Andia Chakava is an Investment Director at the Graça Machel Trust and leads the organization’s gender lens investing initiative. She is the current Chairperson of New Faces New Voices Kenya (women in finance network) and is passionate about facilitating intra Africa investment, investor education and is a thought leader in gender lens investing. She was the lead consultant in a 2017 publication by the Graça Machel Trust on the ‘Growth barriers affecting women entrepreneurs in East Africa.’
Andia is one of the first female fund managers in the region and has been instrumental in the set up of two fund management companies from scratch in Kenya ( Old Mutual Investment Services and Alpha Africa Asset Managers) where she served in each as Managing Director. She is a non-executive director of Echo Network Africa (formerly Kenya Women Holding) and East African Educational Publishers.
She has over 15 years of experience in fund management and 5 years of driving women economic empowerment goals. In 2014 she was named Africa’s most influential woman in financial services by CEO magazine and in 2018 won the National Diar Inclusion and Diversity Business Executive champion award in Kenya.
Angela is a Senior Associate at KawiSafi Ventures, where she supports investments and portfolio management. She brings over ten years’ experience supporting investments across Sub Saharan Africa most recently as a Program Manager at Msingi East Africa. Prior to this, she was a consultant in the Corporate Finance function at Deloitte. She holds an MA with distinction from the University of Warwick in International Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting from Strathmore University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a CFA Level II candidate
Ashley Lewis is a Senior Investment Officer focused on the Africa region with Accion Venture Lab, Accion’s seed-stage impact investment initiative in fintech for the underserved. Ashley has ten years of experience across financial services, investments, and social ventures, and has dedicated her time to investing in and scaling social ventures across sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Venture Lab, Ashley worked as an investment consultant and early-stage venture accelerator manager with LGT Venture Philanthropy in Thailand and Uganda. Ashley also brings experience from her time in the institutional asset management arms of Goldman Sachs and Vanguard. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University and a MBA from HEC Paris. She holds social innovation fellowships with the Finance Innovation Lab of London and StartingBloc.
Aunnie Patton Power is the founder of Intelligent Impact, an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School, a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics’ Marshall Institute and an advisor to the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Graduate School of Business.
A reformed M&A investment banker, she began her impact career in 2010 with Unitus Capital in Bangalore and has since worked with start-ups, intermediaries, funds, family offices, foundations, corporates and governments across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Aunnie has designed millions of dollars’ worth of innovative financing instruments including the first social impact bonds in Africa.
Currently, Aunnie lectures on Innovative Finance, Impact Investing and Technology for Impact at UCT, Oxford and the London School of Economics and consults globally on the intersection of emerging technologies for impact finance and the creation of innovative financing and impact investing strategies for organizations.
Aunnie's work has been published throughout the world, including by the Oxford University Press, the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), the World Economic Forum, Impact Investing Policy Collaboration and as a Massive Open Online Course on Coursera titled Innovative Finance.
Belinda is a Director at IBIS. She has 18 years of experience in the Social Sustainability Management Consulting field. Her expertise includes Social Risk and Performance Management, Environmental and Social Due Diligence as part of transactions and ESG and Development Impact Measurement and Management and Reporting. Belinda is working with the team to grow IBIS’ capabilities and service offering in Development Impact to Finance clients (PE, Impact Investors, DFIs, Private Banks, Asset Managers), directing teams developing bespoke ESG and Impact Management systems, and designing and delivering Impact Strategy and Measurement and Monitoring frameworks to help clients assess and report on the Development Impact of their investment portfolios to their stakeholders. Recent projects include development of the IMM framework and first Impact Monitoring Report for Sanlam’s SRI Fund, an integrated ESG and Impact management system for Africa50, development delivery of Social Impact Monitoring of the SED/ED programme associated with Africa Infrastructure Investment Manager’s South African Renewable Energy assets portfolio. She has worked in over 25 countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Belinda holds a BA in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also holds a post-graduate certificate in Impact Measurement and Management from the UCT Graduate School of Business.
