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Sanjeev Debipersad

Director of Investments and Advisory Services

Sanjeev Debipersad is the Director of Investments and Advisory Services at the AECF. He has more than a decade of banking and fund management experience covering strategy development, credit portfolio management, and risk management.

Prior to the AECF, Sanjeev served as the Head of Risk at SunFunder where he was instrumental in crafting an emerging markets’ risk appetite in renewable energy and adaptation to climate change. In 2010, the Standard Bank Group of South Africa appointed him as the Director of Credit in the Retail and Business Banking-Kenyan franchise, where his domain of responsibility spanned 16 African countries across multiple asset classes.

Sanjeev brings on board a rich history in deal origination, structuring, and distribution in the pan-African context. He holds a BSc in Electronic Engineering and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Natal. He also has a Master’s in Business Leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa, specializing in Corporate Finance.

Supporting business innovation, job creation, and introducing sustainability principles for marginalized communities resonates deeply with Sanjeev. He believes that these goals will gradually move businesses towards commercial sources of capital through building a track record and robust finance processes to access larger and longer-term facilities. According to Sanjeev, companies in Africa need patient capital and innovative debt instruments designed for their needs. While we require patient capital, we must be impatient in moving Africa forward.