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Arif Naqvi

We are delighted to announce that Arif Naqvi, SAI Founders Club Member, has been named as the 2013 Oslo Business for Peace Honoree. The Oslo Business for Peace Award is the highest form of recognition given to individual business leaders for fostering peace and stability through creating shared value between business and society. The worldwide search for the 2013 Honorees is a joint effort led by the International Chamber of Commerce, UNDP and the Oslo based Business for Peace Foundation. There are a total of 5 honorees this year, including representatives from Denmark, Brazil, Yemen and the United States. Previous honorees include Ratan Tata (Tata Group), Mo Ibrahim ( Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation) and Jeffrey Immelt (Chairman and CEO of General Electric).

The independent Award Committee that selected this year’s honorees consists of Nobel Laureates such as Prof. Muhammad Yunus, winner of the Nobel prize in Economics in 2006, and Prof. Michael A. Spence, winner of the Nobel prize in economics in 2001. The Award will be presented to the Honorees at the Business for Peace Summit on May 14 in Oslo City Hall, the venue of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

Mr. Arif Masood Naqvi, Pakistan, Founder and Group Chief Executive of The Abraaj Group, is a leading investor operating in Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Turkey and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. In 2012, Naqvi was invited by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to become part of the United Nations Global Compact Board. His work in promoting responsible business practices by looking at the stakeholder, rather than exclusively a shareholder approach, is pioneering in the private equity industry. The Abraaj Group devotes the time of its employees and resources to mentoring social, cultural and economic entrepreneurs. The Abraaj Group, under the leadership of Naqvi, has partnered with best in class organizations focused on entrepreneurship and job creation, healthcare, education and community engagement

Read more about the honorees here.