Bjorn guides Conservation International’s conservation finance activities in Africa. Conservation finance tools include trust and endowment funds, impact investing and conservation agreements. Bjorn works to leverage financial and capital markets within African landscapes to achieve at-scale environmental impact though structure and innovation. Prior to joining Conservational International, Bjorn worked in investment management, wealth management, banking and private banking across the globe (including the U.K., Caribbean, Singapore, New York and Africa).
Christina Leijonhufvud is a Managing Partner at Tideline and co-leads the growth and strategy of the firm. She focuses particularly on investment structuring and strategy, due diligence of investment opportunities and products, and risk analysis.
Prior to Tideline, Christina was Managing Director at J.P. Morgan where she worked for over 15 years. At J.P. Morgan, she created the firm’s Social Finance business to elevate impact investments as a credible new approach for investors. Under her leadership, Social Finance published seminal research, made proprietary investments in impact funds, structured and distributed impact investments to clients (such as the Global Health Investment Fund), and engaged J.P. Morgan employees worldwide in both voluntary and fee-based impact investment programs.
Before founding the Social Finance unit, Christina led various risk management and advisory teams at J.P. Morgan including Sovereign Risk & Advisory. She also oversaw Credit Portfolio Risk Management and Market Risk Management for Emerging Markets.
Christina served as Country Officer at the World Bank covering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan, immediately following those countries’ independence from the Soviet Union. Preceding that, she worked for the inaugural Economic Reform Committee for the Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan.
Christina has consulted for Ashoka (2006-07), served on the Advisory Board for the Center for Financial Inclusion, and currently sits on the Boards of BRAC USA and the CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She earned a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, a MA in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a BA in Sociology from University of California, Los Angeles. Christina lives in New York with her partner, Josh, and her daughter.
Conway is the Joint Headm, Unlisted Credit & Investment Analystm at Futuregrowth.
Conway has spent the last 10 years working as an Investment/Deal Analyst, covering both debt and private equity transactions. This has involved the structuring, negotiation, pricing and execution of transactions. As part of his role at Futuregrowth, Conway holds directorships at various investee companies, across various sectors.
Conway holds a BBusSci(Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and has also completed a Masters in Philosophy (Development Finance) at the University of Stellenbosch. In addition, Conway holds a Chartered Development Finance Analyst designation and has completed the African Director’s Programme (University of Stellenbosch).
Dean Hand is the Research Director for the GIIN. She is responsible for developing and guiding the GIIN’s research agenda.
Dean joins the GIIN with 10 years of specific impact investing experience within emerging market asset management focusing on originating investment opportunities, development of catalytic blended finance tools, impact fund development and impact measurement strategies.
Prior to joining the GIIN, Dean formed part of the Impact Investing team within Ashburton Investments (part of the FirstRand group, one of the largest financial institutions in South Africa and an 8 country foot print on the African continent with operations in Great Britain and India). Dean has also led the work stream on what philanthropic foundations can do to leverage traditional capital as part of the work of the South African National Task Force on Impact Investing. Dean regularly teaches post-graduate students of impact investing.
Dean holds a Masters in Philosophy (Inclusive Innovation) from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business which was awarded with distinction. The focus of her dissertation was on impact investment strategies and blended finance structuring for philanthropic foundations. She is a Bertha Scholar – a merit-based award for her work in impact investing and innovative finance.
Dhanyal Davidson is a chartered accountant with an academic background in finance, entrepreneurship and anti-money laundering. He studied an undergraduate in Finance, a post-graduate diploma in Accounting and then completed his Masters in Financial Risk Management all at the University of Cape Town. He attained his certification as a chartered accountant placing 5th in his class of ~3,000 people.
Dhanyal has spent time working with Deloitte both locally and internationally in audit, consulting and project management before working with two of South Africa’s largest asset managers both in front and middle office. His passion for innovation saw him experiment with some business ventures – one in fintech and one in financial literacy. The culmination of these experiences brought him to Goodwell Investments where he leads the Southern African team out of Cape Town. Outside of the office, Dhanyal enjoys hiking and personal fitness and dreams of one day summitting all of the ‘seven summits.’”
