People are critical to the success of businesses.

We have a diverse, passionate team that believes in the potential Africa offers and has the skills and experience to contribute to the realisation of that potential.

Executive Management Team

Gavin Tipper

Gavin Tipper

Chief Executive Officer

Gavin is a seasoned business leader with over 30 years’ experience in the investment and financial services sectors. His career commenced at KPMG where he was a technical partner. He spent an extended period at Coronation Holdings Limited as Chief Operating Officer and has chaired the boards of several prominent companies. He has been associated with Arise for several years as the chair of the asset management committee.

Albert Jonkergouw

Chief Financial Risk Officer

Albert has over four decades of experience in the banking, auditing, and insurance sectors, locally and abroad. Prior to joining Arise, he held several senior positions at leading financial and insurance institutions in the Netherlands, as well as at NMB Bank in Tanzania and ABSA Bank in South Africa.

Albert has served on several bank boards in Africa. He is a certified board professional and holds a Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy (CTA) and a B. Compt Honours degree. He also has financial certifications from NOREA (Netherlands Order of Registered IT Auditors), the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) and Nyenrode Business University.

Albert Jonkergouw

Investment Team

Gerrit Muller

Gerrit Muller

Senior Investment Director

Gerrit has over 21 years’ experience in the industry, twelve of which were focused on African private equity. Before joining Arise, he was a member of Norfund’s financial institutions department for seven years and sat on the advisory boards of a number of private equity funds. Before Norfund, he was an executive at RMB Corvest, a private equity company in the FirstRand Group. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Transactions, where he performed various due diligence and valuation assignments. Gerrit is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelors and an Honours degree in Commerce and Accounting from the University of Pretoria.

Fred Pelser

Senior Investment Director

Fred has over 20 years’ of experience, 15 of which have been in private equity, largely focused on financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Having previously worked for Norfund as a member of the financial institutions department, he uses his extensive knowledge of Africa for the benefit of Arise. Fred is currently responsible for monitoring portfolio companies and identifying and executing new investment opportunities.

Fred is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and trained at KPMG. He holds both a Bachelor’s and an Honours degree in Accounting Science.

Fred Pelser
Fred Pelser

Lindani Samkange-Chikumbirike

Investment Manager

Lindani has over 16 years of experience in the investment sector having worked in private equity and corporate finance. He has worked on various M&A transactions across all deal phases and was instrumental in raising capital and the financial turnaround of a broad portfolio of companies in diversified sectors across several African countries.

Lindani holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences double major degree in Economics & Sociology from Africa University and is a 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).

Andani Madzena

Investment Associate

Andani joined Arise in 2019 as an investment trainee, directly from university. She holds an Honours Degree in Financial Markets from the University of Fort Hare.
Ariane Scheepers

Ariane Scheepers

Investment Analyst

Ariane graduated from Stellenbosch University in March 2021 with a BCom Honours degree in Financial Economics. Prior to joining Arise, Ariane worked as an analyst in the insurance industry.

Value Creation Team

Matthew Campbell

Matthew Campbell

Head of Banking Development

Matthew is an experienced technology professional, with over 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing, beverage and human capital industries, with the past ten years spent in the banking sector. Prior to joining Arise, he was the Regional Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Regional Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Standard Bank. In his CIO role, he was responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of several banks’ technology portfolios and oversaw the infrastructure and technology operations for all countries outside South Africa. He has consulted to several bank executive committees and boards and is a standing member of several risk and IT subcommittees.

Carla Bester

Head of Risk and Compliance

Carla is a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM GARP) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). She boasts extensive banking and consulting experience across risk management disciplines that include governance, compliance, and operational, liquidity, market, treasury and credit risk. Prior to joining Arise she was a Senior Manager: Financial Services Risk and Regulation at PwC South Africa. Having held management positions at Standard Bank and Absa, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. She holds a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Johannesburg, an Operational Risk Manager Certificate from the Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA), a Certificate in Financial Engineering and Risk Management from the University of Columbia, and a Bachelors and an Honours degree in Commerce (Economics) from Stellenbosch University.
Carla Bester
Zaahir Essop

Zahir Essop

Senior Manager: Banking & Innovation

Zahir is an IT and innovation specialist with more than 18 years’ experience. He began his career as a developer on e-business and workforce management systems in the telecommunications sector. Subsequently, he held several roles at Nedbank culminating as the Senior Innovation Strategist in the Retail and Commercial Banking business. During his tenure at Nedbank, he led several innovation initiatives and played an instrumental role in implementing Nedbank’s investments in Ecobank and Banco Único. In addition, he was tasked with the development, operationalisation and management of the post-acquisition programmes for both the Ecobank and Banco Único investments. Zahir holds a Bachelors and an Honours degree in Computer Science, and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Elan Theeboom

Environmental, Social and Governance Specialist

Elan is an ESG specialist with 19 years’ corporate experience. His focus is on enhancing portfolio value across the ‘three capitals’ – financial, social and natural. Prior to joining Arise, Elan worked at an international consultancy, based out of London and Cape Town, where he advised organisations that included listed corporates, various arms of the United Nations, multilateral financial institutions, international private equity firms and other financial institutions. Elan is a Chartered Environmentalist (UK) and a registered professional environmental scientist (South Africa).
Elan Theeboom

Support Team

Esther van As

van As

Company Secretary

Zeenat Parker


Head of Communications

Ton de Bruin

de Bruin

Finance and Administration Manager

Zeenat Parker


Financial Controller

Martine Gross


Executive Assistant to the CEO and South African Office Manager

Christianne Peters


Executive Assistant to the CFRO and Dutch Office Manager

Bonita Mallum