Speaker Group: 2015 Speaker

Christian Lim

Christian is Senior Manager at the AfricInvest Financial Sector Fund and manages private equity investments across the African continent. He serves on the boards of Banco Mais in Mozambique, Microcred Madagascar and Microcred Mali, and was board member of Cogébanque in Rwanda.  Prior to joining AfricInvest, Christian held various senior positions at Saint-Gobain, Veolia and the African Development… Read more »

Souleymane Ba

Mr Ba is a Partner at Helios Investment Partners, one of the leading Africa focused private equity firms, with more than $3 billion in assets and investments across 30 countries in Africa. Helios deep sector expertise in financial services. Notable investments include Equity Bank, FCMB, Crown Agents Bank and Investment Management, Interswitch, Fawry and Bayport…. Read more »

Manzi Rwegasira

Mr. Rwegasira is responsible for helping the CEO and Board of Directors of NMB in formulating, implementing and reviewing NMB’s corporate strategy. He is also responsible for the management and execution of corporate development projects as well as managing key investor relationships. Mr. Rwegasira began his professional career as an investment banking analyst in the… Read more »

Thomas L. Ferré

Mr. Ferré has been the Private Equity Manager at MicroVest Capital since 2014. Prior to joining MicroVest, he spent eight years in private equity and venture capital across the US, Latin America and Africa. Mr Ferre started his career in strategy consulting advising Fortunes 100 global companies on their growth plans. Mr. Ferré holds a M.Sc. in… Read more »

Edmund Higenbottam

Investment banker with extensive experience across London, Johannesburg, Lagos and Dubai.  Prior to Verdant Capital, Edmund has performed senior roles at Morgan Stanley and Renaissance Capital and has 16 years experience in investment banking. Edmund has completed 40 transactions in 15 different African countries.

Cobus Visagie

Cobus co-founded Africa Merchant Capital in 2012 as a corporate finance advisory boutique specialising in Sub-Sahara Africa. In, 2014 AMC established an Investment Management division and launched a value driven long-only fund investing in quality, undervalued public companies operating in Sub-Saharan Africa (ex-South Africa) which are well positioned to participate in SSA ex-SA’s economic growth…. Read more »

Matteo Stefanel

Matteo has a successful 18 year track record of private equity and investment banking experience with specific focus on growth markets and financial institutions. He is the Founder and co-Managing Partner of Apis Partners LLP, the manager of Apis Growth Fund I, a $250m private equity fund focused on investing in financial services companies in… Read more »

Chantelé Carrington

Chantelé is the COO of the Africa Business Group for PwC UK.  She was previously the Africa Financial Services Lead, and Southern Africa Lead. She has spent over 10 years working in financial services on the African continent. Since joining PwC South Africa, Chantelé has worked as an auditor and consultant to African and British… Read more »

David Burbidge OBE

London based, with over 40 years experience in industry as  managing director of a successful UK manufacturing business. David has  also served as non-executive director to a number of UK organisations,  including the Coventry Building Society, one of the UK’s largest Savings  and Loans institutions, from 1981 – 2003. He has a Masters degree in… Read more »

Mark Richards

Mark joined Actis, a leading emerging markets Private equity group in 2006 and created the Financial Services team which has led more than $1bn of  private equity investment since then.  African investments have included DFCU Bank, Uganda, BCR Rwanda, Diamond bank Nigerias Alexander Forbes South Africa, and pan African platforms Emerging Market Payments and Credit… Read more »