Climate resilience, response and recovery

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Climate resilience, response and recovery

Climate resilience, response and recovery

About the speakers
  • Rivhatshinyi Mandavha
    Rivhatshinyi Mandavha
    Investment Manager at Norfund
    Rivhatshinyi Mandavha is an investment manager for Norfund, the Norwegian Investment Fund for developing countries with a mission is to create jobs and to improve lives by investing in sustainable businesses, in their Southern Africa regional offices overseeing investments into Renewable Energy. Her finance career spans, Private Credit, Private Equity, Project Finance, and Investment Banking, focused on emerging markets across infrastructure, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors. She started her career as an electrical engineer with Anglo American in their Secunda colliery and thereafter moved to join the investment banking division of ABSA. Prior to Norfund she worked across infrastructure, climate, and blended finance at IDC and BII, the British development finance institution. Rivha holds a B.SC Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town, an M.Sc in Investments from the University of Witwatersrand and Master’s in Finance from the University of Cambridge.
  • Maxime Bayen
    Maxime Bayen
    Operating Partner at Catalyst Fund
    Maxime is the Operating Partner at Catalyst Fund, previously serving as the Head of Venture Building & Lead Venture Partner. Since joining in early 2021, he has significantly impacted the organization, supporting over 20 startups across 8 African markets and expanding Catalyst Fund's global network to nearly 200 VC partners. Before this, Maxime was Head of Venture Building at Greentec Capital, where he drove growth for 10 portfolio companies. Over the past decade, he has invested in, accelerated, or advised over 50 startups in Africa, showcasing a deep understanding of the market and mentoring numerous entrepreneurs. Maxime also co-created "Africa: The Big Deal," a platform providing crucial data and insights for the African startup landscape.
  • Marlene Hormes
    Marlene Hormes
    Chief Investment Officer/Head of Africa at Annycent Capital
    Marlene (Carvajal) Hormes is senior executive with over 20 years of investment experience, including over 15 years in emerging markets. She is Chief Investment Officer and Head of Africa at Annycent Capital, an investment firm focused exclusively on renewable energy assets in emerging markets, primarily in solar, wind, and hydropower generation via equity and equity-like instruments. In her previous role, Marlene was Managing Director of investment management firm Alphamundi, where she launched and managed the AlphaJiri Investment Fund, a Sub-Saharan Africa-focused private equity/ mezzanine/ debt fund and served on the firm’s two investment committees. Previously, Marlene was Vice President of one of Europe’s largest development finance institutions (DEG), where in her most recent role, she invested in early-stage companies across Africa. Previous roles at DEG include leading private equity, mezzanine, and project finance transactions in Latin America and other emerging market countries. Before joining DEG, Marlene was Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York, responsible for over USD 5 billion of investments in bonds, derivatives, and stocks, primarily in the US telecom and media sectors. Marlene currently serves as an independent member of the Investment Committee for the African Development Bank’s USD 1.5B Private Sector Enhancement Facility. Marlene earned the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation in 2005.
  • Teni Ntoi
    Teni Ntoi
    Coverage Manager - Southern Africa at British International Investment (BII)
    Teni Ntoi is a Coverage Manager – Southern Africa at British International Investment (BII) with responsibility for regional origination, deal execution and portfolio management across sectors and products. He has over 15 years of wide-ranging investments experience spanning alternative investments and development finance - including previous roles as an economic analyst in the multi-management team at a hedge fund, a research analyst at a pan-African ICT infrastructure fund, an investment analyst at a midmarket private equity fund, an investment associate at a South African energy fund, and an investments strategic partnerships specialist at a DFI.

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