Robert Jenkins

Senior Partner and Chief Investment Officer

Phatisa, Sub-Saharan Africa

Biography

Robert was one of the pioneers of the private equity industry in the UK. He was a founding partner of Phildrew Ventures, which went on to raise 5 funds totalling >$1bn. The business was sold to UBS Capital in 2000. Robert then worked for Bridgepoint Capital, Europe’s leading private equity business, in a portfolio company management role for underperforming assets where he was director or chair of ten businesses. He is a business angel and is currently Chairman of a US based SaaS business and a director of two healthcare businesses.

Robert’s interest in Africa started over ten years ago. He has mentored two African based SME Funds, is a trustee of a Malawian microfinance business, Chairs a grant making trusts and has an MSc from SOAS in Development Economics. He was Investment Director of Gatsby Africa, an East African developmental institution with an annual budget of $20m and CIO of Msingi, an institution to encourage transformative sector development in East Africa. He is currently a Senior partner and CIO at Phatisa – a uniquely African food, agri and housing sector-focused private equity fund management firm with $285m under management.

Robert has an in depth understanding of finance and funding markets, and of their imperfections, in Africa, which is holding back the development of Africa’s true potential.

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