His Excellency Mr Miguel Gaspar Fernando Neto, Ambassador of Republic of Angola
His Excellency Mr Muyeba Chikonde, High Commissioner of Republic of Zambia
Her Excellency Ms Marie Ndjeka Opombo, Ambassador of Republic of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Amadssu Tadesse – President & CEO, Trade and Development Bank
Mr. Tadesse is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Tadesse served as a top executive for 10 years at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) where he was responsible for international finance and investment, as well as corporate strategy. Much earlier in his career, he served in various management and technical capacities with specialized UN agencies.
Mr. Tadesse is the vice-chairman of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI) and a member of the Institute of Bankers and the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa. He serves on several international boards and trust funds.
An Economist and Banker, Mr. Tadesse qualified at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Wits Business School and the University of Western Ontario. He also trained in advanced management and banking at Harvard Business School and INSEAD.
Odile Conchou – Director, Environment, Social, Governance and Impact, Proparco, AFD Group
Ms. Odile Conchou serves as the Head of the Environmental, Gouvernance and Social Impacts Unit at PROPARCO SA of CIEL Limited. Ms. Conchou joined PROPARCO in 2010 to develop its ESI activity and manages a team of five people tasked with providing environmental and social support and measuring the results and impacts of PROPARCO’s operations.
Ms. Conchou joined AFD in 2006, where she took part in the creation of the Environmental and Social Support Unit. She served as
Pedro Neves – Executive Board Member, UN Economic Commission for Europe
Responsible for originating and managing over 10 billion USD in infrastructure asset deals in over 60 countries in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. Assets deals range from Oil & Gas (upstream and downstream), Power (fossil and renewable in production, transmission and distribution), Environment (water, water treatment & solid waste, Mobility (Airports, Ports, Roads, Railways, Metro), Social Infrastructure (Health, Education, Public Administration), Real Estate and Urban Development, Mining, Industry and Logistics.
Pecro has achieved success managing investment operations, in new ventures, new markets and with new partners due to more than 25 years of experience operating management projects and SPV’s (special purpose vehicles) in the development and exploitation phases. His, 7+ years of experience working with the public sector (United Nations, government and state owned entities) designing and implementing policies for public sector investment have given him a unique perspective on public interest that has been key in originating deals and developing PPPs throughout the world. These activities cover the full life cycle of asset development starting with interpreting infrastructure gaps, analyzing demographics and market tendencies, designing products and business models, defining strategy and aligning goals between share and stakeholders, starting up / reorganizing of management teams, carrying out fund raising (debt, equity, mezzanine), M&A and managing value growth.
Has been lecturing on Business Development Strategy since 2001 and is the founder of the first MBA on Urban Renewal for which he has lectured on Sustainable and Urban Development and Urban Renewal Business since 2010
Elias Masilela – Executive Chairman, DNA Economics; Commissioner, 1st & 2nd National Planning Commmission; Member Investment Board, Future Planet Capital
He is Executive Chairman of DNA Economics, Commissioner of the 1st & 2nd National Planning Commission; Chairman of the V&A Waterfront, Capital Harvest and Kalafong Hospital; Board member of Multichoice South Africa, Alternative Prosperity and ABSA Asset Management. He is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at Wits University.
Recently, CEO of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). Other previous employers are the Central Bank of Swaziland, National Treasury and Sanlam. He has sat on many influential Boards in South Africa, in different capacities, such as the Board of the South African Savings Institute (SASI), the Taylor Commission, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF) and that of the Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) as well as the UNGC Board advising the Secretary General of the UN. A founder Chairman of the Financial Sector Charter Council.
He holds a BA degree in Social Sciences (Economics and Statistics) from the University of Swaziland, and an MSc in Economic Policy and Analysis with a specialization in Money, Banking and International Economics, from the Addis Ababa University.
