Most businesses think that product is the most important thing, but without great leadership, mission and a team that deliver results at a high level, even the best product won’t make a company successful
Cedric de Beer
Board Member Juhudi Kilimo, Senior Program Adviser at the Economic Advancement Program and Soros Economic Development Fund, based in Johannesburg.
Cedric de Beer joined SEDF as Vice President and Director of Africa Operations in July 2009. Based in Johannesburg, he is responsible for opening up new investment areas in Africa and monitoring the progress of new investments. He also represents SEDF on the Board of Nurcha, of which he was the founder and formerly the chief executive. With SEDF and government support, Nurcha has financed the construction of more than 300,000 low income houses in South Africa over fifteen years. Prior to this, de Beer was the Director of Urbanization for the City of Johannesburg. He has directed the Rural Health Services Development Unit at the Witwatersrand University Medical School, in addition to setting up and co-directing the Centre for Health Policy there. Furthermore, he worked with an environmentally focused rural development agency and served on the executive board of the National Union of South African Students and on the Board of the Independent Development Trust. De Beer has a BA in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Board Member Juhudi Kilimo, Associate Director of Portfolio for Acumen Fund East Africa
Patrick Oketa is the Associate Director of Portfolio for Acumen Fund East Africa.He has a wealth of experience in private equity, project financing, project cycle management, and a practical understanding of how resources can best flow to those who need them most. Over the last 15 years, he has worked with various projects and entrepreneurs to deliver practical financial and social value and added innovative solutions to their businesses across Africa. He was the Director of Development Finance at the Uganda Development Bank . Prior to that, he was a Partner at Pearl Capital Partner a fund manager that focuses on investments in the Agribusiness value chain in East and southern Africa. In the past, Patrick was the Chief Investment Officer of the African Agricultural Capital and also worked at the international fund manager Actis where he was responsible for the administration of the $100 million Actis Agribusiness Fund. He began his banking career at the East African Development Bank where he worked for 5 years in Uganda and Kenya in various capacities. Patrick holds an MBA and MA in Banking and Finance as well as an honors degree in Economics.
Board Member Juhudi Kilimo, Business Development at Mashariki Utilities Limited, based in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria.
Milton oversees Business Development at Mashariki Utilities Limited in Kenya and Nigeria. He previously served as Managing Director for the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and Intellectual Property Officer at Queen Mary – University of London. He has also worked in several commercial, technical and policy development capacities within pharmaceutical manufacture and distribution in the East African region. Milton holds postgraduate qualifications in intellectual property law and management from Queen Mary, as well as a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in biochemistry and chemistry from the University of Nairobi. He has undertaken executive education on innovation policy for economic development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is a past Open African Innovation and Research (Open A.I.R.) research fellow at the University of Cape Town.
Chief Executive Officer
During his tenure at Letshego and Faulu, Bernard played a pivotal role in supporting both companies achieve stunning business growth in a rapidly changing, competitive and demanding business environment. He has an MBA in strategic management from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Moi University
Chief Finance Officer
Adrian is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance
Chief Operations Officer
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Marketing and holds a diploma in Marketing.
Chief Credit & Risk Officer
He holds an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi, a Bachelor’s degree in Education – Mathematics & Business Studies from Kenyatta University and other postgraduate qualifications from the Institute of Commercial Management.
Chief Information Officer
He has over six year’s progressive experience in ICT with in-depth knowledge of Database and Network Administration. He has a Diploma in Computer Science and is currently pursuing a degree in Business Information Technology.
Chief Human Resource Officer
Nancy has a post graduate diploma in Human Resource Management, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership and Management and is a Certified Professional Trainer. She is currently pursuing a Certified Professional Coach Program as well as a Master’s degree program majoring in Strategic Management.
Chief Internal Auditor
Michael is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA in finance from the University of Nairobi and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and has done CISA.