Dolika Banda is CEO of African Risk Capacity Insurance Ltd and has held Non-Executive Director positions at Ecobank Transnational and the UK Department for International Development’s Financial Sector Deepening Africa programme.
A Zambian national and based in Lusaka, she has over 25 years’ experience in international finance and banking and has worked across the world in Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the US. A former Director at the IFC, and a former Regional Director for Africa at CDC Group, Dolika’s involvement in development finance followed a successful career in banking. She has held senior positions at Barclays Bank Zambia in corporate and merchant banking and at Citibank Zambia in financial control, credit, treasury and international relationships. Dolika holds a Master’s in International Business from Schiller University and was recognised in 2012 with a prize for vision and courage by Africa Femmes Performantes (Africa’s Performing Women) in Washington, DC.
Elias runs economic research outfit, DNA Economics that has been in existence for ten years. He is the Non-executive Chairman of this entity.Top 40 list, Alan Paton nominee for 2007.
Previous employers are the Central Bank of Swaziland, National Treasury and Sanlam.
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 specialisation in Money, Banking and International Economics from the Addis Ababa University.
He has a long professional history, characterised by a deepness of understanding of the policy environment, grounded in sectoral and international matters. He has originated and ran several policy initiatives in South Africa.
He has lectured, written and published widely. One of his latest writings has literally re-written the history of the Kingdom of Swaziland and provided an entirely new and interesting perspective to South Africa’s liberation. The title of the book is “Number 43 Trelawney Park; kwaMagogo”. The book was amongst a few select titled identified to represent South Africa at the London Book Fair Market Focus in April 2010.
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 Board of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), the Board of the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF) and that of the Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA).
He continues to influence thinking in South Africa, on policy, through his continued engagement as an opinion writer and commentator in the media.
Senior Investment Analyst at Capria
I am an investment professional with a solid background in management consulting. I have been involved in helping businesses better understand their markets, position themselves to win in their industries and accelerate their growth and value creation. I am now involved in channeling global and local capital to African businesses through impact focused private equity and venture capital firms. I am passionate about business growth and impact investing as I believe that this is the surest path to Africa's prosperity.
I have knowledge and experience in economic and market research, financial analysis and company valuation, preparation of information memoranda and investment recommendations, portfolio management, strategy and business model development, project conceptualization and fundraising.
Hamdiya is currently the General Manager of Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF), where she oversees the Investments and general operations of the Trust. Hamdiya has over 18 years' experience in SME Finance and Investment and over 10 years’ experience in Venture Capital /Private Equity (VC/PE) Fund Structuring.
She has supported PE/VC Ecosystem development through education and influencing policy and regulatory outcomes of the industry in Ghana. Hamdiya is an Angel Investor and was instrumental in the design of the Ghana Angel Investor Network (GAIN). She is also a Director of the Ghana Angel Fund and a Founder of the Lady Angel Network – who invests with a gender lens.
Heather Jackson is the head of specialist credit at Ashburton Investments, the asset management arm of First Rand. Heather was a founding partner and CEO of Atlantic Specialised Finance before Ashburton acquired the team. Heather has almost 25 years of capital market experience. Heather has led a number of fixed income teams within asset management, including Investec and Prudential later becoming a founding partner of African Harvest Value Managers.
Director, West Africa
Innocent Chukwuma works at the foundation's office in West Africa. From Lagos, he oversees all grant making in the region, supporting efforts to ensure that all people have equal access to economic and social opportunities. In managing this work, he has addressed issues of democratic and accountable government, freedom of expression, and sexuality and reproductive health and rights.
Innocent is a globally renowned advocate for human rights and good governance. Before joining the foundation in 2013, he founded and led the CLEEN Foundation, to promote public safety, security, and accessible justice in West Africa. CLEEN was the first African nongovernmental organization to receive the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. In addition, Innocent has held various posts within the Civil Liberties Organization, one of Nigeria's first human rights organizations. He was also the chair of the Altus Global Alliance, a global network of nonprofits.
Innocent is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Reebok International Human Rights Award. He served as visiting lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he designed and taught a course on the management of nonprofits in the Global South. He holds a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Leicester and a bachelor's degree in religion from the University of Nigeria.
