Meet the Team

 

Thierry Hugnin

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Thierry holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Finance from Paris IX-Dauphine University in France and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales in 1993. He started his career in investment banking in London at Flemings and later joined Blakeney Management, a London-based investment boutique, focusing on Africa and the Middle East. Thierry later moved back to Mauritius and co-founded Kibo Capital Partners in 2007 with Jean-Pierre Dalais in a venture with CIEL Limited to pursue his belief that Africa offers attractive opportunities for private equity.

 

 

 

 

 

Christoph Evard

Partner

Prior to joining Kibo Capital Partners in 2014, Christoph was Vice President at DEG/KfW Group, where he structured and managed equity and mezzanine investments across Africa. He previously worked in M&A Corporate Finance for Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan, where he held several positions. He holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University, USA, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Basle, Switzerland. In 2001, Christoph co-founded Vistage Germany, a business in the services industry, working closely with CEOs of mid-sized corporations.

 

 

 

 

Wilfrid Korsaga

Partner

Wilfrid holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from HEC Montreal and a Graduate Diploma in Treasury Finance from McGill University, Canada. He started his career in investment banking at the Bank of Montreal and CIBC Asset Management. Prior to joining Kibo Capital Partners, Wilfrid was Partner at AHL Venture Partners, an investment fund focusing on Energy, Agribusiness and financial inclusions in West Africa. He previously worked as Portfolio Director at PCM Capital Partners, where he structured and managed equity investment in different sectors across the West Africa region.

 

 

 

Nitish Nowjee

Principal

Nitish is finance graduate and member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants since 2008. He started his career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in auditing, later acquiring extensive experience in fund administration and accounting from prior roles with Northern Trust in Guernsey and Argyll Management in Mauritius. He joined the Kibo team in August 2014.

 

 

 

 

Sofia Rocha

Country Manager

Sofia holds a Master's Degree in Business Management from Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão, Portugal and she worked both in Lisbon and in London at Ernst & Young, West LB, Satya Capital and 54 Capital.  Sofia has 19 years of combined experience in Transaction Advisory Services and Private Equity. In the last 11 years, Sofia has specialized in origination and execution of Private Equity investments in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on lusophone countries. Sofia moved to Mozambique in 2017.

 

 

 

 

Rasmus Bentzen

Associate

Rasmus holds an MSc in Applied Economics and Finance from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Rasmus started his career in the Credit department of Euler Hermes in Denmark where he carried out credit ratings of Danish SME’s. He then moved to JP Morgan’s Credit Research department in London where he produced analyses of European Corporate Bonds and Credit Default Swaps. Prior to joining KCP, Rasmus was a Senior Associate at Genghis Capital’s Corporate Finance team where covered debt and equity placements as well as M&A transactions.

 

Raeesha Fakira

Financial Analyst

Raeesha holds a degree (First Class) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Southampton (UK) and has qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales. Prior to joining KCP she has worked with Deloitte in Risk Advisory Department where her engagements included valuations for quoted and unquoted investments in India and Mauritius, establishing IFRS and reporting norms within banks and Risk Assessments.

 

 

 

 

Ronald Wakhu

Financial Analyst

Ronald holds a degree in Financial Economics from Strathmore University.  He previously worked at HEVA Fund, where he built financial models for small businesses in Kenya's creative sector and at AHL Venture Partners where he conducted financial analysis, macroeconomic research and impact reporting. Ronald was also a research intern at the International Monetary Fund.

 

Sita Doorgakant

Fund Controller

Sita holds a degree in Finance with law from the University of Mauritius. She started her career with SANNE Mauritius where she worked in administration of closed ended funds and other global business companies. She has experience in global business, private equity and fund accounting.