AVCA boosts Board and Advisory Committees with high profile appointments

06 Nov 2017

Monday, 6th November 2017, London: The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) today strengthened its leadership as Paul Botha, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Metier and Danladi Verheijen, Managing Director at Verod Capital Management join its Board of Directors. The Association also appointed nine experienced professionals to the following Advisory Committees: Compliance & Best Practice, Strategic Engagement, and Sustainability. The new Board and Advisory Committee members are key influencers within the African private equity industry, and will deepen AVCA’s reach and impact as it continues to enable private investment in Africa.

The new Advisory Committee members are:

Compliance & Best Practice Committee:

  • Eve Ellis – Partner, O’Melveny
  • Feizal Moossa – Chief Risk Officer, Adenia Partners
  • Shane Rogel – Managing Director, South Suez Capital
  • Sarah Shackleton – Administrative Partner, Development Partners International

Strategic Engagement Committee:

  • Pierre Guislain – Vice President, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialisation, African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Kevin Njiraini – Regional Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa, International Finance Corporation
  • Sev Vettivetpillai – Partner, The Abraaj Group

Sustainability Committee:

  • Tania Choufani – Managing Director and Head of ESG, The Abraaj Group
  • James Magor – Manager, Responsible Investment, Actis

Commenting on the appointments, Hurley Doddy, Founding Partner and co-CEO of Emerging Capital Partners, and Chair of the AVCA Board, noted: “We are delighted to welcome so many industry leaders to the AVCA Board and Advisory Committees at a time when the African private equity industry is going from strength to strength. Paul, Danladi and all those who will be joining the Advisory Committees have made significant contributions to the development of the industry. We look forward to their participation in AVCA’s work over the coming years.”

Michelle Kathryn Essomé, Chief Executive Officer of AVCA, added:The next 12 months are set to be an exciting time for AVCA. As we strengthen and diversify our membership, the Board and Advisory Committee expansion reinforces the extent of our ambitions to facilitate greater private investment in Africa. We are delighted about working closely with the new appointees to advance our agenda and to find new ways to deliver exceptional value to our members.”

For further information on the new appointees and a full list of the AVCA Board and Advisory Committee Members, visit the AVCA website.


Notes to editors:

AVCA: Enabling private investment in Africa


The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association is the pan-African industry body which promotes and enables private investment in Africa.

AVCA plays an important role as a champion and effective change agent for the industry, educating, equipping and connecting members and stakeholders with independent industry research, best practice training programmes and exceptional networking opportunities.

With a global and growing member base, AVCA members span private equity and venture capital firms, institutional investors, foundations and endowments, pension funds, international development finance institutions, professional service firms, academia, and other associations.

This diverse membership is united by a common purpose: to be part of the Africa growth story.

For further information, please visit the AVCA website or contact AVCA at: avca@avca-africa.org or +44 (0)20 3874 7008

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