Managing Director and Head of Africa
Ketso joined CDC in April 2016 as the Head of Africa. 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
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.
Portfolio Director, Intermediated Equity
Jeremy joined CDC in 2011 and is a Portfolio Director responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring fund-of-funds investments in Africa.
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 a MBA from Columbia Business School.
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). She helped lead the development of Macquarie’s Africa infrastructure project finance and advisory business with landmark projects in renewable energy, toll roads and water treatment, and served for a time as Head of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations at a portfolio company, one of Nigeria’s largest deep offshore logistics companies. She began her career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Nieros holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Economics from Columbia University.
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.
Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Yashica joined CDC in July 2016 and works with Ketso Gordhan, the Head of Africa. She previously worked at PPC Cement for seven years as the Professional Assistant to the Group Finance Executive and his team.