Sameh is the Chief Executive Officer of Zarou.
Previously, he spent 5 years as Head of Infrastructure at CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution. He built CDC’s direct infrastructure equity business which, under his leadership, invested in excess of $1bn in Africa and South Asia. He was instrumental in CDC’s majority investment in Globeleq Africa ($750m – Africa’s largest power platform with approximately 1.3GW across 8 assets in 5 countries), led the formation of the power JV with the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development ($140m equity; 325MW operational), set up CDC’s greenfield renewables platform in South Asia – Ayana (currently has 500MW under development), and led CDC’s 49% equity investment in a greenfield 50MW windfarm in Pakistan.
Prior to that, Sameh was Natural Gas Industries Director at Orascom Construction Industries for more than 7 years where he headed the development of a $2.3bn ammonia/urea fertilizers plant in Algeria (including non-recourse financing of $1.5bn). He also developed a $600m ammonia plant in Egypt.
In 2001, Sameh joined CDC (later Actis) for 4 years and was one of the team members who started the CDC Cairo office. Sameh started his career in investment banking working for Morgan Stanley’s Egypt affiliate for 5 years.
Sameh has an MBA from the University of Exeter, an MA in Development Studies and a BA in Economics from the American University in Cairo. He also attended the International Executive Program at INSEAD.