Ishara Anandram has eight years of experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning, impact mapping and impact measurement. Over the last few years, Ishara has focused her efforts on working with development finance institutions and private sector clients such as private equity firms, asset fund managers and large companies to design, develop and implement impact monitoring, evaluation and reporting frameworks (including indicator selection, development of data collection methodologies and tools, roll out of data collection, support with embedding impact frameworks into the overall management system and undertaking impact evaluations) to enable impact measurement, management and reporting to internal and external stakeholders. Her work spans different sectors including financial services, employment, energy, education, health and gender equality. Prior to joining IBIS, Ishara’s work primarily involved working in the traditional development field, focusing on designing and implementing M&E systems, conducting different types of evaluations and evaluations of different scale, and supporting clients’ contributions to the evidence base on a range of topical issues.
Ishara is trained on the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development Standard and on the Utilisation of Evaluations (USAID). She holds a Master of Economic Science degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Impact Investor, Entrepreneur & Global Citizen
Jack Knellinger is the Principal and co-founder of Capria, the world's first VC accelerator focused on training the emerging wave of new impact investing fund managers.
Capria focuses on bringing in teams from developing nations, and teaches them how to operate fundraise and launch their impact focused VC firms in countries that traditionally don’t have experienced investors or a breadth of investors looking to invest in companies that are focused on social or environmental good. Capria also has a really intriguing model which does things such as allowing these emerging investors to put their investments on Capria’s balance sheet, which is incredibly helpful for these first time fund managers.
Led by an experienced team who also runs Unitus Seed Fund, Jack and the team at Capria are doing incredibly important work to spread the influence and implementation of impact investing globally. If you have any interest in launching your own fund, impact investing in parts outside the US, or are intrigued by the idea of an accelerator program for VC fund managers, this episode is a must listen.
Just one quick little side not for everyone listening before the start of the interview...Seattle has got a lot going on in the world of impact investing and for those of you who are unaware, I highly suggest poking your head around either in person or online and getting familiar with the work being done in the area. I think there are a lot of people and companies and names that over time will rise to the top and be some of the most recognizable in the industry.
Johan Bosini joined Quona Capital in 2016 as a Venture Partner focused on Africa and became Partner in January 2018. Johan helps regional portfolio companies with their growth strategy and scaling, and evaluates new investment opportunities.
Prior to Quona, Johan spent more than ten years creating and driving consumer finance, insurance, and fintech businesses in Africa. He launched the first automated mobile-only unsecured loan product in Africa, closing pan-African partnership deals with some of the continent’s biggest mobile network operators, in turn providing mobile financial services products to millions of unbanked consumers, small businesses, and mobile money agents.
Johan spent his early career in large businesses like Goldman Sachs and a subsidiary of Swiss Re.
Jon leads the Responsible Investment Programme at Old Mutual. The Programme is focused on driving the systematic integration of material environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across the Group’s c£320 billion of funds under management. Jon also heads up the Sustainability Research and Engagement function at the Group’s South Africa-based asset manager, Old Mutual Investment Group, where he is involved in industry ESG research, the analysis of green growth opportunities, and engagement on regulatory issues and local industry initiatives.
As a Managing Director of the Foundation, Kanini Mutooni plays a lead role in sourcing new investments and working with the leadership of those organizations, primarily in Europe, Africa and India, as an operating partner and board member as they grow to build capacity and to achieve their maximum impact. As a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team, she also helps to execute the Foundation’s strategy and goals and contributes to its thought leadership and external outreach.
Kanini Mutooni continues to serve as the Managing Director of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for Toniic, the global action network for impact investors, sharing her time with DRK. Prior to this, Kanini was the Director for Investment at the USAID-funded East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, a $65M, 8 country initiative to attract investment and increase trade in the East Africa region. Kanini is a UK Chartered Accountant with a record of exceptional leadership gained in East Africa, Europe, and the United States. She is currently Board Chair of The Global Innovation Fund, a $250M investment vehicle supported by the UK, US, Canadian, Australian and Swedish Governments. The fund focusses on investing a range of capital for innovations in emerging markets that impact those living on $5 a day and below with a focus on Food and Agriculture, Healthcare, clean energy, and Fintech.
