Hura* Capital is an advisory boutique specializing in impact investing. We support start-up funds and innovative companies - mainly in the financial inclusion, agriculture and access-to-energy spaces - using a principal consultant and a network of project-specific talents.
We leverage our expertise and network in numerous emerging and frontier markets to help you. We design solutions that are tailored to your needs and context. These include:
Structuring innovative funds and financial vehicles with the purpose of mobilizing capital toward projects in underserved communities and frontier markets;
Advising financiers on their investment strategy, sourcing, deal structuring and due diligence;
Helping companies identify capital needs and fundraise;
Conducting training related to social businesses and impact investing.
We are technologically savvy. We have worked with fintech and blockchain-based projects. We understand the potential of those tools in doing good (and their limitations). We can advise you on assessing the opportunities in this fast-evolving market with impact and business lenses.
* Hura is a fast-growing tropical tree covered in spines. We saw in it an analogy for growing while protecting against risks, so we picked it as our name.
Hatem mahbouli, cfa
Founder & Principal
Hatem is an investment professional with extensive experience in private-sector development and impact investing in Asia and Africa. He has sourced and led various debt and equity facilities, including term sheet negotiation, due diligence, syndication of co-investors, financial analysis, contracting, hedging and design of ESG action plans. Transactions and projects have included: equity investment in a greenfield Microfinance bank in Rwanda; equity investment in the first global gender-focused SME debt fund with IFC; the first SME Guarantee Fund in Tajikistan with DEG; innovative finance for solar energy startups in West Africa; receivable finance facility for PAYGO kits in Kenya; EU-funded country line for the energy sector in Zambia, etc. He is very familiar with DFIs, the impact investing industry and impact-focused structures (development impact bonds, result-based finance). He has also contributed to several investment and electrification strategies for private and public organization (utilities, rural electrification agencies). He has held various board and investment committee memberships.
Hatem holds a master's degree in Information Science from Telecom SudParis and a master's in Business Administration from Georgetown University. He is also a CFA charterholder.