Bo Mosale – Chief Executive Officer, Victus Global Capital
Bo Masole is the founder and serves as the CEO of Victus Global Ltd, and is the co-founder of Victus Global Capital Ltd. The Victus Global Group focuses on transforming agriculture in Africa through investment, capacity building and increased intra-Africa and international trade.
She is a Botswana citizen with a distinguished career in the UK and international food manufacturing industry, which has included senior roles with leading global blue chip companies such as Compass Group UK & Ireland. Brakes, Greencore, Lidl UK & Ireland and Pret-a-Manger. She has more than 15 years of experience of working with manufacturers and farmers in the UK, Europe, Asia, USA and Africa.
Gary White – Chief Executive Officer, Water.org
Gary is the CEO and Co-founder of Water.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. (Water.org is the resulting organization of the July 2009 merger between WaterPartners, co-founded by Gary in 1990, and H2O Africa, co-founded by actor Matt Damon). He developed Water.org’s WaterCredit Initiative, creating new financing options for poor populations to meet their water supply and sanitation needs. Gary also developed and now leads WaterEquity, an innovation of Water.org focused on raising and deploying social impact investment capital.
Over the past 25 years, Gary’s entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed, innovations that now serve as a model in the sector.
Gary is a leading advisor in the water and sanitation space, counseling organizations such as the Skoll Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, IKEA Foundation, and the Caterpillar Foundation on responses to the global water crisis. Gary is a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and Water Advocates.
Gary was selected as a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2009 and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2012. In 2011, he was named to the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. In 2014 he was named to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water.
Suleiman Kiggundu – Regional Director, Africa, CDC Group
Suleiman is Regional Director for Africa at CDC Group plc. Established by the UK Government in 1948, CDC is the world’s oldest development finance institution that is currently invested in over 1,300 companies supporting over 1.1 million jobs in various developing countries.
Suleiman is also Executive Chairman of CFS Group, a pan-African financial services group with interests in capital markets, investment banking and private equity. Until early 2014, Suleiman spent 10 years as Group CEO at CFS Group, focused on transforming it into a leading indigenously-owned financial services provider in sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to this, he spent 10 years with the HSBC Group in several senior positions, including Head of Corporate Banking for Sub-Saharan Africa at HSBC Equator Bank plc and Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking at HSBC Bank plc. Coordinating HSBC’s debt and risk advisory offerings in Africa, he personally completed transactions in more than 15 countries across Africa.
Suleiman holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Economics (cum laude) both from Yale University, as well as post-graduate diplomas in banking, finance and corporate governance.
Yana Kakar – Global Managing Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors
In her client work, Yana advises leaders across the public, philanthropic, and private sectors on inclusive business strategies, economic development, and investment in emerging and frontier markets. Yana has led teams across Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, including post-conflict and post-disaster countries such as Haiti and Afghanistan. Her perspectives have been published in a number of media outlets including the Financial Times, Devex, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, and The Guardian.
Yana is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). She serves as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and is a member of the Frontier Markets Council for the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA). Yana also serves on the Boards of Convergence, Speak Up Africa and Agora Fund.
Prior to joining Dalberg, Yana was with the Boston Consulting Group, VISA International, Women’s World Banking, and Arthur D. Little. She holds a BA from McGill University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jurgen Hammer – Chair, Social Performance Task Force & CRO, Fondation Grameen Credit Agricole
Jurgen HAMMER is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Social Performance Task Force (SPTF), directly in charge of strategic outreach, as well as Chief Risk Officer and Head of Social Performance Management at Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation (GCAF), an investor in financial inclusion and social business.
Jurgen’s involvement in financial inclusion started in 2006 when he joined EFSE (European Fund for Southeast Europe), a leading investment fund for the Balkans. Before returning to Paris in 2008 for the set up and launch of GCAF, he managed the technical assistance program at JAIDA, the local structured investment fund created to finance and support microfinance institutions in Morocco.
