Beth Holmes is currently an MBA candidate at Cambridge Judge Business School. Before starting the programme Beth worked for Frankfurt School of Finance & Management where she was a Project Manager and Consultant for Microfinance projects throughout Africa. Most recently, Beth was responsible for advisory projects in Senegal, Morocco, Tanzania, and Ghana. She worked with the World Bank, IFC, EIB, KfW and many major banks and micro finance institutions. In 2011, Beth was the Interim Manager of the school’s regional office in Nairobi. Prior to joining Frankfurt School, Beth was a Fulbright Fellow in Morocco and Paris, researching women’s literacy and working for UNESCO’s Education Sector. Beth holds a BA in International Studies from Colby College in the USA. This summer she took time out to work on a sea turtle conservation project on the coast of Kenya.
Simbah is currently a Master in Finance candidate at Cambridge Judge Business School. Prior to starting the programme Simbah spent five years as an Investment Banker with Citi in their London and Johannesburg offices. During this time Simbah focused on Telecoms and Media transactions in Africa, executing over 15 transactions including: Millicom’s sale of over 2,500 telecommunication towers to Helios Towers Africa in Ghana, DRC and Tanzania; Naspers’ $700m bond issuance; MTN’s sale of approximately 1,700 telecommunication towers to IHS in Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire; $350m capital raising for Helios Towers Africa; MTN’s sale of up to 2,800 telecommunication towers to ATC Ghana and ATC Uganda (JV’s with American Tower); and the sale of MWEB Africa, a pan African ISP, to Telkom SA. Simbah was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Mathematics and Statistics from the London School of Economics. Simbah is an SEO London alumni (class of 2006).
Derrick is pursuing his MBA at the Cambridge Judge Business School with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies. He is a member of Wolfson College. Prior to attending Cambridge Derrick supported Operations at Navistar Incorporated, a world leader in truck and engine manufacturing. Derrick later transitioned to the role of Program Manager at Navistar Defense. In this role he led multiple successful contract deliveries of significant military equipment to international customers. Post graduation, Derrick intends to take his background in production and product development into the entrepreneurial community in developing markets. His previous degree is Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Derrick is currently working within the Cambridge startup community to bring multiple new concepts to market. Beyond engineering and innovation, Derrick’s passion is fitness. He recently obtained his CrossFit Level 1 certification and intends to bring new fitness concepts to the Cambridge community.
Jono Lewis is currently reading for an MPhil Technology Policy at Cambridge Judge Business School as a Chevening Scholar for South Africa. He is a member of Magdalene College. Prior to attending Cambridge he was conducting e-politics research towards an MCom in Information Systems at the University of Cape Town as an AW Mellon Scholar. He has chosen to intermit his studies to realign his focus on technology entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. His interests include Internet entrepreneurship, policy dynamics and entrepreneurial science and innovation policy. Jono’s professional experience lies in paid search marketing consulting and personal finance having worked in short stints for Clicks2Customers.com and 22seven.com. He holds a BA in Economic History and Political Science as well as Honours in International Relations from the University of Cape Town, as an AW Mellon Scholar.
Nathaniel is currently pursuing his MBA at the Judge Business School. Before coming to Cambridge, Nathaniel worked as an Africa analyst with Oxford Business Group. He was previously as an Associate with Mercana Growth Partners, a merchant bank, and Director of Communications and International Partnerships with the International Consortium on Anti-Virals, a not-for-profit drug development organization. Nathaniel also spent a year working in Canadian federal politics as a participant in the Parliamentary Internship Programme and six months at the University of Lagos researching Nigerian energy policy for the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Nathaniel has a BA in Political Science from McGill University and an MA in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He is a member of Darwin College.
Doyin is currently studying for an MBA at University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Prior to this, she worked as Planning Advisor at Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (an affiliate of ExxonMobil) in Nigeria. She has over 11 years work experience in Nigeria’s Upstream sector with several responsibilities spanning Financial Reporting & Analysis, Corporate Tax, Capital budgeting, Government & Partner interface. Her work experience also includes a 2 year stint at Ernst & Young (Chartered Accountants) where she qualified as a chartered accountant in 2002.
Adriaan Dippenaar was born and raised in South Africa, and is currently reading for a Masters of Finance at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School. Prior to attending Cambridge he worked as an investment analyst in Investec Asset Management’s Frontier Markets investment team focusing on investment across Frontier Africa’s equity and debt markets. He has also worked as a research intern at the United Nations in New York, authoring working policy papers on South-South investment in Africa and on attracting FDI in Africa. After completing his undergraduate he travelled the full length of Africa using only local public transport. He holds an MSc In International Business and Emerging Markets from Edinburgh University and a BComm Honours in Economics from Stellenbosch University.
Hein Visser is a South African attorney currently undertaking a Masters of Corporate Law at the University of Cambridge, where he is a member of Trinity Hall. He completed his articles of clerkship at DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in Cape Town, and has experience in Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution and Competition law. He was previously involved in the corporate and commercial practice of the Capetonian managing partner, specifically in structuring and implementing cross-border transactions. As a recipient of the Abe Bailey scholarship and the Trent Lott bursary, Hein travelled for leadership programs to the United Kingdom and United States of America. He has held presidential positions in the Cape Town Candidate Attorneys’ Association, and at the Law Students’ Society at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where he obtained BCom (Law) and LLB degrees. Hein is particularly interested in the role of law and governance in promoting investor confidence in Africa.
Tom is doing a Masters degree in History this year at Magdalene College having been awarded Double First Class Honours for his undergraduate History degree at Girton last year. He has been awarded a CHESS scholarship by the University of Cambridge as well as the Roosevelt Scholarship (Magdalene) and the Rajiv Gandhi Travelling Scholarship to India (Cambridge Commonwealth Trust) to aid with the completion of his thesis on US-India foreign relations during the Cold War. Tom has enjoyed work placements with Bain & Company, PwC and CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, and is a published journalist for the national student business newspaper, The Gateway. He has also done a marketing internship with fast-growing food chain Leon Restaurants, and is Head of Marketing & Advertising for FounderBus, an exciting new international venture for young entrepreneurs. In his spare time, Tom enjoys cooking, running and travelling.
Jaco is currently busy with his Masters of Business Administration at the Cambridge Judge Business School. He grew up in Pretoria in South Africa where he also completed a bachelors degree in industrial engineering and has worked in Johannesburg for the last 3 years before starting his MBA in Cambridge. He has almost 5 years working experience, 3 years working as a consultant in the supply chain and logistics environment in South Africa as well as 1.5 years working in the mining industry at BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa. While working as a consultant, Jaco worked on projects with 13 different clients within the FMCG, retail, manufacturing, dairy and chemical sectors, helping them to reduce costs effectively within their end-to-end supply chain activities. His hobbies include cooking, sports, furniture design and woodworking.
Joanis is currently studying towards an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of Wolfson College and has been awarded the Kurt Hahn Trust Scholarship. Prior to the MPhil, he received a First Class Honours BSc in Physics from Imperial College London. At Imperial, Joanis led the Business Strategy of award-winning NGO e.quinox and in March 2012, was invited to speak at TEDxImperialCollege. For his academic achievements at undergraduate level, he received the Frank Ludlam Prize. Joanis has lived in Germany, Australia and Rwanda and is passionate about developing the solar industry in Sub-Saharan Africa through social entrepreneurship.