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AFRICAN DAWN 2015 Annual Report

AFRICAN DAWN 8 ANNUAL REPORT 2015 The Board Mr. SM Roper (“Stephen”) Independent Non-Executive Director Stephen holds an Hons BCompt, PG Dip Tax Law , PG Dip Financial Policy, and is a Chartered Accountant with 26 years’ experience. He has extensive experience in investments having served in the research team of one of South Africa’s largest fund managers. During this time he had responsibility for investment research of industrial companies in South Africa. He has also served on the private equity investment committee of that fund manager and has corporate finance and business rescue experience. He currently practices in the area of strategic management. Mr. JK van Zyl (“Keet”) Executive Director Keet was appointed on 29 May 2013. Keet is a ‘Venture Catalyst’ with extensive high-growth investment experience. He structured various private equity funds in Southern Africa for a US fund-of-funds investor and worked in growth finance at industry-leading companies such as Procter & Gamble, Investec Bank and Here Be Dragons (HBD) Venture Capital – the fund managers behind SA internet billionaire Mark Shuttleworth’s successful venture capital fund. He co-founded growth equity fund manager; Knife Capital to fund and support innovation-driven entrepreneurs. Keet is passionate about building the early-stage funding eco-system in Sub-Saharan Africa. He co-founded the Grindstone business accelerator that assists SA technology SMEs to become sustainable and fundable as well as due diligence automation startup: YueDiligence, and is on the Exco of entrepreneurial advancement organisation: SiMODiSA. Keet has extensive experience in the total venture capital value chain and brings venture capital experience and skills that reduce risk and improve desired outcomes in line with the new vision of the Company. Ms. A Böhmert (“Andrea”) Executive Director Andrea is a director of Knife Capital. Before joining Knife Capital, Andrea was the founder and co-managing partner of Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa Proprietary Limited. Andrea has been actively involved in numerous initiatives that aim to accelerate the African entrepreneurial ecosystem such as Angelhub, South Africa’s first structured Angel Investment vehicle, the Bandwidth Barn, South Africa’s oldest IT incubator, as Exco member of Silicon Cape, a member of Endeavor VentureCorps and as an Angel Investor in the Google Umbono Incubator Program. She is responsible for the internal management of the Grindstone accelerator, a later-stage business accelerator aimed at assisting entrepreneurs with solving the problems common to scale-ups. Previously, Andrea worked at Dimension Data and Siemens, where she was responsible for the corporate strategy for Southern Africa. She holds a Masters degree in Marketing and Management of Technology and Innovation from the Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany and an MBA from Henley Management College in the United Kingdom. Mr. Alun Rich (“Alun”) Company Secretary Alun is a Fellow member of ICSA and gained his experience and knowledge of corporate governance as manager at Deloitte & Touché and as the founding partner of Wilson Rich & Associates. continued


AFRICAN DAWN 2015 Annual Report
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