Meet the TEAM

Bassel Aoun

Project Manager

Bassel joined Kafalat in 2015 as Project Manager for the iSME Programme. Before joining Kafalat, he spent 6 years working for Quartilium, the Funds of Funds division of ACG Capital (ex Groupama Private Equity), a Paris based Private Equity firm with more than €2 billion in assets under management. The Quartilium team has invested in over 200 Venture Capital, Private Equity and Mezzanine funds, across Europe, the USA and emerging markets. Prior to that, Bassel had more than 4 years of Strategic Asset Allocation and Alternative Investments experience working for leading European insurance companies as AXA and Groupama in Paris. He holds a Master degree in finance from the European Business School in Paris.

Geoffrey Karaa

Operations Officer

Geoffrey Karaa is an Operations Officer for the iSME Programme. He manages the Concept Development Grants section of the programme, screens grant applications and interviews applicants to determine eligibility of their innovative business concepts. Prior to joining the iSME Programme, Geoffrey worked in the Aerospace and Defense field for over 2 years. Geoffrey also interned at the US Department of Commerce where he researched and identified export countries for different clients ready to expand internationally. He holds a Master of Business Administration from University of La Verne.

Varant Kurkjian

Operations Officer

Varant Kurkjian joined the iSME programme in October 2015 as an Operations Officer. Prior to joining the programme, he worked as an investment analyst at Allan Gray, a South African investment firm with $35bn in assets under management, mainly covering public equities in North Africa and several Pan African countries. He also worked as a financial control representative in Touch from Zain Group, a telecom firm in Lebanon. Varant holds a BBA in Finance from the American University of Beirut.