Senior Adviser, Chatham House; Founder, Executive Chairman and CEO, Investcorp
Nemir Kirdar


Nemir Kirdar is the Founder, Executive Chairman and CEO of the global investment group, Investcorp, which operates out of New York, London and Bahrain.  

Mr Kirdar began his banking career in New York in 1969. Following two years of credit training, he covered South East Asia and Japan for Allied Bank International. In 1974 he joined The Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, as Vice President.

Between 1976 and 1981 he served in the Arabian Gulf and was responsible for overseeing and directing Chase's banking network in the region. He founded Investcorp in 1982. 

Mr Kirdar graduated in Economics from the University of the Pacific in California and holds an MBA from Fordham University in New York. He has also completed Harvard Business School's Senior Management Program.

Mr Kirdar has been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Georgetown University, Washington DC; an honorary Doctorate in Laws from the University of the Pacific, California; and an honorary Doctorate in Economics from Richmond, the American International University in London. 

With his interests in business and geopolitics, Mr Kirdar has spoken at various international forums and is the author of numerous articles. His recent book, Saving Iraq, reviews the country's history and maps a course for its future restoration.