Kanini has worked at the Board level in leadership positions at investment banks in London and the US, such as Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. In 2014 she was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for her exceptional leadership in business, the health sector and global entrepreneurship. She continues to provide strategic advisory support to a number of Africa focused impact funds such as the $100m African Agriculture SME Fund and the $30m AHL Venture Fund. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Capetown’s Bertha Center for Social Innovation.
Karim is an advisor and educator in impact measurement and impact investing. As the Managing Director of Evalysis, he has worked with prominent private, public, and social sector organisations on evaluating the impacts of grant-making programs and impact investment portfolios across a range of sectors and regions. He is the founding Programme Director of the Oxford Impact Measurement Programme at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, and delivered executive training on impact measurement and impact investing in Ghana, South Africa, Brazil, Germany, UK, Canada, and the US.
Karim was previously the Co-Chair of the Impact Measurement Task Force convened by the Government of Ontario, a member of the Impact Measurement Working Group of the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force, and an advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation. Earlier, he co-founded the impact investing advisory firm, Purpose Capital (now Rally Assets), and co-authored the global market review commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, “Accelerating Impact: Achievements, Challenges and What’s Next in Building the Impact Investing Industry”.
Director at the Medical Credit Fund East Africa-PharmAccess Foundation.
As Director-East Africa, Kennedy oversees the operations and performance of MCF in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and now Rwanda and Zambia.
Kennedy joined MCF in January 2017 having worked as a banker for over 15 years in several banks including K-Rep Bank now Sidian, Equity Bank, United Bank of Africa, Chase and Groupe BMCE Bank of Africa). He has vast experience in, Portfolio Management, Micro finance, Retail/SME lending, Loan recovery and Credit Risk Analysis.
Kenny Kirkby has nine years’ experience in the sustainability management field. Kenny focuses on supporting a variety of financial sector clients (e.g. private equity and credit fund managers, asset managers, banks, development finance institutions, etc.) to successfully integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Impact considerations into day to day business activities and investment processes. This work includes strategy, policy and framework development, tailored environmental, social and governance and/or impact management systems, system embedding, capacity building and training (with investors, board members, funds and portfolio company management), on-going performance monitoring and management, and strategic exit support (where relevant). It also includes assisting clients to design, develop and update existing monitoring and reporting systems (including indicator development aligned to set objectives, data collection tools, and embedding frameworks into the organisation’s management system) to enable reporting on active ESG and impact interventions and strategic and policy alignment. Kenny also has experience assisting corporate listed clients in effectively identifying, mitigating and managing EHS and S risks and opportunities within their operations across Sub-Saharan, Eastern and Western Africa. This includes undertaking over 50 ESDD projects in more than 10 different African countries and across a variety of different sectors.
He has led the development of more than fifteen ESG management systems for both national and international investment managers, including two of the largest alternative investment managers in South Africa. He has also led and supported the development of several fit-for-purpose impact measurement and management frameworks for different local and international impact focused private equity and credit funds (focused on provision of clean energy, financial inclusion, SMME development, affordable housing, food security, job quality, education, gender, climate change, etc.).
He holds a BSc degree in Economics and Environmental Science and an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Cape Town. He also has two postgraduate certificates in Impact Investing from the UCT Graduate School of Business.
Ladé Araba is a senior Development Finance Executive with over 17 years of experience. She is the Managing Director for Africa at Convergence Finance. She previously served as Technical Adviser to the former Minister of Finance of Nigeria and was the Head of the Strategic Monitoring Unit. She was also an Adviser in the Power Sector Team at the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF), a Technical Assistance Program funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Prior to NIAF, Ladé was Technical Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) where she advised on the building blocks for financing regional infrastructure projects and promoting intra-African trade. She was formerly a Senior Investment Officer at the African Development Bank, where she played key roles in deal origination and appraisal, and led diverse teams to obtain Board approval for senior loans to several infrastructure projects across Africa collectively valued in excess of $2 billion. Ladé was an Enterprise Development Specialist at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and also worked for the QED Group LLC in Washington, DC. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a dual Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) and International Business from the University of Oklahoma (2001). A native English speaker, she is fluent in French and Italian and has basic knowledge of Spanish.
