Our Team

Lion's Head Global Partners is known for deep cross-sector expertise and local market experience. Our team is diverse, dynamic, outcome-driven, and motivated by professionalism and intellectual rigour. We are passionate about our work and committed to our clients and the markets they operate in. Collectively, we believe that finance should be used for positive change and to help solve the socio-economic and environmental challenges we face.

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AfricaGoGreen Fund
London
Asset Management
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Adel Serhal

Investment Officer
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London

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Adel Serhal

Investment Officer

Adel joined Lion’s Head in 2021. He is a member of the AfricaGoGreen team and focuses on origination and execution of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Adel worked for the Nigerian Energy Support Program (GIZ), the UK Green Investment Bank, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Adel has an MSc (Honours) in Sustainability, Alternative models and Social Innovation from HEC Paris and a BE in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut

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London

Adel joined Lion’s Head in 2021. He is a member of the AfricaGoGreen team and focuses on origination and execution of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Adel worked for the Nigerian Energy Support Program (GIZ), the UK Green Investment Bank, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Adel has an MSc (Honours) in Sustainability, Alternative models and Social Innovation from HEC Paris and a BE in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut

OGEF
Nairobi
Asset Management
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Alban Deheunynck

Executive Director
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Nairobi

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Alban Deheunynck

Executive Director

Alban is a Director in Asset Management within the OGEF Team.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Alban spent 6 years at Goldman Sachs in London, where he focused on price verification and valuations for private credit and private equity investments.

Before that, he worked in sales at Amundi Asset Management, and in equity research at Natixis. He holds a Masters in Financial Techniques from ESSEC Business School and a Masters in Business Engineering from EPF Graduate School of Engineering. He is also a qualified chartered accountant in the UK.

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Asset Management /
Nairobi

Alban is a Director in Asset Management within the OGEF Team.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Alban spent 6 years at Goldman Sachs in London, where he focused on price verification and valuations for private credit and private equity investments.

Before that, he worked in sales at Amundi Asset Management, and in equity research at Natixis. He holds a Masters in Financial Techniques from ESSEC Business School and a Masters in Business Engineering from EPF Graduate School of Engineering. He is also a qualified chartered accountant in the UK.

OGEF
Nairobi
Asset Management
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Alex Kanyonga

Executive Director
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Nairobi

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Alex Kanyonga

Executive Director

Alex joined Lion's Head in 2018 and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. He provides expertise in renewable energy, and is primarily focused on portfolio analysis for the Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (www.ogefafrica.com ).

Prior to joining Lion's Head, Alex was a senior supply chain manager at M-KOPA Solar, where he focused on demand and supply strategic planning for the Pay-As-You-Go premier company.

Before that, he was a petroleum engineer at Weatherford, based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He also worked for KPMG as a risk associate.

Alex holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi, and is currently pursuing an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.

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Nairobi

Alex joined Lion's Head in 2018 and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. He provides expertise in renewable energy, and is primarily focused on portfolio analysis for the Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (www.ogefafrica.com ).

Prior to joining Lion's Head, Alex was a senior supply chain manager at M-KOPA Solar, where he focused on demand and supply strategic planning for the Pay-As-You-Go premier company.

Before that, he was a petroleum engineer at Weatherford, based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He also worked for KPMG as a risk associate.

Alex holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi, and is currently pursuing an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.

OGEF
Nairobi
Asset Management
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Alix Graham

Executive Director, OGEF Fund Lead
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Nairobi

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Alix Graham

Executive Director, OGEF Fund Lead

Alix joined Lion’s Head in 2021 as an Executive Director within the OGEF team based in Nairobi.

Alix has over 18 years’ experience in energy infrastructure across the UK and Africa. Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Alix spent 4 years with infrastructure investor, InfraCo Africa, focusing on financing projects across the power, transport and logistics sectors, with a focus on minigrids. Before that she consulted for a renewable energy developer in Tanzania, supporting them to secure financing to develop hydropower projects servicing both the national grid and rural distribution networks.

Alix’s passion for developing and financing minigrids has featured throughout her career, as she believes they have a vital role in delivering the Sustainable Development Goal 7: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Before moving to Africa, Alix spent 10 years with global energy utility, Centrica, where she expanded her expertise in UK infrastructure, across the downstream and midstream businesses. Alix holds a Masters in Energy, Environmental Technology and Economics.

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Nairobi

Alix joined Lion’s Head in 2021 as an Executive Director within the OGEF team based in Nairobi.

Alix has over 18 years’ experience in energy infrastructure across the UK and Africa. Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Alix spent 4 years with infrastructure investor, InfraCo Africa, focusing on financing projects across the power, transport and logistics sectors, with a focus on minigrids. Before that she consulted for a renewable energy developer in Tanzania, supporting them to secure financing to develop hydropower projects servicing both the national grid and rural distribution networks.

Alix’s passion for developing and financing minigrids has featured throughout her career, as she believes they have a vital role in delivering the Sustainable Development Goal 7: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Before moving to Africa, Alix spent 10 years with global energy utility, Centrica, where she expanded her expertise in UK infrastructure, across the downstream and midstream businesses. Alix holds a Masters in Energy, Environmental Technology and Economics.

Dubai
Investment Banking
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Aziz Ndiaye

Managing Director
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Aziz Ndiaye

Managing Director

Aziz joined Lion’s Head as a Managing Director in October 2021, bringing over 15 years of investment banking experience in originating and executing capital markets transactions.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Aziz spent 12 years in Goldman Sachs’s Financing Group in London, most recently as head of the Africa financing and risk management business. Aziz has covered a wide spectrum of entities including governments, corporates and financial institutions, across different asset classes e.g., both vanilla and structured financings, and derivatives (interest rates, currency, commodity, equity).

Aziz holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Université Paris-Dauphine.

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Asset Management /
Dubai

Aziz joined Lion’s Head as a Managing Director in October 2021, bringing over 15 years of investment banking experience in originating and executing capital markets transactions.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Aziz spent 12 years in Goldman Sachs’s Financing Group in London, most recently as head of the Africa financing and risk management business. Aziz has covered a wide spectrum of entities including governments, corporates and financial institutions, across different asset classes e.g., both vanilla and structured financings, and derivatives (interest rates, currency, commodity, equity).

Aziz holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Université Paris-Dauphine.

FEI
Nigeria
Asset Management
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Bose Dele-Ijagbulu

Executive Director
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Nigeria

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Bose Dele-Ijagbulu

Executive Director

Bose has over 12 years’ experience in the development, structuring and financing of energy projects located across several African countries.

Before joining FEI, she was an individual consultant to Africa PPP Advisory Services Ltd on the review and redesign of the AfDB/NEPAD-IPPF’s project screening process.

Prior to that, she worked on the financing and development of several multi-million dollar renewable and thermal power projects at the Africa Finance Corporation. Previously, she worked as a developer of gas-fired power projects and natural gas distribution infrastructure at Oando Gas & Power. She also completed job rotations across the upstream,mid-stream and downstream oil & gas businesses of the Oando Group. Earlier in her career, she briefly worked at KPMG Professional services and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Corporation.

Bose holds a first-class degree in Petroleum & Gas Engineering from the University of Lagos.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
Nigeria

Bose has over 12 years’ experience in the development, structuring and financing of energy projects located across several African countries.

Before joining FEI, she was an individual consultant to Africa PPP Advisory Services Ltd on the review and redesign of the AfDB/NEPAD-IPPF’s project screening process.

Prior to that, she worked on the financing and development of several multi-million dollar renewable and thermal power projects at the Africa Finance Corporation. Previously, she worked as a developer of gas-fired power projects and natural gas distribution infrastructure at Oando Gas & Power. She also completed job rotations across the upstream,mid-stream and downstream oil & gas businesses of the Oando Group. Earlier in her career, she briefly worked at KPMG Professional services and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Corporation.

Bose holds a first-class degree in Petroleum & Gas Engineering from the University of Lagos.

ALCB
London
Asset Management
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Brock Hoback

Executive Director
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London

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Brock Hoback

Executive Director

Brock is the Fund Lead for the African Local Currency Bond Fund (www.alcbfund.com).

He has significant experience across the African continent, particularly in the financial services and agriculture sectors, as well as in project finance and debt capital markets. On the ALCB Fund, he has supported over 30 local currency bond investments across eleven markets. 

Before joining Lion’s Head in 2015, Brock was a consultant for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Nigeria. He has also worked for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and MEDA.

Brock has an MSc in Risk and Finance from the London School of Economics and Honours Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa.

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London

Brock is the Fund Lead for the African Local Currency Bond Fund (www.alcbfund.com).

He has significant experience across the African continent, particularly in the financial services and agriculture sectors, as well as in project finance and debt capital markets. On the ALCB Fund, he has supported over 30 local currency bond investments across eleven markets. 

Before joining Lion’s Head in 2015, Brock was a consultant for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Nigeria. He has also worked for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and MEDA.

Brock has an MSc in Risk and Finance from the London School of Economics and Honours Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa.

FEI
Nairobi
Asset Management
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Carmen De Castro

Managing Director, FEI Fund Lead
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Nairobi

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Carmen De Castro

Managing Director, FEI Fund Lead

Carmen has over 15 years of experience in the development and financing of power projects.

Prior to joining FEI and Lion's Head, Carmen worked for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) financing renewable energy projects across Asia and North of Africa. She has extensive experience in the development, construction and commissioning of greenfield wind farms and solar power plants, and also leading M&A processes in Europe, Latin America and North of Africa as she worked for Iberdrola for more than ten years. Earlier in her career she worked for a wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa and supported Spanish companies to develop their business in the Mexican market working at the Spanish Economic and Trade Office at the Embassy of Spain in Mexico.

