OUR PEOPLE

Members of the Board

Christopher M. Chambers

London
Executive Chairman
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Rainer-Marc Frey

Zurich
Vice Chairman
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Amine Tazi-Riffi

Switzerland
Non-Executive Director
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Dr Frank Richter

London
Non-Executive Director
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Jean-Claude Garo

Switzerland
Non-Executive Director
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Executive Management Committee

Evan Edwards

Johannesburg
Head of Investments
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Ashleigh Woolf

London
Chief Legal Officer
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Nicolaas Ferreira

Johannesburg
Head of Finance
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Christopher M. Chambers

London

Executive Chairman

  • Christopher headed the European Equity Capital Markets at Credit Suisse before joining Man Investments as CEO and main board member of Man Group Pendragon PLC, the global hedge fund.
  • Christopher is also the Chairman of Oxford Sciences Enterprises and Leonteq Securities AG.
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Rainer-Marc Frey

Zurich

Vice Chairman

  • Rainer-Marc Frey is a renowned Entrepreneur and Investor.
  • He runs his own Investment Company, SO Holding AG, which invests on a Global Basis mainly in Private Markets.
  • Alongside, he has his Family Office, Horizon21,which invests in mostly liquid Assets.
  • He is involved in various firms, where he takes an active participation and helps shape their strategy.
  • He is the Lead Investor into Lonrho Ltd.
  • From 2008 to 2014 he was a member of the Board of UBS AG.
  • He is the founder of the Frey Charitable Foundation, with a focus on Social Entrepreneurship in Africa.
  • He was a member of the Board of Directors of DKSH, a Swiss listed company from 2008 to 2018.
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Amine Tazi-Riffi

Switzerland

Non-Executive Director

  • He is now a Senior Advisor and collaborates with PE platforms in Middle East &Africa.
  • He also serves on the Board of Directors of Orascom Development Holding(Switzerland), Togo Télécom (Togo) and in the Advisory Board of FTI / RTG(Germany).
  • During his nearly 25-year career at McKinsey, Amine served leading institutions and governments in more than 30 countries with a stronger focus on emerging economies, mainly in Middle East, Africa and Central & East. Europe.
  • He is the founder of the North & West Africa practice and was co-leader for the expansion into 7 African offices. He also served co-leader of our Global Energy & Mining, Telecom & High Tech as well as Regional Leader for the Public & Social Sector Practice in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
  • He is now a Senior Advisor and collaborates with PE platforms in Middle East & Africa. He also serves on the Board of Directors of FTI (Germany) and Orascom Development (Egypt).
  • Amine has BSc. and MSc from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), an MSc in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from INSEAD.
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Dr Frank Richter

London

Non-Executive Director

  • Frank started his professional career at McKinsey &Company in 1991 working in automotive, electronics and chemical industries in strategy consulting, M&A and value-oriented business management.
  • After a break for doctoral studies and post-doc lecturing, he     transferred to Goldman Sachs in 2000 and also was appointed to the     Business Strategy and Financing Chair at Witten/Herdecke University as an     adjunct professor.
  • In late 2004, he went to Ulm University as a professor of business strategy and finance, while he continued serving on various supervisory boards
  • From 2011 till 2020Frank was CEO at Duravit AG, and since July 2020 he is Managing Director at SKion GmbH, an industrial investments firm
  • He currently is also member of the supervisory board of ALTANA AG.
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Jean-Claude Garo

Switzerland

Non-Executive Director

  • Jean-Claude serves as Portfolio Manager & Head of Equities at Spectrum Value Management(SVM), a single family office of a long-standing Swiss industrial family.
  • He is responsible for global investments across private & public markets, direct or via funds, incl. strategic asset allocation and investment selection.
  • Since2010, he built up his expertise in Direct Investments, Private Equity and Venture Capital as well as Board roles for a number of global Direct Investments and LP Advisory Committee positions with PE managers such as Partners Group.
  • Furthermore, he advises the Group CEO on his board mandates of publicly listed global companies within and outside the SVM Group in building materials, industrial machine manufacturing, financial services and medical devices.
  • Prior to SVM, Jean-Claude held leadership roles in Management & Strategy Consulting with Monitor Group and Arthur D. Little focusing on projects in restructuring & post merger integration as well as operations management in the Energy & Utilities sector, Pharma and High Tech industry across Europe and the US.
  • Jean-Claude holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a MSc in Industrial Engineering both from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich as well as an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau and Singapore.
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Evan Edwards

Johannesburg

Head of Investments

  • Evan heads the Investment function at Lonrho and is responsible for origination, transaction execution and portfolio monitoring.
  • He began his career at Standard Bank in the Corporate Finance team, with a focus on both M&A and ECM transactions in Africa.
  • He holds a BA Economics from Yale University.
  • Evan led Lonrho’s most recent acquisition into the Brands Consumer Group business, and has been involved in a number of successful exits for the company.
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Ashleigh Woolf

London

Chief Legal Officer

  • Ashleigh is a dual-qualified Solicitor in the United Kingdom (Solicitors Regulation Authority) and South Africa (Attorney of the High Court).
  • She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Advanced Business Management III) as well as a Bachelor of Law Degree from Wits University.
  • Ashleigh originally qualified as a lawyer at ENSafrica. Her experience is largely focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, general corporate law and     compliance in Europe and most Sub-Saharan African territories.
  • She held the position of Legal Counsel at PruProtect (a subsidiary of Prudential and later, Discovery)and a senior legal position as Associate Director at Salamanca, a financially regulated international private equity and risk management group
  • Ashleigh was appointed as Lonrho Group’s Chief Legal Officer and member of the Executive Management Committee in December 2017, having previously held the positions of Head of Legal and Compliance (2016) and Group Legal Counsel (2015).

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Nicolaas Ferreira

Johannesburg

Head of Finance

  • Nicolaas completed his studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University during 2009, obtaining a B.Com and B.Com (Hons) degree.  
  • During 2010, he signed on with Moore Stephens, a global audit and assurance firm, as a SAICA trainee and qualified as a chartered accountant during 2012. From 2013 to 2015, he took on the role as audit manager obtaining experience in multiple industries within South Africa and the United Kingdom.
  • During 2015, Nicolaas joined Life Healthcare Group, a healthcare company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. He held numerous positions with exposure to managing group fixed assets; finance lead for start-up ventures; corporate committee membership as well as group reporting.  
  • Nicolaas was appointed as Lonrho Group’s Head of Finance and member of the Executive Management Committee during June 2022.
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