Riaz Currimjee
Founding Partner & CEO
riaz (@) suryacapital.com
Riaz is the founding partner of Surya Capital.  Founded in 2008 to develop private equity fund franchises in India, Surya Capital has evolved into an innovative and differentiated Africa focused principal investment firm retaining strong links with Indian industrial houses, entrepreneurs and global family offices.
From 2002 to 2005, prior to founding Surya Capital, Riaz was a partner at a London based fund of hedge funds and private wealth management firm, Arundel Partners (subsequently renamed Iveagh LLP) where he focused on investing in and developing emerging hedge fund managers.  From 1998 to 2002, Riaz worked for Lazard, a preeminent investment banking firm focused on cross-border mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance transactions across varied industry sectors.  Riaz started his career with Arthur Andersen in London in 1995 where he qualified as a chartered accountant and specialised in financial services and emerging markets.  Riaz received his Bachelors of Science in Finance from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
Riaz is a non-executive director of the Board of his family’s privately owned holding company, Currimjee Ltd (www.currimjee.com), one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Mauritius founded in 1890, with significant interests in telecommunications (as controlling shareholder of Emtel, the first mobile telecommunication company in the Southern Hemisphere and a founding shareholder of Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile telecommunications firm).  Their other interests include: satellite television, real estate, hospitality, tourism, energy and FMCG, including partnerships with Canal+, Total, Starwood, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Airlines and PepsiCo International.
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