Carmen is an engineer and holds an MBA by Fundación CECO (ICEX), Madrid.

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Asset Management /
Nairobi

Carmen has over 15 years of experience in the development and financing of power projects.

Prior to joining FEI and Lion's Head, Carmen worked for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) financing renewable energy projects across Asia and North of Africa. She has extensive experience in the development, construction and commissioning of greenfield wind farms and solar power plants, and also leading M&A processes in Europe, Latin America and North of Africa as she worked for Iberdrola for more than ten years. Earlier in her career she worked for a wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa and supported Spanish companies to develop their business in the Mexican market working at the Spanish Economic and Trade Office at the Embassy of Spain in Mexico.

Carmen is an engineer and holds an MBA by Fundación CECO (ICEX), Madrid.

New York
Investment Banking
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Chris Canavan

Partner
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Chris Canavan

Partner

Chris Canavan is a Partner at Lion’s Head Global Partners. He is based in New York.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Chris spent nine years as Director of Global Policy Development for George Soros, based at Soros Fund Management. Before that he worked for Goldman Sachs for thirteen years. His last position at Goldman was Chief Risk Officer of Goldman’s commercial bank. Before that he ran a credit trading desk in the commodities business, headed the Latin America Debt Capital Markets team, and was responsible for managing the firm’s Latin America sovereign and credit risk. Prior to joining Goldman, Chris taught economics at Boston College and Columbia University.

Chris has a Ph.D. (Economics) and an M.I.A. (International Affairs) from Columbia University and a B.A. from Oberlin College. He chairs the boards of Oberlin’s Board of Trustees, the Fund for Global Human Rights and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He spent his childhood living in Latin America and Spain.

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New York

Chris Canavan is a Partner at Lion’s Head Global Partners. He is based in New York.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Chris spent nine years as Director of Global Policy Development for George Soros, based at Soros Fund Management. Before that he worked for Goldman Sachs for thirteen years. His last position at Goldman was Chief Risk Officer of Goldman’s commercial bank. Before that he ran a credit trading desk in the commodities business, headed the Latin America Debt Capital Markets team, and was responsible for managing the firm’s Latin America sovereign and credit risk. Prior to joining Goldman, Chris taught economics at Boston College and Columbia University.

Chris has a Ph.D. (Economics) and an M.I.A. (International Affairs) from Columbia University and a B.A. from Oberlin College. He chairs the boards of Oberlin’s Board of Trustees, the Fund for Global Human Rights and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He spent his childhood living in Latin America and Spain.

London
Investment Banking
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Chris Eleftheriades

Executive Director
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Chris Eleftheriades

Executive Director

Chris joined Lion’s Head in 2021, working across the firm’s sovereign and development finance business.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Chris was Senior Economic Adviser for UK Government in Jordan, serving as the senior officer responsible for sovereign and infrastructure financing and macroeconomic monitoring. Chris has more than ten years’ experience working with sovereigns and their development finance partners across the Middle East, Central Asia, and West and Central Africa, and in the UK.

Chris holds an MSc in Development Economics.

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Asset Management /
London

Chris joined Lion’s Head in 2021, working across the firm’s sovereign and development finance business.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Chris was Senior Economic Adviser for UK Government in Jordan, serving as the senior officer responsible for sovereign and infrastructure financing and macroeconomic monitoring. Chris has more than ten years’ experience working with sovereigns and their development finance partners across the Middle East, Central Asia, and West and Central Africa, and in the UK.

Chris holds an MSc in Development Economics.

Nairobi
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Chris Kandie

Executive Director
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Chris Kandie

Executive Director

Chris is based in Nairobi and leads LHGP's Real Estate and Affordable Housing focus within our Investment Banking pillar.

Chris joined Lion’s Head in 2017. He has over the past decade advised private and public sector clients across Africa helping develop innovative financing structures and raise capital both privately and through the capital markets. He currently leads LHGP’s real estate and affordable housing focus.

Chris joined Lion’s Head from EY’s Transaction Advisory Services team providing infrastructure finance, PPP, M&A and transaction support services across East Africa.

Chris holds a BSc.Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing his MBA from the Edinburgh Business School.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
Nairobi

Chris is based in Nairobi and leads LHGP's Real Estate and Affordable Housing focus within our Investment Banking pillar.

Chris joined Lion’s Head in 2017. He has over the past decade advised private and public sector clients across Africa helping develop innovative financing structures and raise capital both privately and through the capital markets. He currently leads LHGP’s real estate and affordable housing focus.

Chris joined Lion’s Head from EY’s Transaction Advisory Services team providing infrastructure finance, PPP, M&A and transaction support services across East Africa.

Chris holds a BSc.Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing his MBA from the Edinburgh Business School.

London
Investment Banking
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Christopher Egerton-Warburton

Co-CEO
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Christopher Egerton-Warburton

Co-CEO

Christopher (Edge) is an expert in the structuring and execution of innovative financing solutions.

Prior to establishing LHGP, Edge spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs within the Debt Capital Markets group. In his last role he was Head of the Sovereign, Supranational and Agency team. He spent six years within the EEMEA emerging markets team, where he worked primarily in Greece, Hungary, Israel, Turkey and South Africa.

In 2002 Edge joined the European Sovereign Financing team, which he headed from 2006, providing vanilla and innovative financing solutions to Goldman Sachs’ leading franchise in this sector. During this time he worked on transactions in Belgium, Germany, and the UK.

He was the lead banker on a new multilateral development institution – The International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), on behalf of the governments of France, Italy, Norway, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and the UK.

Edge received an MA in Biochemistry from Christ Church College at Oxford University.

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London

Christopher (Edge) is an expert in the structuring and execution of innovative financing solutions.

Prior to establishing LHGP, Edge spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs within the Debt Capital Markets group. In his last role he was Head of the Sovereign, Supranational and Agency team. He spent six years within the EEMEA emerging markets team, where he worked primarily in Greece, Hungary, Israel, Turkey and South Africa.

In 2002 Edge joined the European Sovereign Financing team, which he headed from 2006, providing vanilla and innovative financing solutions to Goldman Sachs’ leading franchise in this sector. During this time he worked on transactions in Belgium, Germany, and the UK.

He was the lead banker on a new multilateral development institution – The International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), on behalf of the governments of France, Italy, Norway, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and the UK.

Edge received an MA in Biochemistry from Christ Church College at Oxford University.

London
Investment Banking
Asset Management
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Clemens Calice

CEO
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London

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Clemens Calice

CEO

Clemens is CEO and a founding partner of Lion’s Head. He splits his time between Nairobi and London.

Clemens is responsible for the implementation of Lion’s Head’s overall strategy and chairs the Firm’s Operating Committee.

Over the past 10 years Clemens has been involved in advisory activities across a number of sectors, including financial services, renewable energy and agriculture and he was instrumental in setting up Lion’s Head Asset Management.

Prior to setting up Lion’s Head, Clemens spent 13 years in investment banking, first at Morgan Stanley and then at Goldman Sachs. He worked in London, Singapore and New York, doing M&A before focusing on the energy sector where he was responsible for executing a number of large structured and commodity-backed financings.

Clemens holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

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Clemens is CEO and a founding partner of Lion’s Head. He splits his time between Nairobi and London.

Clemens is responsible for the implementation of Lion’s Head’s overall strategy and chairs the Firm’s Operating Committee.

Over the past 10 years Clemens has been involved in advisory activities across a number of sectors, including financial services, renewable energy and agriculture and he was instrumental in setting up Lion’s Head Asset Management.

Prior to setting up Lion’s Head, Clemens spent 13 years in investment banking, first at Morgan Stanley and then at Goldman Sachs. He worked in London, Singapore and New York, doing M&A before focusing on the energy sector where he was responsible for executing a number of large structured and commodity-backed financings.

Clemens holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

Amsterdam
Asset Management
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Cora Zeeman

Senior Legal Counsel
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Cora Zeeman

Senior Legal Counsel

Cora joined Lion’s Head in 2022 as Senior Legal Counsel based in Amsterdam working across the asset management and investment banking practices.

Before joining Lion’s Head, Cora was senior legal counsel within Corporate and Institutional Banking at BNP Paribas in Amsterdam. Prior to this, she was an Associate in the Financial Markets Group with Clifford Chance LLP in Amsterdam. She specialises in complex lending transactions, with a particular focus on project finance, commodities, asset financing and general lending in an international setting and primarily in developing markets.

Cora is licensed as a Barrister and Solicitor by the Law Society of Ontario. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Psychology) from the University of Ottawa.

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Amsterdam

Cora joined Lion’s Head in 2022 as Senior Legal Counsel based in Amsterdam working across the asset management and investment banking practices.

Before joining Lion’s Head, Cora was senior legal counsel within Corporate and Institutional Banking at BNP Paribas in Amsterdam. Prior to this, she was an Associate in the Financial Markets Group with Clifford Chance LLP in Amsterdam. She specialises in complex lending transactions, with a particular focus on project finance, commodities, asset financing and general lending in an international setting and primarily in developing markets.

Cora is licensed as a Barrister and Solicitor by the Law Society of Ontario. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Psychology) from the University of Ottawa.

London
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Dan Hughes

Managing Director/COO
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Dan Hughes

Managing Director/COO

Dan is the Chief Operating Officer at Lion's Head Global Partners

Prior to joining Lion’s Head Dan spent over 20 years with the British Army, working predominantly as a senior strategist and policy adviser in the UK Ministry of Defence. He has extensive experience in the Middle East and Africa and served operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He joined Lion's Head in 2017 as an Executive Director, providing strategic advice and technical expertise to a range of clients, including the Government of Jordan, USAID's INVEST initiative, and United for Global Mental Health. Dan is a graduate of the UK Joint Command and Staff Course and has an MA in International and Defence Relations from King’s College, London.

