Chief Executive Officer, Harith Fund Managers
Tshepo has over 15 years transactional experience in private equity, investment banking and project finance, including responsibility for (i) RSA's Public Investment Corporation's US$2.6bn Isibaya Fund, where, as Head of Corporate Finance, he concluded US$1.9bn of investments over a 3 year period, achieving outstanding returns from 2003-2005; and (ii) a US$600m DBSA portfolio across Southern Africa. Tshepo has held investment management positions with CDC Group PLC (formerly the Commonwealth Development Corporation) and Rand Merchant Bank; winner of South Africa's Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) Financier of the Year Award for both 2003 and 2004. He was involved in financing the ground-breaking Maputo Toll Road, the first major infrastructure project financing in South Africa. Tshepo holds a B. Proc. from Rhodes University.
Founder & Managing Director
After working in general management for the start-up operation of a British engineering company in Central and Eastern Europe, Helen worked for a number of years as a researcher and business consultant before joining The AES Corporation in 1997. There she led business development efforts in Central and Eastern Europe and subsequently Africa, including the financing of the successful Songas project in Tanzania. Helen subsequently spent two years as Director General of the Cameroon integrated utility, Sonel, with a workforce of 3500 people and a turnover of some $180m. Helen is a BA and MA arts graduate from Oxford University.
Founder & Executive Director
Following an early career in power engineering, design and construction, Mark joined The AES Corporation in 1984. From then until 2003 he led early greenfield and acquisition efforts in the US, followed by expansion into the UK, the rest of Europe, central Asia and Africa and growing the London-based organisation from 2 people in 1990 to over 5000 in 2002. Mark completed his career at AES as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Latin America, where he was responsible for restructuring the company's businesses and achieving profitability in an $8bn workout. Mark is a mechanical engineer by training and has a BSME and an MSME from Purdue University.
Head of Project Development, Harith Fund Managers
Sollie joined Harith Fund Managers in November 2012 as Head of Project Development with the specific responsibility to establish an infrastructure project development entity that will support the early stage preparation and development of infrastructure projects in Africa. Prior to this Sollie was responsible for selecting, appraising and managing infrastructure equity investments on behalf of Absa Capital, on the African continent, focusing on equity and mezzanine investments in infrastructure concessions, operating companies and service delivery organisations. Sollie also managed Absa Capital's investment in external infrastructure funds, e.g. PAIDF and headed up the Project Finance Infrastructure Division, responsible for debt origination in the PPP, Infrastructure with particular emphasis on PPP initiatives and limited recourse funding as well as for limited recourse transactions in the industrial sector. Earlier in his career, Sollie held the position of Associate Director, Structured and Project Finance at PSG Investment Bank as well as Assistant General Manager for four years at Nedcor Investment Bank in the Public Sector Project & Structured Finance Division. From 1981 to 1995, Sollie was employed as General Manager, Development Bank of Southern Africa responsible for all project funding activities in Northern and Eastern Regions of S.A and funding in Southern Africa. Sollie holds M.Com; T.H.O.D and CAIB qualifications.
Chief Investment Officer, Harith Fund Managers
Alwyn joined Harith in 2007 as Chief Investment Officer. Prior to this, Alwyn had over 10 years of experience as Senior Consultant for Absa Capital and was responsible for Project and Infrastructure Finance. Alwyn has occupied different positions such as, Business Consultant, Financial Manager/Director and Managing Director in companies operating in the manufacturing and construction industries. Alwyn has a BCom Honours, Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy (CTA) and Higher Certificate Financial Markets.
Emile Du Toit
Head of PAIDF 1
Emile joined Harith General Partners in 2011 as the Head of PAIDF 1, a $630 million Private Equity Fund investing solely in Infrastructure Projects on the African Continent. Emile leads the PAIDF Investment Team of 9 Investment Professionals in identifying, evaluating, concluding and monitoring all investments of the Fund. Prior to joining Harith, Emile worked for the Development Bank of Southern Africa (“DBSA”) where he was Divisional Executive for Private Equity and Investment Banking. . Emile joined the DBSA in 2003 as a Senior Investment Officer, and was promoted to Head of Corporate Finance in 2005 and then Divisional Executive of the Investment Banking Division in 2008. He held that position since 2008 and also had overall responsibility for all Equity Investments at the DBSA, including the Private Equity Portfolio of 15 Funds. He has represented DBSA on the Boards of various Investee Companies and also on the advisory Boards of various Private Equity Funds. After completing his accounting articles at KPMG, Emile joined KPMG Corporate Finance and subsequently also SANIP, a joint BAE/SAAB investment initiative. In addition, Emile has also served on the Board of the South African Venture Capital Association (SAVCA) since 2009 and is currently the Chairperson of SAVCA. Emile holds a B.Comm (Acc) Hons degree from the University of Johannesburg (SA) and a CFA Charter from the CFA Institute (USA), and has 14 years of Corporate Finance, Private Equity and Investment Banking experience.