Christopher Baird is a corporate partner in the DLA Piper London office and has a significant number of years’ experience in M&A and corporate transactional work. His experience includes a broad range of share and business acquisitions and disposals, private equity work, cross-border transactions, joint ventures and group reorganisations. Chris has acted for corporates, private equity houses, multi-national organisations and management teams in a broad range of sectors including energy, mining, consumer goods, media and technology.
Prior to joining the London office, Chris was based in Johannesburg, South Africa where he was intimately involved in a number of high profile M&A transactions for both private and listed clients.
James Kamau is the Managing Partner of IKM Advocates, one of the leading and fastest growing full business service law firms in Kenya. He is a leading corporate and projects lawyer in Kenya with over 25 years post admission experience. His main areas of practice include finance, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, energy, infrastructure and Public Private Partnerships (“PPPs”).
James has handled numerous complex transactions and is the trusted legal adviser of leading local and multinational companies, private equity firms and development finance institutions (“DFIs”) with extensive business and investments in East Africa.
Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed is a champion of industrialization, with a drive to promote local enterprises to curb unemployment in Kenya.
As a private sector leader, CS Mohammed was a pioneer for the financial services sector of Africa, holding multiple leadership positions in banking across Africa. He was previously Chief Administrative Officer of Barclays Africa and before this, the Managing Director of Barclays Bank in East and West Africa. CS Mohammed also had a distinguished career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London where he trained as a Chartered Accountant.
CS Adan Mohammed is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School and holds a First Class Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi.
Prior to joining Acumen in June 2014, Ashley Speyer worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York where she conducted research on Cuba’s energy landscape and Brazil’s foreign policy strategy in Africa. Her passion for international development and social entrepreneurship began during her experiences in East Africa where she learned the importance of local ownership in development efforts. In 2007, while in high school, she partnered with a women’s cooperative and created a non-profit organization to build a school in Arusha, Tanzania. During college, Ashley spent time in Uganda studying international development and the impact of decentralization on citizen participation. She volunteered at a local human rights organization and wrote her undergraduate thesis on transnational advocacy networks and their role in enforcing international norms. Ashley received her B.A. in Sociology from Colorado College.
Julio Garrido-Mirapeix, who is a Spanish national, has spent 27 years overseas working in development issues, of which the last 19 in Africa, 13 years with KPMG. He founded and currently serves as lead partner in KPMG’s IDAS in Africa. Relevant working experience with international agencies, KPMG and other private sector companies as Managing Partner, Head of Unit, Programme Manager, Team Leader & Consultant in over 40 Latin American, Caribbean, African and Asian countries
He joined KPMG in March 2003 and became a Partner in September 2005, being responsible for the consolidation of the Advisory unit of KPMG Mozambique, which he grew from 6 to 65 professionals. He founded in 2007 the first Business Unit of KPMG in the Africa Region, IDAS, with HQs in Nairobi, Kenya, and regional offices in Accra and Harare, integrated currently by a team of 6 partners, 18 Directors and + 160 highly qualified professionals based in several African countries and the UK.
Julio has provided strategic and policy advice at the highest level. He has built up a broad experience in the management of US$ multi-million, large and complex programmes, in particular involving Global, Africa-wide, region and country-specific Challenge Funds, with particular emphasis on agroindustry, financial innovation, renewable energy, resilience and adaptation to climate change.
Liz Muange is an Investment Specialist at the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, where she manages projects aimed at increasing investment in companies operating in East Africa, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Mauritius partnering with the investors, private sector associations and government. She previously worked at Lattice Consulting, African Guarantee Fund and Deloitte. Liz is a Certified Public Accountant and a Bcom (Hons) from University of Nairobi and MA (Distinction) degree holder from Catholic University Milan, Italy. She has previously worked in various advisory and financial institutions such as Lattice Consulting, African Guarantee Fund and Deloitte. Liz has more than 10 years’ experience in the areas of corporate finance, project finance, risk management and project management for investment related development projects. She has worked in various countries in Africa and Europe.
Jason Spindler is Co-Founder & Managing Director of I-DEV, a strategy and investment advisory firm focused on building scalable businesses and social enterprises in emerging markets. He has 15+ years of experience advising large and small corporations on growth, management and financial strategy. Prior to I-DEV, he helped high-growth global tech/telcom companies raise over $50BN in capital as an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup, led buyouts and acquisitions of manufacturing and operating companies at AlixPartners’ $1BN private equity fund, managed and led the growth of a $7M locally-owned agribusiness in Northern Peru during his service in the U.S. Peace Corps, and advised over 100 emerging markets SMEs on growth and capital strategy. Jason has a Juris Doctorate from NYU Law, focused on Rule of Law, and a B.S. in Business from University of Texas- Austin.
