Fund Manager and team
The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund is managed by Investec Asset Management. With extensive experience of investing in emerging markets, Investec Asset Management is well positioned to take advantage of the infrastructure investment opportunities on the African continent. This, underpinned by our heritage, having launched in South Africa in 1991, gives us deep insight into the drivers of African markets.
Investec Asset Management is one of the largest third party investors in private equity, credit, public equity and sovereign debt across the African continent. Investec Asset Management has over 73 Africa-focused investment professionals with over 991 years of collective investment experience and total investments in Africa (including South Africa) of US$27 billion.
EAIF is now fully integrated into Investec Asset Management’s African investment platform. Investec Asset Management will manage the entire process from seeking out projects, evaluating loan applications, carrying out due diligence and managing the administration of transactions. Investec Asset Management will also market the Fund internationally and monitor the loan portfolio.
Find out more about Investec from their website.
Co-Head Of Africa Fixed Income
Nazmeera is a co-head of SA & Africa Fixed Income as well as economist and strategist for the Emerging Market Fixed Income team at Investec Asset Management. Nazmeera joined the firm in 2013 from Macquarie First South. She began her career as an economist at Merrill Lynch in South Africa and London. Nazmeera is also a non-executive director of Mercedes-Benz South Africa and was a non-executive director of Transnet SOC from 2010 to 2015.
Alastair has 12 years of experience in infrastructure businesses with 10 years in structuring, arranging and investing in project finance and infrastructure assets. Prior to working with EAIF, Alastair worked on the Investec Credit Opportunities strategy within the South African Credit team from 2014. Previously Alastair spent six years working at Investec Bank in Johannesburg and three years with Amey Ventures as a commercial manager and bid manager. Alastair graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and completed an MBA at Imperial College in London in 2004.
Roland has over 30 years of banking experience, gained in project and structured finance as well as M&A, corporate finance, private equity and venture capital transactions in both emerging and OECD countries. Prior to when he started to represent EAIF in August 2007, Roland worked at Ermgassen & Co (Monitor Group), EBRD, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch. Earlier in his career he worked in industry for Joseph E. Seagram & Sons.
Martijn has over 15 years of infrastructure finance experience gained in various advisory, project, corporate and structured finance roles in both emerging and developed markets. He has been working with EAIF since 2008. Prior to Investec Asset Management, he worked at FMO’s Africa Infrastructure department, T-Mobile and Tebodin Consultants & Engineers. Martijn holds an MSc in Business Administration from Nyenrode Business University, The Netherlands.
Olivia has over 12 years of infrastructure finance experience gained in project, corporate and structured finance roles in both developed and emerging markets. She has worked with the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund since 2008 providing debt and mezzanine financing. Prior to this she worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland in the Project and Export Finance business and at Santander Bank in the credit department. Olivia has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSc from the London School of Economic and Political Science.
Paromita has 8 years of infrastructure finance experience gained in project, corporate and structured finance as well as M&A in primarily developing and emerging economies. She has worked with the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund since late 2009. Prior to this, Paromita worked for DVB Bank in their Global Advisory & M&A business in London, for Ernst & Young (India) in Transaction Advisory Services as well as in the Structured Finance department of SBI Capital Markets, India. She is an Electrical Engineer and holds an MBA with majors in finance and operations.
Sumit has worked with EAIF since April 2011 and transitioned with the team to Investec Asset Management when the contract transferred in May 2016. Prior to that, Sumit has gained considerable experience in transaction modelling and conducting financial due diligence across a variety of sectors working at Pitcher Partners Consulting in Australia. Sumit is a CFA ® charterholder and holds a BCom/BEc from the University of Monash in Australia, with majors in finance, econometrics and accounting.
Ope is an investment specialist in Investec Asset Management’s South Africa & Africa Credit team where he’ll focus on the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund. Prior to joining the firm, he was an assistant vice president at Citigroup’s Project and Infrastructure Finance group, providing financial advisory and arranging debt facilities for project finance transactions in the power, oil & gas and infrastructure sectors for clients in Asia.
Before that, he was an associate at Booz & Company (now Strategy & PWC) in the Energy, Chemical & Utilities group, providing management and strategic advice to US clients. He started his career as a software engineer for Hughes Network System, a satellite telecommunication company in the US.
Ope holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Management Information System from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Master of Science in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and Master of Business Administration from Duke University Fuqua School of Business. He also holds a Series 7 and Series 63 FINRA Certification and Hong Kong Securities & Investment Institute, Paper 1 Certification.
Thanzi is a credit analyst in Investec Asset Management’s SA & Africa Credit team. His focus is on project finance and infrastructure debt, with key responsibilities including building and maintaining financial models, credit applications and reviews, assisting in structuring and reviewing documents and preparation of presentations on research.
Prior to joining the firm, he was credit analyst at Nedbank Limited’s Corporate and Investment Banking Division.
Thanzi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering (with Honours) from the University of Cape Town.
Head of Transaction Management
Ed is Head of Transaction Management within Investec Asset Management’s operations team. He manages the team responsible for monitoring, administration and reporting on the private market portfolios, covering infrastructure, private equity, credit and real estate.
Prior to joining the firm, he held various managerial roles during his 11 year tenure at Man Group, the most recent as chief operating officer for product development, legal and regulatory. Before that, he was an associate corporate lawyer at Bowman Gilfillan.
Ed holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Cambridge as well as a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Organisational Psychology and Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Anthony is a transaction manager within Investec Asset Management’s Transaction Management team, which is part of the broader Operations team. He has worked on the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) since March 2008 and transitioned with the team to Investec Asset Management when the contract transferred in May 2016. He is responsible for monitoring, administration, KYC and reporting on the private market portfolios, covering infrastructure, private equity and credit.
Prior to joining the firm, Anthony was the senior operations, finance and portfolio manager for EAIF and GuarantCo with Frontier Markets Fund Managers and in early 2007 he had worked in Energy Operations with Standard Bank Plc.
Anthony holds a postgraduate degree in Credit Analysis from Middlesex University London and Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from the University of Westminster.
Tania de Beer
Tania is a transaction manager within Investec Asset Management’s Transaction Management team, which is part of the broader Operations team. She is responsible for the management of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, looking after all relevant obligations and reporting requirements.
Prior to joining the firm, Tania was an operational risk manager at Investec Specialist Bank, responsible for operational risk and part of the leadership team. Prior to that she was a private banker and team leader, servicing clients’ banking and finance needs, whilst heading up teams of bankers. Tania was at Investec Specialist Bank for 22 years.
Thea is a legal advisor at Investec Asset Management. In addition to her general corporate duties, Thea is responsible for legal work on Investec Africa Private Equity and SA and African Credit Strategies. As such she is a member of the Investec Credit team.
Thea joined the firm in 2007.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Law) degree, a LLB degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Bilal Osman Latib
Bilal is a legal counsel in Investec Asset Management’s Legal team. He provides legal assistance for privately negotiated infrastructure transactions undertaken by Investec Asset Management on behalf of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund.
Prior to joining the firm he practiced as an associate in the Banking, Projects & Regulatory Practice at Webber Wentzel (in alliance with Linklaters LLP) where he worked on privately negotiated projects in Sub Saharan Africa and projects under the South Africa Government Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme.
Bilal holds a Bachelor of Law (summa cum laude) degree.