Hossam has spent all his 20+ years career investing in growth markets with more than a decade dedicated to financial services.
Prior to Apis Partners, Hossam was a Partner at Actis, where he led a team of investment professionals that focuses on investing in the Financial Services sector across Africa, South and Southeast Asia.
Hossam has played a leading role in a number of investments including the Commercial International Bank (the largest private sector bank in Egypt), Fawry (the leading digital transformation & E-payment platform in Egypt), Emerging Markets Payments (first pan-African payments platform with presence across Africa and in the Middle East), and GHL Systems (a leading payment service provider and one of the top merchant acquirers in the ASEAN region).
Hossam lives in Cairo, Egypt, is married with two children, and enjoys various water sports and activities.
If you did not work for Apis, what would you like to do?
This IS the job I coveted while I was in the first half of my career! I have spent the past 20 years as an operator and aspired to one day be able to contribute my experiences in fast-growing companies and digitally-oriented financial services to a chance to make a big impact on the broader scale that APIS offers.
I get to collaborate with relentlessly committed colleagues and portfolio and target investee executives on how to bring world-class financial solutions to underserved customers in growth markets. I feel like I lucked out!
What is the single most important thing in life for you?
How did your background prepare you for a role at Apis?
I spent more than 20 years investing in growth markets, of which more than 10 years focusing on financial services in Africa, South and Southeast Asia. Along the journey, I have been driven by working with experienced investors to support talented management teams in growing their businesses in exciting markets.
What is so important about Financial Services in Growth Markets?
Over and above the outstanding scale opportunity, investing in financial services in growth markets benefits all stakeholders – businesses grow through better use of technology and data, customers get access to financial services more efficiently and effectively, and governments benefit from financial inclusion.