Lilian is an experienced investor with over a decade supporting businesses in Africa. She is the Africa Regional Director for Grassroots Business Fund where she has been responsible for the Africa strategy for GBF's $49 million global mezzanine fund. She also manages GBF's advisory services, impact measurement, and environment, social and governance compliance activities in East Africa.
Lilian is passionate about finding innovative ways to channel catalytic capital to underserved but highly impactful small to medium enterprises, including women-led and African-led businesses. She is currently spearheading fundraising efforts for GBF's first $40 million East Africa-focused fund.
Lise Birikundavyi is the deputy country director and impact finance investment manager for the TRECC program in Côte d'Ivoire, an initiative started by the Jacobs Foundation. In this role, she is in charge of identifying and driving value from investments in the education technology space that can improve the quality of education in Côte d'Ivoire.
Lise began her career in the hedge fund industry and her interest in the emerging world is what inspired her to transition to the impact finance sector. She has experience across the investment spectrum: from funds of funds and VCs, to being the transition CEO of a tech start-up.
Lise is a CFA charterholder; she also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, where she wrote her thesis on impact investing, and a trilingual BBA from HEC Montreal. Lise is fluent in French, English and Spanish, and has a conversational level of Mandarin. She is a firm believer in using market driven initiatives as sustainable poverty alleviating solutions.
Lize Lübbe is a CA(SA) and CGMA and currently a Principal at Phatisa. Her role entails leading the end-to-end investment process as part of the investment team, which includes new investments as well as mergers, acquisitions and exits of portfolio companies. She is also responsible for value-add projects across portfolio companies and serves as board member on their boards of directors. She started her career in audit at PricewaterhouseCoopers where after she specialised in corporate finance at the same firm. She subsequently worked at a South African venture capital fund as an investment officer, leading investments in small and medium-sized enterprises from cradle to grave and working with portfolio companies at board level. She is a 2019 category winner in the SAICA Top 35 under 35 competition and serves on the #FinBiz2030 SDG Task Force as the SDG 10 (Reduced Inequality) leader.
Mark van Wyk is currently head of unlisted investments at Mergence, including impact investments and heads up the first South African Impact Investment Pioneer Fund using the USAID funded Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS). He has over 13 year’s investment experience and his career includes development finance, structured finance, and external auditing and property management experience.
Monica Brand Engel is an entrepreneur and investor, having launched various funds and products aimed at broadening financial inclusion. She is the co-founding partner of Quona Capital – venture firm focused on fintech for inclusion in emerging markets. Quona is the investment manager for the Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund, the first global, third-party fintech fund for inclusion, and its successor, the Accion Quona Inclusion Fund. Monica spent her formative years in Silicon Valley, where she helped launch a $50 million multi-bank lending intermediary to finance small businesses. Monica also worked at Calvert Ventures and Anthuri Ventures – early stage equity vehicles based in Bethesda and Cape Town, respectively. While living in S Africa, Monica founded Anthuri Catalysts to prepare early stage companies for investment. Monica then joined Accion to set up a product innovation group and worked in Mexico with Gentera (née Compartamos) Bank, the largest microfinance institution in Latin America – which went public in 2007 (NSDQ: GENTERA:MM). She was the founding managing director of Accion’s Frontier Investments Group, the predecessor to Quona Capital.
Monica holds an MBA and MA Ed from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Williams College. She serves on the boards of Sokowatch, Yoco, Azimo, GloboKasNet, Tiaxa and Zoona; is a founding member of the EMPEA Impact Council; and chairs the Investor Representative Committee of LeapFrog Investments, the world’s first microinsurance fund. Previously, she served on the boards of Gentera (née Compartamos) Bank (IPO), Shubham Housing (sold to Premji Invest), AllLife, Paralife, and Pay Rent Builds Credit (accquired by MicroBilt). She’s half Peruvian and blessed with a fantastic husband and twins.
