BCom and HDipEd (University of the Witwatersrand)
Chris is the Executive Chairman and CEO of Impact Investment Africa, a registered Asset Manager headquartered in Botswana.
Chris is the founding member of Impact Investment Africa, which is focussed on impact investing that has commercial merit and that are investable from an institutional fund perspective. Impact Investment Africa has also designed Smart Solutions for Business, which leverages off various incentives and concessions that are on offer to businesses. IIA has developed a strong Section 12J related investment offering for individuals seeking to increase their personal wealth through generous tax concessions while at the same time boosting the socio-economic benefits of their investment.
Previously, in a career that spanned 17 years, Chris was a Senior Financial Economist at Absa Capital and then the Chief Strategist at Investment Solutions. He had a brief stint at Standard Bank Wealth and Investment as their Global Market Strategist, after which he set up Impact Investment Africa.
His main research focus was on the effects of economic and political factors on both South African and global financial markets. The implications of economic and political factors on investment performance and consequences for asset allocation and portfolio management was another key focus area.
Chris is a commentator on market and economic issues and is a sought-after speaker at conferences where he has presented numerous papers both in South Africa and Internationally.
In 2014, Chris co-authored a book entitled ‘Half Way There’ with Glenn Silverman, which outlined the findings of research trips made to the five BRICS countries, their relationships with the rest of the world, and the investment prospects from a long-term perspective.
Chris is a former volunteer with St John Ambulance Brigade where he was the South African Commander.
Senior Partner – Business Executive
NDCA, CFP, Foundational Management, Fiduciary Duties and Investment
Marinda is an Executive Partner of the Impact Investment Africa Group. Her career started at Atlas Copco as a sales manager. Eight years later she jumped at the opportunity to further her business development career in the financial services industry at Investment Solutions (now Alexander Forbes Investments). Marinda has 18-years of experience in business development and has assisted two large companies achieve strong bottom line profits.
During her time at Alexander Forbes Investments, Marinda secured over R20 billion in assets as their Senior Business Development Manager. This role requires a “can do” and entrepreneurial attitude, a mindset that underpins her role at Impact Investment Africa.
Marinda is a firm believer that knowledge is power and ongoing learning sets you apart from the rest.
Marinda has been part of the Impact South African operating office going on 3 years paving away a career in the impact investing space which is very new in South Africa. During this time, she has gained experience and knowledge in investing opportunities such as VCC, Private Equity and Section 12J investment strategies. She has crafted a dynamic business development strategy to ensure Impact Investing is rolled out successfully in South-Africa
Human Capital Executive
BA Hons (Industrial Psychology & Industrial Sociology), University of the Orange Free State
Riel has more than thirty years of experience in all aspects of Human Resources and general business operations – from junior level to Director. He has developed and implemented business and Human Resources strategies for South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, DRC and Malawi.
In the 80s, he worked for Barloworld Equipment where he held various positions within Human Resources. The training academy he founded for Barloworld Equipment was rated second best in the Caterpillar Group. He established a business branch in Lobito in Angola which was successful to the point that it broke even in its second year of trading.
He established a successful technical training centre in Luanda, Angola, to align the development of skills for the growth of the business.
He played an instrumental role in setting up one of the first provident funds for disadvantaged people and the development of expatriate and Human Recourses policies. During the 1994 elections, he was seconded as Monitoring Director to the IEC in the Northern Province.
Since starting at Impact Investment Africa in June 2018, he has added great value to the South African executive team. He has designed and developed all our HC policies, arranged and managed the monthly payroll, he ensures ongoing compliance to various legislation and overseas due diligences on all potential business partners.
Riel has recently been invited to be a member of various investment committees.
SA Institute of Financial Markets: (SAIFM) Registered Person
Dave’s love for “everything African” expanded his investment background into interests, such as coaching young South Africans in financial literacy, financial well-being and expanding their small businesses both in capacity and scale.
In 2016/17 Dave was instrumental in establishing the Affinity Enterprises Employee Investment Programme.
With over 25 years’ experience in the financial services sector, Dave previously played a significant role within Sanlam Private Wealth and Merrill Lynch South Africa, advising prominent South Africans on their listed equities portfolios.
In 2003 he founded Lampstand Investments (FSP334) focusing exclusively on the South African gold sector and leveraged off the gold bull market up to 2010.
He combines investment experience with a passion to see young people, small business owners flourish and has enjoyed all aspects of venture capital investing through our Section 12J offerings (S12J VCC-0135. Namely IMPACT EMPOWERMENT VENTURE PTY LTD)
Dave’s motto currently: Hard things, we do immediately, impossible things … well, they take a little longer.
Operations & Client Liaison Officer
ACEPA, Project Management for non-Project Managers (GIBS)
Madeleen has been in the Banking and Investment industry for over 20 years. In the 8 years she lived in London, she worked for JO Hambro, an Investment Management company owned by the Cadbury Brothers from 2007 – 2012. She returned to South Africa in 2012 where she worked for Standard Chartered from 2013 – 2014 as the Executive PA to the Regional Head of Transaction Banking in Africa.
In 2015 she had the opportunity to join Investment Solutions (now known as Alexander Forbes Investments). She was employed as an Executive Assistant to the CIO, Executive Chief Economist and Head of Strategy, and worked for the company for 3 years.
