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Karim El Solh

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Gulf Capital


Dr. Karim El Solh is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Capital, of the leading alternative asset management firms in the Middle East, investing across several asset classes including Private Equity, Credit and Mezzanine and Real Estate. Under his leadership, Gulf Capital has been associated with some of the region’s most prominent private equity and credit and mezzanine transactions and has won numerous awards including “Best Private Equity Firm in the Middle East” Award by Banker Middle East Magazine for five years in a row (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and the “Best Private Equity Firm” in the Middle East and North Africa by Private Equity International in 2014, as well as “Best SMEs Credit Fund in the Middle East’ in 2015. The Firm currently manages over US$4 billion of assets across 7 funds and investment vehicles.

Prior to founding Gulf Capital, Dr El Solh was the CEO of the Abu Dhabi investment bank, The National Investor. Under his leadership, the Firm was involved in a number of groundbreaking private equity transactions and was ranked the number one IPO underwriter in the Gulf. 

Dr. El Solh holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from Georgetown University and a Doctorate in Economics from the Institute D’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Science Po).