Muthoni is an early stage investor recently recognised as one of 12 VCs to know in Africa. With over a decade of experience managing private market portfolios in East and West Africa, Muthoni leverages her deep understanding of African culture and market dynamics to steer the execution of investment strategies that promote equity and inclusion. She founded a microfinance company, has been a fintech operator, and sits on multiple boards. Muthoni is a Kenyan native, an Actuarial Science graduate, CFA Charterholder and a proud mother of 2.
Natasha’s work in innovative finance has focused on impact monetization and the use of grant funding to catalyse private sector investment for impact. Before joining the Bertha Centre she worked for the Dutch development bank (FMO), where she designed, funded, and monitored projects with a high social, economic, and environmental impact. She sat on the technical assistance advisory committee of two international impact investing funds focusing on micro and small business finance. Natasha’s portfolio included innovative incubation for SMEs, green bonds, and access to finance for under-served groups such as women, youth, and refugees. Natasha has experience in consulting, collaborating with public, private, and donor-sector clients on a range of issues including fund and foundation design, job creation, and youth unemployment.
Chief Thought Leadership Officer
International Finance Corporation
Neil Gregory is Chief Thought Leadership Officer of the International Finance Corporation, the private investment arm of the World Bank Group. He has held a range of senior strategy and management roles at IFC, including research, business planning, investment and advisory functions. He was previously Adviser to the UK Executive Director of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and an Economic Adviser to the UK Government. He has extensive work experience in South Asia, China, Africa and the Caribbean. A British national, Neil has MA and MSc degrees in Economics from Cambridge and Oxford and an MBA from Georgetown.
Managing Partner, Investment Committee Member, Vital Capital
Mr. Gerber is the Managing Partner of Vital Capital Fund and a member of its investment committee. He has 15 years of experience in implementing large-scale partnerships and projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Gerber is engaged in impact and development finance, business management and advisory for investors and funds with developmental impact goals. His focus is on projects that create economic growth and have a direct positive impact on urban and rural communities such as infrastructure, housing, agro-industry, agriculture, and manufacturing SME’s. Mr. Gerber is experienced in government and in private sector engagements, covering a variety of business models, investment strategies, and financial structures.
Previously, Mr. Gerber has served as CEO of Kora, the Fund’s SSA community development programme, since 2011. Under Mr. Gerber’s leadership, Kora has grown from a small firm to a large corporation with more than 10,000 workers whose projects plan to house more than 240,000 local citizens. He is also a board member and advisor for multiple entities.
Mr. Gerber holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University and an M.B.A. from Tel Aviv Open University.
Olympus Manthata’s current role as Head of Climate Finance at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) includes the management of Climate Financing mechanisms that the DBSA is accredited to, such as the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Olympus is also Fund Manager for the SA Green Fund that the DBSA manages on behalf of the Department of Environmental Affairs.
Olympus has been instrumental in assisting the DBSA to obtain the GEF accreditation, as a first national agency to do so, and further contributed to the successful accreditation of the bank by the (GCF). He also contributed to the establishment and implementation of South Africa’s National Green Fund. As the Fund Manager for the National Green Fund he oversaw the commitment and disbursement of over ZAR1 billion worth of debt, grant and mezzanine financing into high impact investment projects which are realising significant social, economic and environmental returns.
His 26 years’ experience includes working as an Investment Professional within development finance arena, the technology innovation/commercialization space and various facets of the Engineering Environment as Business Development Manager, Engineering Manager and Commercial Manager.
Based in Nairobi, Rosanne leads all aspects of AHL’s strategic and operational activities. Rosanne brings over a decade of direct experience investing in Africa and building financial institutions. Prior to assuming the CEO role, Rosanne lead investments in East and Southern Africa, providing active post-investment portfolio support. Before AHL, Rosanne worked for InfraCo Africa, where she focused on investing in distributed solar PV mini-grids, and before that, she joined AgDevCo as its second employee, helping to build AgDevCo into a leading pan-African agri-investor. Her role at AgDevCo culminated in three years in Mozambique as Country Manager, sitting on the board of numerous agricultural companies, structuring deals and overseeing 22 investments across multiple value chains. Rosanne has degrees from the University of York (BA Hons) and the London School of Economics (MSc), and holds an advanced qualification in finance.
