Africa has a rapidly growing emerging market of middle-class consumers calling for premium retail products – and they have the money to buy them. According to a report published by Fraym, the African data solutions company, consumers across the continent are on track to hit a predicted USD 2.1 trillion in spending by 2025. Even during periods of economic hardship, these retail products account for 40% of mid-income household spending, demonstrating a willingness to buy, begging the question: How can companies tap into the market? With global investors eyeing the FMCG market in Africa, it is become increasingly pertinent to understand how and where to capitalise this opportunity.
Join Invest Africa for a discussion on facing the challenges and market openings within the FMCG sector in Africa.
Zachary Fond | Managing Director | Alta Semper Capital
Zachary joined Alta Semper in 2016 and brings more than nine years of advisory and investing experience to the firm. Prior to joining Alta Semper, Zachary was a Senior Associate at Emerging Capital Partners where he covered infrastructure and consumer / retail investments in Kenya. He worked across the private equity life cycle including fund raising, new investments, portfolio management and exits. Prior to Emerging Capital Partners, Zachary was an M&A Executive at SABMiller and worked on beverage related transactions in South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Tanzania. Zachary’s advisory experience was developed within the investment banking divisions of UBS and Goldman Sachs in New York and Johannesburg. He focused on Consumer Products and broader Sub-Saharan Africa. Zachary has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from Cornell University.
Georg Gruber | Grocery CEO | Nandos Group
International leader with passion for growing purpose led, consumer facing businesses. Passionate about unleashing people talent and brand potential into sustainable business results with social impact. Concerned about creating a healthier, more sustainable future for our children. Currently CEO of Nando’s global grocery business, serving our purpose of changing lives, and making Nando’s one of the best loved brands in the world, by putting people at the heart of our business, and sharing the spirit of our PERi-PERI with all.
Early career in Marketing and General Management with P&G and Cadbury Schweppes, including Director of Cadbury Southern Africa. Founding partner of international management consultancy and MD for Africa Middle East region. Experienced in corporate and private equity leadership roles. Broad functional experience in strategy, marketing, sales, finance, supply chain, licensing & M&A. Sector experience covers FMCG, Retail, Banking, Agriculture and Tourism.
Peeyush Garg | Chairman | Daraju Industries
Peeyush B Garg is the Founder and Chairman of Daraju Industries, one of the fastest growing FMCG brands in the home brand space. He looks back on what has led to the company’s rapid growth in less than a decade.
While Daraju is a name familiar to the public, very few people are acquainted with the man behind this esteemed company. Peeyush Garg, Founder Chairperson of Daraju Group—who believes in the simple living/high thinking equation—is a man of vision and determination; however, his company was neither created by accident nor did it grow without sacrifices.
Andrew Skipper | Partner and Head of Africa, London | Hogan Lovells
Andrew currently heads the Africa practice of Hogan Lovells, a global law firm with offices in more than 45 countries, including 11 offices in the USA. In this role Andrew spends much of his time on the continent, including recent visits to Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa, where he oversees the development of the Johannesburg office. He divides his time between managing some of the firm’s largest clients and developing relationships with African businesses, law firms and government contacts. In leading the Africa practice, Andrew is committed to pursuing a policy of understanding, operating in, investing in and respecting Africa.
Dougie Brew | Head of External Affairs, Communications and Sustainability for Africa | Unilever
Dougie heads Government Relations, External Affairs and Sustainability for Unilever’s Africa businesses. He joined the company in 2012 from the UK Permanent Representation to the EU after serving as a member of the EU Trade Commissioner’s Cabinet. He has worked extensively across Africa and Asia in a variety of public and private sector roles after an early career in engineering and environmental management.
Manish Rungta | Managing Director | Duet Private Equity
Mr. Manish Rungta serves as Managing Director at Duet Private Equity. Recently, Mr. Rungta served as the Global M&A group at Diageo and completed multiple transactions in the alcoholic beverages sector. Prior to Diageo, he was part of the investment team of Middle East based private equity group Global Capital Management and completed multiple transactions in the financial services sector in the region. Before that he advised on several M&A transactions in industrials, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and auto-components industry. In addition to extensive emerging markets deal experience, Mr. Rungta has a well-rounded transaction expertise from advisory, industry as well as private equity perspective.