Rebecca Mincy started working for Acumen as a Short-Term Associate for the Portfolio Team in 2012. She worked on the deal teams for Ethio-Chick (Agriculture), First Access (FinTech) and Devergy (Energy). Rebecca briefly left Acumen to be the In-Country Manager for IDEO.org’s Amplify Program, a series of innovation challenges that invests in early-stage solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Prior to Acumen, she worked in the foreign service, for a disaster relief-focused NGO, an emerging market debt hedge fund, and in academia. Rebecca has a MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, a BA from Stanford in French. She currently serves as a Trustee for UK-based charity TechForTrade, and is co-founder of Catwalk to Freedom, a non-profit that uses fashion to help educate and provide sustainable employment training to South Sudanese refugee girls facing or fleeing early marriage.
Prior to joining Novastar, Sapna Shah was a Portfolio Manager at Acumen East Africa in Nairobi, investing in businesses that provide goods and services to low income households and managing a portfolio of companies in the Agriculture and Energy sectors. She also co-founded Naked Pizza, a customer-focused, pizza delivery business in Nairobi.
Her previous experience was with Lloyds TSB in the UK, Europe and the US, and HSBC in Jordan, in distressed asset management, risk, restructuring and turnaround. She has helped turnaround a vast array of companies in diverse industries ranging from financial services to football clubs. Her achievements include ensuring continued operation of some of the Icelandic banks in the U.K. during the financial crisis and managing HSBC’s exposure to the largest restructuring in the Kingdom of Jordan.
Sapna graduated from the London School of Economics with a Bsc (Hons) in Government and Economics
Erik Hersman is the CEO of BRCK, a rugged, self-powered, mobile Wi-Fi device that connects people and things to the Internet in areas of the world with poor infrastructure. He leads a number of web and mobile projects through organizations including iHub, a Nairobi community center that’s an epicenter for Kenya’s booming tech industry. The mobile app Ushahidi, which he co-developed, allows users to share breaking news through text messaging and continues to revolutionize and empower journalists, watchdog groups and everyday people around the world.
Karim Anjarwalla is Managing Partner of Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K) and heads the firm’s Corporate Department. Mr. Anjarwalla has a wide array of experience advising domestic, regional and international clients on M&A, joint ventures and private equity investments.
Mr. Anjarwalla is consistently involved in the most prominent transactions in the region. He recently advised the Kenyan Government on its US$2bn sovereign eurobond issuance – the largest sovereign debut debt issue in sub-Saharan Africa to date – as well as the subsequent US$750mn tap. He also acted on the largest private equity investment in Kenya, representing Equity Bank on its sale of a 24.99% stake to Helios Investment Partners as well as representing Helios on its recent sale of half of its stake in Equity Bank to Norfund. Mr. Anjarwalla also represented Essar Telecom Kenya Ltd. on its entry into and subsequent divesture from the Kenyan mobile phone market which resulted in the consolidation of the market from four to three providers.
Under Mr. Anjarwalla ’s leadership, A&K established ALN, the first and most integrated alliance of leading independent law firms in Africa. Since its inception in 2004, ALN has expanded into 13 jurisdictions in Africa with an affiliate office in Dubai.
Mr. Anjarwalla is regularly an invited expert at various international legal and business forums and has spoken at events held by Peking University, New York University and Cambridge, the Milken Institute, Wharton, and Harvard.
He is rated as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers Global, IFLR1000 and Legal 500 and is featured in Who’s Who Legal.
Dominic Rebelo is a Partner in A&K’s Corporate Department. He has wide ranging experience in private equity investments and fund formation, FDI, setting up of local and foreign businesses in East Africa, corporate mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, natural resources, environmental law and competition law.
He has advised domestic, regional and international private and publicly listed companies on a variety of commercial transactions, including share privatisations, acquisitions, and public listings. Dominic recently advised on the largest announced equity investment transaction in Kenya and East Africa in 2016, and one of the largest equity deals in Kenya to date, the CDC Group investment of USD 140 million in ARM Cement. He also acted for Amethis Africa Finance and Metier Investments Advisory on a USD 40 million acquisition of 49% of Kenafric Development, and for Catalyst Principal Partners in connection with their setup of and fund raising for Catalyst Fund II as well as in their debt and equity investment in the Kensta Group, amongst others. Dominic is recognised as a leading lawyer in Chambers Global, IFLR1000 and Legal 500.
