Silk Invest was founded in 2008 in London by Zin Bekkali and a veteran team of investment professionals with proven expertise in investing in frontier and emerging markets. The team's investment process incorporates seasoned institutional managers with local market expertise, representing 13 frontier countries, speaking 18 languages and operating from offices in United Kingdom, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Pakistan, Nigeria and the US.
Silk Invest has established itself as a leading frontier markets specialist with deep insight across investment opportunities. Besides its deep well established investment products, Silk Invest also offers advisory services for sophisticated institutions, family offices and corporates who are using Silk Invest’s services to assess new investments and to project manage execution.
Silk Invest has two independent frontier markets investment teams for public markets equities and private equity. In 2017, Silk Invest added a new team, focused on liquid alternatives.
The primary investment focus is on Africa, the Middle East and Frontier Asia with an emphasis on having local presence in the target regions. Silk Invest pioneered investment strategies that capture consumer-driven trends in these markets and was also the first firm to launch a dedicated Frontier Fixed Income fund and consumer oriented Pan African Equity fund in Europe. In 2017, Silk Invest added a Sustainable Real Assets strategy to its product offering. The new strategy, which is being managed by the liquid alternatives team, covers global markets and spreads across diverse asset classes (equities, bonds, commodities...).
Silk Invest is regulated by the UK FCA and registered with the US SEC and has been a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investing since 2011.