Nicholas has spent his career specialising in agribusiness and investment throughout the Middle Eastern and Africa region. Nicholas has completed a number of retained roles, including in 2011/12 acting as Advisor to The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, a $150 million KPMG managed fund focused on agri-sector investment in Africa. In 2013/14 Nicholas served as Advisor and Acting CIO for a proposed Africa food and agribusiness private equity fund, sponsored by Kenana Sugar Company, the world’s largest integrated sugar company headquartered in Khartoum, Sudan. Nicholas also established the “Gulf Japan Food Fund”, raising $390 million for the strategic investment fund concentrating on the food and agribusiness sectors in Japan, the GCC and neighbouring markets.
George is based in the Kenya office. Prior to joining Agri Frontier, George worked for PKF Corporate Finance as a Financial Analyst. George has worked for a range of businesses across East Africa over the past 5 years. George’s expertise includes feasibility studies, financial modelling, business valuations, market research, business appraisal and due diligence. George has a Bachelors in Business Administration (First Class) from the Technical University of Mombasa and is a CPA Finalist.
James is based in the UK and is also a Director of HIOM Advisory. He was previously a Director of 2J Capital – a private investment fund. His recent roles include Head of Agribusiness for NAB Group in Europe and a number of Senior Executive roles with Westpac Banking Group. Prior to his Banking career he has a strong background in consultancy and advisory work, especially within the Agribusiness and Food Sectors, with extensive experience in working across geographies, having worked with clients across Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, Australasia and North America.
Patrick, founder of Prorustica and an associate partner of Agri Frontier, has worked in the agribusiness sector for over 30 years. He has been influential in the development of innovative programs that support and encourage new agribusiness investments in the developing world. His early career saw him working with various UN agencies particularly in East Asia, central Europe and the Caribbean. He then moved to Rabobank and set up the global agri-project finance team in S.E. Asia. Patrick sees the new technology that is now available as providing a cost effective way for agribusinesses and their supply chains to connect, collaborate and invest. Patrick has been instrumental in the design and implementation of a number of agricultural public private partnerships in emerging markets and is well recognized as an expert in this field.
Steve is an agriculturalist with his entire career, living and working in Africa. He is the Managing Director of Lawrieson Investment Ltd, a successful avocado plantation in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Steve has a BSc in Agricultural Economics (University of Natal) and is proficient in Kiswahili.