Hazem Ben-Gacem is Investcorp’s Co-Chief Executive Officer with nearly 30 years of experience in successfully leading private equity investments across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Today, he chairs the investment committees of the firm’s Private Equity activities in Europe, Middle East and Asia, as well as chairing the investment committee of the Asia Food Brands Fund. In addition, he oversees the firm’s infrastructure investment business and its client and investor relationships globally. Amongst others, Hazem sits on the Investcorp Group’s Executive, Operating and Risk Management Committees.
Prior to his co-CEO appointment, Hazem led Investcorp’s European private equity and Technology private equity teams, based out of London. During that period, Hazem was directly involved in over 40 of Investcorp’s private equity investments in Europe and North America. Prior to joining Investcorp in 1994, Hazem was a member of Credit Suisse First Boston’s mergers and acquisitions team in New York.
In addition to his position with Investcorp, Hazem is currently the chairman of the board of the Italian men’s luxury apparel company Corneliani, the Hong Kong based premium food retailer City Super Supermarkets and the Singaporean instant food business Viz Brands.
Hazem is from Tunisia and holds a bachelor’s degree with honours from Harvard University. He is the founder of the Harvard Office in Tunisia, the first formal presence for Harvard University in the Arab world. Hazem serves on the Advisory Boards of Oxford University (UK) St Anthony’s College and Harvard University Medical School as well as the Executive Board of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Until 2020, Hazem was a serving member of the national shooting team of Tunisia (50-meter rifle discipline), achieving a bronze medal in the 2017 African Shooting Championships. On the request of the Tunisian Prime Minister, Hazem co-chaired the Tunisia 2020 International Donor Conference, held in Tunisia in 2016.