Chairman of the Lazaar Foundation for the promotion of regional arts and thought leadership, he is the Chairman and CEO of Swicorp , a leading provider of financial services and one of the largest private equity firms in the region. Swicorp's private equity activity comprises three private equity vehicles, with investor commitments totaling nearly US$ 1.4 billion, which include Swicorp Joussour and Intaj Capital. Swicorp maintains offices in Switzerland, Tunisia, Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Before founding Swicorp in 1987, Mr Lazaar was Vice-President at Citibank in North Africa and Saudi Arabia, and on the founding team of the Saudi-American Bank (Samba). Mr Lazaar holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Institut Superieur de Gestion in Tunis and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Tunis.