Founder & Chairman
Kamel Lazaar is the founder and Chairman of Swicorp, an investment-baking firm active in the MENA region.
With more than 30 years of experience in international banking and finance, he
has firmly established Swicorpâ€™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, Lazaar was Viceâ€�President at Citibank in North Africa and Saudi Arabia, and was part of the Citibank team that founded the Saudiâ€�American Bank (Samba) in Saudi Arabia.
He holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Tunis and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Tunis.
is a philanthropist, collector of contemporary Arab art and a very active advocate of the promotion of Arab art and culture through the Kamel Lazaar Foundation
is the initiator of the largest visual art magazine in the region, Ibraaz
, as well as the founder of the Maghreb Economic Forum
(MEF), a think tank whose objective is the economic integration of the Maghreb countries.