As a Fintech company, we are dedicated to facilitating financial inclusion by serving customers in predominantly high-growth emerging markets. We believe that personal financial management provides a practical avenue to help our clients successfully manage their financial affairs, personal lives and family environments. Ultimately, we firmly believe that Fintech could provide a viable, dual-benefit solution to breaking the cycle of poverty while significantly bolstering investor value.
Alexander Schütz is managing partner of C-Quadrat AG, an asset management company which he founded together with his partner Thomas Riess in 1991. C-Quadrat AG has subsidiaries in Frankfurt am Main, London, Geneva, Warsaw and Yerevan and has recently launched operations in Asia. Alexander is responsible for the C-Quadrat AG’s strategic development and for acquisitions. He is also one of the Company’s shareholders and Chairman of the Board, as well as the co-founder and board member of the Switzerland-based Aquarion water technology group, which has recently acquired the German Hager + Elsässer. Further core interests are Smartflower.com in the photovoltaics business, Aventus GmbH in the field of business intelligence and IT security, Filmhouse Germany, HSO Healthcare GmbH and Dairyfem in the field of probiotic nutrition. Alexander is a member of the International Coronelli Society and president of the Austrian Emirates Society.
Dave van Niekerk is one of our founders and the current CEO of the Company. With over 16 years’ experience in the microfinance industry, Dave has held shareholdings and management positions in various microfinance companies, including African Bank where he started his microfinance career. Dave founded pan-African microfinance company Blue Financial Services in 2001, which got listed in 2006, and he served as CEO and Chairman until the end of July 2010. Besides his function as CEO of the Company, Dave is also responsible for the Group’s business areas technology, operations, innovations, and credit.
Tim Nuy is one of our executive directors. Before joining the Group, he was an Investment Director at ADC African Development Corporation AG (“ADC”) in Frankfurt am Main from July 2011 to November 2014, where he was responsible for acquisitions and disposals, as well as the day-to-day operations of the Mauritian entities of the Group. He was involved in several complex transactions notably with the controlling investment into ABC Holdings Limited, the disposal of RSwitch (Rwanda) and the takeover by Atlas Mara. Prior to joining ADC, Tim worked at KPMG’s Transaction & Restructuring department in Hamburg, Germany. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science from the Maastricht University in International Business Economics and is a CFA® Charterholder. Besides his function as executive director, Tim is responsible for the Group’s business areas risk, M&A and corporate finance, including all debt and equity funding initiatives and expansion in new markets.
Dennis Wallestad was the CFO and Managing Director responsible for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at J.P. Morgan Chase in New York from October 2012 to March 2014. Previously, he was CFO for the Treasury & Securities Services group. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Chase, Dennis was responsible for all accounting and financial reporting activities of Pershing LLC, a subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, and its affiliates worldwide. Dennis has a solid experience as CFO and Vice President Operations. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Auburn University and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant. Currently, Dennis is a Director at Opportunity International in Chicago and is responsible for the restructuring and reorganization of the Group.
Mr. George Manyere founded Brainworks in 2008 and was its Group CEO from formation till 1 February 2017. During his leadership, Brainworks grew to be recognised as a leading investment and corporate advisory company, with a strong presence in the following sectors in Zimbabwe i) financial services, (ii) life insurance (iii) hotel operations, (iv) real estate, (v) transport logistics and (vi) advisory services. Since its formation to the time George stepped down as Group CEO, Brainworks grew exponentially in all key metrics, notably the following (i) 1,200 total staff employees; (ii) revenues of US$48.2 million; (iii) total shareholders’ funds of US$65.4 million and (iv) total assets of US$162.8 million; (v) acquired and controlled 2 listed companies on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (African Sun Limited and Dawn Properties Limited); (vi) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, a start-up which grew to be the leading consumer lender in Zimbabwe (GetBucks Financial Services Limited); and (vii) successfully closed on approximately US$500 million in corporate advisory deals comprising of both debt and equity.
