Sharron McPherson - CV

OVERVIEW OF EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:
  • Experience in serving as interim executive, board member and advisor to growth investee companies as part of investment management activity of private equity concern.
  • Legal, risk management, governance and business core competencies gleaned from over a decade investing in and representing financial institutions, private equity funds, issuers and other parties in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of a broad range of financing transactions.
  • Work includes transactions throughout the globe, with some notable matters in emerging markets in Latin America, the near East, Asia with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Expertise in talent/leadership development in VUCA environment, corporate turnarounds and change management strategies in disruptive environments
WORK EXPERIENCE:

The Centre for Disruptive Technologies, Johannesburg, South Africa 9/2016 – Present
Co-Founder & Executive Director

CDT is a newly established network orchestrator with an impressive Africa-wide and global network of experts. It is also becoming a network of networks by building a technology platform that links Africa’s tech & innovation hubs to better meet the needs of business. CDT grew out of a network of Singularity University alums committed to harnessing the power of disruptive technologies to create new market opportunities.

University of Cape Town – Graduate School of Business, Cape Town, South Africa 8/2011 - Present
Senior Guest Lecturer – Project Finance

Developed course curriculum for Masters of Commerce (Development Finance) Program at the UCT GSB, a rigorous modular programme which is taken over two years. My course in Project Finance is compulsory and introduces the primary analytical approaches, tools and techniques that project funders use to make, assess, structure, implement and monitor the funding of large infrastructure projects.

WINDE & WEDI International Pty Ltd Johannesburg, South Africa 3/2007 – Present
Co-Founder & Shareholder

In 2016, an investment consortium I initially founded as CSI project of Tanaka Investments, WEDI, entered into agreements to become part of a newly formed investment consortium, Women in Infrastructure Development & Energy (WINDE). Investment focus is on growth enterprises with the capacity to leverage exponentially growing technologies within the infrastructure and energy sectors. With over 3,000 members and 1,000,000 primary social impact points per annum – WINDE is one of the largest and most impact women’s infrastructure investment consortium in Africa.

Tanaka Investments (SA) Pty Ltd Johannesburg South Africa 9/2002 – 3/2008
Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operation and management of the company, staff and the fund. Accountable for achievement of target returns on the fund’s investments. Reported directly to BOD. Managed a staff of 15 persons. Assets under management approximately R2 Billion in 1998.

Reason for leaving: Turn-around which was successful. Launched WEDI with the support of the Board of Tanaka.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, New York, NY 4/2000 – 2/2002
Special Counsel

Worked primarily with Mortgage-Back Securitization specialist Anna Glick. Additional responsibilities were those of a firm associate and included coordinating the flow of disclosure information from financial institutions and various law firms, reviewing and commenting on such information, conducting analyses and drafting disclosure documents in connection with large-scale securities offerings.

Reason for leaving: Opportunity to return to South Africa and joined Tanaka Investments as CEO.

Mettle Limited – Johannesburg, South Africa Johannesburg South Africa 4/1999- 4/2000
Corporate Finance Manager

Together with Corporate Finance Team, worked in the capacity as corporate advisors for many of the largest firms listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Managed team of 8 persons and a portfolio that generated in excess of R1.5 Billion per annum.

Reason for leaving: Renewal of SA Immigration visa initially denied, then later granted.

Outside General Counsel, Corporate Governance, Strategic Entrance into Sub-Saharan African Markets for Private Equity Investee Companies 1/00 – Present
Senior Advisor

For over a decade I have served as an outside GC and senior advisor to various investee companies providing legal and business counsel to C-Level Executives in the analysis and resolution of deal specific complex terms and issues.


EDUCATION:

Singularity University, Silicon Valley, CA 6/2011 – 8/2011
NASA Ames Campus
Member of Faculty

Post Graduate Studies Programme 2011
Intelius Fellow 2011. Selected from over 2,000 applicants to serve as a member of the Policy, Law, Ethics and Finance programs. Appointed member of the SU Faculty.

Columbia University, School of Law, New York, NY 8/1992 - 5/1995
Doctorate of Jurisprudence, May 1995
Honors:  Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar 1995.  Honors Certification in International and Comparative Law from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law.  Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. Awards:  Winner of New York City Bar Association Fellowship for outstanding legal scholarship.

College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 8/84 - 5/88
B.A (Economics), May 1988
Honors:  Dean’s List seven out of eight semesters.  Pi Delta Phi (French National Honor Society). Student advisor to the University President and the Grace Branchcomb Public Service Award 1988.

BAR ADMISSIONS:  New York Appellate Division, First Department

CIVIC/OTHER: University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business 5-2011- Present
Senior Guest Lecturer, Project Finance
Regular part-time lecturer at UCT’s GSB in Project Finance. Advised on the organization design of the Chartered Institute of Development Finance (CIDEF) housed at UCT’s GSB. Serve on the board.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:  “Next Generation Modeling For Integrated, Sustainable Infrastructure In Africa: The Case For Nexus Modeling”, The Journal of Development Finance, Chartered Institute of Development Finance, Volume 1, Issue 3: Thriving in the Age of Disruption, Coaching Perspectives, Issue 16, pp 19-21: Thriving in the Age of Disruption.

LANGUAGES:  Fluent in French.  Proficient in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Functional knowledge of Zulu & Swahili.

REFERENCES:  Available upon request. Info on other Board Appointments available upon request.