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Asset Management /
London

Dan is the Chief Operating Officer at Lion's Head Global Partners

Prior to joining Lion’s Head Dan spent over 20 years with the British Army, working predominantly as a senior strategist and policy adviser in the UK Ministry of Defence. He has extensive experience in the Middle East and Africa and served operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He joined Lion's Head in 2017 as an Executive Director, providing strategic advice and technical expertise to a range of clients, including the Government of Jordan, USAID's INVEST initiative, and United for Global Mental Health. Dan is a graduate of the UK Joint Command and Staff Course and has an MA in International and Defence Relations from King’s College, London.

Nairobi
Asset Management
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Daniel Musili

Director
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Daniel Musili

Director

Daniel joined Lion's Head in 2019 and brings experience in research, designing strategies and financial structures, and assessment of feasibility of investments and initiatives.

He was previously a Project Leader at Open Capital Group, a management consulting and financial advisory firm that drives growth, enables investment and builds markets across Africa, where he focussed on developing business and industry strategies and addressing difficult operational challenges for high-growth enterprises across Sub Saharan Africa to scale and attract investment.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business, IT degree from Strathmore University and is currently pursuing an MSc. Development Finance Degree at the Strathmore Business School.  

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
Nairobi

Daniel joined Lion's Head in 2019 and brings experience in research, designing strategies and financial structures, and assessment of feasibility of investments and initiatives.

He was previously a Project Leader at Open Capital Group, a management consulting and financial advisory firm that drives growth, enables investment and builds markets across Africa, where he focussed on developing business and industry strategies and addressing difficult operational challenges for high-growth enterprises across Sub Saharan Africa to scale and attract investment.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business, IT degree from Strathmore University and is currently pursuing an MSc. Development Finance Degree at the Strathmore Business School.  

FEI
Amsterdam
Asset Management
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Deogratius Adriko

Director
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Amsterdam

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Deogratius Adriko

Director

Deogratius has over 8 years of experience in the infrastructure space. He previously worked at DMA Capital Group and Capital Infrastructure Partners - CIP where he was actively involved in the origination, structuring, and financing of projects across Sub-Saharan Africa. He also participated in public sector advisory with a focus on institutional preparedness for infrastructure development. He is a final year doctoral candidate in Université Côte d'Azur in France.

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Asset Management /
Amsterdam

Deogratius has over 8 years of experience in the infrastructure space. He previously worked at DMA Capital Group and Capital Infrastructure Partners - CIP where he was actively involved in the origination, structuring, and financing of projects across Sub-Saharan Africa. He also participated in public sector advisory with a focus on institutional preparedness for infrastructure development. He is a final year doctoral candidate in Université Côte d'Azur in France.

London
Asset Management
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Divya Samtani

Analyst
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Divya Samtani

Analyst

Divya joined Lion’s Head as an Analyst in the Asset Management team in London in October 2022.

Prior to Lion’s Head, Divya worked at Deutsche Bank in the Market Risk Management division with a focus on Emerging Market Debt. She worked in Financial Planning and Analysis in Honeywell before that. She also has internship experiences spanning across M&A, Private Equity and Alternative Investments.

Divya has an MSc in Investment Management from Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) and has completed all 3 levels of the CFA Certification.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
London

Divya joined Lion’s Head as an Analyst in the Asset Management team in London in October 2022.

Prior to Lion’s Head, Divya worked at Deutsche Bank in the Market Risk Management division with a focus on Emerging Market Debt. She worked in Financial Planning and Analysis in Honeywell before that. She also has internship experiences spanning across M&A, Private Equity and Alternative Investments.

Divya has an MSc in Investment Management from Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) and has completed all 3 levels of the CFA Certification.

London
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Dr Arnaud Bonnet

Managing Director
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Dr Arnaud Bonnet

Managing Director

Arnaud joined Lion's Head in 2021 as Managing Director, focused on Healthcare.

Arnaud has over 10 years' investment experience with a focus on healthcare, science, and technology. He has structured and executed transactions in developed, and emerging and frontier markets.

Previously, Arnaud invested in European healthcare and tech growth equity at the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Malaysia, Khazanah. Arnaud started his career at a hedge fund, growing 2 private equity funds from the ground up. He has invested across the 4 main verticals of healthcare (pharma/biotech, medtech, healthtech and services) at all stages: from IP transfers from research labs, to investing in startups and listed companies. His emerging/frontier markets experience has focused on Africa and South-East Asia where he invested in and consulted for companies in healthcare, tech, mining, and consumer.

Arnaud holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.  His academic research is published in peer-reviewed journals.

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London

Arnaud joined Lion's Head in 2021 as Managing Director, focused on Healthcare.

Arnaud has over 10 years' investment experience with a focus on healthcare, science, and technology. He has structured and executed transactions in developed, and emerging and frontier markets.

Previously, Arnaud invested in European healthcare and tech growth equity at the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Malaysia, Khazanah. Arnaud started his career at a hedge fund, growing 2 private equity funds from the ground up. He has invested across the 4 main verticals of healthcare (pharma/biotech, medtech, healthtech and services) at all stages: from IP transfers from research labs, to investing in startups and listed companies. His emerging/frontier markets experience has focused on Africa and South-East Asia where he invested in and consulted for companies in healthcare, tech, mining, and consumer.

Arnaud holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.  His academic research is published in peer-reviewed journals.

Nairobi
Investment Banking
Asset Management
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Enrico Nora

CFO
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Enrico Nora

CFO

Enrico Nora is the Group Chief Financial Officer and joined Lion's Head in September 2022.

His previous positions include: CFO of Maris Africa Group, Executive Director of Mobile Banking at Equity Bank (Kenya) and CFO of Intertouch Group (a division of NTT DOCOMO of Japan) based in Singapore. Prior to that, he spent eleven years with Hewlett Packard in Europe and APAC regions.

Enrico holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan, and an MBA (with honours) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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Nairobi

Enrico Nora is the Group Chief Financial Officer and joined Lion's Head in September 2022.

His previous positions include: CFO of Maris Africa Group, Executive Director of Mobile Banking at Equity Bank (Kenya) and CFO of Intertouch Group (a division of NTT DOCOMO of Japan) based in Singapore. Prior to that, he spent eleven years with Hewlett Packard in Europe and APAC regions.

Enrico holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan, and an MBA (with honours) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

AfricaGoGreen Fund
London
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Farai Sekeso

Executive Director, AGG Fund Lead
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Farai Sekeso

Executive Director, AGG Fund Lead

Farai is an Executive Director supporting the Africa Go Green Fund.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Farai worked for Fieldstone Private Capital Group as a Director based in London where he was responsible for the execution of investment banking and advisory mandates in energy and infrastructure across Africa. He also has investment management experience having worked in an Africa focused investment manager that invested equity and mezzanine capital in infrastructure & related assets.

Farai holds an MBA from ESADE Business School (2015) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (2008).

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Farai is an Executive Director supporting the Africa Go Green Fund.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Farai worked for Fieldstone Private Capital Group as a Director based in London where he was responsible for the execution of investment banking and advisory mandates in energy and infrastructure across Africa. He also has investment management experience having worked in an Africa focused investment manager that invested equity and mezzanine capital in infrastructure & related assets.

Farai holds an MBA from ESADE Business School (2015) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (2008).

London
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Felix Brand

Executive Director
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Felix Brand

Executive Director

Felix focuses on renewable energy, infrastructure, and fund structuring. His work involves both project finance and corporate transactions.

Felix joined having completed his MSc with Distinction in Carbon Finance at the University of Edinburgh Business School, focusing his thesis work on off-grid solar energy financing structures in East Africa.

Felix has also worked in renewables at developers and manufacturers based in Switzerland and Denmark, where he focused on energy policy and its effect on both domestic solar as well as utility-scale wind power.

Felix also holds an MA with Honours from the University of Edinburgh in International Relations.

Investment Banking /
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London

Felix focuses on renewable energy, infrastructure, and fund structuring. His work involves both project finance and corporate transactions.

Felix joined having completed his MSc with Distinction in Carbon Finance at the University of Edinburgh Business School, focusing his thesis work on off-grid solar energy financing structures in East Africa.

Felix has also worked in renewables at developers and manufacturers based in Switzerland and Denmark, where he focused on energy policy and its effect on both domestic solar as well as utility-scale wind power.

Felix also holds an MA with Honours from the University of Edinburgh in International Relations.

ALCB
London
Asset Management
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Fola Pedro

Director
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Fola Pedro

Director

Fola is an investment officer in the African Local Currency Bond Fund, providing expertise in assessing financial institutions including NBFIs and real economy sectors such as FMCG, agribusiness and healthcare.

She previously worked in the investment banking arm of the business, leveraging her 10 years of experience in finance to advise companies and IFIs on corporate finance and financial consulting transactions.

Before Lion’s Head, Fola worked in the finance and strategy division of one of the largest commercial banks in Africa, Guaranty Trust Bank plc (GTBank), where she worked in various capacities in finance and risk management.

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Asset Management /
London

Fola is an investment officer in the African Local Currency Bond Fund, providing expertise in assessing financial institutions including NBFIs and real economy sectors such as FMCG, agribusiness and healthcare.

She previously worked in the investment banking arm of the business, leveraging her 10 years of experience in finance to advise companies and IFIs on corporate finance and financial consulting transactions.

Before Lion’s Head, Fola worked in the finance and strategy division of one of the largest commercial banks in Africa, Guaranty Trust Bank plc (GTBank), where she worked in various capacities in finance and risk management.

