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
Deputy Chairman
(Mauritius)
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
Managing Partner
Stuart has > 20 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.
Robert Jenkins
Senior Partner
Robert was a founding partner of Phildrew Ventures with five funds of > US$1bn of assets under management; the business was sold to UBS in 2000. Subsequently, he joined Bridgepoint Capital, managing 10 underperforming assets. In Africa, Robert has mentored two SME funds, trustee of a Malawian microfinance business and chairs a grant-making trust. More recently he served as an Investment Director of Gatsby, managing a budget of US$20m and CIO of Msingi, East Africa.
Yida Kemoli
Senior Partner – East Africa
Yida joined Phatisa from Trans-Century, where he spent six years as Head of Corporate Finance and Strategy. Previously, he worked with JP Morgan, Actis and Aureos. Yida is experienced in investment banking, corporate finance and private equity. Between 2010 and 2013, he was a non-executive director of the Kenya Investment Authority.
Martin Kromat
Senior Partner – Portfolio Operations
Martin previously worked at Diageo, where he held positions of Supply Chain Director, Diageo Southern Africa and Finance Director, Brandhouse Beverages, Diageo’s joint venture with Heineken and Namibia Breweries. He also served as a member of the audit committee and alternate non-executive director of Namibia Breweries. Prior to 2011, Martin was with Procter & Gamble (P&G) where he worked for more than 13 years in several commercially focused and functional finance roles in Europe and Africa, which included finance director for P&G’s eastern and southern African businesses.
Izelle le Roux-Owen
Partner – Corporate Communications
Izelle, a Phatisa co-founder, has over 20 years’ experience developing and managing start-up and multi-national brands across Africa. She was National Marketing, Branding and Communications Manager for Ince and ran her own advertising agency servicing national and international brands. Izelle currently heads corporate communications for Phatisa, oversees the Africa PE News (launched in 2014) and supports the day-to-day management of the Phatisa Foundation as co-founder.
Rinolan Moodley
Deal Partner – Southern Africa
Rinolan has played a key role in Phatisa’s African Agriculture Fund having deployed over US$ 75 million since he joined Phatisa in 2013. Prior to joining Phatisa, Rinolan was a Manager in PwC’s Deals Division where he worked on several M&A transactions, divestitures and valuations across Africa. He commenced his career at PwC and is a qualified chartered accountant after having spent four years in Johannesburg and Chicago.
Okomboli Ong’ong’a
Senior Fund Partner – Properties
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.
Eugene Stals
Chief Investment Officer
Eugene is a seasoned private equity and investment professional with deep operational experience. He was a senior partner at Ethos Private Equity in Johannesburg, South Africa. During this time, Eugene was instrumental in the formation of Ethos and in the introduction of black economic empowerment to the business. In all he spent 18 years in executive, board and investment committee capacities at Ethos. Eugene has a successful track record over the whole private equity value chain. More recently fulfilled roles as an executive in, and have consulted to, companies on strategic and operational issues.
Paul Wythe
Chief Operating Officer – Properties
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.
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.
Peter Van As
Senior Partner – Portfolio Value Add
(Mauritius)
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.