Karen Khalaf

Partner, Dubai

Leader in Bain’s Private Equity and Sovereign Wealth Fund practice in the Middle East

About Karen

Expertise

  • Supports leading Private Equity funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds and other institutional investors in realizing value across investment value chain
  • Significant experience in investment strategy & operating model redesign, as well as due diligences, sector screens & post-acquisition support
  • Experience in Advanced Manufacturing Services, particularly across trade & logistics
  • Middle East champion for Women@Bain; leader in Bain’s regional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts

Karen is a partner in our Private Equity and Sovereign Wealth Fund practice in the Middle East, based in Dubai. She has over 10 years of experience across the Middle East & North America, primarily helping Private Equity funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds and other institutional investors realize value across the full investment lifecycle.

She focuses on fund strategy formulation, new fund set-up, asset allocation, and operating model redesign (including organization, governance, policies & processes). She also has significant experience leading due diligences, sector screens and post-acquisition engagements. Karen is also an active member of our Advanced Manufacturing Services practice, with a particular focus on trade and logistics.

In addition to her client work, Karen is very passionate about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and is the champion for Women@Bain in the Middle East.

Karen holds an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering and B.S. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon.

Karen is a mother to two wonderful children, Alexander and Julie.

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