Name Position

Ali A. Mufuruki

CEO - Infotech Investment Group Ltd

Richard Bell

CEO - East Africa Capital Partners

Alex-Handrah Aimé

Managing Director - Emerging Capital Partners

Couldip Basanta Lala

Executive Director- International Financial Services Ltd

Randhirsingh Juddoo

Managing Director - Trident Trust Company

Patrick Obath

Managing Consultant - Eduardo Associates

Mark Schneider

Entrepreneur

Bryce Fort

Managing Director - Emerging Capital Partners

Jeremie Bonnin

General Secretary, Head of Corporate and Business - Altice

Burkhard Koep

Head of Strategy and Business Development - Altice

Carolyn Campbell

Managing Director and Founding Partner, Emerging Capital Partners

Zeph Mbugua

CEO, ABCON Group of Companies

Ameel Somani

Helios Investments Partners

Malo Corbin

Chief Controlling Officer of Altice Group - Altice

Saj Vakilian

Managing Director, M&A and Corporate Development Liberty Global

Simon Freer

Chief Commercial Officer of Liberty Global Content Investment and private equity investor.

Ali A. Mufuruki

CEO - Infotech Investment Group Ltd

Mr. Ali Mufuruki is the Chairman and CEO of Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) based Infotech Investment Group LTD which has business interests in real estate, retail, advertising, IT and telecommunications services. He is a founding partner of East Africa Capital Partners (EACP), a Nairobi, Kenya based private equity fund dedicated to ICT, Media and Telecoms with over USD 100m under management. He also the Founding Chairman of The CEOs’ Roundtable of Tanzania , a policy dialogue forum that brings together CEOs of the top 50 companies in Tanzania. In 2002, he became the founding Chairman of Air Tanzania Company LTD. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Tanzania Central Bank where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Amsterdam‐based ATMS Foundation, a joint project of the UNDP and the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, set up in 1989 to provide management services that enable the private sector to play its rightful role in the economies of African countries. Mr. Mufuruki sits on the boards of Technoserve, Inc. of Washington, DC, and The Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) based in California, USA and is Chairman of the board of Enablis East Africa.

He is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute Class of 2001 and Founder and Chairman of The Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) East Africa .Mr. Mufuruki is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering Design from The University of Technology and Economics in Reutlingen, Germany, 1986. He lives in Dar Es Salaam with his wife and four children.

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Richard Bell

CEO - East Africa Capital Partners

Mr. Bell is a seasoned ICT entrepreneur, turned venture capitalist and is currently the CEO of East Africa Capital Partners the first Venture Capital Fund Manager in Sub Saharan Africa. From 2011 until 2013 Richard served as Group CEO and transition manager of Wananchi Group (Holdings). Richard had previously founded and then sold, an ISP (Swift Global) in Kenya and Uganda, and, a data infrastructure operator (Kenya Data Networks) in Kenya.

His early career and training was as a commissioned officer and mountain and arctic warfare specialist in the United Kingdom’s Royal Marine Commandos. He has been actively involved in the development of ICT in Africa. He was the Chairman of a Kenya Capital Markets Authority Task Force on ICT Impact/venture investing in East Africa and was a founding Director of the Kenya ICT Board, which was created by the Head Of State in 2007 to drive the development of Kenya as a Global BPO/ICT outsource destination. He has previously held various other non-profit positions including; founding Chairman of the Kenya Network Information Center (KENIC), founding Chairman of the Telecommunications Service Providers’ Association of Kenya (TESPOK), founding Chairman, Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP), founding Director of Africa Network Information Center (AfriNIC),

Richard holds a BSc (Hons) from the University Of St Andrews, Scotland & is a Sloan Fellow (MSc) of the London Business School, England. He is married with four children and in what little time remains after work and family, is a passionate Private Pilot, Skiing Enthusiast and Amateur Economist.

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Alex-Handrah Aimé

Managing Director - Emerging Capital Partners

Alex is a Director of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) based in Johannesburg. With six funds and over $1.6 billion under management, ECP is a leading private equity manager focused exclusively on Africa. Headquartered in Washington DC, ECP has six offices across Africa and a ten-year track record of successful investment in companies operating in over 40 countries on the continent. She is involved in deal sourcing, investment appraisal, execution and monitoring.

Prior to joining ECP in 2008, Ms. Aimé was with Goldman Sachs International in London in the European Special Situations Group where she focused on sub-Saharan Africa proprietary trading investment opportunities. She was previously in the Investment Banking Division – Financial Institutions Group where she advised clients on mergers & acquisitions and financing transactions in the banking, insurance, and asset management sectors. While at Goldman, Ms Aimé executed a number of multi-billion dollar deals in the UK, Continental Europe and emerging markets including Egypt, South Africa, Turkey, and the UAE. She started her career as a strategy consultant with Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), where she worked on engagements across industries including, financial institutions, retail, and transportation and logistics.

Ms. Aimé graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She obtained a J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ms. Aimé is admitted to practice law in New York State. She is a citizen of Haiti and the USA.