Prior to joining A&K, Dominic was a Partner at Daly & Figgis Advocates.
Ngalaah Chuphi leads Ethos’ sub-Saharan Africa strategy and until very recently, he headed up the firm’s investor relations activities and played a critical role in the successful raising of Ethos Funds V and VI. He recently led Ethos’ investment into Eaton Towers, a leading pan-African, independent provider of shared telecom towers.
His portfolio activities have been supported by over ten years of prior management consulting and project finance experience in several countries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and an MBA in Finance from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.
Nzomo Mutuku is since May 1, 2017 the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Retirement Benefits Authority in Kenya. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Mutuku worked at the National Treasury as the Senior Advisor, Financial Sector and Acting Director, Financial and Sectoral Affairs Department working on policy matters relating to financial sector development including financial inclusion, efficiency and stability. Previously he was the Chief Manager, Research & Development at the Retirement Benefits Authority and has also worked in the Research Department of the Central Bank of Kenya.
Mr Mutuku holds a Masters of Arts degree in Economics as well as a first class honours Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of Nairobi and a Certificate in Digital Money from Tufts University. He has also undertaken training in pensions and financial markets in various countries including the UK and Canada and at Harvard University and the Wharton Business School in the United States. He has authored a number of paper on financial sector issues including “the Case for Consolidated Financial Sector Supervision in Kenya“ and “the Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the Pensions Sector in Kenya” which are widely quoted in the region
Henry Kyanda is the CEO & Trust Secretary of Kenya Power Pension Fund, one of the leading Kenyan occupational pension funds. The Fund is invested in diversified asset classes that included real estate and investments in private equity through private equity funds and co-investment. In 2014, the Fund was credited as the first pension fund in Eastern Africa to invest in a private equity fund. Henry has participated in the structuring and negotiation of acquisition of private equity holdings for the Fund and sits as a member of the board of the Fund’s investee companies. He has wide experience in pensions, investments and strategic management spanning over 15 years.
Henry holds a Master of Business Administration Degree and Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration (Finance).
Ayisi Makatiani is an investor, entrepreneur, Founder and heads Fanisi Capital, which manages 2 funds investing in high growth enterprises across East Africa. Ayisi sits on the boards of Haltons, the leading pharmacy retail chain in Eastern Africa, Hillcrest International Schools, the leading set of British Curriculum Schools in Kenya, Sophar, a leading pharmacy wholesale and distribution business in Rwanda, Turnkey Africa, the leading provider of enterprise software solutions for the insurance sector across Africa and East Africa Venture Capital Association.
Previously he was founding chairman of JamboJet, the leading low cost carrier, a board member at Barclays Bank of Kenya, founder and CEO of Africa Online Inc., Chairman at Ogilvy & Mather (East Africa) and vice Chairman of second largest Kenyan university Kenyatta University.
Mr. Makatiani, who received the highest civilian presidential award, Order of the Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS), for services rendered to the republic, was also previously head of the African Management Services Company (AMSCO), founded by the International Finance Corporation – the World Bank’s private-sector arm.
He was educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-Boston, MA, USA. He holds several track and field records and is a keen amateur mountaineer.
Adil Suleman is the head of Actuarial Services at Alexander Forbes in Kenya.
John Aglionby has been the Financial Times East Africa correspondent since August 2015, based in Nairobi.
He joined the FT in 2006 as Jakarta correspondent before moving to London in 2009 to the world news desk as international economy news editor. In 2013 John moved to the main news desk as a senior reporter and news editor on the live news desk, where he was at the heart of the team that implemented the FT’s transition to a “digital first” news organisation.
Before working for the FT, John was the south-east Asia correspondent for the Guardian and the Indonesia reporter for the Economist.
Phillip Myburgh has 24 years’ experience and is a co-Founder and Partner of Ethos Mezzanine Partners (previously called Mezzanine Partners).
Prior to founding Mezzanine Partners in 2005, Phillip was a Director of Brait South Africa and Brait Private Equity, with primary responsibility for leveraged finance in Brait’s private equity business. Whilst Mezzanine Partners was part of the Stanlib group, Phillip was also head of Credit Portfolio Management in Stanlib’s R170bn Fixed Interest Division, and assumed responsibility for credit across 10 SSA local currency FI operations in the group.
