Amir has been a VC for 15+ years, starting his career in 2005 at a London-based VC where he invested in early stage tech companies, before moving back to Dubai in 2008 to start the Arab Business Angel Network, the first seed fund in the MENA region backed by Dubai International Capital.
In 2009, Amir went on to start Tandem Partners, a leading advisory firm for SMEs in the UAE, which he successfully exited in 2017. Prior to founding COTU Ventures, Amir co-founded BECO Capital in 2012, one of the pioneers in early stage VC in the Middle East, where he successfully raised and deployed 2 funds across 35 companies, reaching an AUM of over $200m. During his time there, he was responsible for building out the investment team, strategy, and portfolio construction, having backed companies such as Careem (acquired by Uber), Fresha, Property Finder, MaxAB, Kitopi, Tribal Credit, Vezeeta, Proximie and many others over the 9 years of investing with the firm.
Amir is a Kauffman Fellow and holds a BSc in Computer Information Systems and an MSc in Management from the University of Bath.