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Couldip Basanta Lala

Executive Director- International Financial Services Ltd

Couldip Basanta Lala is co-founder and Executive Director of International Financial Services Limited, a leading management company specializing in international tax, business and corporate advisory services. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has previously been a partner of one of the Big Four accounting firms.

Whilst in audit practice, he has been leading audit assignments of World Bank financed projects in countries of East and West Africa. All along his career, he has been a corporate affairs consultant and adviser. His focus is mainly in the structuring of international private equity and hedge funds. He is a past Chairman of the Stock Exchange Commission. He has also been called upon by Government in the past to serve on commissions and fact-finding committees. He has led and directed the production of the “IFS Guide to Mauritian Company Law”.

Mr. Lala sits on numerous other Boards of Companies, with diverse interests, ranging from financial institutions, private equity and hedge funds, tourism, and general trade business. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Board of Trade, a multi-asset class exchange.

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Randhirsingh Juddoo

Managing Director - Trident Trust Company

Mr. Juddoo is the Managing Director of Trident Trust Company (Mauritius) Ltd. He began his career in Financial Services in 1996. He was part of the original team when Trident Trust opened its Mauritian office in 2000, and has headed the office since July 2002. Trident’s Mauritius office currently employs more than 30 people and includes a fully developed Fund Administration department. He serves as a Director on the boards of some of the largest Africa development funds and funds investing into India all of which are administered by Trident’s Mauritius office. The promoters of these funds include the World Bank’s international Finance Corporation, the European Investment Bank, the African Development Bank, FMO and BIO.
Randhir holds a BSc (Hons) in Management from the University of Kent, Canterbury and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

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Patrick Obath

Managing Consultant - Eduardo Associates

Patrick is Managing Consultant for Eduardo Associates, a private practice consultancy specialising in Energy, Oil and Gas, Health, Safety and Environment, Board and Corporate Governance and Ethics and cost optimisation in Maintenance Engineering Management and Health Management. Patrick retired from Shell holding the position of Special Projects Manager in the Shell Africa. Before that he was the Managing Director and Country Chairman for Kenya Shell Limited and County Chairman for Shell Tanzania.

In prior years, Patrick held many management positions in Shell and Shell advised companies in Kenya, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Malaysia working in the areas of General management, Distribution, Engineering and Health Safety and Environment. Patrick joined the oil industry in 1976.

He holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University and is a Member of the Energy Institute (UK), the Petroleum Institute of East Africa, the Institution of Engineers in Kenya and is a Registered Engineer. He is Chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance – an umbrella business organisation for the private sector in Kenya and Chairman of PZ Cussons EA Ltd . He sits on the boards of African Alliance Kenya Group, Afren EAX plc – an oil exploration company, Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited, Kenya Cultural Centre Council and Liverpool VCT Centres – a health services organisation. He is a Fellow of theAspen Global Network (AGLN) and the African Leadership Initiative (ALI). He was awarded the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) by H.E. the President of the Republic of Kenya on 12th December 2008.

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Mark Schneider

Entrepreneur

Mark L Schneider is a successful and seasoned entrepreneur, investor, and executive. He has founded and co-founded numerous media and telecommunications businesses. Among the most prominent of these have been United International Holdings (UIH), United Global Communications (UGC), United Pan-European Communications (UPC), Chello Broadband, Chellomedia and Priority Telecom. These businesses became the material assets of Liberty Global Communications (LGI), to whom Mark and Gene Schneider sold control of the United Group of companies in 2004. Mark is a lawyer and economist by education and has more than 30 years experience in managing, including roles as Chairman, CEO and President of several entities. He has managed business development, acquisition, finance and investment in the ever-evolving fields of cable TV, telephony, broadband Internet, satellite and wireless technologies. Additionally Mark developed basic, pay and broadcast television channels and new media business – all of the above being core fields of the United Group.

Mark became Senior V.P. of United Cable Television (UCT) for development and acquisitions. United Cable acquired numerous cable systems and invested in Discovery, QVC, E, Prime Sports, Blockbuster Video, Republic Pictures and Turner Broadcasting among others. Many of these were early stage or start ups at that time. Mark initiated and worked through completion of the merger with United Artists to create United Artist Entertainment (UAE) and served on that Board until the company was sold in 1991; and was its Head of Business Development. While Mark was in that role UAE became the 3rd largest US cable television company and largest theatre owner by 1990, when sold to TCI / Liberty for approximately a three and one half billion dollar valuation.

Mark served in various senior roles at UIH and UGC and was founding Chairman and CEO of UPC and Chellomedia. UPC and Chellomedia became a separately listed group to develop European and Eastern European assets. They ultimately became the largest, most valuable asset group in the organisation. UGC and its sister companies built and acquired numerous cable, satellite and media interests in Europe, Latin America and Asia. UGC also created a number of international subsidiaries and successor companies including UPC Eastern Europe, Austar, UGC Latin America, UGC Asia, Chello Broadband and Chellomedia.