ALCB
London
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Franck Fodvo

Director
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Franck Fodvo

Director

Franck joined Lion’s Head in 2022. He is a member of the investment team of the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCBF). He focuses on origination, structuring and execution in francophone African countries.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Franck worked for Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking for 7 years. At SocGen, he has spent three years and a half in the Structured Financing department in London and three years and a half on the Equity Derivatives Trading desk in Paris as a trading support analyst.

He has also worked for Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Banking in the Credit Portfolio Management department and for Amundi Asset Management in the Middle Office department.

Franck holds a master’s degree in Statistical and Financial Engineering from the Paris 2 Pantheon Assas University and Paris Dauphine University. He is a CFA Charter holder and he is based in London.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
London

Franck joined Lion’s Head in 2022. He is a member of the investment team of the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCBF). He focuses on origination, structuring and execution in francophone African countries.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Franck worked for Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking for 7 years. At SocGen, he has spent three years and a half in the Structured Financing department in London and three years and a half on the Equity Derivatives Trading desk in Paris as a trading support analyst.

He has also worked for Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Banking in the Credit Portfolio Management department and for Amundi Asset Management in the Middle Office department.

Franck holds a master’s degree in Statistical and Financial Engineering from the Paris 2 Pantheon Assas University and Paris Dauphine University. He is a CFA Charter holder and he is based in London.

Nairobi
Asset Management
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Geoffrey Wahome

Executive Director
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Geoffrey Wahome

Executive Director

Geoffrey is the Head of Fund Operations and oversees portfolio management across the firm’s Asset Management business. In this role, Geoffrey is responsible for the smooth operations of all the middle and back office activities.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Geoffrey worked at Old Mutual Securities, an affiliate company of UAP Old Mutual Group, as a Regional Equities Trader covering East Africa, having transitioned from a previous role as an investment analyst. He also worked with the wider Group (Old Mutual Kenya) in the financial management and reporting unit.

Geoffrey graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance) and is currently pursuing his MBA studies at the United States International University – Africa. He is also a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
Nairobi

Geoffrey is the Head of Fund Operations and oversees portfolio management across the firm’s Asset Management business. In this role, Geoffrey is responsible for the smooth operations of all the middle and back office activities.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Geoffrey worked at Old Mutual Securities, an affiliate company of UAP Old Mutual Group, as a Regional Equities Trader covering East Africa, having transitioned from a previous role as an investment analyst. He also worked with the wider Group (Old Mutual Kenya) in the financial management and reporting unit.

Geoffrey graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance) and is currently pursuing his MBA studies at the United States International University – Africa. He is also a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya.

London
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Githiora Thuku

Director
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Githiora Thuku

Director

Githiora joined Lion’s Head in 2020 and is a member of the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure advisory team based in the London office.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Githiora worked across East and Southern Africa at Allan Gray, Africa’s largest privately-owned investment manager with US$35 billion in client assets. At Allan Gray, Githiora spent time in the investment team and supported the firm to implement its expansion strategy into various African markets beyond South Africa. Most recently, Githiora helped set up Allan Gray’s office in Kenya where he led the firm’s business development activities.

Githiora holds an MPhil in Finance from the University of Cambridge and a B.S. in applied mathematics from Brown University. He is a 2010 graduate of the African Leadership Academy.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
London

Githiora joined Lion’s Head in 2020 and is a member of the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure advisory team based in the London office.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Githiora worked across East and Southern Africa at Allan Gray, Africa’s largest privately-owned investment manager with US$35 billion in client assets. At Allan Gray, Githiora spent time in the investment team and supported the firm to implement its expansion strategy into various African markets beyond South Africa. Most recently, Githiora helped set up Allan Gray’s office in Kenya where he led the firm’s business development activities.

Githiora holds an MPhil in Finance from the University of Cambridge and a B.S. in applied mathematics from Brown University. He is a 2010 graduate of the African Leadership Academy.

London
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Gizem Çubukçu

Director
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Gizem Çubukçu

Director

Gizem joined Lion's Head in 2019 and is based in London. At Lion’s Head Gizem is focused on Francophone Africa and primarily supports the Advisory Team.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Gizem was a management consultant for Chappuis Halder & Co, a consultancy specialising in financial services in London. Her projects included working on the merger of two brokerage firms, where she, among others, led financial statement analysis to identify synergies between the two companies. This work was accompanied by an operational due diligence, which required a deep understanding of the firms’ businesses, processes and tools. Gizem also supported operational transformation projects such as the implementation of regulatory frameworks (e.g MIFID2 and PRIIPs) and the digitalisation of a trading desk.

Gizem holds a MSc in Development Economics from SOAS and a BSc in Management from HEC Lausanne.

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Asset Management /
London

Gizem joined Lion's Head in 2019 and is based in London. At Lion’s Head Gizem is focused on Francophone Africa and primarily supports the Advisory Team.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Gizem was a management consultant for Chappuis Halder & Co, a consultancy specialising in financial services in London. Her projects included working on the merger of two brokerage firms, where she, among others, led financial statement analysis to identify synergies between the two companies. This work was accompanied by an operational due diligence, which required a deep understanding of the firms’ businesses, processes and tools. Gizem also supported operational transformation projects such as the implementation of regulatory frameworks (e.g MIFID2 and PRIIPs) and the digitalisation of a trading desk.

Gizem holds a MSc in Development Economics from SOAS and a BSc in Management from HEC Lausanne.

London
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Gonzalo Diaz-Rio Varez

Director
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Gonzalo Diaz-Rio Varez

Director

Gonzalo joined Lion's Head in August 2022 and is a member of the firm's Energy & Infrastructure Advisory team based in the London office.

Prior to joining Lion's Head, Gonzalo worked at Alphier Capital LLP, an EM investment bank boutique with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, where he worked on several transactions in the Oil & Gas, Renewables, Mining, and other real assets sectors. During his tenure at Alphier Capital, Gonzalo also assisted start-ups in the African continent. Most recently, Gonzalo helped Dawati to raise their first Seed round funding from a European-based HNWI that will assist the company to expand their edtech offering in Kenya.

Gonzalo holds an MSc in Finance with a focus on Asset Pricing from King's College London and a Bachelor in Economics from Richmond University.

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London

Gonzalo joined Lion's Head in August 2022 and is a member of the firm's Energy & Infrastructure Advisory team based in the London office.

Prior to joining Lion's Head, Gonzalo worked at Alphier Capital LLP, an EM investment bank boutique with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, where he worked on several transactions in the Oil & Gas, Renewables, Mining, and other real assets sectors. During his tenure at Alphier Capital, Gonzalo also assisted start-ups in the African continent. Most recently, Gonzalo helped Dawati to raise their first Seed round funding from a European-based HNWI that will assist the company to expand their edtech offering in Kenya.

Gonzalo holds an MSc in Finance with a focus on Asset Pricing from King's College London and a Bachelor in Economics from Richmond University.

Nairobi
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Jacqueline Kanja

Director
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Jacqueline Kanja

Director

Jacquiline provides back-office support to and conducts portfolio analysis for the African Local Currency Bond Fund (www.alcbfund.com).

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Jacquiline worked at Horizon Africa Capital, a boutique financial advisory firm as an Accountant. She also worked with one of Horizon’s affiliates (Mawji Sennik LLP), an audit firm, as a Consulting Accountant.

Jacquiline holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She is also a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
Nairobi

Jacquiline provides back-office support to and conducts portfolio analysis for the African Local Currency Bond Fund (www.alcbfund.com).

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Jacquiline worked at Horizon Africa Capital, a boutique financial advisory firm as an Accountant. She also worked with one of Horizon’s affiliates (Mawji Sennik LLP), an audit firm, as a Consulting Accountant.

Jacquiline holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She is also a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya.

Dubai
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Jakub Miculka

Managing Director
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Jakub Miculka

Managing Director

Jakub joined Lion’s Head in January 2020 and has over 13 years of experience in structured finance and capital markets in Central & Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Jakub spent 9 years at Goldman Sachs in London advising corporates, governments and financial institutions on bespoke financing solutions in private and public markets. More recently, Jakub was a Senior Vice President and head of structuring for a private financial institution in Abu Dhabi.

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Asset Management /
Dubai

Jakub joined Lion’s Head in January 2020 and has over 13 years of experience in structured finance and capital markets in Central & Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Jakub spent 9 years at Goldman Sachs in London advising corporates, governments and financial institutions on bespoke financing solutions in private and public markets. More recently, Jakub was a Senior Vice President and head of structuring for a private financial institution in Abu Dhabi.

ALCB
London
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James Doree

Managing Director
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James Doree

Managing Director

James Doree joined Lion’s Head in 2011, and has worked with the founding Partners to build investment banking and asset management activities. He now leads Corporate and Investment Banking, covering the energy transition, infrastructure and industry sectors in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. As part of Lion’s Head’s work in African capital markets, James previously managed the African Local Currency Bond Fund (www.alcbfund.com). 

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, James has advised European utilities, governments and regulators on financial and policy issues. He was previously a Senior Consultant at Cambridge Economic Policy Associates and, prior to that, worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Nairobi. He has a Masters in Development Economics and a first class MA in History and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
London

James Doree joined Lion’s Head in 2011, and has worked with the founding Partners to build investment banking and asset management activities. He now leads Corporate and Investment Banking, covering the energy transition, infrastructure and industry sectors in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. As part of Lion’s Head’s work in African capital markets, James previously managed the African Local Currency Bond Fund (www.alcbfund.com). 

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, James has advised European utilities, governments and regulators on financial and policy issues. He was previously a Senior Consultant at Cambridge Economic Policy Associates and, prior to that, worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Nairobi. He has a Masters in Development Economics and a first class MA in History and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford.

