Directors’ Biographies

Craig Beney, Convergence Partners 

B Comm Dip Acc, CA (SA)

Craig is responsible for all operational aspects of Convergence Partners with a particular focus on governance and risk issues at fund and investee company level. Prior to Convergence Partners, Craig spent two years as Chief Operating Officer of Phatisa. Craig has significant expertise in treasury and risk management in the financial services sector having worked for regulatory and financial institutions both in the United Kingdom including the Financial Services Authority, UBS and Barclays Capital; and in South Africa at Investec Bank, as risk manager and operations head in treasury, then as a founding shareholder of Integer, a bank disintermediation start-up.

Paul Boynton, Old Mutual Alternative Investments

Paul is the CEO of Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI), Africa’s largest alternative investment manager investing R60bn across African infrastructure, private equity, impact funds and mezzanine debt.

Prior to setting up OMAI for Old Mutual Investment Group (Pty) Ltd, Paul was the Senior Portfolio Manager of the Old Mutual Life Funds (at the time a $50 billion portfolio) and was Head of Investment Views for three years, formulating the investment house view and model portfolio for OMIG.

Paul is married to Di and has three children: Matthew, Marion and Stuart.

Craig Dreyer, Ethos Private Equity

Craig joined Ethos in 1998 as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. He has served as a committee member of South African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association since 1998. Craig holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting and a post graduate Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Witwatersrand. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Craig represented South Africa at the Fireball World Sailing Championships in San Francisco in 1984. Craig is a keen photographer and tries to ride a mountain bike.  Craig is married to Linda and has two daughters.

Cathy Goddard, Firebird Fund Managers

Cathy is Chief Executive Officer of Firebird Fund Managers, a fund management and advisory business with a focus on distressed assets and turnarounds.  Cathy is a registered Senior Business Rescue Practitioner. Prior to forming Firebird Fund Managers, Cathy was employed at BEE investment company and fund manager, Vuwa Investments, for 8 years where her role included originating, assessing, valuing, structuring, negotiating, funding and closing private equity transactions.

Cathy also has valuable debt finance experience as she worked at Investec Bank Ltd for 7 years in Investment Banking. Cathy focused primarily on funding Black Economic Empowerment transactions in the mid-market space as well as on other shareholder re-organizations, such as management buy-outs and buy-ins, leveraged buy-outs and share buy-backs. She was also involved in funding traditional acquisition or growth finance requirements for unlisted companies.

Cathy has further experience in Corporate Finance, M&A and transaction support from her tenure at EY, Deloitte and Bridge Capital where she was involved in, inter alia, due diligence, valuations and capital raising exercises.

Daniel Hatfield, Edge Growth

Since co-founding Edge Growth, Daniel has been involved in Enterprise and Supplier Development across the entire value chain – from developing and implementing ED strategies for numerous corporates across multiple sectors, to being “hands on’” with grassroots SME incubation.

Daniel has structured, raised capital and set up 4 first-of-a-kind, ED Funds (managing collectively >R250m) for companies and associations across the industry spectrum.

In his role as Managing Director of Edge Growth, Daniel aspires to lead the business in achieving its vision of 5 x 500 in 5 (to create at least 5 jobs in 500 businesses in 5 years).

Yvonne Maitin, Bopa Moruo

Yvonne is a partner at Bopa Moruo and has broad experience gained over 15+ years in Financial Services across various disciplines including Private Equity, Debt, Derivatives and Economics.

She began her Private Equity career at Actis as a member of the investment team. She later joined Liberty where she was a Director & Head of Distribution of on-balance sheet private equity and debt investments. She also served as a Private Equity specialist fundraiser at STANLIB, the Asset Management business within the group.

Prior to the above, Yvonne was a derivatives trader at Standard Bank and an Economic analyst at Credit Suisse.

Lungile Mdluli, Metier

BAcc, BCom (Hons), CA (SA)

Lungile Mdluli completed her degrees in accounting and commerce at the Universities of Natal and Johannesburg. She served articles at KPMG, where after she joined WipCapital, as a manager in the debt products team. She joined De Beers in 2002 as a project accountant before moving to the corporate finance department.

Lungile joined Metier in 2005, has been integrally involved in preparing investments for the funds and fund raising. She had day-to-day responsibility for our investment in Libstar and its expansion projects and acquisitions. Lungile is a principal in the private equity team and is a director of Metier.

Siyabonga Nhlumayo, Medu Capital

Siyabonga is a principal at Medu Capital, a BEE investment management company with a focus on private equity, and is responsible for transaction execution and support activities. After qualifying with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Siyabonga joined the Transaction Services division of PricewaterhouseCoopers where he gained valuable experience in due diligence and valuations.

Samantha Pokroy, Sanari Capital

Samantha is the founder and CEO of Sanari Capital, a private equity firm specialising in founder-run businesses and fund manager for Section 12J fund, Sanari Growth Partners.  Samantha has over eleven years of private equity and venture capital experience in the SA and US markets. She played a leading role in investments at Ethos Private Equity, which she joined in 2006.  Previously, Samantha worked at a Chicago-based private equity firm and in investment banking and consulting in New York.  Samantha holds an MBA (Hons) (Chicago Booth), BCom (Wits), BA Honours (Industrial Psychology)(Wits) and a CFA. She serves on several industry bodies to promote entrepreneurship.

Lelo Rantloane, Ata Capital

Lelo is the founding CEO of Ata Capital. Prior to this he was Head of Debt Capital Markets and structured debt at Deutsche Bank AG. He began his career with RMB as a Transactor in Debt Capital Markets and later became a Transactor in Acquisition and Leveraged Finance where he focused on Private Equity firms. While at RMB, he was Executive Assistant to the CEOs of FirstRand and FirstRand Bank. Lelo also worked for Morgan Stanley’s Securitised Product Group in London and as a Transactor (on secondment) at the Makalani Management Company.

David Stadler, PAEAN Private Equity

Dave is a founding partner of Paean Private Equity. He was head of Nedbank Private Equity, having previously established BoE NatWest Equity Partners, the private equity division of BoE NatWest. With more than 27 years investment banking experience, Dave has led many of Nedbank’s and BoE’s investments. Dave has broad experience across a wide range of sectors both domestically and internationally and has served on the boards of directors of a number of investee companies. Dave is a chartered accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town.

Tanya van Lill, SAVCA

Tanya previously held the position of Director for Academic Programmes at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and served on the board of the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC). During her time as a learning and development specialist, Tanya gained experience working with various companies across a wide range of sectors.  She holds an MBA and Post-Graduate Diploma from GIBS, as well as a BCom Informatics and Honours in Business Management from UNISA.  Tanya is the mother of a teenage son and a sports enthusiast.


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