Stephen Nairne – Managing Partner
Mr. Nairne has run AHL Venture Partners (and it's forebearers) since 2007. He serves on the Advisory Board of several SME funds and companies in Sub-Saharan Africa and is concurrently appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches courses on Country and Project Risk Analysis in Developing Countries and African Political Economy. Prior, Mr. Nairne served as Deputy Director with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade's Pacific Office and as Senior Political Risk Analyst at Export Development Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Master of Arts from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.
Patrick Seeton - CFO
Mr. Seeton is based in Vancouver and supports the investment team and portfolio companies for AHL Venture Partners. Prior to AHL, Patrick served as Chief Financial Officer of Sanergy, a Nairobi based social enterprise that provides a system based solution to the sanitation crisis in the city's informal settlements. Patrick is a Chartered Business Valuator and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) having working for 10 years with KPMG's Corporate Finance, Valuations and Real Estate & Construction practice in Vancouver and Toronto.
Charlotte Ward: Senior Partner & Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Ward joined AHL in 2014. From her base in the UK, she leads AHL's relationships with a number of portfolio companies, and sits on many Boards and Advisory Committees. Ms. Ward has experience in investment banking, project finance and managing small business development support programs in emerging markets. Prior to joining AHL she managed the GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation program for energy and water in Africa and Asia. Ms. Ward also spent seven years with Deutsche Bank in the Global Markets division, serving finally as VP for Equity Prime Services. Ms. Ward holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) from Bristol University and a Master of Science from Sydney University in Applied Environmental Science.
Ben Peterson: Senior Partner
Mr. Peterson heads AHL's Nairobi office, managing AHL's team of investment professionals, overseeing all new investment opportunities in Eastern and Southern Africa, and providing post-investment support to portfolio companies. Previously, Ben served as Co-Founder and CEO of Newsana Incorporated and Co-Founder and Executive Director of JHR (Journalists for Human Rights). Ben continues to serve as Chair Emeritus of JHR's Board of Directors. Ben has a BA in Economics and a BAH in Political Studies from Queen's University, and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics (LSE). Ben has received many awards for his work, including Canada's Top 40 under 40 Award, the Action Canada Fellowship, the Queen's University Alumni Humanitarian Award and was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours.
Wilfrid Korsaga: Senior Partner
Mr. Korsaga heads AHL's Abidjan office, managing AHL's team of investment professionals, overseeing all new investment opportunities in West and Central Africa, and providing post-investment support to portfolio companies. Previously, Wilfrid served as Portfolio Director at PCM capital Partners (PCP), overseeing a portfolio of $ 40 million USD spread across different sectors from Hospitality, banking, telecommunication to oil and gas. Prior to joining PCP, Wilfrid was head of Business Development at CIBC asset Management from 2009 to 2011 and Investment Manager at Bank of Montreal from 2006 to 2009, where he was in charge of trading equity, bond and structured products.
Wilfrid holds an MBA from HEC Montreal with distinction, a Graduate Certificate in Treasury Finance from McGill University (Canada), and a bachelor in finance from HEC Montreal.
Micah Sarkas: Senior Portfolio Manager
Mr. Sarkas, based in Luska, Zambia, manages portfolio activities in Southern Africa. Prior to joining AHL, he worked in the banking and asset management sector in London and Cape Town, where he held positions in both JP Morgan and BlackRock. Mr. Sarkas started out his career in small business where he managed a kitchen design and manufacturing business in South Africa. Mr. Sarkas is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder. He holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business.
Rosanne Whalley: Senior Portfolio Manager
Based in Nairobi, Rosanne structures new investments in East and Southern Africa, and provides post-investment portfolio support. She has broad impact investing experience across Africa, in the agriculture and infrastructure markets. Prior to joining AHL, Rosanne worked for InfraCo Africa, where she focused on investing in distributed solar PV mini-grids and biomass. Before that, she joined AgDevCo as its second employee, helping to build AgDevCo into a leading pan-African agri-investor. Her role culminated in three years in Mozambique as Country Manager, sitting on the board of numerous agricultural companies, structuring deals and overseeing 22 investments across multiple value chains. Rosanne has degrees from the University of York (BA Hons) and the London School of Economics (MSc), and holds an advanced qualification in finance.
Joseph Indangasi: Portfolio Manager
Joseph joined AHL's Nairobi office in September 2016. He previously served as Executive Assistant to the CEO at Airtel Kenya, specialising in business analysis and strategy execution. Prior to joining Airtel, Joseph was an Investment Analyst at IPS, the Industrial and Infrastructure arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Joseph has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Nairobi, CPA and CFA Level II.
Janvier Dabire: Portfolio Manager
Janvier Dabire joined the Accra office in January 2016. Prior, he worked in Ecobank and Bank of Africa as a senior financial analyst in the Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB) division. Janvier started his career as statistician in charge of studies in the division of economic studies of the National Institute of Statistics and Demographics of Burkina Faso.
Janvier holds an MBA in banking and finance from CESAG business school in Senegal, an Engineer degree in statistics from the National School of Statistics and Applied Economics of Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire). He also has a BSc in mathematics from the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
Tsakane Ngoepe: Investment Analyst
Tsakane, based in Nairobi, supports the team's investment activities through the cycle - origination, structuring and post-investment portfolio support. Prior to joining AHL, Tsakane was an impact investment analyst at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where she focused on researching and testing innovative financing instruments and projects. She was also a research and writing assistant to Julia Balandina Jaquier for the second edition of the book “Catalyzing Wealth for Change” (an impact investing guide for high net worth individuals and family offices). Tsakane has a BCom honours degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town.
Peter Mwangi: Financial AdministratoR, Nairobi
Peter joined AHL’s Nairobi office in January 2017. Prior, he worked in the Tourism Industry as an administrator / accountant in various tour firms and most recently as an entrepreneur, running a tour, safaris & taxi company. He started his career as an Audit Assistant in an Audit Firm, Mugo & Company CPAs, before moving to the Tourism Industry where he’s worked for KRAY Tours & Safaris and Airports & Beyond Tours in Finance Department as the chief accountant, and later, he started his own transport company, Digits Tours & Travel. Peter is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a certificate in Kenya Certified Public Accountants.