London
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Jasper Siegfried

Executive Director
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Jasper Siegfried

Executive Director

Jasper leads Lion’s Head’s Development Finance team. He advises multilateral and bilateral development banks, donors and foundations on strategic financing questions, fund structuring mandates, pipeline development and provides transaction advisory services for individual transactions.

Jasper joined Lion’s Head in 2018 after having worked in management consultancy and international development consultancy. He, among others, managed bilateral aid programmes focussing on market system development and job creation in anglophone West Africa. Jasper holds a MPhil in International Development from the University of Cambridge as well as an MSc and BSc in International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
London

Jasper leads Lion’s Head’s Development Finance team. He advises multilateral and bilateral development banks, donors and foundations on strategic financing questions, fund structuring mandates, pipeline development and provides transaction advisory services for individual transactions.

Jasper joined Lion’s Head in 2018 after having worked in management consultancy and international development consultancy. He, among others, managed bilateral aid programmes focussing on market system development and job creation in anglophone West Africa. Jasper holds a MPhil in International Development from the University of Cambridge as well as an MSc and BSc in International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School.

ALCB
Nairobi
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Judy Wambugu

Associate
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Judy Wambugu

Associate

Judy is an Associate in the MBO Team in Nairobi.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Judy worked in the insurance industry having worked at Minet Kenya Financial Services Limited and Zamara Actuaries, Administrators and Consultants Limited. She was actively involved in actuarial valuations of life insurance and pension funds.

Judy holds a Bachelor of Business Science Degree in Actuarial Science from Strathmore University and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Data Science and Machine Learning.

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Asset Management /
Nairobi

Judy is an Associate in the MBO Team in Nairobi.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Judy worked in the insurance industry having worked at Minet Kenya Financial Services Limited and Zamara Actuaries, Administrators and Consultants Limited. She was actively involved in actuarial valuations of life insurance and pension funds.

Judy holds a Bachelor of Business Science Degree in Actuarial Science from Strathmore University and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Data Science and Machine Learning.

Nairobi
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Justus Oyagi

Director
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Justus Oyagi

Director

Justus is a Director in the Lion's Head's Investment Banking team based in Nairobi.

He provides expertise in transaction advisory and structuring, primarily focusing on Energy and Infrastructure.

Before joining Lion’s Head, Justus was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting Limited focusing on Infrastructure and Capital Projects, M&A and Transaction Support Services. He also worked at Ernst & Young (Transaction Advisory), and CBA Capital Limited (Corporate Finance).

Justus holds a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) from JKUAT and is Certified Public Accountant.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
Nairobi

Justus is a Director in the Lion's Head's Investment Banking team based in Nairobi.

He provides expertise in transaction advisory and structuring, primarily focusing on Energy and Infrastructure.

Before joining Lion’s Head, Justus was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting Limited focusing on Infrastructure and Capital Projects, M&A and Transaction Support Services. He also worked at Ernst & Young (Transaction Advisory), and CBA Capital Limited (Corporate Finance).

Justus holds a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) from JKUAT and is Certified Public Accountant.

ALCB
Nairobi
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Kelly Ruso

Associate
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Kelly Ruso

Associate

Kelly joined Lion's Head in 2022 as an Associate on the investment team of the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCBF) and is based in Nairobi.

Prior to joining Lion's Head, Kelly was working in the fund operations of the Real Estate and Private Markets team at UBS in Geneva. Her projects included overseeing financial, legal, tax, accounting, and audit matters in investment structures across Europe, Canada and APAC. She was also responsible for assisting with the implementation of investment funding through equity, shareholder, and bank loans, and supervising and managing year-end financials and audits across all investment vehicles. Kelly moved to Nairobi to join Lion's Head and is focused on originating and executing deals in Francophone Africa.

Kelly holds a MSc in Management with a major in Strategy from HEC Lausanne, and a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Geneva.

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Asset Management /
Nairobi

Kelly joined Lion's Head in 2022 as an Associate on the investment team of the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCBF) and is based in Nairobi.

Prior to joining Lion's Head, Kelly was working in the fund operations of the Real Estate and Private Markets team at UBS in Geneva. Her projects included overseeing financial, legal, tax, accounting, and audit matters in investment structures across Europe, Canada and APAC. She was also responsible for assisting with the implementation of investment funding through equity, shareholder, and bank loans, and supervising and managing year-end financials and audits across all investment vehicles. Kelly moved to Nairobi to join Lion's Head and is focused on originating and executing deals in Francophone Africa.

Kelly holds a MSc in Management with a major in Strategy from HEC Lausanne, and a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Geneva.

Nairobi
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Kelvin Kihara

Director
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Kelvin Kihara

Director

Kelvin is a  Director at Lion’s Head based in the Nairobi office.  

Kelvin has experience in external audits, internal controls review and financial  reporting. Prior to Lion’s Head, Kelvin was a Senior Auditor with KPMG Kenya in the Audit and Risk department, where he was responsible for training and leading audit teams in the planning, execution and reporting on financial statements audits and agreed upon procedures review, where he gained significant experience in providing assurance & non-assurance services to diverse portfolio of clients ranging from the Financial services sector,Oil & Gas and Consumer & Industrial Markets industry.

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Asset Management /
Nairobi

Kelvin is a  Director at Lion’s Head based in the Nairobi office.  

Kelvin has experience in external audits, internal controls review and financial  reporting. Prior to Lion’s Head, Kelvin was a Senior Auditor with KPMG Kenya in the Audit and Risk department, where he was responsible for training and leading audit teams in the planning, execution and reporting on financial statements audits and agreed upon procedures review, where he gained significant experience in providing assurance & non-assurance services to diverse portfolio of clients ranging from the Financial services sector,Oil & Gas and Consumer & Industrial Markets industry.

FEI
Nairobi
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Lars Kohmann

Director
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Lars Kohmann

Director

Lars is a Director at the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI) based in Nairobi. 

Lars has over 5 years' experience in developing, executing and structuring renewable energy projects.Prior to joining FEI and Lion’s Head, he was a Senior Transaction and M&A Manager at German renewable energy development company Pacifico Energy Partners, focusing on investments in solar and wind projects throughout Europe. 

He started his career in the Corporate and Investment Banking unit of UniCredit in Munich and Singapore working on leveraged and project finance transactions.

Lars holds a Master in Financial Economics from HEC Paris and a MSc in Management & Technology (Mechanical Engineering) from Technical University of Munich.

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Asset Management /
Nairobi

Lars is a Director at the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI) based in Nairobi. 

Lars has over 5 years' experience in developing, executing and structuring renewable energy projects.Prior to joining FEI and Lion’s Head, he was a Senior Transaction and M&A Manager at German renewable energy development company Pacifico Energy Partners, focusing on investments in solar and wind projects throughout Europe. 

He started his career in the Corporate and Investment Banking unit of UniCredit in Munich and Singapore working on leveraged and project finance transactions.

Lars holds a Master in Financial Economics from HEC Paris and a MSc in Management & Technology (Mechanical Engineering) from Technical University of Munich.

London
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Lauren Farminer

Office Administrator
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Lauren Farminer

Office Administrator

Lauren is the Office Administrator for Lion's Head London Office.

She holds a New Zealand Real Estate Salesperson Qualification. Prior to joining Lion's Head, Lauren worked for four years for a Chartered Accounting firm in New Zealand where she quickly progressed from Receptionist to Administration Assistant.

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Lauren is the Office Administrator for Lion's Head London Office.

She holds a New Zealand Real Estate Salesperson Qualification. Prior to joining Lion's Head, Lauren worked for four years for a Chartered Accounting firm in New Zealand where she quickly progressed from Receptionist to Administration Assistant.

AfricaGoGreen Fund
London
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Laurène Aigrain

Executive Director
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Laurène Aigrain

Executive Director

Laurène joined Lion’s Head in 2021. She is an Executive Director on the AfricaGoGreen team focusing on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Laurène had a variety of responsibilities ranging from technical, commercial and financial at Delonex Energy, GE Ventures, and Chevron. She has over 10 years of experience as part of cross-functional teams managing multi-billion-dollar energy and infrastructure projects in various Emerging Markets (Africa, Asia, Middle East)as well as Developed Markets (USA, Europe, Australia).

Laurène has a deep passion for practical solutions that enable the fulfilment of the SDGs.

Laurène has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and a BS in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University.

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Laurène joined Lion’s Head in 2021. She is an Executive Director on the AfricaGoGreen team focusing on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Laurène had a variety of responsibilities ranging from technical, commercial and financial at Delonex Energy, GE Ventures, and Chevron. She has over 10 years of experience as part of cross-functional teams managing multi-billion-dollar energy and infrastructure projects in various Emerging Markets (Africa, Asia, Middle East)as well as Developed Markets (USA, Europe, Australia).

Laurène has a deep passion for practical solutions that enable the fulfilment of the SDGs.

Laurène has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and a BS in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University.

FEI
Amsterdam
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Leann Tchaikovsky

Executive Director
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Leann Tchaikovsky

Executive Director

Leann heads the Portfolio Management Function across the firm's asset management business.

Leann joined Lion's Head in2019, initially as a senior officer of FEI before transitioning to her current role.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Leann spent over a decade funding power and other infrastructure projects in Africa and other emerging markets. Most notably, she spent 8 years as part of Standard Chartered’s Project and Export Finance Team and 2 years as part of Africa Finance Corporation’s Investments Team. In other parts of her career, Leann advised governments on PPPs and other infrastructure related matters. She also briefly worked with Merrill Lynch’s investment banking team.

