karen khalaf

Partner - Bain & Company

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Karen is a member of our Private Equity and Sovereign Wealth Fund practice in the Middle East. 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 [email protected] 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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