Jurgen continued his involvement in Morocco as an independent Board member of JAIDA until 2016. He also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at ACAD Finance, a leading rural MFI in Palestine. He has over 15 years of experience in corporate and investment banking at Deutsche Bank, as Senior Banker at Banco Santander and as Co-Head of Fixed Income and Securitization at Crédit Lyonnais/CALYON (now CA-CIB), working with Sovereigns, Financial Institutions and Corporates in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Jürgen holds an MBA in International Business from City University New York-Baruch, and a Master in Applied Economics from Paris University, Dauphine. He completed his primary and secondary education in Germany.
Victoria Gathogo – Head, Partnerships and Community Engagement – B Lab East Africa
Victoria Gathogo is the head of Partnerships and Community engagement at B Lab East Africa. She is excited to grow the B movement in the region, working with diverse partners to drive business as a force for good. Prior to this role, Victoria worked as operations and business development associate for Voice of the Family in Africa, to provide parental formational programs to the new generation of parents. She also worked at BDO as an Audit Assistant in their East Africa office.
Victoria holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Audencia Business School, Nantes France and a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi. She is also a Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK.
Christophe Chabaud – Director, Innpact Mauritius
Arnaud Gillin is Partner and co-founder of Innpact. Arnaud is leading the fund setup services including feasibility analysis, definition of investment strategies, market studies, financial modelling and operational and legal implementation. With over 17 funding structures designed, Arnaud has developed a strong expertise in the structuring of impact investment funds which account today for more than USD 3bn invested in sectors such as microfinance, climate change, energy efficiency, education, housing, agriculture and social entrepreneurship.
Arnaud has 17 years of experience in the financial services sector. Prior to Innpact, Arnaud worked as consultant in financial services and investment funds with Accenture and as risk manager and project manager at the Banque de Luxembourg. He holds a MSc. in Management from the Louvain School of Management in Belgium and Master in Microfinance from the Solvay Business School, Brussels.
Guido Boysen – Chief Executive Officer, Grofin
With over 20 years of experience in the financial services and consultancy industry, Guido has expertise in small business finance and support, private equity, venture capital and fund management. He worked at global consulting major Accenture and Dutch development bank FMO before moving to GroFin as Regional Manager East Africa in 2007.
He was promoted to CIO and is currently serving as CEO since January 2017. He served at various boards of private equity funds and local banks and holds a Master of Arts in International Finance & Entrepreneurship from Columbia University as well as a Master of Business Economics and Finance from the University of Groningen.
Dr. Frasia Karua – General Manager, Amref Health Africa
Dr. Frasia Karua is currently the General Manager of Amref Enterprises running a portfolio of businesses in health; having previously worked in Pharmaceutical Industry, Health Insurance and Clinical Services. She is a medical doctor with postgraduate training in Public Health, Business Administration and Organizational Development.
Frasia is a Leadership fellow of the Joanna Briggs Institute -Adelaide University and is currently undertaking research for her thesis to attain a Doctorate of Business Administration-Finance. Frasia Karua is a member of the Expert Review Committee for the Access to Medicine Index in 2018.
Bobby Console-Verma – Chief Executive Officer, Tower Gate Capital
Bobby is a Managing Director with over 25 years’ experience at top tier investment banks and brokerage firms. He has extensive experience in managing funds in multiple jurisdictions including Luxembourg, Mauritius, Bermuda and sub Saharan Africa and consequently has an extensive international network at institutional, family office & HNWI level and a proven track record in managing funds and companies at all stages of maturity.
He has held a number of C-suite roles including the Chief Executive Officer of MJ Hudson Fund Management Solutions, Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Emvest, a frontier market private equity fund and is also on the advisory board and investment committees of a number of funds & companies including Kaleidoscope Capital, an investment advisory group.
David Geral – Partner, Bowmans
He specialises in pensions, healthcare, group insurances and equity-linked incentive schemes. David advises local corporations, private and industry retirement funds, medical schemes and their service providers on governance, contracting, compliance and dispute resolution as well as on matters before the Pension Funds Adjudicator, the Council for Medical Schemes, the Competition Commission, the Financial Services Board Appeal Board, the Equality Court and the High Court. David supervises due diligences on these matters and advises on various transactions involving pension and medical benefits transfers.
