Impact Investing in Africa

Event Details

Date:

02 15 2022 - 02 15  2022

Time:

12:00:pm- 01:00:pm

Africa

Event Overview

Dr. David McClean, a senior consultant at DMA Consulting Group, will lead a panel discussion on the various investment opportunities in Africa, across multiple sectors, that the alternative investment community should be aware of.

Panelists:

Tracey Austin, Sector Director Financial & Professional Services, UK Department for International Trade | Africa British Consulate-General South Africa.

Tawana Muchatuta, KFG Africa Growth, KFG Africa Growth, Knickerbocker Financial Group.

Ru Nyambuya, Standard Bank Group and Board Member, Education Matters Africa Foundation.

Panelists:

Tracey Austin is the Financial and Professional Services Director in Africa for the UK Department for International Trade and is a dual British-South African citizen. She has more than 20 years of direct and fund investment experience, specializing in emerging markets (especially in Africa), and has worked across the finance spectrum, including various global banks; development finance institution CDC Group plc; Europe BlueCrest Capital, the largest hedge fund, and more recently with family foundations and philanthropies such as Omidyar Network’s Luminate and the Pearl Initiative in the Middle East. She has extensive experience investing in infrastructure. In addition to her finance experience, she is a natural resources investment expert, and has run a large gas portfolio in North Africa, managed distressed gold mines in Australia and Colombia and financed numerous junior mines across Africa.

Tawana Muchatuta is with Africa Growth, a Division of the Knickerbocker Financial Group (KFG), which leverages KFG’s network to establish and curate high-quality origination in the sectors of Sustainability, Fintech, Energy and Agritech on the African Continent. Tawana is also the COO at Glitch Finance, a start-up blockchain project designing a host of DeFi specific solutions for real-world applications and a Project consultant through Toptal.com Through his career he has spent significant time in both fintech and the large-scale manufacture of fast-moving consumer goods in England, Zimbabwe, Singapore, and Malaysia. He is a graduate of Loughborough University, a Chartered Chemical Engineer with IChemE UK serving on the Malaysia National Board as Treasurer as well as a member of the Global Commercial Panel, a PMP certified practitioner and passed the CFA exams.

Ru Nyambuya is a Senior Manager within Client Coverage at Standard Bank, where she manages a portfolio of clients based in North America that are also doing business in Africa. She currently leads the US team’s sector efforts for TMT and Industrials (which includes Healthcare). Her past experiences include coverage of Financial Institutions, Mining and Power & Infrastructure. During her tenure in Standard Bank she also spent time in the bank’s Johannesburg office as the Business Manager to the Global Sector Head for Power & Infrastructure, where she was instrumental in driving its strategy for the sector across the continent for key initiatives such as unlocking Off-Grid Power. Prior to Standard Bank, she was with Ernst & Young’s audit and transaction advisory group, primarily covering TMT clients. She is a member of the board of directors of Education Matters Africa Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to match underserved talent in Africa (starting in Zimbabwe) with opportunity and develop a generation of dynamic young leaders who are consistently committed to using their education to address challenges in their communities. 

Moderator:

Dr. David McClean served on the Board of Directors of Impact@Africa (Impact@Africa.org), a relatively new Pan-African impact investment ecosystem development network that seeks to bring together all ecosystem players, from 2018 through 2021. The network aims to support the creation of a vibrant environment for impact investing in Africa by helping to address key barriers that inhibit the development and growth of the impact investing sector on the continent and the realization of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s “Agenda 2063.” The United Nations Development Program was a key early sponsor of Impact@Africa. Through his involvement with Impact@Africa, Dr. McClean has provided advice on governance and growth, as well as climate change in Africa, and has multiple high-profile events within Africa. His most recent book, Understanding and Combating Global Corruption, A Reader, addresses the problem of corruption in Nigeria and other countries and includes suggestions for addressing it.

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