Founder, Maghreb Economic Forum & Chairman of the Lazaar Foundation, Tunisia/Switzerland
In addition to his roles as the founder of the Maghreb Economic Forum and the Chairman of the Lazaar Foundation for the promotion of regional arts and thought leadership, Mr Kamel Lazaar is the Chairman and CEO of Swicorp.
With more than 30 years of experience in international banking and finance, he has firmly established Swicorp’s reputation as an innovative provider of business solutions and developed Swicorp into a unique investment banking firm active in the MENA region with focus on financial endeavors (financial engineering, privatizations, mergers & acquisitions, project financing and related investment banking activities) and one of the largest private equity firms in the region.
Before founding Swicorp in 1987, Mr Lazaar was Vice-President at Citibank in North Africa and Saudi Arabia, and was part of the Citibank team that founded the Saudi-American Bank (Samba) in Saudi Arabia.
Mr Lazaar holds an MBA in Finance from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Tunis and a BA in Economics from the University of Tunis.