Prior to founding Brainworks, Mr. Manyere was an investment professional with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), headquartered in Washington DC. While at IFC, he was responsible for investing in excess of USD 600 million in sub-Saharan Africa, and managing a portfolio of investments in excess of USD 400 million and represented IFC on several investee company boards. Mr. Manyere trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Zimbabwe and is a holder of a Bachelor and Honours in Accounting Science from the University of South Africa and a Certificate in Theory of Accounting from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Zimbabwe.
George is a director of several companies, including some which are listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.
Simon Village is the founding Director of Argentum Limited, Mauritius, a business development and corporate finance company providing services to emerging corporates in Southern, Central and Eastern Africa. Simon has served on the boards of numerous international companies and has led a number of successful global initiatives, with the foremost of these being the development of a series of commodity backed funds which his team listed in 13 countries. He also led the financing and development of a number of resource companies, where he served as a director, including raising the capital required for building the first gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo since that country’s independence. Prior to this, Simon was a Managing Director with HSBC in London, having worked his way up through HSBC as a top ranked Financial Analyst, then Head of Research for their emerging markets business before being appointed as Managing Director of the securities business in South Africa. Prior to his career in finance, Simon worked for Schlumberger in Italy, Netherlands, and Libya as a field engineer, and prior to that for De Beers in Southern Africa. He holds a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Mining Engineering from Camborne School of Mines, United Kingdom.
Trevor Joslin has had a career in Investment banking since 1986, and held senior positions with various banks in Geneva including Barclays. In 2000, he joined HSBC and started up their Asia Banking Unit, and subsequently managed the East Africa region for the bank. Trevor holds a B.Sc. (University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom), First Class Honours in Chemistry and is a Doctor of Philosophy (University of Southampton, United Kingdom).
Christopher has had a career in telecommunications, technology, finance and law spanning more than 30 years, working in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In early 2017 he stepped down as a senior finance partner in the London Office of Latham & Watkins, a global law firm. Prior to that, he was an Executive Vice President of a pan-European data communications company with responsibilities including mergers and acquisitions, joint venture development, and capital markets issuances.
Christopher serves on the Boards of a number of companies in the technology sector, specialising in FinTech, EdTech and HRTech. Christopher is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and is a member of the New York Bar.
Johan Jonck was one of the pioneers in the microcredit industry in South Africa. Through his efforts, the first industry specific organisation called the Micro Lenders Association (the “MLA”), was formed in 1996. The MLA spearheaded the National Credit Regulator (NCR), the South Africa’s current credit industry regulator. Johan, a former partner of Coopers & Lybrand, was also the founder and CEO of Unity Financial Services of which Boland Bank was a shareholder. Unity Financial Services was acquired by African Bank Investments Limited in 1999. He was the founder and CEO of Jigmining, a company with patented technology beneficiating coal for BHP Biliton in South Africa, which was listed as Yomhlaba on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2004. In 2005, Johan started Nedfin Ltd, a micro-lending company in Zambia and served as CEO. Johan has successfully been a shareholder and role player in the microfinance market in Africa for over twenty years.
17 Years experience in micro lending and insurance
29 years experience in banking
BCom (Hons), MBA (Cum Laude)
11 years experience in investment banking
9 years experience in corporate finance
B.Acc, BCompt (Hons), CA (SA)
15 years experience in computer science
BSc (Hons), PhD
15 years experience banking and technology
10 years experience in capital markets in Africa
BCom (Hons), CFA®
23 years experience B.Com Marketing and Management
25 Years’ experience in business development, training, management.
16 years experience in software development
8 years experience in finance
B.Sc Business Management
7 years experience in corporate finance and banking B.Sc Economics, CFA®
25 years experience
BCom (Hons) Fin. Management
20 years telecommunications and microfinance
23 years experience in insurance and microfinance
9 years experience in strategic planning
20 years experience in microfinance
19 years experience in microfinance
15 years experience in microfinance
13 years experience in banking and microfinance
19 years experience in banking
BCom (Hons) CA
22 years experience microfinance
21 years microfinance
13 years experience in microfinance
10 years experience in finance
12 years experience in finance and microfinance
18 years experience in finance and banking