Mich Nieuwoudt 2020 Speaker

Chief Investment Officer

Gaia Fund Managers


Mich graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1995, majoring in Microwave Field Theory, Computers and Bio-Engineering.

After stints in the petrochemical industry with Polifin and in the defence industry with Thales, he joined PSG Investment Bank in 1999.

After completing his MBA at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2003, he joined Siemens Business Services. With Siemens, he had the opportunity to gain international experience in Europe, consulting as far afield as Norway, the Netherlands and Germany.

Mich joined the Square One Group in 2005 and was responsible for group operations.

In 2008, Mich teamed up with Botha Schabort.

He worked on the Eden Island Project, mining operations in West Africa along Chinese partners before focusing on the build out of SAGIT Energy Ventures, a renewable energy developer.

He was part of the founding team and as Managing Director of SAGIT Energy Ventures; his primary role was to develop two Onshore Wind projects from greenfield to fully permitted and ready for submission in the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Program.

He is currently the Managing Director of Gaia Fund Managers and Chief Investment Officer of Gaia Infrastructure Capital, a JSE-listed Infrastructure Fund. As part of the founding team at Gaia, he was instrumental in establishing Gaia in its first transactions and is now responsible for the expansion of the operations of Gaia Fund Managers and the implementation of various transactions.

Over the past 5 years he and the Gaia team have originated in excess of 20 transactions and closed transactions valued at over USD$250M spread over 12 infrastructure projects.

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