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Managing Partner

Matteo Stefanel

Matteo has a successful track record in private equity and investment banking spanning 23 years and focusing specifically on Growth Markets and Financial Services.

He is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Apis Partners LLP, which manages Apis Growth Fund I and Apis Growth Fund II - two private equity funds focused on investing in financial services companies in Africa and Asia, as well as a number of smaller investment vehicles focused on Fintech investments more globally.

Formerly a partner at The Abraaj Group where he was responsible for a number of Abraaj’s investee companies (10+), including Network International (payments), Saham Finance (insurance), and Jordan Ahli Bank (banking).

Matteo has been a board director of over 25 companies and completed over 110 transactions in Europe (including CEE), South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, throughout his career at Abraaj, at MIG ($7.4bn AUM) where he was briefly CIO, and at Deutsche Bank as MD and co-Head of Emerging Markets in the Financial Institutions Group.

Matteo has twice been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital (2012-14 and 2014-16).

Matteo graduated from Queens College, the University of Oxford, with an MA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

He is married, with three children.


Milan, Italy

Areas of expertise

Financial Services and Technologies, Portfolio construction, Option theory and BS applications, Celtic history

Currently located

London, UK


Italian, English, French, Spanish (basic)

Prior Experience

Linkedin profile


Boards & memberships

Star Health


Baobab (Microcred)


Greenlight Planet



Over 25 company boards in the past decade

Positive Planet UK

Board of Trustees

World Economic Forum

Global Agenda Council on Finance & Capital (2012-2014 and 2014-2016)

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