Sarah has 9 years’ experience in the fields of Strategic Social Investment and Social Impact. She has worked across the impact spectrum, from strategy and governance of Impact initiatives, through to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Impact projects, as well as Impact reporting to various stakeholders.
Sarah spent a number of years at Tshikululu Social Investments, designing and implementing education projects on behalf of the First Rand Foundation, and year working for the Clinton Foundation in New York, supporting the team in building strategic sponsorships. She returned to South Africa in 2014 and began lecturing Social Investment as part of the MBA course at the Wits Business School. She continued lecturing whilst taking up a role in the Sustainability Services team at KPMG where over four years she helped to launch and build the Strategic Social Investment team.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, French and Politics from the University of Cape Town, and an MSc in Comparative and International Education from Oxford University. She also completed an intensive finance course (FM250) at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an Impact Investing course at the Said Business School at Oxford University.
At IBIS, she has supported a number of clients in articulating their intentions regarding impact, and embedding these into their investment processes. This has entailed close engagement with client teams, and also with their investors (including a range of DFIs) to match organizational capacity and strategy with investor priorities. She is a member of the steering committee which developed the IRIS + metrics with the Global Impact Investing Network.
Sqiniseko is a Financial Analyst at TUHF Ltd, an inner-city commercial property financier that specialises in multi-unit residential affordable rental accommodation. With his experience in property finance, financial and investment management, Seko is involved in setting up funds that finance previously disadvantaged individuals with equity (Intuthuko Equity Fund) and developing a township multi-unit residential rental (uMaStandi Pty Ltd). Seko's responsibilities include development and implementation of green building policy, financial management of impact funds and financial product development. Seko holds a BCom in Financial Management and currently perusing a Charter in Alternative Investment Analysis (CAIA).
Tracey is executive director of Just Share. Previously she ran the Centre for Environmental Rights’ Corporate Accountability and Transparency Programme, pioneering new methods of analysing the narrative and financial disclosures of listed companies to expose environmental non-compliance, raise investor awareness of environmental risks, and improve transparency and accountability around the impacts of polluting companies on our environment and people. Tracey is a member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Human Rights Technical Committee, and represented the CER on the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative.
Vivina has over 20 years’ experience in the institutional investment world including positions as Managing Director at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Gartmore. She has been directly involved with private equity as a GP and LP and has extensive experience of Emerging Markets having lived, worked, travelled and invested through Latin America, Asia and Africa since the mid ‘70s. During the last six years, Vivina played a significant role in the ESG and Impact Investing space as co-managing partner of Sarona Asset Management. She has now refocused her activities to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and is concentrating on Vimine Holding’s investment activities. She is a member of the London School of Economics’ Court of Governors and Finance Committee.
Yasemin serves as Deputy Chief Investment Officer for Catalyst Strategies at CDC, the UK’s development finance institution. She is responsible for a portfolio aimed at shaping new markets for systemic change at scale, across Africa and South Asia. Prior to CDC, she spent three years at Omidyar Network, a technology-driven philanthropic investment fund, where she developed the investment strategy for a new Digital Identity initiative and seeded the foresight function that grew into Omidyar Labs. Prior to Omidyar Network, she worked over 11 years at J.P. Morgan in exotics structuring, credit derivatives research, and impact investment. She has structured innovative funds to channel capital towards underfunded issue areas, published widely and provided expert advice to the OECD, World Economic Forum and others. She holds a Masters in Financial Mathematics from King’s College, London and a Bachelor in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Zom Chizura has been responsible for Impact Investing at Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI), the largest private alternative investment manager in Africa, since January 2018. Ahead of joining OMAI, Zom was Chief Executive Officer of Old Mutual West Africa, based in Lagos. Earlier, he was Managing Director of Old Mutual Investment Group Zimbabwe where he also provided support to the Old Mutual businesses in Malawi and Kenya. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the investment and financial services industry. Zom is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe and Victoria University in Australia.