Nemir A. Kirdar

Nemir Kirdar is President and Chief Executive Officer of Investcorp, the global investment group which he founded in 1982 and which operates out of New York , London and Bahrain .

He began his banking career in 1969, and following two years of internal credit training, he covered South East Asia and Japan for Allied Bank International in New York . In 1974, he joined Chase Manhattan Bank as Vice President and, between 1976 and 1981, he was posted to the Middle East to direct Chase’s activities in the Gulf.

Investcorp acts as a principal and an intermediary in international investment transactions. It specializes in alternative investments and the placement of these investment opportunities with institutional and high net worth individual clients, with a focus on private equity investing, including corporate investment in North America and Western Europe, global asset management, real estate investment in the United States and technology investment in North America and Western Europe. Investcorp’s operational structure is based on a network of six business teams divided between New York, London and Bahrain, and its current staff of over 300 who are drawn from 30 nationalities includes 180 people at the level of professional and above.

Mr Kirdar graduated in Economics from the University of the Pacific in California and holds an MBA from Fordham University in New York. He also completed Harvard Business School’s Senior Management Program. He has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Georgetown University, Washington D.C.; a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of the Pacific, California and an honorary Doctor of Economics degree from Richmond, the American International University in London.


  • Member of the Board of Directors, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
  • Member of the Visiting Committee, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Member of the Board of Visitors, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
  • Member of the Advisory Board, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University in the City of New York, New York.
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Judge Institute of Management Studies, Cambridge University, UK
  • Member of the Board of International Councillors, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C.
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship, Philadelphia.
  • Founding member of the International Business Council, World Economic Forum , Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Member of the International Board of the US/Middle East Project of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York.
  • Member of the Brookings International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution, Washington.

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Does America really ‘share values’ with today’s Israel?

In the late sixties or early seventies, when I served as the executive head of the Synagogue Council of America, the coordinating body for certain social action and interreligious activities of the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform national rabbinical and congregational organizations in the United States, I had a private conversation—one of many—with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who was considered the leader of modern Orthodoxy in the United States, if not the world.

Rabbi Soloveitchik had just completed a high-level seminar attended by a select group of rabbis and Christian ministers. I asked him if he would agree to lead another such a seminar on the Jewish attachment to the Land of Israel and the concept of “kedushat haaretz” (the holiness of the land), and how these are to be differentiated from concepts such as “blut und boden” (blood and land) at the heart of German fascism and other totalitarian regimes.

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