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Education Investment MENA
Conference: 9 - 10 November 2022
DubaiDubai, United Arab Emirates

Dr Pablo Fetter
CEO at Capital School


Dr Pablo Fetter is an expert in education with a track record of leading merger & acquisition transactions in education companies as well as running international private school operators as CEO.

As Capital School CEO, he led the turnaround of the company, both academically and financially: from “Satisfactory” to “Good” (according to the British government’s BSO) and from declining to increasing profitability.

Dr Pablo brings in almost three decades of experience in education, investments, and industry. He participated in the world’s largest Education transactions including TA Associates’ investment into InspirED, the sale of Cognita and the reshuffle of GEMS’ private equity investors.

Previously, Dr Pablo was CEO of Kings’ Education, an operator of premium schools in the Middle East. As CEO and board member of GEMS Africa, he was instrumental in building GEMS operations in Africa to a $250M partnership with the world’s largest development-oriented fund. As Commercial Director & Head of Investments at GEMS Global, Dr Pablo was responsible to expand the company’s international footprint both through joint ventures for new green-field projects, and through acquisitions of existing schools.

Before that, Dr Pablo was Head of Private Equity & Direct Investments at Mumtalakat, Bahrain's $8B sovereign wealth fund, as well as Managing Director and Partner at the private equity and venture capital operations of Istithmar World (Dubai) and Neuhaus Partners (Germany). Dr Pablo was a member of 10+ Boards of Directors and held multiple senior executive roles.

Previously, Dr Pablo had a successful business-development career with Telecom Denmark, Daimler, EADS/Airbus and Mercedes Benz. He contributed to the development and market introduction of the world’s first speech recognition system for the car environment for the Mercedes Benz S-Class in 1996. The further development of this product (“Linguatronic”) is still commercially available across the Mercedes Benz line of cars.

Dr Pablo resided and worked in seven countries in Europe, South America, Asia and Middle East, and is proficient in four languages.

Agenda Sessions

  • Hot Topic! Investor Panel: Projection vs Reality: Analysing the Quality of Deals in 2020/2021

  • Hot Topic!: From bad to good; A case study in turning around a school in the UAE


Speakers at this event