Leann holds an M.B.A from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, an M.P.P from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, and a B.S. / B.A. from Stanford University.

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Amsterdam

Leann heads the Portfolio Management Function across the firm's asset management business.

Leann joined Lion's Head in2019, initially as a senior officer of FEI before transitioning to her current role.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Leann spent over a decade funding power and other infrastructure projects in Africa and other emerging markets. Most notably, she spent 8 years as part of Standard Chartered’s Project and Export Finance Team and 2 years as part of Africa Finance Corporation’s Investments Team. In other parts of her career, Leann advised governments on PPPs and other infrastructure related matters. She also briefly worked with Merrill Lynch’s investment banking team.

Leann holds an M.B.A from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, an M.P.P from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, and a B.S. / B.A. from Stanford University.

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Martin Weber

Partner
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Martin Weber

Partner

Martin joined Lion’s Head in January 2020 to build the firm’s presence in the Middle East.

Prior to Lion’s Head, Martin spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs, initially in London and more recently in Dubai, running the firm’s financing business in the Middle East as well as the Sovereign and Supranational business in the EMEA region. Martin has developed a wide-ranging experience across high grade and emerging markets as well as in multiple product areas from plain vanilla debt instruments to structured financing, derivatives, commodity financing and ratings advisory.

Martin holds a BA (Hons) & MA (Cantab) in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

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Asset Management /
Dubai

Martin joined Lion’s Head in January 2020 to build the firm’s presence in the Middle East.

Prior to Lion’s Head, Martin spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs, initially in London and more recently in Dubai, running the firm’s financing business in the Middle East as well as the Sovereign and Supranational business in the EMEA region. Martin has developed a wide-ranging experience across high grade and emerging markets as well as in multiple product areas from plain vanilla debt instruments to structured financing, derivatives, commodity financing and ratings advisory.

Martin holds a BA (Hons) & MA (Cantab) in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Nairobi
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Marvin Tsuma

Finance Associate
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Marvin Tsuma

Finance Associate

Marvin is an Associate in the Finance team at the Nairobi office, focused on Internal Controls

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Marvin was a finance supervisor at Chet Holdings Limited (an organisation that worked with multinational companies in the Oil and Gas sector in East Africa).

He also worked for 3 years as an auditor at KPMG where he carried out financial statement audits in the Financial Services, Consumer and Industrial markets and donor funded projects sectors.

Marvin holds a Bachelor of Economics and Statistics degree from the University of Nairobi and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He is pursuing a Master of Science in Finance at the University of Nairobi.

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Nairobi

Marvin is an Associate in the Finance team at the Nairobi office, focused on Internal Controls

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Marvin was a finance supervisor at Chet Holdings Limited (an organisation that worked with multinational companies in the Oil and Gas sector in East Africa).

He also worked for 3 years as an auditor at KPMG where he carried out financial statement audits in the Financial Services, Consumer and Industrial markets and donor funded projects sectors.

Marvin holds a Bachelor of Economics and Statistics degree from the University of Nairobi and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He is pursuing a Master of Science in Finance at the University of Nairobi.

Nairobi
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Mary Mwaura

Director
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Mary Mwaura

Director

Mary is a part of Lion’s Head Finance team, focused on internal controls.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Mary was an external auditor at KPMG Kenya where she carried out financial statement audits and assurance engagements across a variety of clients within different industries.

Mary holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town and a BSc degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi. She is also holds an accounting qualification.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
Nairobi

Mary is a part of Lion’s Head Finance team, focused on internal controls.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Mary was an external auditor at KPMG Kenya where she carried out financial statement audits and assurance engagements across a variety of clients within different industries.

Mary holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town and a BSc degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi. She is also holds an accounting qualification.

London
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Maxime Bergot

Executive Director
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Maxime Bergot

Executive Director

Maxime joined Lion’s Head as an Executive Director in 2019 bringing more than 12 years of experience in originating, designing and executing financing solutions for the infrastructure and energy sectors in emerging markets.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Maxime was a Senior Vice President at Fieldstone Private Capital Group where he advised on transactions in the energy sector in Africa. Prior to Fieldstone Maxime was an Investment Manager at John Laing Investments. Throughout his experience Maxime developed effective relationships with leading firms and investors within the energy sector.

At Lion’s Head, Maxime is advising on a wide range of infrastructure and energy projects and with a focus that remains on renewable energies and Francophone Africa.

Maxime holds a Master in Financial Engineering from the Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne University and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Neoma Business School.

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London

Maxime joined Lion’s Head as an Executive Director in 2019 bringing more than 12 years of experience in originating, designing and executing financing solutions for the infrastructure and energy sectors in emerging markets.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Maxime was a Senior Vice President at Fieldstone Private Capital Group where he advised on transactions in the energy sector in Africa. Prior to Fieldstone Maxime was an Investment Manager at John Laing Investments. Throughout his experience Maxime developed effective relationships with leading firms and investors within the energy sector.

At Lion’s Head, Maxime is advising on a wide range of infrastructure and energy projects and with a focus that remains on renewable energies and Francophone Africa.

Maxime holds a Master in Financial Engineering from the Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne University and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Neoma Business School.

FEI
London
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Meghana Duggirala

Director (Part-time)
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Meghana Duggirala

Director (Part-time)

Meghana is an Investment Officer at the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI). Meghana has over 8 years' experience in developing, executing, structuring, and managing power and infrastructure projects, particularly in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining the FEI team, she was an Assistant Vice President at Zarou, a Blackstone portfolio company, set up to develop, own, and operate power and renewable energy, water and mid stream projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

Previously, Meghana was an Investment Executive at the CDC Group where she notably helped set up Ayana, the South Asian renewables platform, worked on the power JV with AKFED/IPS, and was seconded to AKFED/IPS in Kenya.

Earlier in her career, Meghana worked in the Royal Bank of Canada’s utilities and infrastructure investment banking team. She has an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Delhi’s Shri Ram College of Commerce.

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London

Meghana is an Investment Officer at the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI). Meghana has over 8 years' experience in developing, executing, structuring, and managing power and infrastructure projects, particularly in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining the FEI team, she was an Assistant Vice President at Zarou, a Blackstone portfolio company, set up to develop, own, and operate power and renewable energy, water and mid stream projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

Previously, Meghana was an Investment Executive at the CDC Group where she notably helped set up Ayana, the South Asian renewables platform, worked on the power JV with AKFED/IPS, and was seconded to AKFED/IPS in Kenya.

Earlier in her career, Meghana worked in the Royal Bank of Canada’s utilities and infrastructure investment banking team. She has an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Delhi’s Shri Ram College of Commerce.

Nairobi
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Mercy Wairua

Legal Counsel
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Mercy Wairua

Legal Counsel

Mercy joined Lion’s Head in June 2022 as Legal Counsel working across both the asset management and investment banking practices.

Before joining Lion’s Head, Mercy worked as project finance legal counsel for Mota-Engil Africa, advising on the development and finance of their infrastructure projects across sub-Saharan Africa. She was previously an Associate at Hamilton Harrison & Mathews in Nairobi, and Dentons in London, specialising in corporate, commercial and project finance law.

Mercy is a Kenyan-qualified lawyer and holds a Masters in Financial Services Law (with Distinction) from the University of London.

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Nairobi

Mercy joined Lion’s Head in June 2022 as Legal Counsel working across both the asset management and investment banking practices.

Before joining Lion’s Head, Mercy worked as project finance legal counsel for Mota-Engil Africa, advising on the development and finance of their infrastructure projects across sub-Saharan Africa. She was previously an Associate at Hamilton Harrison & Mathews in Nairobi, and Dentons in London, specialising in corporate, commercial and project finance law.

Mercy is a Kenyan-qualified lawyer and holds a Masters in Financial Services Law (with Distinction) from the University of London.

FEI
Nairobi
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Michael Chuchu

Director
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Michael Chuchu

Director

Michael joined Lion’s Head in June 2021 on the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI) team, based in Nairobi.

Michael has over 6 years’ experience in development, investment and operations in on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects and companies across Africa. Prior to joining FEI, he was an Investment Associate at Berkeley Energy, focusing on investments in utility scale geothermal, hydropower, solar and battery storage projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Before that, he worked as a Commercial Development Associate at PowerGen Renewable Energy and as an Analyst on the African renewable energy equity investment team at responsAbility Investments AG. Michael has a BBS in Actuarial Science from Strathmore University.

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Nairobi

Michael joined Lion’s Head in June 2021 on the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI) team, based in Nairobi.

Michael has over 6 years’ experience in development, investment and operations in on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects and companies across Africa. Prior to joining FEI, he was an Investment Associate at Berkeley Energy, focusing on investments in utility scale geothermal, hydropower, solar and battery storage projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Before that, he worked as a Commercial Development Associate at PowerGen Renewable Energy and as an Analyst on the African renewable energy equity investment team at responsAbility Investments AG. Michael has a BBS in Actuarial Science from Strathmore University.

Dubai
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Michaela Dobiasova

Office Manager
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Michaela Dobiasova

Office Manager

Michaela is the Office Manager for Lion's Head's Dubai office. She holds a master's degree in Marketing and Media communication. Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Michaela worked for seven years as Cabin Crew and later on as Cabin Supervisor for Emirates Airline. She also worked for law firm as Office Manager. Previously, while still studying, Michaela worked as Marketing and Sales representative for a publishing house.

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Asset Management /
Dubai

Michaela is the Office Manager for Lion's Head's Dubai office. She holds a master's degree in Marketing and Media communication. Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Michaela worked for seven years as Cabin Crew and later on as Cabin Supervisor for Emirates Airline. She also worked for law firm as Office Manager. Previously, while still studying, Michaela worked as Marketing and Sales representative for a publishing house.

