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Private equity should promote diversity, TVM Capital Healthcare Founding Partner tells Power Women of Arabia Debate
Source: TVM Capital Healthcare , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Wed October 28, 2015 11:36 am

UAE. Private equity investors should play a key role in driving greater gender diversity in companies across the Middle East, TVM Capital Healthcare’s Founding Partner Hoda Abou-Jamra told the Power Women of Arabia Debate in Dubai on Wednesday.

Speaking on a panel at the conference in Dubai -- which was opened by H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth, and Social Development -- Abou-Jamra said that diverse boardrooms and management teams better mirror customers and society at large. They therefore tend to produce better results.

A 2014 study by Credit Suisse of 3,000 companies globally found that greater gender diversity in management correlates with better financial performance, superior return on equity and higher stock valuation. Since 2005, companies with more than one woman on the board have returned a compound 3.7 percent a year more than those that have none.

“Private equity is an industry built on the idea that an investment, coupled with an increase in financial and managerial acumen at a company, can add considerable value,” said Abou-Jamra, who is a member of the Dubai Business Women’s Council and has played key roles on several U.S. finance and fundraising committees.

“Private equity investors should use their role in shaping growth companies to drive greater gender diversity because it promotes a better exchange of ideas, and delivers better financial results. We should also look inward at our own human resource investments and consider the value a diverse workforce can add. As the first specialist healthcare private equity firm in the Middle East and North Africa region, we have invested in in two companies that were founded by women. Ninety percent of our current portfolio have at least one woman on their boards.”

Among private equity members of the MENA Private Equity Association, women account for 18 percent of the senior leadership and investment teams. This compares to 11.8 percent in Asia, 11 percent in North America and 9.7 percent in Europe, according to Prequin.

According to Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance, the number of women on the boards of publicly listed companies in the six-country Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region decreased from 60 seats – or 1.5 percent of total board seats – in 2008, to only 43 in 2011. 

This compares to a rise of female participation on boards globally from 9.6 percent of total seats in 2010 to 12.7 percent in 2013.

About TVM Capital Healthcare Partners
TVM Capital Healthcare Partners was established in 2009 as part of TVM Capital Group, an affiliation of globally acting venture capital and private equity firms with an operating track record of 30 years, and has since then been led by Chairman & CEO, Dr. Helmut M. Schuehsler. TVM Capital Group has financed more than 120 healthcare and life science companies and has documented its success as a growth capital investor through 45 initial public offerings from its portfolio.

The firm is focusing on making highly specialized growth capital and small buyout investments in healthcare companies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and India that are or target to become leaders in their regional markets. The firm has assembled a strong team of investment professionals who are supported by a group of healthcare operators as executives-in-residence in its accelerator company, TVM Operations Group, and TVM Healthcare Advisors, which provides healthcare focused research and advisory services.  

Collectively, this team has developed an ability to conceptualize and develop business opportunities that provide investors with completely proprietary deal flow and investment opportunities. TVM Capital Healthcare Partners has broken new ground with four portfolio investments to date in specialized services that were either non-existent or drastically undersupplied, e.g., long-term care, rehabilitation, home care and world-class fertility treatment. A fifth investment focuses on the area of medical device development and manufacturing.

The firm operates out of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and is licensed and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).

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