• Michael Turner

    Non-Executive Chairman, Kenya

    Michael is based in Nairobi and is the Head of Actis, a leading PE firm, in East Africa. Michael has been instrumental in some of Actis’s key successes in Africa, including the launch of the Acacia Fund, the first private equity fund in Kenya, the US$16 million equity investment in Flamingo, and investments in Banque Commerciale du Rwanda and DFCU. He joined Actis in 1988 as an investor focused on Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. Prior to joining Actis, Michael spent three years in investment banking in London, for Lehman Brothers and Kleinwort Benson

  • Edward Burbidge CFA

    Chief Executive Officer

    Previously worked in the city of London both as a fund manager with Deutsche Bank Tilney Private Wealth and latterly as an investment banker with Arbuthnot Banking Group Plc, working with a number of corporate clients in developing markets. Edward is a CFA Charterholder, member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals and the East Africa Society of Investment Professionals. He also sits on Nairobi Securities Exchange’s Business Development and Public Education Committee. He was also appointed by His Excellency The President as a member of Taskforce for parastatals reforms.

  • Gauri Gupta


    Ms. Gauri Gupta is currently employed as General Manager – Corporate Advisory at I&M Bank Limited. She holds a B.Com degree and is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She has over 22 years of experience of which 18 years have been in banking covering Credit, Risk Management, Finance, Strategic Planning and Corporate Finance.

  • Arun Mathur


    Arun has over 40 years of rich experience in the areas of Finance & Banking Operations and nearly 2 decades of international & board- level experience . He was the former CEO of I&M Bank Ltd for over 14 years until retirement. Arun holds a B. Tech (Hons) Metallurgical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India and has completed an executive program on risk Management in Banking from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

  • Dr. William Kalema

    Non-Executive Director, Uganda

    Dr. William Kalema has 20 years’ experience as a business consultant and is currently Country Managing Director in Uganda for BDO East Africa. Among other roles he is of Chairman of Interswitch East Africa and African Agricultural Capital, and a Director of Multichoice Uganda. He is a Trustee of Shell Foundation and of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa. He is a former Chairman of DFCU Bank in Uganda and former Chairman of Uganda Breweries. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology. He previously worked in research and business development roles in the du Pont Company in USA where he retired as a Research Associate.