Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Appoints James Kester as Chief Investment Officer for Private Equities

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) appointed James Kester as Chief Investment Officer for Private Equities.  Kester will be responsible for developing ADIA’s strategy in the private equity space and overseeing the activities of the private equity programme.  He will be based in Abu Dhabi and report to Hareb Al Darmaki, Executive Director of the Private Equities Department. Kester is replacing George Sudarskis, who left the sovereign wealth fund to start his own private equity firm, Sudarskis & Partners.

Kester joins ADIA from Zurich Asset Management in the United States, where he served as Head of Private Equity.  Prior to this, he spent 6 years as Co-CEO of Allianz Private Equity Partners in Munich, Germany.

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