Issam ChleuhIssam Chleuh



Occupational Information

Occupation: Venture capital, entrepreneur

Occupational Position: Co-Founder and Managing Director at Suguba

Professional History

Issam Chleuh is Co-Founder and Managing Director at Suguba, a platform fostering regional integration, regional trade and unleashing entrepreneurial talent across Francophone Africa. Issam co-founded Suguba with Fayelle Ouane, another Tutu Fellow, of the Class of 2017.  Issam's experience, spanning 10 years, has been focused on launching successful entrepreneurial ventures, structuring funds, configuring financial reporting and ESG systems, leading transactions due diligence & valuations, managing stakeholders and building networks. Throughout his career, he has led more than USD $500 million in commitments to funds globally.

Prior to starting Suguba, he was the Fund Manager at the Islamic Development Bank. There, he invested in Private Equity funds across Africa and Southeast Asia, structured the first venture capital fund in Saudi Arabia and the first global trade finance fund of ITFC. He also structured trade finance deals for governments in Africa and South America. Issam started his career in Boston in private equity at HarbourVest Partners and Ernst & Young.

Outside of his work in early stage financing, Issam is on the board of Africa Development University (ADU).


Bachelor in Finance and Accounting from Suffolk University, Boston
Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame
Executive Certificate in Private Equity and Venture Capital from Harvard Business School


2019 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow