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  • Ms. Tamar Pashtan is Head of ESG & Impact at Vital Capital. In this role, Tamar designs and executes Vital’s cohesive, long-term impact strategy. She brings with her extensive knowledge of measurement and evaluation, and ESG implementation across multiple sectors and countries. With over a decade’s experience in social and environmental management, Tamar recommends and oversees the implementation of strategies that increase ESG and impact performance by tackling critical social issues that deliver impact at scale. Tamar works closely with our portfolio companies to measure and manage their environmental and social impact performance and guides the screening potential investments, due diligence evaluations, and liaising with venture promoters, co-investors and professional resources. Prior to joining Vital Capital, Tamar held a variety of consultant roles that included the development of large-scale sustainable planning and infrastructure projects and the preparation of technical ESG assessments. Tamar graduated from The University of Illinois with a BA in Urban & Regional Planning, where she participated in the Environmental Fellows program, followed by an MSc in Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University.
  • Jenni Chamberlain
    Jenni Chamberlain
    Founder & CEO at Altree Capital
    Jenni Chamberlain serves as Chief Executive Officer of Altree Capital Ltd. (“Altree Capital”) and Portfolio Manager for the Africa Opportunities Fund SAC Ltd and its segregated portfolio companies, as well as, the Founding Partner for the Altree Kadzi Gender Climate SPV. Jenni was named to the Africa Asset Management Power 50 in each of the two years consecutive years of the survey being placed in the top 10 in the second year. Jenni also managed the Altree Credit Fund SAC from May 2014 – September 2018. She is raising funding for the Altree Kadzi Gender Climate Fund, whilst currently investing via the Altree Kadzi Gender Climate SPV which invests with a gender-lens and climate-smart approach where technology can be used to scale in MSMEs in sub-Saharan Africa. Jenni was instrumental in building the firm’s ESG Management System, which she worked on in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Jenni also worked with industry experts to develop the Firm’s Theory of Change for the Kadzi Gender Climate Fund covering both gender-lens investing (GLI) and Climate. Jenni is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee, Global Credit & Counterparty Risk Committee, and the Audit & Compliance committees. Jenni also established offices and acquired the requisite operating licences and has grown the business in South Africa and Kenya. Prior to her role at Altree Capital, Jenni served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Securities Africa Ltd, a pan-Africa brokerage and advisory firm that she founded in 2002. Before forming Securities Africa, Jenni Chamberlain served as Managing Director, EMEA Equities at HSBC in New York and London. Over the course of her career, Jenni served in numerous investment banking and corporate advisory roles across the African capital markets. Her experience includes research, corporate advisory, management accounting, equity derivative risk management, marketing, fund-raising, deal structuring, compliance and risk monitoring, as well as ESG & Impact. Jenni has worked on transactions in both the private and public sectors. She has brokered numerous deals on the majority of African Stock Exchanges and has an intimate knowledge of trading these markets, including regulatory/compliance controls, currency considerations, ESG, custody, administration and operational/back office issues.
  • Teboho Makhabane
    Teboho Makhabane
    Head of ESG and Impact at Sanlam Investments
    Teboho joined Sanlam Investments from Edge Growth Ventures, where she developed meaningful experience in investment into private businesses under commercial mandates that sought social and environmental impact. Earlier in her career, she spent time as a research analyst part of which was at the Bertha Centre, researching and evaluating impact investment strategies across the continent, assessing the extent of their social and environmental impact. Teboho is an Impact Investing professional who is passionate about directing investment capital to address the most pressing social and environmental issues in society. The growing inequality, poverty, climate change and many other social and environmental issues provide an opportunity for private capital to close the financing gap in moving the global community towards achieving the sustainable development goals (SDG's) as well as on a national level the NDP's . As an ESG and Impact investing practitioner, Teboho monitors and advises on sustainable investing.
  • Eva Warigia
    Eva Warigia
    Associate Director,Investor Relations at New Forests
    Eva Warigia is part of New Forests’ corporate investor relations team and is the lead for capital raising and client relationship for New Forests’ Africa Forestry Impact Platform (AFIP). In her role, Eva is responsible for investor engagement for fund commitment into AFIP, a permanent capital vehicle investing in natural assets and nature- based strategies across sub- Saharan Africa. She is also responsible for fundraising of commingled funds and other co- investment opportunities on behalf of New Forests Africa, as well as overseeing fund reporting for all New Forests’ Africa investment products. Eva's experience spans 13 years working in investor relations, corporate communication and corporate strategy development across Africa. She has served as an investor relations consultant, where she led investor engagement strategies for public companies and private equity funds. Prior to joining New Forests, Eva was the CEO of the East Africa Venture Capital Association.
  • Lister Saungweme
    Lister Saungweme
    Senior Policy Advisor, Transformation, Skills Development & Education at The Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA)
    With a career spanning over 14 years, Lister Saungweme is a recognized figure in the world of B-BBEE advisory, corporate sustainability, Governance & fronting assessments, Empowerment financing and crafting sustainable transformation strategies within the South African context. Currently serving as the Senior Policy Advisor-at industry level, for the Association of Savings and Investments of South Africa (ASISA), Lister specialises in a spectrum of sustainability and financial inclusion issues such as Transformation & B-BBEE, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, ESD & Sustainable Supply Chains, as well as on Social Sustainability Reporting and Disclosure, predominantly serving Life insurers and Fund managers. Lister has integrated sustainable transformation at ASISA, advising the ASISA Foundation on governance and compliance related issues and the ASISA ESD fund(s) on Empowerment related deals whilst advocating for impact investing. Her commitment to sustainability's social and governance dimensions is evident, leading pivotal industry discussions on financial inclusion, employment equity, gender pay gap and retirement fund(s)’ transformation reforms. She has acted as a policy negotiator, represented business and the industry in notable forums such as the European Pension Fund Investment Forum, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), NEDLAC, and the Financial Sector Transformation Council (FSTC), contributing to the amendment and development of B-BBEE sector codes, as well as promoting the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Lister's unique strength lies in blending academic research with practical industry applications, as evidenced by her qualitative Master's thesis from the University of Stellenbosch on Mandatory Reporting and Disclosure for JSE Listed Companies. She co-authored the 2018 National Trends & Transformation Report and spearheaded ASISA's 2018-2020 Industry report. With a vision rooted in ESG, transformation, impact investing, inclusion, governance, and sustainability reporting and disclosure, Lister's commitment to an inclusive financial landscape remains unmatched.

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