Issam Chleuh is an investment Executive and thoughtful leader that pioneered impact investing in Francophone Africa. He is the founder of Africa Impact Group, an award-winning research and advisory firm focused on investing in French West Africa.
He graduated from Suffolk University in Boston in 2008 with degrees in Global Business, Finance and Accounting, and received his Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame in 2010.
Chleuh’s passion and vision has been the major driving force of the organization since its inception in 2011, and the Forbes profile recognizes this work.
Africa Impact Group has been identified as a leading light in impact investing across the continent, investing in funds, organizations and companies with the intention of generating measurable social and environmental impact along with financial return.
The company’s services include data & research, news, advisory services, and start-up incubation. Africa Impact Group’s clients are mostly private equity firms, impact investors, family offices, leading African corporations, governments and non-profits.
He is also the founder of Layidu Impact Fund and Impact Hub Bamako. He has successfully invested in over $500 millions of private equity, SME and VC funds throughout his career.
Chleuh’s work has been featured on The Economist, Forbes and CNN among others. Among other awards, he has been named by Forbes as one of 30 Most Promising Entrepreneurs in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and by Take Part magazine as one of the 10 amazing millennials who are saving the world.
Chleuh retains a global perspective and broad skill set including strategically launching successful entrepreneurial ventures, structuring ventures, fundraising for various initiatives, building brands, configuring financial reporting and ESG systems, leading transactions, managing stakeholders and building networks.