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Sam is an experienced CEO and entrepreneur with solid financial, operational, and scale-up expertise

Sam held leadership roles in both startups and well-established companies in Ireland, Europe, and the Middle East. He has over 15 years of experience in strategy formulation, implementation, transformation, scale up and equity deployment.


Sam's most recent role was CEO of HALJ Group, a business employing more than 200 people in diverse sectors, such as hospitality, facility management, construction, and real estate. He oversaw the balance sheet, the operations and core functions of the group.

Sam is a veteran of McKinsey & Company where he consulted private and public organizations in strategy formulation and implementation. He received his bachelor’s degree in international Relations from Brown University, RI, USA, and a MPhil in Development Studies from University of Cambridge, UK.


Sam is originally from Egypt and grew up with an entrepreneurial father and an academic mother. They both value dedication, hard work, and ethics, all traits they have instilled in him throughout his journey of life and professional career.


Sam lives with his wife and their four children in Dublin. They enjoy family picnics, nature walks, and movie nights.

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Forás Capital is backed by leading institutional and individual investors who have a proven track record in investing and growing businesses

Individual Investors and Family Offices

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Frank Kenny

Seasoned search fund investor and founder of Delta Partners

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John O'Dwyer

Diverse expertise across Investment Banking, Corporate Development and M&A

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Roger Lu

Blockchain Investor & Advisor, former Head of Strategy at The Stars Group

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Sean Mitchell

Entrepreneur, investor and successfully exited Movidius

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Pádraig Ó Céidigh

EY Entrepreneur of the Year winner, investor & ex-Irish Senator 

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Christian Thum
Spain & Germany 

20+ years of Investment Management & CIO of Equity L/S Fund

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John Gallagher

Experienced Business & Finance Specialist

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Alex Klyguine

Private investor and lawyer specialized in taxation

Institutional Investors

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Abbey International 

An independent finance firm that works with entrepreneurs to create tailor-made solutions

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Mark Good
Head of Private Equity 
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Ethos Partners

Private investment office specialised in SME succession sales across Europe

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Sandy Farmer
Co-Founder & Partner 
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ONE to ONE Asset Management

Invests in international SMEs and supports Search Funds in Europe & internationally

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Juan Cuesta
Managing Director
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Scipio Holding

Holding company investing in International SMEs, specialized in the Search Fund Model

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Alejandro Moya Nájera
Co-founder & Director
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SF Club

Search Fund Club (SF Club) is the first professional investor based in Italy to invest in Search Funds

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Enrico Arietti  
Managing Partner
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Moonbase Capital

Invests in SMEs through Search Funds

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Ibrahim Abdel Rahim
Managing Partner
Ambit Partners
Canada & South Africa  

Dedicated Search Fund investor, enabling entrepreneurship through acquisition globally

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Rob LeBlanc
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
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Cerralvo Capital

Invests in high-quality entrepreneurs though the search fund model

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Jaime Alatorre

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