Recent years have seen environmental and social concerns rapidly move up the agenda. With this shift, there is therefore greater focus on investment not only being successful in terms of profit, but further, being credited as sustainable, whether that be in environmental, social, or governance terms. Over the last decade, more and more investors are adopting the principles of sustainable investing, evidenced by the 34% growth in global socially responsible investments, to $30.7 trillion. Furthermore, there is now more than $21.4 trillion invested sustainably in global assets, with $13 million of this in Europe alone.
There is great potential for success of sustainable investment in African economies: From social infrastructure projects to agribusiness and clean energy sources, there is a multitude of possibilities for investment to achieve sustainability goals. In turn, these opportunities may allow African economies to benefit considerably, as sustainable investment has the potential to complement public spending and development assistance through crowding-in private sector capital. This process may contribute to resolving the infrastructure investment gap experienced by many African states, estimated at $130-170 billion per annum.
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Emilio joined EAIF in 2015. He has over 30 years of corporate finance, asset management and advisory experience across several markets, including Africa, Latin America, India and Southern Europe. He spent close to 20 years with HSBC in the UK and abroad. Subsequently, he worked in a number of smaller firms, including an advisory M&A boutique that he founded and ran for 7 years and in a commodity brokerage firm focused on emerging markets, including Africa. Previously, Emilio was Director, Asset Management, at Climate Change Capital, a London-based fund manager focused on climate mitigation investment strategies, where he was closely involved in developing agri-business and renewable energy transactions in Africa. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he read Biochemistry (with Economics) at Hertford College.
Bhavtik C. Vallabhjee has over 24 years of Corporate & Merchant Banking experience in South Africa and in the Middle East. He has been engaged in structuring major project finance transactions in sectors such as power (incl. Renewable Energy), water, oil & gas, telecoms, transportation, healthcare & industrial projects. He has worked on several deals in the Middle East and a number of African countries. He has been involved in executing transactions with an aggregate value in excess of US$23bn in his career. He spent 5 years in the Middle East at the height of its infrastructure spending boom where he was a Project Finance banker there (including with GE Capital in Dubai). After returning to 2010, he had joined Standard Bank’s Corporate & Investment Banking division’s Power & Infrastructure team where he specifically focused on Renewable Energy and was part of the team that successfully closed 17 projects with total debt underwrites of ZAR15bn. He is currently Head of Power, Utilities & Infrastructure sector at Absa Corporate & Investment Banking (formerly Barclays Africa) and works across conventional & renewable power technologies and Infrastructure in Africa. Most recently, he is part of the team that have closed 12 projects across technologies in Renewables with a R22 bn debt commitment.
André is the Chief of Staff at ThirdWay Africa (TWA), having previously been the Director of Impact Consulting at the firm providing advisory services to development organisations, and supporting efforts for sustainable access to development-aligned finance in Indian Ocean Africa.
Prior to his work at TWA, André’s professional background focused on the financial sector, with a number of years spent at McKinsey & Company in Lisbon, Goldman Sachs in London, and more recently as Business Development Director at Oxford Risk, an academic company providing risk profiling solutions to financial advisers. André attended Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania, US), where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance.
Christopher Egerton-Warburton – or “Edge” is a Founding Partner and co-CEO of Lion’s Head Global Partners, a London-based merchant bank that provides advisory, financial structuring, capital raising and asset management services, specialising in the development sector. Prior to establishing Lion’s Head in 2008, Christopher 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. Central to Lion’s Head’s ethos is providing an interface between the public and private sectors with a focus on the attainment of the Sustainable economic growth, with a specialization in Agriculture, Infrastructure, Health and Renewable Energy.
Christopher leads on Lion’s Head’s public sector work providing advice to Governments and the multilateral development banks on financing, macroeconomic strategy and policy. Recently he led the teams which advised the Government of Nigeria on its diaspora bond, the Government of Angola on its $3.5bn financing of 2018 and the firm’s work in Jordan, where Lion’s Head played a key advisory role for the Kingdom for the London Conference 2019. While at Goldman Sachs Christopher led the team that developed and executed the creation of a new multilateral borrower IFFIm. Since that time, he has played a leading role in the establishment of 3 further multinational health initiatives. The Global Health Investment Fund, the Power of Nutrition, CEPI and the Global AMR Investment Fund.
Rosalind Kainyah MBE is a trusted advisor to global companies on responsible business investment and partnerships in Africa. She has decades of experience in corporate and environmental law, government relations, political risk management and sustainability. As an environmental lawyer for almost a decade from the early 1990s, Rosalind advised international organisations and governments on environmental policy and legislation. She went on to be a corporate lawyer at the international law firm, Linklaters, and a corporate and commercial lawyer and Executive Director in De Beers Group. Prior to founding Kina Advisory in 2013, she was Vice President, External Affairs and CSR at Tullow Oil plc.
Rosalind is a member of the Bar of England and Wales. She is a Non-Executive Director of Aker Energy and of CAL Bank Limited, Ghana; Vice Chairperson of the Africa Gifted Foundation; and on the Advisory Board of Invest in Africa. In 2014 Rosalind was awarded an MBE for services to CSR for the benefit of youth in Africa. Recently she was selected as one of the top 50 leading female professionals by Cranfield University. In 2016 she was named by Forbes Afrique Magazine as one of the 100 influential women on the African continent, and in 2008 as one of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage by The Power List.