Meet SAMI's African-Infrastructure Feasibility Evaluation Fund Team

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Romeo Ayoub

Romeo was a Consulting Partner for Wipro’s Natural Resources, Mining Advisory Services group. Romeo has an extensive history of working in the industry in both operations and technical consulting companies. His experience has enabled him to develop deep domain knowledge in operations and technical studies. Currently, he is working to develop the independent reporting capability within Wipro Mining Advisory Services group. Prior to joining Wipro, Romeo was a Principal Mining Consultant at SRK Consulting, directing multi-disciplined technical teams in assessing and evaluating numerous technical studies for clients seeking advice on potential acquisition, investment, divestment and funding of strategic assets. Before joining SRK, Romeo spent over 20 years in a variety of technical advisory, business development, managerial and operational roles. He has gained exposure to large scale technical operations in Australia and Indonesia as a site engineer and is comfortable in a number of operational, technical and production planning roles.

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Andy Clay

Andy was a founding partner in SAMI Funds. He headed the Global Resource Consulting practice at Venmyn - Deloitte(South Africa). He has more than 35 years of practical experience, from feasibility analysis and planning, technical research, resource management, commercial due diligence, evaluations and valuations of a wide range of Sub-saharan and international assets. This also includes more than 20 years working with financial institutions on industry transactions, and an investment adviser to several private equity funds and partnerships. He is involved in the preparation and restructuring of numerous reporting codes and rules for compliance in the public domain, including the SAMREC and the SAMVAL Code. He has been a technical consultant to a number of public exchanges including the LME, the HKEx, the JSE, ASX, and the TSX. His active client base includes NGO’s, government institutions in globally and in Africa, and major listed companies.

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Anthony Desir

Anthony is SAMIs head of Corporate Finance and the funds lead partner in Asia. He has had a 35 year career starting on Wall Street in 1981 where he worked as a banker and a management consultant to financial institutions. He is recognized as one of the regions experts on China-Africa resource capitalization solutions. He personally managed the financing plan for equipment leasing during construction of Hong Kongs Chep Lap Kok Airport from 1995 to 1997, managing the program with lead finance partner GE Capital and a group of regional and local banks. His active client base includes listed and unlisted entities, global and regional banks, and China State Owned Enterprises. His focus is on originating innovative corporate finance programs and solutions for clients. He has been a featured presenter at a number of industry forums, and an author and columnist. He is a guest lecturer at Hong Kong University Business School, Perking University (Shenzhen), City University (Hong Kong). He has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 1990. Anthony graduated from Dartmouth College, with honours, in 1981.

Alicia Eastman

Alicia Eastman (Fund Manager) is a partner at Asia Pacific Capital, managing Asia Pacific Capital Fund II, sponsored by BNP Paribas. She is presently a director in the Mongol Infrastructure Fund and  has been investing in Asia since 1996 and has most recently led international outsourcing and investments in the Global Strategy and Alliances department of Elan Pharmaceuticals. Earlier, she was the Vice President of Prudential’s Asia Mezzanine Fund acquired by Darby Overseas, focusing on technology and communications. Before that, she was a founding principal at NetFuel Ventures, leading business development and investments in Asia. She has held international strategy and investment positions at Gemini Consulting, Lend Lease and AirTouch International. Ms. Eastman has a B.S. in Economics from Wharton and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. She speaks fluent Russian.

Noah Greenhill

Noah was CEO of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Investment Holdings, based in Southern Africa. He manages a portfolio of US$1billion in assets with a mandate to diversify into new investments. Noah spent 12 years as a director and Chief Marketing Officer of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) where he established the AltX, the JSE’s alternative market for small to medium sized businesses. He previously led Sasfin Bank’s Corporate Finance team for over 2 years. During his tenure the team listed and dual listed a broad array of companies and was involved in significant high value transactions. Noah is a leading adviser to a broad range of institutional and NGO contacts across the Continent. He holds an MBA from Wits Business School. 

Gage McAfee

Gage McAfee (Fund Manager) has been extensively involved in private equity, as both a lawyer and an investor. he is presently a director in the Mongol Infrastructure Fund and  has been investing in Asia since since the early 1980s. In addition to his role as Managing Director of GE-APC Technology Fund, and Asia Pacific Capital Fund II, he led Asia Pacific Capital in the acquisition of United Artists, the largest theater operating chain in Hong Kong and expanded throughout Greater China. He has made a series of investments including the first Asian film fund and an online movie reservations system, which produced 40x returns. He co-founded the ChinaVest Group, one of the first funds to enter Greater China and was the General Partner of four funds. Gage launched Coudert Brothers in Singapore and grew the group into the largest international law firm in Asia. Until recently he was also the Chairman of the Main Board Listing Committee and the GEM Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Exchange. He holds an A.B. from Harvard and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

David Meldrum

David was a founding corporate partner in SAMI Funds. He was Vice President and Global Head of Mining Advisory Services within Wipro’s Energy, Natural Resources and Utilities business. His mandate includes developing a globally prominent technical advisory business that provides deep insight into Wipro’s client’s core technical services and the link between the powerful technology capability of Wipro’s global operations and its global partner solutions. He has worked in investment banking with Macquarie Bank from 1994 where he gained experience in Structured and Corporate Finance. Prior to his appointment with Wipro, David provided technical services and feasibility work to clients for 15 years. He was a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Minarco Pty Ltd. from 1997. Minarco was a Sydney based Technical Consultancy specializing in independent advice to stakeholders of the resources sector focusing on the Australian and East Asian regions. Following Runge Limited’s acquisition of Minarco in 2007, David held various executive positions until 2011 when he was appointed Acting Chief Executive, and Managing Director.

Duncan Westcott

Duncan is a semi-retired NGO consultant and a founding partner in SAMI Funds. His previous position was as an Audit and Corporate Finance Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a CA(SA), and FCA(UK). He has held various management positions with PwC and was until he retired after serving as the partner in charge of PricewaterhouseCoopersWestern Cape Transaction Services Division. He has finance and business development contacts across Africa and maintains institutional and government relationships with key financial institutions and NGOs and across the region. Duncan graduated from University of Wales in 1971. He has lived and worked in South Africa since 1975.