Issam is a Thought Leader known for pioneering impact investing in Africa. His work has been featured on The Economist, Forbes and CNN, among others. Among other awards, Issam has been named by Forbes as one of 30 Most Promising Entrepreneurs in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and by Take Part magazine as one of 10 Amazing Millennnials who are saving the world.
His experience, spanning over 10 years, has been focused on launching successful entrepreneurial ventures, structuring funds, building entrepreneurship ecosystem, leading teams, managing stakeholders and building networks. Prior to launching AIG, he spent over three years with EY (Ernst & Young) in Boston where he led various audit and due diligence missions of Private Equity clients.
Issam started his career at HarbourVest Partners in Boston in charge of financial reporting and due diligence for dozens of Private Equity funds and their related porftolio companies.Issam holds a Bachelor in Finance and Accounting from Suffolk University Boston and a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame.