Speaker Profile

Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan

Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan

Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of ABANA, the preeminent U.S. organization for finance professionals and institutions with interest in the Middle East and North Africa. Mona has been a successful serial entrepreneur and investor for over 20 years. She serves as Managing Partner of K6 Investments, a private investment firm she founded to invest in a wide array of industries including financial services, technology and entertainment. Investments include Bespoke Global, uKnow, YOLA COLÓN, SheerStyle, and theatrical productions such as Book of Mormon. K6 also advises institutional and strategic investors as they expand globally into these industries.

Previously, Mona was President and CEO of Proctor Investment Managers, a firm she co-founded to take advantage of private equity investment opportunities in the traditional and alternative asset management industry. After taking Proctor from start up to success, Mona sold the firm to National Bank of Canada in 2006 and continued as CEO until 2013.

Mona serves on the boards of Siguler Guff Small Business Credit Opportunities Fund. She is a Trustee of The Chapin School, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of Golden Seeds.

Mona is a frequent speaker and commentator on asset management, private equity investing and the Middle East in forums and publications such as the Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank, Pensions & Investments, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, HFM, FundFire and The Private Equity Analyst.

Mona earned a B.S. from Wharton and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Born in Cairo, she now resides in New York City with her husband Sabi and their four children.

Profile as of 5/5/16