Julio, is an engagement partner and continues to take the lead role in providing an oversight of the fund Management Services Agreement with AGRA and the performance of the FM Team. Julio is an Economist with a first Degree in Economics & Business Administration, an MA (Hons) degree in Development Economics With Distinction, with postgraduate studies in Economics at PhD Level.
Charles is a founder of KPMG's Development Advisory services and a partner in KPMG East Africa. He is a UK qualified chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience.
He provides a variety of business advisory services to various aid and development organisations as well as being involved in the strategic oversight to the AECF Fund management task.
Anis is a UK qualified chartered accountant with over 30 years post-qualification experience. Her main areas of expertise are fund management, accounting, audit, risk management, and pre-grant evaluations. She provides crucial grants management advice to the AECF large project portfolio.
George Manu is the KPMG Partner in West Africa. His AECF team includes a Senior Manager, Financial Specialist and consultants. George has over 25 years' experience in international development from 50 countries in 4 continents and has served on the Board of a private equity company, investment climate facility and a fund management company.
He holds a Masters degree and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Durham University Business School, UK.
Hugh and a team of over 30 oversee the Fund Manager's AECF work from the KPMG Head Office in Nairobi. Hugh has over 35 years of experience in Africa both with the private sector and development organizations.
He holds a first degree in Agriculture from Reading University in the UK and a Masters in Agricultural Economics (with distinction) from Wye College, London University.
Sam Ng'ang'a is a Director and Chief Operations Officer of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund. He has extensive experience in managing private sector development programs, most recently at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Sam’s work at IFC focused on creating and implementing multi-country programs aimed at: developing, funding and building the capacity of innovative SMEs in the ICT and mobile telecoms sector; enhancing the quality of management training at business schools in Africa; as well as scaling up private sector investment in Fragile and Conflict-affected States. He also served as the Special Assistant to IFC’s Vice President for Advisory Services, a unit with a portfolio of over 600 private sector programs in over 70 countries and covering: access to finance, public-private partnerships, investment climate reform, sustainable business, inclusive business, climate change, and concessional finance investing.
Prior to joining IFC, Sam worked as a Country Director and Technical Advisor at Population Services International (PSI) in Malawi, Uganda and Haiti.
Sam has an MBA from the London Business School in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from USIU University, Kenya.
Mary Batterman is the AECF Agribusiness Manager for Tanzania. She is assisted by a dedicated AECF Tanzania office within KPMG Dar es Salaam. Mary first came to Tanzania as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2008.
Since then she has worked with various NGOs, development partners and government programs in the country. Before joining AECF, Mary worked for SolarAid, a charity and social enterprise that distributes solar lights to rural, bottom of the pyramid customers. She has a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Knox College (Illinois, USA).