Founder and CEO of Zouk, Samer is the CIO of its subsidiary DiGAME and has 27 years of professional experience across growth equity investment, investment banking and technology and has built a substantive professional network throughout Africa and Middle East.
Throughout his career, he has successfully invested in multiple growth technology businesses and has played a key role as steward of value creation within the investment lifecycle. At Zouk, Samer has successfully invested in multiple growth and online businesses in the Middle East & Africa, including a leading developer of solar PV power plants based in Abu Dhabi, a Tanzanian company which sells distributed solar generation for homes leveraging mobile payments and Europe’s leading online supplier of pet food.
Prior to Zouk, Samer was at JP Morgan where he led a number of private equity and M&A transactions as part of the Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) practice; including the launch of an emerging market mobile fund and managing several wireless deals including a consortium for 3G licenses in South Africa. At JP Morgan, he also led the Middle East Global Markets business, managing several multi-billion dollar financing deals for governments and corporates -- building strong institutional investor relations at the most senior levels in the region.
Early in his career, Samer spent seven years designing and managing the development of air traffic control computer and telecom systems both directly, and as a consultant, at Martin Lockheed, AT&T, Hughes Aircraft and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
He is an active in civic and community affairs and sits on the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management, International Council of the Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Centre and is a Middle Eastern fellowship of the Aspen Institute.
Samer holds a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic and a M.S. in Management and Finance from MIT.