Rui De Bastos, Chief Investment Officer
Arise is pleased to announce the appointment of Rui De Bastos as Chief Investment Officer. Rui commenced his tenure with Arise on 1 February 2019. He boasts more than 30 years’ experience working across the international and African landscape. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he qualified and worked as a Partner. He then worked at Mercantile Bank Limited as Head of Investments and Private Equity. Subsequently he acted as Head of Corporate and Structured Finance at Citibank and was also Head of Corporate Finance and DCM at Cell C Limited.
He has played an instrumental and driving role in many large and complex investment and corporate banking, structured finance and private equity transactions on both the African continent and internationally, this for large corporates, financial institutions and at sovereign level. He has worked in markets such as United Kingdom, United States of America, Europe, Middle East, China, and many countries in Africa: South Africa, Angola, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Mali and Mauritius. In addition, he has an extensive network of contacts across the corporate banking and investment sectors having operated at a senior level with boards of directors, shareholders of major listed and unlisted companies, brokers, legal firms, investment and merchant banks, rating agencies and also boutique finance houses.
Rui holds both a B.Comm (Law) and a B.Accounting (Finance) degree from the University of Witwatersrand. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a member of the South Africa Investment Analysts Society.
Carla Bester, Risk and Compliance Officer
We are also pleased to announce the appointment of Carla Bester, who joined Arise on 1 April 2019. Carla, who is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) boasts extensive banking and consulting experience across various risk disciplines such as operational, liquidity, market and credit risk to name a few. Prior to joining Arise she held the position of Senior Manager Financial Services Risk and Regulation at PricewaterhouseCoopers South Africa, where she was responsible for overseeing their financial services clients. Having held management positions at leading banks such as Standard Bank and Absa, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. She also holds a Master of Commerce from the University of Johannesburg, Operational Risk Manager Certificate from the Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA), Certificate in Financial Engineering and Risk Management from the University of Columbia and a B Comm Honours (Economics) from Stellenbosch University.