Our people

Managing Partner

Nabil Triki

Nabil joined Swicorp in 2003 to set up and lead the Private Equity activity of Swicorp. Nabil led the launch of private equity funds totaling over USD 1bn in AUM. While at Swicorp, Nabil oversaw the deployment of over USD 900m in more than 20 transactions across the MENA region

  • Nabil worked previously at BCG, Honeywell and Unilever, holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Masters degree from MIT
Managing Partner

André Steyn

André joined Swicorp in 2015, bringing extensive experience of investing in Africa. From 2000-2014, André was part of the senior leadership of AIG Investments’ Africa Private Equity (now PineBridge Investments) investing the AIG African Infrastructure Fund (first large-scale Private Equity fund fully dedicated to Africa) and subsequent funds

  • André previously worked for FBC Fidelity Investment Bank and the Development Bank of S. Africa
  • André has a Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Pretoria
Managing Partner

Tony Couloubis

Tony joined Swicorp in 2014 bringing over 15 years of African Private Equity experience. From 2003-2014, Tony was part of the senior leadership of AIG Investments’ Africa Private Equity. Tony previously worked for Global Finance and Citibank Private Equity, and headed the Analyst group for Citibank Corporate and Investment Bank in South Africa

  • Tony obtained a CTA Degree and an Honors degree in Finance & Accounting from the University of South Africa and is a South African CA

Edouard Pontet

Mr. Pontet joined Swicorp in 2007. He is admitted to the New York and Paris bars and spent ten years working for Coudert Brothers and Herbert Smith where he developed an expertise in cross-border M&A, private equity and acquisition finance. While working at Coudert and Herbert Smith, he advised leading investment firms like AXA Private Equity, Blackstone, Bank of America, GE Capital and CDPQ on various large cap private equity investments in Europe. At Swicorp, Edouard overlooked the closing of more than 30 investments in and divestements from portfolio companies incorporated in the MENA region and in other emerging markets. Mr. Pontet is a graduate from Paris University Law School and Harvard Law School. He also holds an MBA from Sciences Po. Paris. Mr. Pontet speaks French and English.


Andre Wagner

Andre joined Swicorp in 2004 and has been leading transactions across the MENA region as a senior member of the private equity team

  • André brings more than 10 years of experience advising and investing in companies in the MEA region and in sectors relevant to AIF
  • André previously worked for Brookfield Brazil, holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a CFA Charterholder

Mehdi Charfi

Mehdi joined Swicorp in 2005 after 3 years with a leading telecom consulting firm in Paris and is today a senior member of the Swicorp private equity team

  • Mehdi led several transactions in MENA, including growth and buy-and-build plays, and sits on the board of 3 portfolio companies

Hela Hariz

Mrs. Hariz Joined Swicorp in 2006 after having spent two years teaching economics in Paris Dauphine University in Paris and then in ESC Tunis. She managed the research team at Swicorp for 4 years before becoming a member of the Swicorp private equity team. She also led several transactions in North Africa in industrial goods, FMCG and services.

Mrs. Hariz holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics from Paris Dauphine University in Paris.

Fabrice Essono

Fabrice joined Swicorp in 2015, after having founded a boutique advisory firm in Central and West Africa specializing in the health care and renewable energy sectors

  • Fabrice previously worked for AIG Investments and before that as a research consultant for Frost & Sullivan
  • Fabrice holds a MBA from the University of Stellenbosch, an Honors degree in Financial Management from I.P.A.G. (in Paris) and a Masters degree in European Business from E.S.G. Paris

Tarek Lababidi

Mr. Lababidi joined Swicorp in 2013 after starting his career holding various positions at Lazard, BNP Paribas, and PwC. Mr. Lababidi holds an MBA from INSEAD, and an MSc in Engineering from Ecole Centrale Lyon. He is CFA level III candidate and speaks English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Mweso Sichale

Mweso joined Swicorp in 2015, after having worked as a Legal Associate at Sichale& Co. Advocates in Nairobi

  • Mweso previously worked for Horizon Horizon Africa Capital Limited (Nairobi), where he worked on several M&A transaction; and before that with Britam Asset Managers (Nairobi), where he worked on structuring financing (equity and debt) for large-scale real estate projects,
  • Mweso holds business and law degrees from Braeburn College and the University of Leeds.
Investor Relations

Sonia Ben Salem

Ms Ben Salem joined Swicorp in 2007 after a 6 month internship as an equity research analyst with a regional investment bank in Tunis covering the Tunisian companies listed on the Stock Exchange.
She started her career at Swicorp as a research analyst before becoming a member of the Investors Relations team.
Ms Ben Salem has a Master degree in Finance and Banking from IHEC and Bachelor Degree from ISG Tunis, and speaks Arabic, French and English.