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On Monday 26 February, Dr Rufaro Nyakatawa, Business Development Consultant – Africa, is hosting Jersey and South Africa based finance professionals at an exclusive funds-focussed networking event in Cape Town, ahead of the annual two-day SAVCA Private Equity Conference.

Featuring Thiru Pather, Investment Principal at the SA SME Fund; Mauna Mahlare, Head: Multi-Management: Private Markets, at Public Investment Corporation Public Investment Corporation; and, Trishanta Dheepnarayan, Director and Principal at Metier, invited guests will hear about the landscape for fund managers in South Africa and have the opportunity to network with like-minded finance professionals from Jersey and South Africa.

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Dr Rufaro Nyakatawa › Market Development Consultant – Africa, Jersey Finance
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Based in Johannesburg, Dr Rufaro Nyakatawa’s primary focus is developing the strategy for Jersey Finance’s engagement in the South African market. She also plays a vital role in supporting the organisation’s wider activity across the continent.

Dr Nyakatawa is a multifaceted business consultant with more than 20 years’ experience working in financial services, specifically wealth management in large financial services companies in South Africa and across Africa. She joined Jersey Finance in 2021 and is responsible for market development in Africa, currently with a primary focus on South Africa.

An international speaker and thought leader, Dr Nyakatawa has been interviewed on various platforms including the BBC, CNBC, ENCA and various publications. She champions women’s issues as an Advisory Board Member of Women in Tech (SA Chapter) and an International Campaign Advisor for the Cherie Blair Foundation’s 100,000 Women Campaign Board, among others. She was recently elected by members to the Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa(FPI), she is a Non-Executive Director at Masthead and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), CFA member and SAVCA member. She holds an MBA and PhD from the University of Cape Town.

Elliot re-joined Jersey Finance in November 2018 from Crestbridge where he managed their Management Company Services Group.

Elliot’s role is to help define Jersey’s product offering for funds as well as to oversee the strategy and execution of marketing Jersey as both a domicile and destination for Alternative Investment Managers and their funds.

Elliot moved to Jersey in 2006 to establish a Macro strategy Hedge Fund under the Ermitage umbrella for whom he also seeded other Macro / CTA strategy Hedge Funds.

Elliot founded the Jersey Hedge Fund Managers Group and the Digital Asset Managers Group aimed at linking the growing community of local Managers and is a committee member of the Jersey Funds Association, the BVCA Channel Islands working group and the islands Funds’ Innovation Committee.

Thiru Pather

Thiru Pather Principal, The SA SME Fund

Thiru is a Principal at the SA SME Fund, a fund set up with the broad objective of creating and growing black entrepreneurs. She is a Chartered Accountant by profession and has over 18 years of Venture Capital, Private Equity and Corporate Finance experience.
Prior to joining the SA SME Fund, Thiru was a Fund Principal at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) where she was Head of the Fund of Funds division.
In addition to her executive role at the SA SME Fund, Thiru is the Chairperson of the SAVCA VC Sub-Committee and is an independent IC member of the 27four Black Business Growth Fund II and the 27four Nebula Fund.

Trishanta Dheepnarayan

Trishanta Dheepnarayan Director and Principal, Metier

Trishanta Dheepnarayan is a Director and Principal at Metier and has over 15 years of experience in private equity. She began her career at Absa Capital Private Equity and joined Metier at the end of 2009, where she is currently a Principal in Metier’s capital growth practice. As part of her responsibilities, Trishanta covers investment opportunities across Sub-Saharan Africa and is a director on the boards of portfolio companies. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree.
Metier is an independently owned and managed private equity fund manager with a track record spanning four decades and returns of more than 35% in ZAR over 100 transactions.

Mauna Mahlare

Mauna Mahlare Head: Multi-Management: Private Markets, Public Investment Corporation (“PIC”)

Mauna Mahlare, CA (SA), is Head: Multi-Management: Private Markets at Public Investment Corporation (“PIC”). Mauna joined the PIC in 2014 as an Associate Principal. Since joining the PIC, Mauna led several direct and indirect transactions in South Africa, and the rest of Africa. Mauna represents the PIC on several advisory boards of funds.
Prior to joining the PIC, Mauna worked at Ethos Private Equity and Standard Bank.