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Our Team

Our Team

Board of Advisors

 

Lord Valentine Cecil
Chairman

Over 50 years’ experience as a leader of men, entrepreneur, executive, director, investor. 4th son of the 6th Marquis of Salisbury and member of one of England’s most prominent families.

Retired with rank of Major from British Armed Forces after career which included executive roles within NATO and Ministry of Defence regarding Europe and Africa.

Serial entrepreneur who purchased Wilken Telecommunications in Kenya and founded AfSat Communications which grew into Africa’s leading satellite-based Internet service provider.

Director of various companies. Chairman of Wilken Group in Kenya with interests in aviation, telecommunications, energy and logistics sectors in Africa. Chairman of Eastern Africa Association. Graduate of the Staff College.

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Dr David Bate
Deputy Chairman

Over 25 years’ experience as investment banker, entrepreneur, executive, educator, director, investor.

Serial entrepreneur who founded numerous companies in the investment banking, technology, wine and real estate sectors.

Director of various listed and unlisted companies. Chairman of Abner Technology Group, Royal Ascot Group, Leopard Frog Vineyards and United Nations of Wine.

Previously Head of Corporate Finance for ABN AMRO for Sub-Saharan Africa. Worked for RBC in Singapore and New York law firm in Tokyo.

Member of Institute of Corporate Directors and Institute of Directors of Southern Africa. Seven university qualifications including juris doctor, three master’s degrees and doctorate.

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Mr Matthew Rocksborough-Smith
Member

Over 20 years’ experience as investment banker, entrepreneur, executive, director, investor.

Serial entrepreneur who founded companies in the investment banking, technology, fintech and media sectors. Founding partner of InMedia Management, a European media and technology private equity fund.

Director of various companies including fintech group Qorbis Holdings Limited.

Previously General Manager for PanAmSat for Europe, North Africa and Middle East. Worked for the High Commission of the Government of Canada in India.

Three university qualifications including a post-graduate diploma and MBA.

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Lord Michael Cecil
Member

Over 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, executive, director, investor. 6th son of the 6th Marquis of Salisbury and member of one of England’s most prominent families.

After service with the Grenadier Guards, founded independent news company that pioneered on-the-ground coverage of Afghanistan conflict. Subsequently became partner in international press agency that covered major conflicts and insurgencies around the world.

Serial entrepreneur who purchased Wilken Telecommunications in Kenya and founded AfSat Communications which grew into Africa’s leading satellite-based Internet service provider.

Founder of several companies in the communications sectors in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa. Graduate of Eton College and Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

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