Managing Director & Head of Africa
Tenbite, who is based in Nairobi, is responsible for leading the development of CDC’s business in Africa and sits on CDC’s Executive Committee. He is an experienced management consultant who has worked in Kenya, South Africa, the Middle East and the US, while holding multiple global leadership roles.
Tenbite joined CDC from McKinsey and the Boston Consulting Group where he worked for over 15 years in the consulting industry. He is from Ethiopia and has multiple engineering degrees from Stanford University.
Tenbite has significant experience working with private and public sector organisations on economic development, health and infrastructure topics, as well as private equity clients covering the consumer, industrial goods and agriculture sectors in various parts of Africa. In his consulting roles, he was also recognised as a thought leader on African economic development issues and celebrated as a strong developer of the continent’s young and emerging talent.
Investment Director, Africa team
Happy-Girl joined CDC in August 2016 and is part of the Infrastructure team. She also provides on the ground support to other sector teams on deals in Africa. She is based in the Johannesburg office.
Happy-Girl has over 15 years of experience in Africa developing and executing large scale and complex infrastructure and industrial (cement) projects. Prior to joining CDC, she was the Head of Business Development at PPC Cement Ltd and Head of the MTN office in Addis Ababa. She also worked for PwC, Vodacom, Telkom SA and Investec Bank. Happy-Girl has worked and lived in Addis Ababa, Lagos and Kinshasa.
Happy-Girl holds an MBA, a Diploma in Tax, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Accounting and Bachelor of Commerce.
Head of Johannesburg Office & Portfolio Director, Intermediated Equity (Africa)
Jeremy joined CDC in 2011 and is a Portfolio Director responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring fund-of-funds investments in Africa. He is also head of CDC's office in Johannesburg.
Prior to joining CDC, Jeremy worked for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Sydney as a private sector development specialist.
Jeremy holds a BSFS from Georgetown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Investment Director, Africa team
Ketso joined CDC in April 2016. He previously spent several years as Chief Executive Officer of PPC Cement, one of Africa’s largest cement companies. He helped the business expand into Sub-Saharan countries such as Rwanda, Ethiopia and DRC.
Ketso spent almost 10 years leading RMB’s private equity business. He has also held a number of public sector roles, including City Manager of Johannesburg and Director General of the Ministry of Transport, where he led major infrastructure projects such as the South Africa’s N4 Toll Road.
He has a keen interest in the provision of low-cost education, and was a founder of Spark Schools in South Africa.
Ketso was the ANC Campaign Manager for Nelson Mandela’s election to President of South Africa in 1994.
Investment Director, Africa team
Sakti joined CDC in August 2016. He spent 22 years in India prior coming to Africa in 2005, with careers in the JK Group, Ranbaxy Laboratories, Beiersdorf India and the Sahara Group.
With an extensive background in running companies, both in India and Africa, Sakti was most recently the Group CEO of East Africa Holdings - a food, FMCG, cement, agri & mining conglomerate in Ethiopia. He also ran a 600,000 person direct-marketing operation for Sahara and introduced modern retail to the Indian hinterland.
Sakti holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from IIT Delhi, a Certification in Solar PV from Nairobi University and a Certification in Strategy from Strayer University. His interests cover the BOP and Women’s enterprise, particularly for single mothers and the socially abused. Sakti supports a rural school in Western Kenya.
Head of Network, The Africa List
Nieros joined CDC in 2017 to lead The Africa List, CDC’s investment in the leaders and businesses responsible for Africa’s next decade of growth. Nieros comes to CDC with 15 years of experience in investment banking and alternative assets (EM debt and structured credit).
Nieros helped lead the development of Macquarie’s Africa infrastructure project finance and advisory business with landmark projects in toll roads, water treatment, power, and energy, and served for a time as Head of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations at an investee company, one of Nigeria’s largest deep offshore logistics businesses. She previously worked in alternative assets for New York hedge fund group New Holland Capital, trading credit and managing a structured hedge on long credit exposure at the portfolio level. She began her career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Nieros graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Mathematics and Economics from Columbia University, and holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School, where she currently serves on the Dean’s Alumni Council and the Masters in Finance Programme Board.
Investment Manager (The Africa List)
Dirk joined CDC in 2013 to lead CDC's investment in people, leadership and management teams in Africa.
Dirk grew up in southern Africa and has lived and worked between Africa, the UK and other frontier markets for over a decade.
He previously served as a British Army officer on operations around the world, including leading specialist teams on two frontline tours of Afghanistan. After the Army, Dirk moved back home to Zimbabwe and worked with Deloitte's consulting and corporate finance teams to support private equity investment in the country and to help businesses grow after a decade of infamous hyperinflation.
Dirk holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computing from Imperial College London and an MBA from the University of Oxford.
Taeya Abdel Majeed
Investment Executive (The Africa List)
Taeya joined the CDC in August 2015 to work on The Africa List.
Taeya spent the last 5 years with US Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London. Before that, she spent a year on a gold mine in Ghana, overseeing their finances and raising debt for the company.
Taeya graduated from London Business School with a Masters in Finance and from Lawrence University, Wisconsin with a double degree in Economics and French. Taeya has lived in London, Accra and Wisconsin.
Executive (The Africa List)
Kiran joined CDC in April 2016 to work on the Africa List.
Prior to joining CDC, Kiran worked at L'Oréal and the Business Council for Africa and is the UK Co-Chapter Head of Africa 2.0. She also founded her own e-commerce African fashion company which has featured in the Financial Times, the Huffington Post and the BBC.
Kiran has a Masters degree in Development Studies focusing on the politics and economics of sub-Saharan Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
Mauricio De Jong Oliveira
Associate (The Africa List)
Mauricio moved to The Africa List team in April 2018, having joined CDC in April 2014 as EA to the CEO’s office. Among many of his achievements was supporting the transition from Diana Noble to Nick O’Donohoe in 2017. His strengths lie in relationship management as well as travel and events management.
Prior to joining CDC, Mauricio was the PA to the European General Manager at Revlon and has also worked at the New York Stock Exchange.
Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Yashica joined CDC in July 2016 and works with the Johannesburg office team. She previously worked at PPC Cement for seven years as the Professional Assistant to the Group Finance Executive and his team.