As part of an exciting growth opportunity and moving from Corporate into and entrepreneurial space she was approached to join Impact Investment Africa as a startup Asset Management Company in 2018. She grew exponentially with the company through various roles and is currently appointed as the Operations and Client Liaison Officer in the South African operating office.
Madeleen completed the ACEPA (Advanced Certificate for the Executive Assistant) course, fully accredited by Qualifi, a UK regulated awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and assessments to employers of learning in the UK and internationally and Project Management for non-Project Managers through GIBS.
Business Development Consultant
BTech in Corporate Administration (UJ), National Diploma in Accounting (UJ)
Zethu has an extensive amount of experience in the Financial Services Industry having worked for several well-known Corporates such as First National Bank, Sanlam, etc.
He has done both the FAIS Representative’s and the Key Individual’s Regulatory Exams.
He has fulfilled several different roles which has added to his wealth of knowledge and experience, including: Sales; Relationship Management; Financial Reporting; Market Analysis, as well as Portfolio Analysis.
He joined Impact Investment Africa in August 2020 as Business Development Consultant due to his interest in making a difference. His experience in the industry testifies to his professional philosophy of appreciating all the facets of business. He brings a different aspect to Impact Investment Africa and has the passion to add to the extensive growth of the company.
“Astute and forever a student of the discipline.”
Business Development Consultant
BA (Public Management and Governance) – University of Johannesburg
Sifiso studied at University of Johannesburg from 2010 – 2013. After his studies he worked in the sporting industry for two years.
Sifiso joined Impact Investment Africa in July 2018. He has been involved in the South African operating office for close on two years and has fulfilled different roles as part of his growth and evolution strategy. During this time, he has shown great strength in the Marketing and Sales area and was appointed as a Business Development Officer, where he is determined to calve out a niche for himself.
He is a driven and motivated individual and has become a crucial part of the Impact Investment Management Team.
Business Development Consultant
BCom Economics (busy completing) – UNISA
In 2013, Bonginkosi was selected to participate in an exchange program with the Universiteit Voor Humanities in the Netherlands. While studying he co-founded the Bloemfontein Innovation Group TEDxUFS and TEDxBloemfontein. In 2017 his move to Johannesburg necessitated a shift to UNISA to complete his BCom where he is majoring in Economics. He started a formal career in 2015 as an account’s manager at The MAINS Aluminium, a Free State property maintenance company.
In 2017 he took on a sales consultant position at Power Plastics Pool Covers.
In 2018 he joined Wealth Alliance, a property education company. His goal has always been to have a career in the financial services industry and when the opportunity presented itself in 2019 to be part of a dynamic Impact Investing company, he grabbed it with both hands.
He has been involved in various areas of the business at Impact Investment Africa such as project finance, due diligence and new business development.
Bongi is busy completing his FAIS regulatory exams as part of his development at Impact Investment Africa, operating in South Africa.
Bonginkosi has passionate interests in history, economics and rugby.
BSc (InfoSys) Computer Engineering – Rhodes University
Loyiso is an Information Technology Professional, People Strategist and Entrepreneur. Although primarily trained as a Computer Engineer, his passion for social entrepreneurship and his keen sense of wonder for new experiences across the globe have led him to develop an exceptional ability to relate with people in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environments, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
His background coupled with his experience in entrepreneurship & digital solutions consulting is what makes Loyiso uniquely suited to his role as the Relationship Executive on the Impact Investment Africa team. Loyiso has been responsible for building, fostering, and maintaining positive and professional relationships with stakeholders, in a manner that aligns with the company’s core values and strengthens both internal and external relationships to boost overall brand perception and bottom-line sales since 2019.
Prior to joining Impact Investment Africa, Loyiso worked on various community-based initiatives, including the establishment of a thriving farm operating successfully since 2014. He was also involved in many collaborative projects on a national scale of up to (800+ users). He continues to seek opportunities to utilise his technical skillset as Software Developer, Data Analyst & SAP BI Business Systems Engineer to add value to community-focused projects, in a bit to transform the lives of the ordinary South African, Africa and the world at large – wherever possible.
Loyiso enjoys travelling, meeting new people and engaging in stimulating social discourse – after all, every profitable business deal starts with one strategic conversation.
Executive Director, CFO (Botswana)
Peter, is a Botswana national and resident with more than 16 years of experience as a finance executive and certified public accountant, spent chiefly in the banking the FMCG industries. He has lead and advised corporations through their international expansion and reconciling capital supply with demand plans. He brings experience in risk management, with strong expertise and a background in business intelligence, finance systems, business process transformation and project management. Over the years he has developed skills in structuring and negotiating transactions within the commercial banking environment.
Executive Director, Business Development (Botswana)
Diplomas in Agriculture and BDF veteran
Mr K, as he is affectionately known, dedicated many of his younger years in the Botswana military. He has always been closely involved in farming and agriculture focussing on animal husbandry, sorghum and maize. Mr K identified the need to get Botswana food self-sufficient and has worked tirelessly on encouraging Batswana to buy Batswana. Mr K has spent the better part of his building good relationships between business people, (the private sector) and the ruling political party in Botswana, namely the BDM. His mantra is, “Botswana is open for business, come and see for yourself!”