Jamille has spent almost 25 years advising and investing in private companies and investment institutions based in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.
Jamille began his professional career working for the Aga Khan Foundation and BRAC supporting their capital raising and SME initiatives. At 25, Jamille moved into the private equity industry working for a UK private bank and US asset management firm investing in funds across the globe.
At 29, he founded his own private equity advisory and research business, building it up to 17 people and US$1.5 million in profits per annum.
Alex is the Founder of Common Ground Labs, a social innovation design studio and entrepreneur incubator that bridges social divides. Her work is focused on activating, training and sustaining entrepreneurs from populations in social division.
Alex and her team have been developing a blockchain based reputation system to unlock capital for those traditionally excluded from the fundraising ecosystem. Her previous experience includes co-leading the development of the Building Blocks project as a Project Manager at World Food Programme’s Innovation Accelerator. Building Blocks leverages blockchain to make WFP’s cash assistance more efficient.
Kuhle is an Assitant Lecturer in the faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is currently completing her Masters degree in Development Finance at the Graduate School of Business, UCT.
After completing her Business Science degree in Finance and Accounting, Kuhle decided to continue her studies aiming to find a connection between her passion for the growth of Africa, finance and providing opportunities for the economy. Her passion lies in finding solutions to unlock the potential of Africa. Kuhle believes in people as strategic enablers and enjoys lecturing strategic thinking as a means for harnessing the exploratory minds of students to unlock the potential of Africa.
Kuhle has work experience in investment banking from Goldman Sachs and auditing from PwC. Her strength is in project managing and she has outstanding interpersonal and people management skills.
Olga is a strategy consultant committed to help organizations innovate in today’s fast-changing, yet exciting world. She believes in the power of combining human-centred design methodologies with business thinking to create products, services and experiences that are people-centric, rooted in solid business acumen and ultimately positive for society at large.
Goal-oriented, reliable and proactive, Olga is passionate about sharing her knowledge and expertise to help others thrive and together shape the world we want to live in. Her professional experience includes advising large Fortune 500 organisations as a Senior Associate for Claro Partners, a Barcelona-based insight-driven innovation consultancy, as well as mentoring emerging startups in Rwanda and Tanzania as part of the African Entrepreneur Collective’s accelerator programs. Olga holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Management from HEC Lausanne and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from USI Lugano.
Natalia spent the last decade working in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in London and is currently a Guest Lecturer at London Business School where she lectures on financial analysis. She began her professional career in consulting in NY and London and then worked at The World Bank in the Financial Sector Development Department in Washington. She holds a Masters in International Finance from Columbia University in NY and a Double Degree in Law and Business from ICADE in Madrid.
Natalia is passionate about education and loves sharing her knowledge and expertise, she is particularly convinced about the power of education to help address address financial inclusion and promote economic development.
Ed Stiles is the Country manager for Maris Ltd. an investment holding company that invests in Southern Africa. He is responsible for sourcing new deals and supporting existing operations. Ed has a Masters of Engineering Science from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD in Singapore. Prior to joining Maris he worked for Syngenta - the Swiss agricultural input company - in Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania in sales, marketing and business development roles. Ed has experience in launching new products, corporate turnarounds and general management.