London
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Millie Morrissey

Associate
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Millie Morrissey

Associate

Millie joined Lion’s Head’s London Office in 2021 as an Associate after an internship with the firm, where she contributed particularly to Development Finance projects in conducting analyses and preparing client materials.

Millie now works as part of LHGP’s Real Economy pillar, where she is predominantly focused on supporting capital raising and M&A mandates in Sub-Saharan Africa and MENA, across power and infrastructure sectors.

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Millie joined Lion’s Head’s London Office in 2021 as an Associate after an internship with the firm, where she contributed particularly to Development Finance projects in conducting analyses and preparing client materials.

Millie now works as part of LHGP’s Real Economy pillar, where she is predominantly focused on supporting capital raising and M&A mandates in Sub-Saharan Africa and MENA, across power and infrastructure sectors.

ALCB
Nairobi
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Mueni Stephen

Director
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Mueni Stephen

Director

Mueni is a Director working on Impact and E&S reporting and Technical Assistance Management across Lion's Head's Asset Management business.  

Prior to joining Lion's Head, Mueni worked for the Water Sector Trust Fund, a Government agency that facilitates sustainable financing of the water sector. Her role was financial management and project management for the Urban and Commercial Financing Investment Units. She also worked with KWFT Bank and Impact Research Development Organization which focuses on the design and implementation of Public Health Programmes.

Mueni holds a Master’s degree of Science in Development Finance from Strathmore University, a degree in International Business Administration-Finance from USIU and she is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA -K). She is based in our Nairobi office.

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Mueni is a Director working on Impact and E&S reporting and Technical Assistance Management across Lion's Head's Asset Management business.  

Prior to joining Lion's Head, Mueni worked for the Water Sector Trust Fund, a Government agency that facilitates sustainable financing of the water sector. Her role was financial management and project management for the Urban and Commercial Financing Investment Units. She also worked with KWFT Bank and Impact Research Development Organization which focuses on the design and implementation of Public Health Programmes.

Mueni holds a Master’s degree of Science in Development Finance from Strathmore University, a degree in International Business Administration-Finance from USIU and she is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA -K). She is based in our Nairobi office.

London
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Nick Zanette

Executive Director
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Nick Zanette

Executive Director

Nick joined Lion's Head in April 2018. At Lion’s Head Nick is focused on Lusophone Africa and primarily supports Advisory work in Energy & Power.

Prior to this, he spent time working at Edgebold Capital, a private investment group based in London, with a focus on Southern Africa where he worked on a number of investments in the mining, transport & logistics and real estate sectors.

Nick worked to develop a group wide strategy building a vertically integrated value chain across the group's portfolio companies, including the development of a trade finance strategy suited to the local economies and entry into the physical trading of certain key commodities. Other work included advising a number of client's on various stages of their investments into the region.

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London

Nick joined Lion's Head in April 2018. At Lion’s Head Nick is focused on Lusophone Africa and primarily supports Advisory work in Energy & Power.

Prior to this, he spent time working at Edgebold Capital, a private investment group based in London, with a focus on Southern Africa where he worked on a number of investments in the mining, transport & logistics and real estate sectors.

Nick worked to develop a group wide strategy building a vertically integrated value chain across the group's portfolio companies, including the development of a trade finance strategy suited to the local economies and entry into the physical trading of certain key commodities. Other work included advising a number of client's on various stages of their investments into the region.

Nigeria
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Olamide Edun

Managing Director
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Olamide Edun

Managing Director

Olamide joined Lion’s Head in 2017 and is a member of the African Local Currency Bond Fund team, focussed on transaction origination and execution in West Africa.

Before joining Lion’s Head, Olamide worked in the investment team at Synergy Capital, a private equity fund providing growth capital to SME companies operating in Nigeria and Ghana. Olamide’s experience in Nigeria also includes consulting projects for State Governments and Government sponsored institutions.

Prior to this, he worked at Moelis & Company, advising UK and European funds and corporates on debt restructuring and recapitalisation transactions.

Olamide is based in Lagos, Nigeria, is a CFA charterholder and holds a BA in Classics from Balliol College, Oxford.

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Asset Management /
Nigeria

Olamide joined Lion’s Head in 2017 and is a member of the African Local Currency Bond Fund team, focussed on transaction origination and execution in West Africa.

Before joining Lion’s Head, Olamide worked in the investment team at Synergy Capital, a private equity fund providing growth capital to SME companies operating in Nigeria and Ghana. Olamide’s experience in Nigeria also includes consulting projects for State Governments and Government sponsored institutions.

Prior to this, he worked at Moelis & Company, advising UK and European funds and corporates on debt restructuring and recapitalisation transactions.

Olamide is based in Lagos, Nigeria, is a CFA charterholder and holds a BA in Classics from Balliol College, Oxford.

Nigeria
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Olamipo Ogunsanya

Executive Director
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Olamipo Ogunsanya

Executive Director

Olamipo joined Lion’s Head in 2019 . She is based in Lagos, where she is responsible for executing investments by the FEI Off-Grid Energy Access Fund, and the African Local Currency Bond Fund.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Olamipo worked at Renaissance Capital, a Frontier and Emerging Market focused investment bank. While there, she was the Lead Financial Institutions Equity Research Analyst, responsible for covering 17 banks spanning Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda. Olamipo developed a thorough understanding of the financial services sector, and facilitated investments in capital markets across Africa.

Prior to Renaissance Capital, she worked at Vetiva Capital Management. Olamipo holds a BSc Economics from the University of Warwick.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
Nigeria

Olamipo joined Lion’s Head in 2019 . She is based in Lagos, where she is responsible for executing investments by the FEI Off-Grid Energy Access Fund, and the African Local Currency Bond Fund.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Olamipo worked at Renaissance Capital, a Frontier and Emerging Market focused investment bank. While there, she was the Lead Financial Institutions Equity Research Analyst, responsible for covering 17 banks spanning Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda. Olamipo developed a thorough understanding of the financial services sector, and facilitated investments in capital markets across Africa.

Prior to Renaissance Capital, she worked at Vetiva Capital Management. Olamipo holds a BSc Economics from the University of Warwick.

Amsterdam
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Orli Arav

Head of Debt Funds
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Orli Arav

Head of Debt Funds

As of January 2022, Orli is our new Head of Debt Funds, having joined Lion’s Head in January 2020 as the Managing Director of the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI). Orli has 25 years of experience in various roles, mainly in development finance, project and structured finance and impact investing within funds, financial institutions, and advisory firms.

Orli has been advising a number of leading institutions (WBG, UN ECA, DFID) on private sector investments in infrastructure, mainly energy, in Africa. Over the past 15 years Orli has led and/or was involved in funding more than 70 assets in Emerging Markets, over USD 1.2 billion of principal investments across 26 countries and 7 sectors; of which over 50 were in Africa (circa USD 1 billion). Her previous roles, among others, were Director of Investments of the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF) and the MD of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF).

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Asset Management /
Amsterdam

As of January 2022, Orli is our new Head of Debt Funds, having joined Lion’s Head in January 2020 as the Managing Director of the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI). Orli has 25 years of experience in various roles, mainly in development finance, project and structured finance and impact investing within funds, financial institutions, and advisory firms.

Orli has been advising a number of leading institutions (WBG, UN ECA, DFID) on private sector investments in infrastructure, mainly energy, in Africa. Over the past 15 years Orli has led and/or was involved in funding more than 70 assets in Emerging Markets, over USD 1.2 billion of principal investments across 26 countries and 7 sectors; of which over 50 were in Africa (circa USD 1 billion). Her previous roles, among others, were Director of Investments of the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF) and the MD of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF).

London
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Pablo Mangueira

Director
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Pablo Mangueira

Director

Pablo joined Lion's Head in 2019 and is based in London. At Lion’s Head Pablo is focused on Lusophone Africa and primarily supports Advisory work.

Prior to this, he spent time working as a Financial Analyst at the investment banking department at Banco Economico, a bank based in Luanda, where he worked on a number of investments in agriculture, mining and construction sectors. Other work included advising client's on numerous phases of their investments into the country. He subsequently worked as a Debt Capital Markets Analyst for the same institution.

Pablo holds a BSc. in Economics from the University of Nottingham and two MSc., one in Finance and another in International Business from HULT International Business School.

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Asset Management /
London

Pablo joined Lion's Head in 2019 and is based in London. At Lion’s Head Pablo is focused on Lusophone Africa and primarily supports Advisory work.

Prior to this, he spent time working as a Financial Analyst at the investment banking department at Banco Economico, a bank based in Luanda, where he worked on a number of investments in agriculture, mining and construction sectors. Other work included advising client's on numerous phases of their investments into the country. He subsequently worked as a Debt Capital Markets Analyst for the same institution.

Pablo holds a BSc. in Economics from the University of Nottingham and two MSc., one in Finance and another in International Business from HULT International Business School.

London
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Payal Bhatt

Analyst
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Payal Bhatt

Analyst

Payal joined the Investment Banking team in London as an Analyst in July 2022

Payal is a BSc Economics (Hons) graduate from the University of Manchester and a MSc Finance graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has internship experiences spanning across the Consulting and Investment Banking industry across India, Kenya, and the United Kingdom. She also has a wide range of leadership experiences ranging from BSc Economics Student Co-ordinator to MSc Finance Student Representative.

 

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Payal joined the Investment Banking team in London as an Analyst in July 2022

Payal is a BSc Economics (Hons) graduate from the University of Manchester and a MSc Finance graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has internship experiences spanning across the Consulting and Investment Banking industry across India, Kenya, and the United Kingdom. She also has a wide range of leadership experiences ranging from BSc Economics Student Co-ordinator to MSc Finance Student Representative.