David has BA and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town. David holds a certificate in Impact Investing in Africa from the University of Cape Town, and is a leading attorney in relation to impact investing, social impact bonds and environmental, social and governance related (ESG) investing in South Africa. He is a CEDR Accredited Commercial Mediator and a notary.
Sheriff Alabi – Consultant, African Development Bank
Dr. Sheriff Alabi is a versatile small business specialist, educator, marketing and business development consultant.He is the CEO of Savannah Enterprise Development Limited and an independent consultant with the African Development Bank, with nearly 30 years’ experience of living and working in the UK. He has worked with hundreds of small and medium sized businesses and marketing practitioners in the UK and in Africa, helping more than 300 new businesses launch successfully; supported over 1,000 small- medium enterprises (SMEs); improved the employment and business skills of close to 5,000 young people, employees, owner-managers and senior executives/directors in running successful organisations.
He has helped several small businesses grown from start-ups generating between £300K and £2.5M in revenues during the first three years of trading, including turnaround interventions for ailing small businesses. He has significant experience of the UK government-sponsored business support programmes for SMEs, including the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme, Business 2000 Loan Fund, The Phoenix Fund, the Up & Running Mentoring Scheme and other grants and small business loans funds, and has successfully raised finance for clients in excess of £3M to fund their business startup or growth.
Corinne Molitor – Director, Innpact
Corinne has been working over 20 years in the Luxembourg financial sector. She developed a strong interest for impact investment funds and is a founding member of European Impact Investment Luxembourg, a think tank promoting impact finance.
From 2013 to 2016, Corinne worked in Bangkok, Thailand as a freelance consultant for renewable energy and impact investment projects for South-East Asia.
Since October 2016, Corinne is a Director at Innpact, a private advisory company fostering innovative and sustainable impact investment initiatives. She co-chairs the Responsible investing committee of the Luxembourg fund industry association and sits on the Board of Triodos SICAV, a fund investing in sustainable equities and bonds, as well as of ADA Asbl, an NGO specialized in inclusive finance.
Corinne holds a Master in Business management and a Bachelor in Law from Universités de Strasbourg, France as well as a Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD, Singapore.
Sidney Yankson – Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Capital Partners
Sidney founded Ghana Capital Partners (“GCP”) in 2012 as a boutique project developer and private equity investor focussing on investments in Africa. GCP is now developing a wide range of projects including: Solar photovoltaic (“solar PV”), Waste to energy, Wind, Real estate development, and Financial services. Sidney recruited a team to be based on the ground in Africa for GCP in Nigeria, Mozambique, Zambia, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana. He has developed projects from greenfield in the renewable energy space, and also looks at typical minority equity investments into established businesses. Sidney was instrumental in developing GCP’s 28MW solar PV project, which was awarded the runners-up prize at the West Africa Forum for Clean Energy Finance. Sidney has spent a considerable time on the continent and is a regular speaker at conferences. Sidney has been asked to speak at a number of conferences and roundtables, including: an EU roundtable in Brussels regarding energy access in Africa in 2013, a UN Foundation conference in Washington DC regarding mini-grids in Africa in 2014.
In addition to this, Sidney Yankson has consulted for the German Development Bank, KFW, regarding whether the GET-FiT programme could assist to galvanise the Ghanaian renewable energy market. Prior to founding GCP, Sidney worked in finance for over 16 years and is a qualified barrister in Hong Kong. Sidney has BSc Physics (Durham), LLB (Hons) in Law (London), LLM in American Law (Boston) and Postgraduate Certificate in Law (Hong Kong University)..
Marise Blom – General Manager, SCOPEInsight
Marise Blom is General Manager of SCOPEinsight. SCOPEinsight is a leading provider of assessment and analysis tools that measure the level of professionalism of farmer organizations, thereby providing business intelligence to create opportunities in agriculture. In the past years, it has been Marise’s quest to find a way to contribute to financing small and medium sized businesses in emerging economies.
During her professional career, she has worked for different companies, ranging from large multi-nationals, start-ups, NGOs, to Emerging Market Funds, where she focused on management, providing financial services and information to investors and stakeholders.
Marise holds an MSc Economics degree from the Groningen University in the Netherlands.
Kenneth Legesi – Infrastructure & Capital Project Manager, Deloitte
Kenneth is a Manager at Deloitte, in the Strategy & Innovation practice, mainly providing advisory services for infrastructure and capital projects. He has over fourteen years’ experience in infrastructure and capital projects and real estate sectors including advisory services across the infrastructure and capital projects lifecycle for Lenders, Governments, Investors and Operators including Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects across different geographies and sectors.
Kenneth provides insightful and relevant technical and financial advice for infrastructure and capital projects and real estate for both corporate and project financed mandates. This includes preparing feasibility studies, undertaking due diligence, supporting the procurement process and preparing transaction materials, developing contract documentation, gaining successful financial close and supporting operations of infrastructure assets.
Kenneth has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Makerere University, a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering with Business Management from Imperial College London and he has completed the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Program.
Obum Ekeke – Head of Computing Education Programs, Google
Obum is the Head of Computing Education Programs at Google and he has been with the company since 2007, where he co-founded the Google Educator Groups community program, helping educators around the world bring education technology solutions to the classroom.
Obum also launched skills development initiatives in universities across Africa, Latin America, India, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, empowering millions of students with digital marketing and software development skills. Obum is passionate about leveraging the power of technology to help people live, work and unveil their greatest potential.
Onyekachi Wambu – Director, Africa Foundation for Development
Onyekachi was educated at the University of Essex and completed his M.Phil in International Relations at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Before AFFORD, he worked extensively as a journalist and television documentary. He edited The Voice Newspaper at the end of the 1980s and has made documentaries and programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and PBS.
He has written widely on Africa and her global diaspora. His publications include Under the Tree of Talking: Leadership for Change in Africa (ed) and Empire Windrush: 50 years of writing about black Britain (ed). He is co-founder of African Remembrance Day and a trustee of the African social justice platform, Fahamu. His previous positions at AFFORD, include head of communications and SCORE4africa.
Dan Schonfeld – Partner & Head of Finance, Vital Capital Fund
Mr. Schonfeld has served as the Vital Capital Fund’s Head of Finance since its inception, bringing the expertise he developed from 15 years as an international consultant with McKinsey & Company, UBS and Ernst & Young. As a consultant, he led teams in carrying out complex assignments in the areas of finance, strategy, economics, business development and law for clients in the infrastructure, construction, healthcare, energy, telecommunication, financial services and other industries, in Africa and other regions. Through these activities, Mr. Schonfeld developed a rigorous, methodological approach to the analysis of potential investment opportunities.
Mr. Schonfeld holds an undergraduate degree in Law (LLB) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MBA from the INSEAD Business School in France & Singapore.
In addition to his other responsibilities at Vital Capital, Mr. Schonfeld also serves as a Board Member in several of Vital Capital’s current portfolio companies.
Angela Falconer – Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative
Dr. Angela Falconer is Associate Director based in London. She joined CPI in 2010 and led international public climate finance tracking efforts for the first editions of the Global Landscape of Climate Finance. She subsequently led studies in Indonesia and Côte D’Ivoire to build national landscapes of climate finance, in collaboration with relevant ministries. Angela was heavily involved in CPI’s Indonesia program in its early years, including roles advising the Government of Indonesia on national climate fund design and studies evaluating fiscal policies in the palm oil sector.
Angela has a particular interest in sustainable agriculture and forests and through her work with the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, and has led CPI’s support to develop the Climate Smart Lending Platform and the Cloud Forest Blue Energy Mechanism, as well as work with the European Forest Institute and UN-REDD to identify entry points and incentives for public and private investment in sustainable land use.
