Habib Kairouz, Managing Partner
Habib Kairouz is a managing partner of Rho Capital Partners, Rho Ventures and Rho Acceleration as well as a member of the Investment Committees of Rho Canada Ventures and Rho Fund Investors. With over 20 years of experience in venture capital, Habib seeks to partner with entrepreneurs who are visionaries, hungry to build massive opportunities, confident enough to challenge established market leaders and charismatic enough to attract top-tier partners, customers and other business personnel.
Habib joined Rho in 1993 and focuses on investments in new media, information technology and communication companies at various stages of development – from seed stage to growth equity. Prior to Rho, Habib worked in investment banking and leveraged buyouts in New York with Reich & Co. and Jesup & Lamont.
His interests also extend internationally to the impact of the Internet on globalization and its disruption of geopolitical boundaries, as well as solutions to the Middle East conflict. A native of Lebanon, Habib is involved with a number of nonprofit organizations focused on reforms and economic development there. He serves on the board of the Lebanon chapter of Endeavor Global. He is also a board member of Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE), a global networking organization focused on connecting financial executives around the world for the benefit of assisting and promoting the interests of Lebanon and the next generation of Lebanese.
Habib has a passion for skiing and tennis. Habib received a B.S. in engineering and a B.A. in economics from Cornell University and an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia University. Follow Habib on Twitter, and connect with him on LinkedIn.