Prior to joining Brait in 2000, Phillip filled senior and executive management positions in the Special Projects and Structured Finance Divisions of Standard Merchant Bank, Rand Merchant Bank and African Merchant Bank.
Phillip received a Master’s degree in Public Administration (Financial Markets and Analysis) from Harvard University, where he was an Edward S. Mason Fellow; and a BA LLB from the University of Stellenbosch. He has an H Dip Tax cum laude from the University of Johannesburg and is admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.
Sheel Gill has over 20 years of financial and accounting experience, having qualified as a UK Chartered Accountant in 1996. Over the last 15 years, she has been a trusted advisor, having been responsible for over a 100 transactions, to a diverse portfolio of clients in East Africa, UK and Germany. She has experience of leading some of the largest acquisitions, vendor and refinancing projects, due diligences and demergers. She has an unrivalled track record of undertaking and successfully closing out transactions. She focuses on the issues that impact on value and will provide advice based on evidence and observations.
In Kenya she leads KPMG’s East African Deal and Strategy practice. Her key private sector clients include Emerging Capital Partners, Ethos Private Equity, Amethis Africa Finance, Progression Capital Africa Limited amongst others. In Germany and UK her PE clients included CVC, 3i, Goldman Sachs PIA, Oaktree Capital Management to name a few.
Since 2014, Sheel has been closely working with the EAVCA as their research partner. The first EAVCA/KPMG survey launched in 2015 was one of the first of its type in the East Africa region. The aim of the survey is to give the financial investor a greater understanding of the diversifying trends and growing sector in the East African Region.
She provides the full range of services across a deal lifecycle be it growth, buy, sell, fund, partner or fix.
James O’Donnell is a funds lawyer advising investors in, and sponsors of, private, international and closed ended funds, with a particular emphasis on emerging markets funds.
He has extensive experience of fund related transactions, including primary, secondary, secondary direct and co-investment deals, the establishment and operation of funds and carried interest vehicles, management spin-outs, managed accounts and joint ventures.
His experience includes advising banks, development finance institutions, funds of funds, fund sponsors, insurance companies, pension plans, sovereign wealth funds and other market participants and he regularly represents development finance institutions in respect of their fund-related investments
Andrew Mugambi is a partner in the corporate commercial and real estate department of HH&M with over 18 years of experience. He has built a solid infrastructure and public-private partnership (“PPP”) advisory practice. Andrew’s stellar work in PPPs and Infrastructure projects has made him one of the top legal advisor in many government projects including the current Road Annuities Project which is the first of its kind in Kenya.
In addition to his work in Infrastructure and PPPs, Andrew regularly advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, capital market transactions, joint ventures, banking and finance and legal regulatory advice across the financial services sectors. He has considerable expertise in mergers & acquisitions and private equity. Some of the recent transactions he has been involved in include Hass Petroleum Trading GR (DMCC) Limited (“Hass”) and Private Equity Investment into a group of Companies in Eastern Africa.
Andrew is recognized for his extensive experience in the field of commercial transactions, by Chambers Global and is listed as one of the leading lawyers in finance and corporate transactions by IFLR 1000.
Caroline Mugadi spent the early part of her career in various Treasury roles in Kenya, starting off as a Trainee Dealer in Standard Chartered Bank Kenya, Senior Dealer in Stanbic Bank (part of the Standard Bank of South Africa Group), Treasurer at Diamond Trust Bank and Treasurer at Co-operative Bank of Kenya. She has had the opportunity to start functions and eventually transfer her Treasury skills to the Software Banking sector. She had a short stint with Misys Banking Solutions as Solution Consultant Sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on East & West Africa, including the Portuguese speaking Angola and Mozambique. Carol is currently the Regional Business Lead, East Africa, for Thomson Reuters, a role she assumed in December 2013. She is responsible for customer growth and retention in the firms’ chosen market segments and promoting the company brand and value proposition in these markets.
Paul Maasdorp is a Managing Director at Emerging Capital Partners (ECP). He is responsible for deal sourcing, investment appraisal, transaction execution, and portfolio monitoring. Paul is based in Nairobi and serves on the boards of Java House (East Africa), IHS Holdings (Pan Africa), Maarifa Education (East and Southern Africa) and Remitix Holdings (Pan Africa).
Prior to joining ECP in 2010, Paul worked with Berkshire Partners LLC, a Boston-based private equity firm with aggregate capital commitments of over $11 billion. At Berkshire, he worked on investments in various sectors including consumer/retail, business services, and transportation throughout the US and Europe. Paul began his career with Bain & Company working in their private equity and general consulting practices.
