish and lead the Group’s activities in North America, where he oversees the firm’s institutional investor program. Speechley is a senior advisor to Endeavor, a global organization dedicated to supporting high impact entrepreneurs across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. Speechley is also a member of the board of directors of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and a board member of JA Worldwide, a global organization which invests in young people to help them develop essential workplace skills. Speechley has a First Class Honours degree in Law from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, where he was a Falconer Prizeman. Speechley is a registered representative of Blue Sand Securities LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC.