Executive directors

Raoul Gamsu
BAcc, CA (SA)

Raoul was responsible for leading the consortium which created and subsequently listed CIG. Prior to this Raoul worked in various corporate roles with Bidvest, Rebhold, Rebserve and Mvelaphanda, culminating in his appointment as COO at Rebserve and Mvelaphanda.

Non-executive directors

Michael Wilkerson

Non-Executive Director and Chairman

Michael Wilkerson is the Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation, a company quoted on the Toronto Stock Exchange and focused on investing in companies and business opportunities in Africa. Previously, Michael served as Global co-Head of the Consumer, Food and Retail Group and as Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group at Lazard, one of the world’s preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms. He was also Managing Director at Citigroup, where he led the Financial Institutions M&A effort in New York. Michael is Chairman of AFGRI Holdings Limited and is a director of Atlas Mara Limited. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University and a B.S. summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University.

Sean Melnick
Non-Executive Director

Sean Melnick is a founder and currently the non-executive Chairman of Peregrine Holdings Limited (“Peregrine”). He holds a B.Comm. (Hons) from the University of Witwatersrand and is a qualified CFA charterholder. The first five years of Sean’s career were spent in the areas of asset management at Liberty Asset Management and derivative structuring at Investec Bank Limited. In 1996, Sean co-founded Peregrine and as Chief Executive Officer led the company to its successful listing on the JSE in 1998. Sean has spent over half of the past 20 years in the position of Peregrine Chief Executive Officer and more latterly, the position of Peregrine Chairman. Sean, who is based in London, is also Chairman of Stenham Limited, Peregrine’s international subsidiary.

Trent Hudson
Non-Executive Director

Trent is currently a managing director of Pactorum Ltd (Fairfax’s strategic consultant) in Africa. Prior to this, he managed a Brazilian real estate private equity fund acquired by The Blackstone Group L.P. He has also worked in the principal investment group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, focusing on Latin America and the United States, as well as strategic initiatives in Europe and Asia.

Quinn McLean
Non-Executive Director

Quinn McLean has over 13 years’ experience in investment management and currently manages the investment float for Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited in the Middle East and Africa. He is a Vice President and member of the investment committee of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel and a director of Gulf Insurance Group (Kuwait), AFGRI Holdings Limited (South Africa) and APR Energy (USA). Quinn has a B.A. (Accounting) and MBA from the University of Toronto. He is a qualified CFA charterholder, a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Ahmad Mazhar
Non-Executive Director

Ahmad Mazhar is a Managing Director of Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation. Prior to this he was the head of the Abraaj Group’s Southern African investment team. Ahmad has over 13 years of investment experience and has been deeply involved in numerous transactions in oil and gas services, education, food and beverage, healthcare, aviation, petrochemical, financial services and agriculture sectors. He serves as a director at Philafrica Foods Proprietary Limited and has previously served as a director of Libstar Holdings Limited, Joint Medical Holdings and The Abraaj Group in South Africa. Ahmad graduated with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Independent non-executive directors

Kofi Bucknor
BSc (Bus Admin), MBA (Finance)

Kofi is the managing partner of private equity firm, Kingdom Africa Management, which evolved from Kingdom Zephyr Africa Management. He currently serves on the boards of Newmont Mining Corporation (US), Asset Resources Management (Nigeria), Saham Assurances (Morocco) and Baker Hughes Ghana Limited. He formerly served as a director of Ashanti Goldfields Corporation and Ecobank Transnational Corporation, and is a former chairman of the Ghana Stock Exchange.

Judi Nwokedi

Judi has a distinguished career in business and community development. She served as managing director of SABC from 2001 to 2005 and has worked at Motorola Sub-Saharan Africa and AREVA. She is today the vice chair of the largest pan-African film market, Sithengi and serves on the board of the University of Witwatersrand – Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, is chairperson of African Spirit Proprietary Limited and is chief operating officer at Tourvest.

Roger Hogarth

Roger is currently a director of Ciel Healthcare Limited Mauritius. Formerly, he was the chief financial officer of Life Healthcare Group from 2004 to 2013. Prior to this, he spent 24 years at African Oxygen Limited where his responsibilities included group finance, corporate finance and investment and development.

John Beck
Independent Non-Executive Director

John Beck is founder and Executive Chairman of Aecon Group Inc., Canada’s premier construction and infrastructure development company, which is quoted on the Toronto Stock Exchange. A graduate in Civil Engineering from McGill University and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, John has more than 50 years’ experience in the construction industry. He is currently a director of the Ontario Financing Authority, the Royal Conservatory of Music, a member of the Advisory Council of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and a member of the Business Council of Canada.

Cindy Hess
Independent Non-Executive Director

Cindy Hess has a B.Comm, a Graduate Diploma in Accounting and is a Chartered Accountant. She is presently a non-executive director of RCL Foods Limited and a trustee of the Coronation Foundation, Sea Harvest Community Trust and the Jakes Gerwel Family Trust. She previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Pioneer Food Group Holdings Limited and Sea Harvest Holdings Proprietary Limited (presently Sea Harvest Group Limited). Cindy started her career at KPMG in 1999 and has since also held executive positions at Woolworths Holdings Limited and within the Transnet Group. Cindy has lectured at the University of the Western Cape and is Vice-Chair of the University Council and Chair of it’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Kevin Kariuki

Kevin is a power engineer with over 28 year post-qualification experience.  He is passionate about the development of privately financed infrastructure and has since November 2002 led the Industrial Promotion Services (IPS), for whom he is the Head of Infrastructure, in the development of privately financed infrastructure worth about US$2 billion.  Kevin doubles as the power global lead for IPS’s parent, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development.

Formerly the Chief Power Engineer/Consumer Affairs Manager for Kenya’s Electricity Regulatory Board, Kevin also previously served as the Chairman of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, a state corporation responsible for regulating the aviation industry, and providing air navigation services, in Kenya.