Paul has an MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from Harvard College. He is a citizen of Zimbabwe.
Gladys Makumi is a Director with Deloitte in East Africa and leads the Corporate Finance Services team in the region. She has over 15 years of local and international experience in Corporate Finance including Transaction Advisory, Information Memoranda Development, Due Diligence Investigations – for strategic buyers and Private Equity Clients – and Business Valuations.
Her wealth of experience spans from financial services, aviation, manufacturing, telecommunications, banking and education sectors, having advised various clients ranging from blue chip companies, private equity firms and small and medium enterprises.
At Deloitte, Gladys has had the opportunity to work across various geographies including Deloitte in Toronto, where she worked in the Financial Advisory department.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce- Finance Major – from The University of Nairobi and is a qualified accountant. She also holds a higher diploma from the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS).
Martha Mbugua is a partner at Hamilton Harrison & Mathews, one of the oldest firms in Kenya, and has over 10 years of expereince in legal practice. Her key practice areas inculde private equity (fund formation, acquisitions/investments and exits), mergers and acquisitions, competition law (mergers and restrictive trade practices), corporate restructurings, general commercial contracts (particularly distributorship and franchise agreements) and construction contracts.
Martha has recently worked on a number of large private equity transactions including advising the National Treasury/Government of Kenya on the acquisition of France Telkom’s stake in Telkom Kenya by Helios Investment Partners, advising Kensta Group on the acquisition of a minority interest by Catalyst Principal Partners, advising DOB Equity on its investment into Countryside Dairy Limited (a local milk processing company) and most recently, advising Africa Logistic Properties Limited on its equity capital raise of over US$ 60 million from investors such as CDC Group, IFC, Mbuyu Capital and various others.
Martha has been ranked as a rising star in private equity and mergers and acquisitions by IFLR 1000, a global law firm and lawyer ranking directory.
Phyllis Njeri has been with the TransCentury group since 2011 in the Power Division where she worked at East African Cables as the Marketing and Customer Service manager. At the beginning of 2014, Phyllis took up a group role to oversee the communication strategy for the group and its subsidiaries.
Phyllis has a Bachelors of Science Degree in International Business Administration with a Marketing minor from USIU – Africa, and has over 10 years’ experience in Marketing and Advertising having worked at Marshalls East Africa as the Marketing Manager, Ogilvy (Blueprint Division) as the Head of Client Service, among others
Sheena Raikundalia has a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Bristol and an MBA from Lord Ashcroft International Business School in London. She is a UK qualified solicitor and has over 9 years of experience in Europe and Africa. She is a senior advisor with Intellecap’s consulting team in Kenya providing strategic advisory services to financial institutions, start-ups, corporates, development agencies and NGOs across the East African market.
Sheena has previously served on the board of a special needs school in North London and was appointed Chair of Resources Board, the youngest chair to be appointed. Sheena is highly motivated and strongly believes that business is the way to solve African development challenges and that building a supporting ecosystem for enterprises to grow and scale is vital.
Gertrude Wamala Karugaba is a Partner at Sebalu and Lule Advocates, Uganda. She specialises in finance, banking law, equity and debt capital markets, corporate law, commercial agreements and regulatory support.
Gertrude acts for local and international financial institutions as well as large corporates, some of which are listed on regional stock exchanges, on a variety of legal, regulatory, compliance and transactional mandates.
Johan Bosini has spent more than 10 years creating and driving consumer finance, insurance and fintech businesses in Africa. Prior to Quona Johan launched the first automated mobile only unsecured loan product in Africa, closing pan African partnership deals with some of the continents biggest mobile network operators, MTN, Millicom and Airtel, providing Mobile Financial Services products to millions of unbanked consumers, small businesses and mobile money agents. Johan spent his earlier career in large businesses like Goldman Sachs and a subsidiary of Swiss Re., and holds an Economics degree from the University of Stellenbosch.
A mobile commerce evangelist, Ken Njoroge is a co-founder and the group CEO of Cellulant. A career entrepreneur, Ken previously served as co-founder and Solution Design Director of 3Mice Interactive Media. The company grew from a two-man team to a leading web development firm in East Africa, later acquired by Africa Online which is the largest Pan-African Internet Service Provider.
Ken started his campus schooling at the University of Nairobi’s School of Pharmacy before changing course to study Management of Information Systems at Strathmore University, in total pursuit of his passion for connected computing.
