Management and Team

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Sven Haefner

CEO

Sven is an investment specialist, structured finance expert and business builder, with a wealth of experience from managing investment banking and financial advisory businesses in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Zambia.

As a Founding Partner of Lusaka based 30Thirty Capital he has just launched the firm‘s first fund, the 30Thirty Growth Fund, which shall invest in impactful high growth SMEs in Zambia, aiming to achieve sustainable social and commercial returns.

 

During his career he built an expertise in investment solutions, structured finance, equities and derivatives and has managed tens of billions of dollars in investment products. Sven holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Zurich.

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Sheila Garakara

Chief Financial Officer

Sheila is a qualified chartered accountant, skilled in accounting and finance with experience in the private sector and with development NGOs. She has worked at various institutions from Belton Mining in South Africa where she honed her skills in accounting to the Solidaridad where she is regional finance manager with responsibilities for the Southern African region. During her time at Solidaridad, she has also gained insight on the needs and expectations of impact investors.

 

Her skill set ranges from general ledger processing and maintenance, statutory tax submissions to the revenue authority and monthly management statements to the identification and selection of potential business and investment opportunities and the preparation of profitability forecasts for potential contracts/tenders. She has experience with reviewing and approving of project budgets submitted by field offices, allocating of inputs finance among recipients (emerging farmers) across all regions, compiling of donor fund reports, reporting on disbursement and use of inputs finance awarded by the various donors and monitoring project spend against grant received and budget.

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Kadidja Sidibe Banda

Compliance Officer

Kadidja has experience in the capital markets industry. She previously worked with legal firms in the United Kingdom and in Lusaka Zambia as well as in the financial industry. She served as compliance officer and legal advisor during her time at Focus Financial Services in Zambia, where she conducted several activities within the legal and compliance space in relation to capital markets.

 

While at Focus Financial Services, among other tasks, she was actively involved in drafting and review of various transactional agreements documents. The deals included, amongst others, debt issuance, security transactions and trade finance transactions. She negotiated with and agreed on final terms with clients, reviewed prospectuses and marketing material in the areas of statutory and regulatory compliance. She has been involved in the legal due diligence on transactions (KYC and AML requirements) and maintenance of compliant and accurate filling system across the companies.

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Clive Bevan

Chief Operating Officer

Clive was in charge of the new business development team in equity derivatives at RBS (previously ABN AMRO). He built, amongst others, a stable platform for the warrants/certificates, structured products, fund and electronic trading. He linked many new markets to the bank’s trading capability, such as emerging markets equities. One of his strong points in the project management cycle is the understanding of bringing projects to life.

He is a capable and confident individual, with a proven track record across a range of initiatives for Trading, Sales, Operations and Redress. His most recent focus was on the regulatory and remediation issues within Rates & FX.

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Emilio Sallustio

Head of Sales - Europe

Emilio has over 35 years of experience in finance and the start-up industry. He has a strong background in asset management, fund structuring, trading as well as compliance and risk management. He holds degrees in risk management and compliance. Following his careers with top private and commercial banks in Switzerland, his focus shifted to business development, strategy and expansion to start-up companies. He supports them as a member of their advisory board.

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Nigel Seabrook

Head Investment Committee

Nigel has a vast array of experience that spans both the impact investing world as well as the private equity space. He served as country director and group executive committee of AgDevCo, an agriculture focused impact outfit that invests in agribusiness and utilises debt and equity instruments as part of its placements. The fund ultimately focuses on job creation, food security and other development sustainable impact within primary agriculture, agro processing for crops, livestock and fisheries.

 

His ultimate role in Zambia was investments and portfolio management. As a member of the group executive committee, Nigel participated in the overall strategic direction of the firm and also aided in the provision of the initial review platform that analyses, comments, questions and approves/rejects all investments across the eight countries in which AgDevCo operates. The Investment committee reviewed approximately 40 potential investments per year. Nigel also served as group financial director at Meridian Group of Companies. He has worked with Deloitte and Touché as well as Grant Thornton. He was chairman of the Zambia Cotton Ginners Association and was appointed by the Hon Minister of Agriculture to the role of chairman of the Cotton Board of Zambia.

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Kangwa Barbara Kasonde

Investment Analyst

Kangwa is an investment analyst who joined the 30Thirty Capital team as a graduate. Her work is centred around assessing SMEs on their financials and operations as well as their impact.

 

She holds a BSc degree in Banking and Finance from Copperbelt University, Zambia as well as an investment advisory and stockbroker qualification from the Zambia College of Pensions and Insurance Trust. Her thesis was on fintech and financial inclusion in Southern Africa as it relates to SME financial

literacy. 

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Kingsley Chinkuli

Investment Analyst

Kingsley has been with 30Thirty Capital for over a year now with a focus on financial modelling. Previously he worked for a Zambian asset management firm, where he focused on equity valuation, stock analysis and asset allocation. 

 

He holds a BSc degree in Finance from George Mason University, outside of Washington, D.C. and an investment advisory and stockbroker qualification from the Zambia College of Pensions and insurance Trust.

Advisory Board

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Mary Thandiwe Ncube

Mary is the Board Chairperson of Atlas Mara Zambia and the Chief Executive of her firms, MTN Special Engagements Limited and M T Ncube and Associates. Ms. Ncube has worked with KPMG Zambia for over 16 years, holding various positions including Audit Partner.

Her Board level experience covers Development Finance, Banking, Insurance, Energy, Health, Education, Public Finance and Intellectual Property. She is the current Board Chairperson of the Zambia Development Agency Board and is a Non-Executive Director and Chairperson of the Audit Committee of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) Board.

She was the Africa member on the Independent Oversight Advisory Committee (IOAC) of the World Intellectual Property Organisation and a member on the World Health Organisation’s Independent Expert Oversight Committee (IEOC). She also served on the Revenue Appeals Tribunal and the governing Council of the Medical Council of Zambia.

Mary holds a B.A. in Economics (with Distinction) and an M.A. in Economic Policy Management. She is a Fellow of the ACCA and ZICA and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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Alastair Newton

Alastair is the CEO of Alavan Business Advisory and Senior Political Analyst for Nomura International plc. He is a career diplomat with the British foreign service, and chairperson of the African Development Corporation (ADC) investment fund, owners in BancABC and Union Bank of Nigeria.

Amongst other positions, he serves as the President of the Strategy Committee of the Paris-based consultancy, QALIS, is a member of the Advisory Board of Africon GmbH and is a member of the Practitioners' Advisory Board of the Global Policy Journal.