Prior to joining CPI, Angela worked as a climate change and energy policy consultant, primarily for European government agencies. Angela holds a PhD in the Science and Management of Climate Change from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where her thesis focussed on REDD+ finance, an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, and an MA in Geography from the University of Glasgow.
Mamadou Toure – Chairman, Ubuntu Capital
Mamadou is Chairman and CEO of Ubuntu Capital, a leading Investment and Advisory firm focused on designing and implementing integrated innovative investment solutions uplifting projects ecosystems. He is also Founder and Chairman of Africa 2.0 Foundation.
He was previously Managing Director with GE Africa. In this role, Mamadou led a regional Capital Markets (Sales and Project Finance) team across Sub-Saharan Africa supporting GE’s industrial business growth with sales’ funding and investment solutions. Before joining GE, Mamadou worked at IFC (International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group) in the Infrastructure Department mostly in charge of private sector investments in the Telecommunications, Media and Technologies sector covering Sub-Saharan Africa.
Over the last 15 years, he has worked on advisory assignments and various investment transactions in more than 26 African countries driving growth on the continent and leading a total value of transactions exceeding US$30 billion. More recently, he contributed to various publications on infrastructure, telecommunications, media and fin-tech. He has committed his passion for Africa since early age, as he started his first NGO at the age of 19, (Afrique Tandem) mobilizing more than a hundred African students across Europe to enable skills and knowledge transfer into the continent through concrete uplifting projects and linkages programs.
Paul Vincent Cable – Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EnSo Impact
As Chairman of UNESCO Schools UK, as Co-Producer of the Humanitarian Water and Food Awards, as trustee of NGOs, as Co-creator of The100Hours, directly with hundreds of school and university students aged of 3 to 25, and as CEO of EnSo, Paul has led teams across Africa and Asia, especially India, as well as the developed world.
With Dr Ron Browning, Paul co-developed an approach to educating children in wise and compassionate living and leadership, co-founding The100Hours. He brought The100Hours directly to the attention of Commonwealth Heads of State and royalty, advocating The100Hours for school children worldwide. He is a graduate of Cambridge University.
Leslie Labruto – Global Energy Lead, Acumen
Leslie Labruto is the Global Energy Lead at Acumen. Prior to that she was the Senior Manager of Programs for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) at the Clinton Foundation in New York City. Leslie works across teams to advance programmatic and project development across the climate and energy system. Specifically, Leslie leads the Resilient Communities Program, one of CCI’s six programs, focused on diesel replacement in island nations. Leslie joins CCI from Summit Partners, a $15 billion venture capital and growth equity firm in Boston, where she served on the Technology investment team with a focus on energy data, energy storage, and infrastructure software.
Previously, Leslie received her Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College in London where she published her thesis on Contrasting Perspectives on China’s Rare Earth Policies in the Journal of Energy Policy. While in London, Leslie also worked as the Series Coordinator at the UK-Green Building Council for the London Olympics.
She earned her undergraduate engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, where she currently serves on the Vanderbilt Board of Trust. While at Vanderbilt, she served as president of Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Recycling (SPEAR) and led an initiative in partnership with Vanderbilt Student Government to secure Vanderbilt’s $75,000 Green Fund for sustainable student initiatives on campus. Leslie also helped create Vanderbilt’s first humanitarian senior design project which aims to bring renewable energy to a rural community in Guatemala.
Justin Murray – Portfolio Manager, Barak Asha Impact Fund
Justin has more than 10 years of experience in the African Agribusiness sector. In roles from Organized Agriculture to the Chief Executive of a Fund Manager specializing in small-holder farm development, Justin has extensive experience initiating, developing, assessing and growing opportunities.
As the CEO of Akwandze Agricultural Finance, Justin more than doubled available funding from Impact Focused funders, deployed the funds thereby tripling the loan book and achieved record distributions to investors. Through his leadership, the deployment of these funds created over 27 000 economic inclusion opportunities for small-holder farmers and Community Based Joint Ventures.