 

Nairobi
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Philgonah Omungoh

Director
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Philgonah Omungoh

Director

Philgonah joined Lion's Head in 2020 and focuses on Real Estate, Renewable Energy & Power and Infrastructure Finance. Philgonah is based in the Nairobi office.

Before joining Lion’s Head, Philgonah was a finance assistant at Davis & Shirtliff where she was in the accounts department and responsible for providing financial information to management by researching and analysing accounting data and preparing reports for decision making.

Philgonah holds an MSc. Mathematical Finance from Strathmore University, BSc. Actuarial Science from Moi University and certifications from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) UK in Financial Mathematics and Life Contingencies. Philgonah is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K).

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Asset Management /
Nairobi

Philgonah joined Lion's Head in 2020 and focuses on Real Estate, Renewable Energy & Power and Infrastructure Finance. Philgonah is based in the Nairobi office.

Before joining Lion’s Head, Philgonah was a finance assistant at Davis & Shirtliff where she was in the accounts department and responsible for providing financial information to management by researching and analysing accounting data and preparing reports for decision making.

Philgonah holds an MSc. Mathematical Finance from Strathmore University, BSc. Actuarial Science from Moi University and certifications from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) UK in Financial Mathematics and Life Contingencies. Philgonah is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K).

London
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Rebecca McCarthy

EA to the co-CEOs
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Rebecca McCarthy

EA to the co-CEOs

Rebecca is the Executive Assistant to the co-CEOs based in the London Office.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head Rebecca worked for fifteen years for a Partner both privately and within a London Private Equity firm.  She also worked for a London Hedge Fund as Office Manager. Previously, Rebecca worked as Assistant to the CFO of a London Private Equity firm and as Assistant to the CEO of a global hotel company.

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Rebecca is the Executive Assistant to the co-CEOs based in the London Office.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head Rebecca worked for fifteen years for a Partner both privately and within a London Private Equity firm.  She also worked for a London Hedge Fund as Office Manager. Previously, Rebecca worked as Assistant to the CFO of a London Private Equity firm and as Assistant to the CEO of a global hotel company.

Nairobi
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Teresa Parkes

General Counsel
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Teresa Parkes

General Counsel

Teresa joined Lion’s Head in 2019 as Senior Legal Counsel and works across the asset management and advisory practices.

Before joining Lion’s Head, Teresa worked in-house for the Econet Global group, a pan-Africa telco, as group legal advisor for corporate finance.

Prior to this, she has worked as Legal Director at Clyde & Co Tanzania, at CA Legal/MDY and White & Case LLP in London, specialising in finance and development finance mechanisms.

Teresa is based in Nairobi, Kenya and is a Solicitor of England & Wales and an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania.  She holds a BA in Classics from Merton College, Oxford and a PgDL/LPC from City University/Inns of Court School of Law.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
Nairobi

Teresa joined Lion’s Head in 2019 as Senior Legal Counsel and works across the asset management and advisory practices.

Before joining Lion’s Head, Teresa worked in-house for the Econet Global group, a pan-Africa telco, as group legal advisor for corporate finance.

Prior to this, she has worked as Legal Director at Clyde & Co Tanzania, at CA Legal/MDY and White & Case LLP in London, specialising in finance and development finance mechanisms.

Teresa is based in Nairobi, Kenya and is a Solicitor of England & Wales and an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania.  She holds a BA in Classics from Merton College, Oxford and a PgDL/LPC from City University/Inns of Court School of Law.

FEI
London
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Thibault Neveu

Executive Director
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Thibault Neveu

Executive Director

Thibault is an Investment Officer at the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI). Thibault has over 8 years of experience in the origination, development and structuring of transactions in the energy and infrastructure industry. Prior to joining FEI, Thibault worked for a family office investing in Oil & Gas opportunities, and previously was involved in the development of LNG-to-power projects.

Earlier in his career, Thibault worked within the Bolloré Group, to structure infrastructure development under PPP scheme in Africa and emerging countries. Thibault is a graduate in Corporate Finance from Rennes School of Business and holds a Master’s degree in Management.

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London

Thibault is an Investment Officer at the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI). Thibault has over 8 years of experience in the origination, development and structuring of transactions in the energy and infrastructure industry. Prior to joining FEI, Thibault worked for a family office investing in Oil & Gas opportunities, and previously was involved in the development of LNG-to-power projects.

Earlier in his career, Thibault worked within the Bolloré Group, to structure infrastructure development under PPP scheme in Africa and emerging countries. Thibault is a graduate in Corporate Finance from Rennes School of Business and holds a Master’s degree in Management.

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Will Andrews

Director
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Will Andrews

Director

Will joined Lion's Head in 2022 and is a member of the firm's Energy & Infrastructure Advisory team, based in the London office.

Prior to joining Lion's Head, Will worked at Lloyds Bank, working in Energy & Commodities with a range of clients across the energy value stream including Supermajors, Commodity Traders, and Upstream Exploration & Production. At Lloyds, Will worked in Reserve Based Lending structuring, supporting upstream energy clients in expanding their portfolios through M&A and refinancing existing facilities. Will also worked with clients on expanding working capital accessibility including structured trade finance opportunities and liquidity facilities

Will attended University of Bath where he graduated with a BSc in International Development with Economics

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London

Will joined Lion's Head in 2022 and is a member of the firm's Energy & Infrastructure Advisory team, based in the London office.

Prior to joining Lion's Head, Will worked at Lloyds Bank, working in Energy & Commodities with a range of clients across the energy value stream including Supermajors, Commodity Traders, and Upstream Exploration & Production. At Lloyds, Will worked in Reserve Based Lending structuring, supporting upstream energy clients in expanding their portfolios through M&A and refinancing existing facilities. Will also worked with clients on expanding working capital accessibility including structured trade finance opportunities and liquidity facilities

Will attended University of Bath where he graduated with a BSc in International Development with Economics

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Will Tufnell

Director
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Will Tufnell

Director

Will joined Lion’s Head as an Associate in December 2019. At Lion’s Head, Will is focused on supporting Advisory work in health and agriculture.

Prior to joining, Will worked with Ipsos Mori Healthcare Custom, a market research company that collects data on the perceptions of novel and existing disease treatments. During this, Will assessed new HIV treatments to be implemented in Sub-Saharan Africa and studied the perceptions of Pneumonia in Europe. Will also spent a short time as a Medical Reporter for Cogora Healthcare.

Will holds a BSc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Bristol and an MRes. in Molecular Plant and Microbial Sciences from Imperial College London.

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London

Will joined Lion’s Head as an Associate in December 2019. At Lion’s Head, Will is focused on supporting Advisory work in health and agriculture.

Prior to joining, Will worked with Ipsos Mori Healthcare Custom, a market research company that collects data on the perceptions of novel and existing disease treatments. During this, Will assessed new HIV treatments to be implemented in Sub-Saharan Africa and studied the perceptions of Pneumonia in Europe. Will also spent a short time as a Medical Reporter for Cogora Healthcare.

Will holds a BSc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Bristol and an MRes. in Molecular Plant and Microbial Sciences from Imperial College London.

Nairobi
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Winnie Karanja

Executive Director
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Winnie Karanja

Executive Director

Winnie is responsible for impact and E&S reporting and technical assistance management across the Asset Management business.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Winnie worked as a financial analyst at Dalberg Capital (D.Capital Partners), an impact investing advisory firm that facilitates investments that catalyse economic and social change. She also has previous work experience as a corporate finance analyst with I&M Burbidge Capital, a corporate finance advisory firm based in East Africa that specializes in advising businesses on capital raising transactions.​

Winnie holds a Master of Science in Development Finance from Strathmore University and a Bachelor of commerce degree in Finance from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She is also a Certified Investments and Financial Analyst (CIFA – K).

Investment Banking /
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Nairobi

Winnie is responsible for impact and E&S reporting and technical assistance management across the Asset Management business.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Winnie worked as a financial analyst at Dalberg Capital (D.Capital Partners), an impact investing advisory firm that facilitates investments that catalyse economic and social change. She also has previous work experience as a corporate finance analyst with I&M Burbidge Capital, a corporate finance advisory firm based in East Africa that specializes in advising businesses on capital raising transactions.​

Winnie holds a Master of Science in Development Finance from Strathmore University and a Bachelor of commerce degree in Finance from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She is also a Certified Investments and Financial Analyst (CIFA – K).

Amsterdam
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Wouter Ter Bogt

Compliance Professional
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Wouter Ter Bogt

Compliance Professional

Wouter joined Lion’s Head in 2022 as a compliance professional based in Amsterdam. He is working across both the asset management and investment banking practices.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Wouter worked as a compliance officer in the European headquarters of Sberbank and as FSI Regulatory and Risk consultant at Deloitte and PwC. Wouter has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Brussels and an LLM in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna.

Investment Banking /
Asset Management /
Amsterdam

Wouter joined Lion’s Head in 2022 as a compliance professional based in Amsterdam. He is working across both the asset management and investment banking practices.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Wouter worked as a compliance officer in the European headquarters of Sberbank and as FSI Regulatory and Risk consultant at Deloitte and PwC. Wouter has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Brussels and an LLM in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna.

Bim Hundal

1959-2017

Photograph of Bim Hundai, the late founder of LHGP

Bim Hundal, who passed away in 2017, was Lion’s Head’s chairman and founder, and was instrumental in guiding the firm to where it is today. Bim was a friend and mentor to all of us at Lion’s Head and the firm has grown into a flourishing, successful business thanks to his inspiration and the foundations that he helped lay.

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