Since 2004 and following his departure from Liberty Global Inc. in 2005, Mark has been investing personally and with other entrepreneurs in new business, serving on several public and private company boards as well as continuing to provide consultancy support to Liberty Global and other clients on large acquisition targets. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum for many years and also remains a member of the International Board for the Museum of TV & Radio. He also serves on a number of charitable foundation boards.

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Bryce Fort

Managing Director - Emerging Capital Partners

Mr. Fort is a Managing Director and founding partner of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP). With seven funds and over $1.8 billion under management, ECP is a leading private equity manager focused exclusively on Africa. Headquartered in Washington DC, ECP has six offices across Africa and over a decade of successful investing experience in companies operating in over 40 countries on the continent. In this capacity, he is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and recommending investments, performing due diligence and leading transaction teams. Mr. Fort is also deeply involved with operations and strategies related to the ECP management company.

Mr. Fort joined the ECP investment team in 2002. Before his employment with ECP, Mr. Fort worked for Deutsche Bank AG’s European Healthcare Corporate Finance Group which executed mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings for pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies.

Mr. Fort received a bachelor’s degree cum laude in computer engineering with a minor in economics from Lehigh University. He currently sits on the boards of Cellcom Ltd, Wananchi Group Holdings, and New Dawn Mining Corp.

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Jeremie Bonnin

General Secretary, Head of Corporate and Business - Altice

Jeremie Bonnin joined Altice in May 2005 and is currently General Secretary, Head of Corporate and Business Development. Before joining Altice, Jeremie was a Manager in the Transaction Services department at KPMG where he worked extensively in the telecoms area. Since joining Altice, he has been significantly involved in virtually all of the transactions leading to the international expansion of Altice’s footprint (in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Israel, Portugal, the Dominican Republic etc.). He has developed strong expertise in the negotiation and implementation of cross-border transactions and in financial management in the telecoms sector. He is an IT engineer and graduated from the Institut d’Informatique d’Entreprise. He also holds an accounting and finance degree (“Diplome d’Etudes Comptables et Financieres”).

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Burkhard Koep

Head of Strategy and Business Development - Altice

Burkhard Koep has more than 15 years of investment banking experience both in Europe and the US. He joined Morgan Stanley’s European media and communications group in 2002. Prior to joining Altice, he was responsible for Morgan Stanley’s cable, pay TV and media practice in EMEA. He advised Kabel Deutschland on its sale to Vodafone, Liberty Global on its proposed acquisition of Ziggo and Liberty Global on the sale of its content business chellomedia to AMC. He also led the Morgan Stanley teams which took Kabel Deutschland and Ziggo public as joint global coordinator and re-IPOed RTL on behalf of Bertelsmann. He attended the University of Saarbruecken and Michigan Business School and graduated in business administration and finance.

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Carolyn Campbell

Managing Director and Founding Partner, Emerging Capital Partners
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Zeph Mbugua

CEO, ABCON Group of Companies
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Ameel Somani

Helios Investments Partners

Ameel Somani is a Vice President at Helios Investment Partners – an Africa focussed private equity firm with greater than $3 billion of assets under management.

Prior to Helios, Ameel worked in investment banking and private equity in New York and Toronto.

Ameel holds a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Economics from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ameel is currently a board director of Wananchi Group Holdings (East African telecommunications platform) and Acorn Holdings (a Kenyan youth housing platform).

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Malo Corbin

Chief Controlling Officer of Altice Group - Altice

Malo Corbin joined Altice Group in August 2015 as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development before becoming the Chief Controlling Officer for the Group in October 2016.

Malo Corbin was previously Vice President in the Telecom & Technology Group of Lazard covering Europe, Middle East and Africa. Malo Corbin joined the Lazard Group in 2005 and worked on more than €50 billion of M&A transactions, including acquisitions of Altice group.

Malo Corbin graduated from Ecole Centrale Lyon.

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Saj Vakilian

Managing Director, M&A and Corporate Development Liberty Global

Saj is a Managing Director in the Liberty Global M&A and Corporate Development team, working on acquisitions and corporate development opportunities across Liberty Global’s international footprint. Since joining the firm in 2013, he has been involved in various transactions, including the acquisition of Ziggo, stake purchases in ITV and Lionsgate, and the Joint Venture with Vodafone in Holland.

Prior to joining Liberty Global, Saj was a Director at Citi’s Investment Banking division in London, working in both the Telecoms & Media M&A and UK M&A teams and executing various transactions in the Telecoms and Media sector.

Saj has a First Class honours degree in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge.

 

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Simon Freer

Chief Commercial Officer of Liberty Global Content Investment and private equity investor.

Simon Freer is an asset manager with over 20 years international investing and operating experience across a wide range of sectors and business stages. Over 10 years focus in the technology / media / telecoms sector, leading the 3i global TMT sector team and various Liberty Global strategic media investments. Also Strategy management consultant at Arthur Anderson prior to 3i.

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