These opportunities created over 1 000 new jobs and sustained approximately 3 800 existing agricultural jobs. Justin completed his undergraduate studies at Rhodes University and received a MComm (Economics) from the University of Cape Town. He completed his MBA the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Christelle Kupa Osterle – Chief Executive Officer, Uhusiano Capital
Christelle is the Managing Director at Uhusiano Capital. Prior to joining Symbiotics, Christelle worked as a Director of Sales and Marketing for ACPI Investments in London. Subsequently, she worked in investment banks in London including JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs as a relationship manager servicing the hedge fund community. Christelle holds a BAA (Hon) in Business Studies from the University of Westminster, U.K.
Arjun Batra – Founder & CIO, Lendable
Arjun is the founder and CIO of Lendable, a specialty finance platform focused on Africa. As Lendable’s CIO, he oversees its investment and capital markets activities. Prior to Lendable, Arjun worked for BlackRock, where he oversaw the firms investments in disruptive financial technology platforms.
He also worked closely with senior management to build internal investment platforms focused on combating liquidity challenges in the fixed income market. Arjun started his career at Houlihan Lokey, where he advised companies on debt restructuring and M&A opportunities..
Saul Sender – Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Saul is a corporate finance partner handling complex cross-border transactions. His practice covers a broad spread of areas including equity capital markets, general corporate, public and private M&A and joint ventures.
He has advised on a number of UK and cross-border transactions in a wide range of sectors including minerals and mining, clean-tech, advertising, software, life sciences and consumer products.
Saul has particular experience advising international businesses raising money in the London and European markets and in a wide range of transactions in the metals and mining sector. These range from negotiating project development agreements in sub-Saharan Africa to leading multi-billion dollar M&A transactions with mining majors. He also regularly advises companies on international joint ventures, particularly in the retail or franchise industries.
- Advising on a number of joint venture and development agreements for copper/cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Advising on the admission of numerous over-seas companies on their admission to AIM and associated fund-raisings.
- Advising Al Mirqab Capital on the takeover of Heritage Oil Plc, through our client’s wholly owned subsidiary Energy Investments Global Ltd. The takeover is valued at $1.5 billion.
Chris Isaac – Senior Director of Investments, AgDevCo
Chris Isaac is one of AgDevCo’s founders and a member of the board. Today he has senior investment director responsibility for Malawi, Uganda and Rwanda. He has been working in development finance for the past 15 years, with extended periods living and working in southern Africa. Chris previously worked with InfraCo Africa on infrastructure development; as an economic adviser for the UK’s Department for International Development; and as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in the Namibian government. His career started as a corporate finance specialist with Arthur Andersen in London. Chris has politics and economics degrees from University College, Oxford (BA Hons, PPE) and the London School of Economics (MSc Economics).
AgDevCo is a social impact investor and project developer operating exclusively in the African agriculture sector. Our mission – to create jobs, improve food security and boost rural prosperity– is based on a belief that profitable agriculture is the best route out of poverty for the majority of Africa’s rural poor. We invest debt and equity in companies with the potential to make a lasting positive impact in their communities. In addition to early-stage risk capital, we provide hands-on technical support to management teams. AgDevCo operates in eight African countries. We have invested more than $90 million into 50 companies to date.
Peter Weston – Director of Investment Advisory, Energy 4 Impact
Peter Weston is Director of Investment Advisory at Energy 4 Impact, a non profit organisation which provides business, financing and technical advice to private enterprises active in off-grid energy in Sub Saharan Africa. Peter is an expert in renewable energy, with 20 years of experience as an investor, lender and strategic adviser. He is a non-executive director of social investor Thrive Renewables and a board member of the NGO Renewable World.
He was previously global head of finance and investment for two power equipment suppliers – Siemens Wind and MAN – and led GE Capital’s European energy lending team. Peter has a BA in Economics and Politics from Warwick University.