PARTNERS

The Phatisa Group was founded and led by Valentine Chitalu, Phatisa Group Chairman, Duncan Owen and Stuart Bradley – Founding Partners. The Senior team is supported by a team of > 30 hand-picked individuals dedicated to generating excellent returns, as well as to delivering ‘best of breed’, transparent and ethical fund management services to all stakeholders.

WE SPEAK > 30 LANGUAGES |  WE ARE HOME TO STAFF FROM > 12 NATIONALITIES | COLLECTIVELY WE HAVE > 500 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE  |  CUMULATIVE YEARS WORKING TOGETHER > 1,100 YEARS

TRACK RECORD

Established in 2005, Phatisa is an African resident fund manager operating from offices in Côte d’Ivoire (Q2 2016), Kenya, South Africa, Mauritius and Zambia, and General Counsel based in London. At Phatisa’s core is deep African operating experience from which it drives value within Portfolio Companies. Phatisa’s portfolio team comprises a pool of professionals, a number of who have held leadership roles in Africa with Unilever, DIAGEO Lonrho, AFGRI, SABMiller and Finlays. Similarly, Phatisa’s deal team has significant investment skills through individuals who have previously worked at 3i, Actis, Aureos (now Abraaj), TransCentury and CDC Group.   

VALENTINE CHITALU

Chairman

Valentine is Chairman of Phatisa, MTN (Zambia) and SABMiller (Zambia). He sits on various additional boards. At the Zambia Privatisation Agency, he oversaw the disposal and privatisation of 240 businesses. He was chairman of the Zambia Venture Capital Fund, board member of Commonwealth Africa Investments and Central African Director for CDC Capital Partners.

DUNCAN OWEN

Joint Managing Partner

Qualified as a chartered accountant and engineer, Duncan was Managing Director of Unilever, Zambia; Business Director – Africa at CDC Capital Partners; and deputy CEO of AFGRI Products. He has completed in excess of 40 change-of-control transactions, and has lived and worked in South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Ghana.

STUART BRADLEY

Joint Managing Partner

Stuart has 18 years’ African private equity experience with CDC Capital Partners, Aureos Capital and Phatisa Group, of which he is co-founder. Stuart has successfully raised over US$ 1 billion for private equity funds in Africa. Previously, he was Managing Partner of Aureos Southern Africa Fund and general manager of Takura Ventures in Zimbabwe.

JOSEPH BERGIN

Senior Partner - Investment Director

Joseph has worked in private equity for  22 years at 3i, Octopus, YFM, NBGI and Phatisa. Previously, he was at AstraZeneca and ICI. He has significant investment experience in Europe and Africa, in food, healthcare, telecoms, marketing and support services. Joseph brings best in class private equity management practices to Phatisa’s AAF deal team.

PETER VAN AS

Senior Partner - Portfolio Director

Peter’s career has focused on emerging markets for multi-nationals, including Dutch dairy, Unilever, Smollan and DIAGEO. He has served on boards in Africa and North America. At Unilever, Peter worked in developing markets in eastern, central and southern Africa. He specialises in setting up businesses, establishing go-to-market systems and processes.

JOE WHITFIELD

General Counsel

Joe specialises in international investment and financing transactions and has more than 15 years’ experience advising on private equity and complex cross-border transactions, in particular in Africa. Before joining Phatisa and Michelmores, Joe was corporate partner at Steptoe & Johnson, co-founded Africa Legal, and was General Counsel of CDC Group plc.

PAUL WYTHE

Senior Partner - Chief Operating Officer

Paul has worked with the likes of Deloitte, Lonrho East Africa, the British Printing Company Limited, Lonrho Africa Plc, and James Finlay Group. He also has extensive international interim management and consultation experience in Africa, from finance, supply chain and project management to restructuring, HR and change management.

YIDA KEMOLI

Senior Partner - East Africa

Yida joined Phatisa from Trans-Century, where he spent six years as Head of Corporate Finance and Strategy. Previously, he worked with JP Morgan, Actis and Aureos. Yida is experienced in investment banking, corporate finance and private equity. Between 2010 and 2013, he was a non-executive director of the Kenya Investment Authority.

ROBERT-JAN VAN OGTROP

Senior Partner

Robert-Jan is the former CEO of Bols Royal Distilleries and successively CEO of Remy Cointreau, prior to becoming an industrial partner at CVC Capital Partners. Subsequently he founded the social enterprise Circle Economy. Other leadership positions include chairman of African Parks and TBL Mirror Fund, founder of the Foundation for Natural Leadership and non-executive board member of a number of other companies.

JAN VAN DER MERWE

Fund Partner - PAHF

Jan has been a senior executive in property finance, corporate finance and corporate strategy, and led a team that executed deals in sub-Saharan Africa. Jan is an experienced financier with a passion for development and real estate solutions. He is well placed to offer insights, capabilities and networks that are in critically short supply.

OKOMBOLI ONG'ONG'A

Fund Partner East Africa - PAHF

Okomboli joined Phatisa from Norfund in Nairobi – experienced in East African real estate investment and deal structuring, due diligence, and expert project management and valuation capabilities. Okomboli leads the East African property team and driving investment opportunities in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.