Karim Shariff

Majlis Investment Management
Karim Shariff is the founder of Majlis Investment Management, a principal investment firm, sponsored by three American investors and two Indian families, whose focus is to design and develop investment strategies alongside substantial families across the Middle East, East Africa, and India. Majlis means ‘network’ or ‘gathering’ in Arabic. The firm’s philosophy is rooted in the belief that ‘regional’ investors should benefit from access to cross-disciplinary counsel, to advocacy, and to communities of like-minded investors, across geographies, confronting similar challenges. Karim is a Senior Advisor to Teneo, a global CEO advisory firm that integrates the disciplines of communications, strategy, talent development, and intelligence, offering independent counsel to significant institutional clients.

Karim holds a BA degree from Amherst College, graduating magna cum laude in economics and chemistry. Thereafter, Karim pursued an MA from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. He arranged to pursue jointly an MPPM from the Yale School of Management where he graduated with distinction. Karim is keen on raising awareness and capital for two-lifetime passions: empowering youth through education and preserving cultures.
Karim has established two permanently-endowed scholarships at Amherst College: the Saffron Scholarship, whose aim is to improve the access, depth, breadth, and quality of education afforded to Indian students while encouraging them to return ‘home’ with that newfound knowledge; and the Insaan Fellowship to provide financial support for American students to spend their summers working in a ‘developing’ country within an impactful, enterprise. Karim is also working with the team at Segera in Laikipia, Kenya one of East Africa’s most important migration corridors, on wildlife conservation initiatives.

In August 2018, Karim was asked to join the Africa Council at THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, whose purpose is lasting conservation in Africa. In 2018, Karim established Hush House, a private community designed primarily for millennials across geographies fostering culture, conversations, creativity, and connections. In 2020, Karim joined the Board of the Mohamed Amin Foundation, whose mission is to preserve, protect, and expose African photojournalist Mo Amin’s unique cultural photography archives.
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