As Cellulant’s CEO, Ken has led the company from an idea, he and his Co-founder Bolaji Akinboro sketched on a serviette in 2003, to a reputable mobile commerce company in Africa. With more than 240 employees across 10 markets, Ken remains unwavering in his pursuit of seeing Cellulant achieve its mission of connecting more than 100 million consumers across Africa with digital payment services that are relevant to their daily lives.
Eline Blaauboer has worked in the venture capital and private equity sector in both Europe and Africa for the last 18 years. She started her career at Gilde Investment Management, focused on investing in early stage IT companies in Europe, US and Israel. In 2006 she helped start and has been managing TBL Mirror Fund, which deployed over $25m in equity towards East African SMEs. Eline also managed Safaricom Spark Fund, a $1m pilot corporate venture fund. Eline is co-founder and managing partner of Africa Tech Ventures, which is raising $50m to invest in scalable technology enable businesses in Africa, aiming to launch end 2017. Eline sits on the board of various TBL and Safaricom Spark portfolio companies, like Cellulant, Sendy and Highlands Mineral Water. She furthermore co-founded and chairs the board of EAVCA and sits on the IC of FAFIN, an agribusinesses fund in Nigeria. Eline holds a Master’s degree in business economics from the University of Groningen.
Dr. Mthandazo Ngwenya was appointed in 2016 as Director of Intellecap Africa based in Nairobi. Intellecap is a pioneering advisory firm that provides innovative business solutions across development sectors such as financial inclusion, health-care, education, agriculture and energy to clients including corporates, donors, social enterprises and governments. Prior to that, he held the position of Managing Director at Tshikululu Sustainable Solutions (Pty) Ltd. The company based in South Africa, advises and implements socio-economic development projects for multinational corporations, development finance institutions and governments in a number of African countries. Mthandazo sits on the Tshikululu Social Investments board as a non-executive director having previously served impeccably for 6-years as the Chief Financial Officer. Mthandazo’s extensive experience is as deep as it is diverse, ranging from international banking, strategy consulting, project management, corporate finance, governance, foreign investment regulation and socio-economic development. He draws on this wealth of expertise to advise blue chip multinational corporations, international developmental organisations and governments to implement successful socio economic development projects and structure development financing solutions.
Wayne Hennessy-Barrett is the founder and CEO of 4G Capital, an African mobile money fintech business based in Kenya. He has created and led scalable distribution systems in emerging markets around the world with extensive experience in corporate governance and risk management. After a distinguished military career he has provided intelligence-led consultancy and strategic advice to a number of boards in both the commercial and public sectors. He is a committed advocate for the transformative power of financial technology for the alleviation of poverty and sustainable development.
David Yen is the Head of Global Strategic Partnership at BitPesa responsible for leading the development of and managing the delivery of firm-wide global strategic projects and partnerships. David has over 4 years of working experiences across multiple functions in CEO Office, Management Consulting, Digital Strategy & Innovation, Strategic Partnership & Business Development in multinational companies (Barclays, DHL & Google) and internet startups at seed, pre-series A and series A stages in both developed & emerging markets. He has worked and lived in Taipei, Tokyo, Bonn & Nairobi.
Prior to joining BitPesa, David worked as the FinTech ecosystem manager of Barclays Africa based out of Nairobi, Kenya and was responsible for engaging high potential FinTech start-ups in sub-Saharan Africa with different business units to launch new digital products.
Moses Gatama Kiiza is a corporate partner at Equity Juris Chambers (EJC) in Kigali, Rwanda. He advises on a wide range of corporate work, including M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Moses has experience of acting on private equity and growth capital transactions of varying sizes for sponsors and management teams. He regularly works with corporations to structure business transactions in varying sectors such as non-renewable energy, manufacturing, and infrastructure development.
He advises clients on different forms of resource mobilization such as asset-backed securities and investment frameworks such as PPPs.
Johannes Gouws is the Country Managing Partner of DLA Piper in South Africa. Johannes specialises in cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, corporate finance, corporate law and the resolution of financial institutions.
In recent years he has acted in many of the largest corporate transactions in South Africa, across a range of sectors, including, banking and financial services, insurance, agriculture and retail.
Fred Murimi is the Managing Director of Centum Capital. Centum Capital is the division of Centum charged with overseeing execution of the Centum 3.0 strategy through the development of investment grade opportunities.
He was appointed to the position of Managing Director, Centum Capital in August 2015. Prior to this, he served as the Corporate Affairs Director and Company Secretary for Centum. He has over 13 years’ experience in the investment industry and is a Fellow of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu African Leadership Institute.