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Investment Team

We know the one thing that makes a business truly successful – is its people.

It’s the inspiring leaders who guide the company to even greater success. The expert teams that work together to make it happen. The passionate individuals who make the extra effort to exceed expectations. And our growing team of people are no exception.

Gerrit Muller

Senior Investment Director

Gerrit is a founding member of Arise. He has 21 years’ experience in the industry, 12 of which include dealing with African private equity. Before joining Arise, he was employed as a member of Norfund’s Financial Institutions Department for seven years and sat on the advisory board of a number of renowned private equity funds. Before Norfund, he was a private equity executive at RMB Corvest, a private equity company within the FirstRand Group. He started his career at PwC Transactions, where he performed various due diligence and valuations assignments. Gerrit is a qualified Chartered Accountant and trained at PwC. He also holds a Bachelors and Honours of Commerce and Accounting from the University of Pretoria.

Fred Pelser

Senior Investment Director

Fred has over 19 years’ experience in the African private equity and financial services sectors. Having previously worked for Norfund as a member of the Financial Institutions department with a strong investment track record, he uses his extensive knowledge of African portfolio companies to the benefit of Arise. Fred is a qualified Chartered Accountant and trained at KPMG in South Africa. He holds both a Bachelor and an Honours degree in Accounting Science from the University of South Africa.

Lindani Samkange-Chikumbirike

Investment Manager

Lindani has over 16 years’ experience in the investments industry working in private equity, corporate finance and research. He has worked on many M&A transactions across all deal phases, including investment sourcing, due diligence, post investment monitoring, management of portfolio companies and divestments. He was instrumental in raising capital, mergers & acquisitions, and the financial turnaround of a broad portfolio of companies in diversified sectors across 16 African countries. So far, Lindani has successfully concluded corporate and project finance transactions worth over US$800 million. Lindani holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences double major degree in Economics & Sociology from Africa University. He is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is also a member of the CFA Society of South Africa, the South African Institute of Financial Markets (SAIFM), the Institute of Risk Managers of South Africa and the Investment Professionals Association of Zimbabwe (IPAZ).

Papa M. Loum

Senior Investment Associate

Papa has over 8 years of experience in the investment sector across the Middle East and Africa. He gained significant FIG expertise at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where he focused on sourcing, structuring, executing, and monitoring debt and equity investments in financial institutions. He has also worked on innovative capital markets transactions at FSD Africa. Papa started his career at Citi as a Corporate & Investment Banking Analyst covering oil and gas, manufacturing, financial services, and infrastructure. His deal experience spans countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Kuwait, Madagascar, DRC, Tanzania, Senegal, and Morocco. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from Colby College, USA, and is a certified expert in sustainable finance and a 2017 Emerging African Leader nominee by the University of Cape Town, South Africa

Andani Madzena

Senior Investment Associate

Andani joined Arise in 2019 as an investment trainee straight out of university. She became part of the permanent Arise team in April 2020. She holds a Honours Degree in Financial Markets from the University of Fort Hare.

Ariane Scheepers

Investment Associate

Ariane graduated from Stellenbosch University in March 2021 with a BCom Honours degree in Financial Economics. She developed a passion for emerging markets while completing her Honours research thesis. Prior to joining Arise, Ariane worked as an analyst in the insurance industry.