While pursuing his MBA, Mr. Kareem G. Nakshbendi an industry practitioner, founded the Kogod Private Equity & Venture Capital Club at the Kogod School of Business; American University, Washington D.C.  Kareem's intent was to transfer his passion for the industry to other students.

The idea of providing student investors the opportunity to take a partnership approach to their investment future was one that Kareem could not keep to himself.  Sharing his dreams and 
 aspirations for such an organization at American University with Dr. Philip English, Director of Masters of Finance & Real Estate programs and a Professor of Finance at the Kogod School, fueled the beginning of KPE.  Dr. English and Dr. Ghiyath F. Nakshbendi, Executive-in-Residence at the Kogod School, and Director of the Nakshbendi Scholarship, both served as the Founding Advisors for the organization.

Envisioning the ideal environment for everyone, regardless of their investment knowledge, Kareem started KPE, initially supported by a few friends and classmates. Ms. Jamie Steinberg, an enrolled M.B.A. classmate assumed the position as the club's Co-President.

At the beginning, the potential for this club's success was doubted not only by other classmates, but also by various faculty and staff. Nevertheless, this powerful and determined executive board overcame the affliction of limited support to grow their ideas into what we know and pride today, as the Kogod Private Equity & Venture Capital Club.

Today, many Kogod students of various majors and concentrations are a part of this organization.  They are learning how to analyze different private companies and early stage ventures while developing contacts for future life-long careers.  Networking activities are provided on a regular basis for active members who cultivate value for the organization.

We thank the original executive board for the ever-growing tradition they have build at the Kogod School as we are reminded by them that "The Time is Now."