WHO WE ARE

Invested for long-term success

The Fund is a registered standalone investment vehicle managed by an executive management team, which reports to an independent board of directors. An independent investment committee is responsible for approving investments into funds that will enable the SA SME Fund to fulfil its mandate.

Invested for long-term success

Executive Management Team

The Executive Management team is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Fund, including due diligence of potential investable funds, monitoring of funds and investee companies, reporting on the Fund’s performance and driving the non-investment initiatives.

Ketso Gordhan

Ketso Gordhan

CEO

 

Over 20 years in the private equity and impact investing space

Caryn Winter

Caryn Winter

CFO

 

14 years international finance experience

Claudia Manning

Claudia Manning

INVESTMENT PRINCIPAL

 

20 years of investment and governance experience including PIC, DBSA Boards

Thiru Pather

Thiru Pather

INVESTMENT PRINCIPAL

 

CA with over 13 years post articles investment experience including 7.5 years fund management with PIC

Lumka Mlambo

Lumka Mlambo

INVESTMENT PRINCIPAL

 

8 years of investment experience

Karabo Nkoana

Karabo Nkoana

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

 

Engineer with private equity fund-of-funds experience

Ryan Harrison

Ryan Harrison

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

 

Start-Up Entrepreneur with due diligence experience

Board of Directors

The SA SME Fund is governed by a highly experienced board of directors, consisting of respected business leaders.

Adrian Gore

Adrian Gore

Brian Joffe

Brian Joffe

Judy Dlamini

Judy Dlamini

Lisa Klein

Lisa Klein

Jabu Mabuza

Jabu Mabuza

Dolly Mokgatle

Dolly Mokgatle

Nigel Payne

Nigel Payne

Investment Committee

An independent investment committee has been established to evaluate potential investments into funds and opportunities on a regular basis. These individuals have extensive private equity and SME experience

Michael Jordaan

Michael Jordaan

Former FNB CEO with significant experience in early stage and VC investments (Chair of the IC)

Nazeem Martin

Nazeem Martin

Former Business Partners CEO with specific knowledge on debt investments in the small and micro enterprise space

Albertinah Kekana

Albertinah Kekana

Royal Bafokeng CEO with broad investment sector exposure (former PIC CIO)

Andre Roux

Andre Roux

Founder and current deputy chairman of Ethos Capital, one of the oldest and more established Private Equity players in South Africa