Issam Chleuh

Co-Founder and Managing Director, SUGUBA


Issam is an Investment Executive and Thought Leader who pioneered impact investing in Francophone Africa. His work has been featured on The Economist, Forbes, and CNN, among others.

Issam has been named by Forbes as one of 30 Most Promising Entrepreneurs for 3 consecutive years. He has a global perspective and broad skill set including strategically launching successful entrepreneurial ventures, structuring funds, configuring financial reporting, leading transactions due diligence & valuations, managing stakeholders and building networks.

Issam started with a career in Boston at HarbourVest Partners and EY (formerly Ernst & Young) where he advised, reported, audited and invested in Private Equity transactions globally. He also worked at the Islamic Development Bank as a Fund Manager structuring the first VC fund in Saudi Arabia and investing in SME and Private Equity funds across Africa and Southeast Asia. Throughout his career, Issam has invested in over $500 millions of Private Equity, SME and VC funds.

Issam is currently the Managing Director at SUGUBA. He holds a Master in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and an Executive Certificate in Private Equity and Venture Capital from Harvard Business School (HBS)