Africa's premier private equity fund

Firm Profile

Global Investment Partners, LLC (GIP) is a New York based financial services and business consultancy firm that is focused on nurturing and developing investment opportunities and increasing capital flows into Africa. As a fairly untapped market, Africa presents an opportunity for attractive returns and portfolio diversification.

Our goal is to structure efficient, well managed companies capable of implementing projects with a social economic impact on the lives of Africans and at the same time provide attractive returns for our investors. Implementation is done through a pooled investment vehicle using funds from investors mainly in the US, EU and Asia.

We employ a disciplined, long term approach to investing. The majority of our work is concentrated in East Africa primarily Uganda and Rwanda and targets priority economic sectors like infrastructure, energy and agricultural value addition. As a company, our greatest value-added is detail orientation in packaging and presenting investment-ready projects to our investors.

This includes idea origination, pitch book and business plan preparation, due diligence, pre-feasibility studies, risk mitigation, deal structuring and eventual project execution; all of which are possible due to our strong knowledge of the local business environment and carefully developed strategic relationships.

In addition, we seek to leverage our expertise in US capital markets in the provision of innovative financing solutions and cross-border consultancy services to our global clientele ranging from small businesses to public institutions.

People

Passion and talent of our people are crucial to our success. These together with a shared set of values rooted in integrity and excellence form the foundation of our company. The senior management team at GIP is a mix of investment professionals, entrepreneurs and industry professionals. The complementary strengths of the various team members and their diverse backgrounds ensures not only the best deal structuring and analysis, but also the ability to add significant value to the investment portfolio of companies.

To align interests and provide the right incentives, all the senior management team members are shareholders in GIP. This ensures that everyone has a personal stake in our future as there is a direct link between individual and company success. Furthermore, at every opportunity, we seek to reward talented and driven employees with ownership in the company.

Senior Management Bios

Jean Vukmer, Chief Executive Officer

Jean is an experienced international banker, with expertise in international capital markets, project finance, and asset securitization. He has been at the helm of the company since its founding in 2006. Prior to this, he held senior positions in three of the largest financial institutions in the world (Citibank, Bank of America and JP Morgan) and has played prominent roles in pioneering capital market techniques in Africa, Europe and Latin America. He was a senior member of the private equity division at JP Morgan, where he pioneered a number of industry “firsts”. He was an architect of sequestered receipt innovation in several emerging markets that facilitated the listing of a number of companies on local exchanges. He parlayed this significant emerging markets experience into the founding of GIP. Jean is President of the Africa House in New York, a member of the Rotary Club of Wall Street, and a member of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries.

Email: Jean Vukmer

Jeremiah K. Kasigwa, Chief Investment Officer

As CIO, Jeremiah is responsible for financial forecasting, budgeting, setting business strategy, vision and investment goals. He also oversees the company’s IT group and our new hire training program. He brings a wide range of financial expertise from investor portfolio analysis to customized business structuring having previously worked with Bridgewater Associates, one of the biggest hedge funds and money managers in the world with over $160 billion in assets under management and his work on various projects in East Africa ranging from infrastructure to real estate. Prior to Bridgewater, he worked with the World Bank in Washington DC where he carried out a review of the bank's investment portfolio of projects in South Asia as well as an investment climate analysis of select African countries. He holds an MA in Finance (Cum Laude) from Brandeis International Business School and a BA in Economics (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Brandeis University. He is also the founder of a non-profit organization that sends computers to rural Ugandan schools to improve computer literacy.

Email: Jeremiah Kasigwa

David Karikani, Chief Operations Officer

Dan has over 15 years of experience in project finance and project development internationally. His career has included executive or principal roles on energy, communication, construction, medical and tourism sector projects on several continents with household names such as McDermott, AT&T, Marathon and Canadian Bank Note Group, to name a few. He brings a wealth of entrepreneurial and management experience from several current and previous engagements.

Previously he was the Chief Operations Officer of the AT&T unit that became Millennium Health Solutions. He is a principal and founder of Mercury Technologies, an advanced biometric monitoring technology developer and Vice Chairman of Advanced Biochemical Engineering involved in the renewable energy business. His international emerging markets involvement extends to assignments involving USAID supporting relief, assistance and conflict resolution efforts. He is currently involved in raising a $100 million investment fund for GIP focused on promoting investment opportunities in Africa that translate into stable development platforms for employment and delivery of services-infrastructure. He holds a BS in Business Administration/Finance from Cornell University.

Email: David Karikani

Dan Farrett, Chief Legal Officer

Dan heads GIP’s legal team. He has expertise in diverse legal practice including corporate and securities law, corporate governance advice, mergers & acquisitions, finance and investment, international transactions and distressed and bankruptcy-related transactions. Prior to joining GIP, he managed his own law firm with clients distributed around the world including high-net-worth individuals, small and large privately held businesses and publicly traded companies. He has been involved in transactions and representations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In his current role, he advises GIP’s clients and investors on their corporate structures. He spends a large portion of his time in Africa particularly Eastern Africa where he advises clients on construction, energy, infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions and transportation projects as well as regional security matters. His industry experience includes a significant understanding of construction, distressed business and crisis management situations, finance and investments, food & beverage, healthcare, insurance, private military companies, technology and transportation and logistics. Dan serves on the boards of public and private companies, including public-company audit, compensation and strategy committees. He has also served as a principal and board member of a successful hedge fund advisor and a principal in a boutique investment bank focused on raising private equity and debt for businesses located in or doing business in Latin America and Africa.

Email: Dan Farrett

Catherine Mensa, Investment Manager West Africa

Catherine is an investment principal at GIP in charge of our new West Africa office. Specializing in venture capital and private equity finance, Catherine brings a diverse offering of solutions to the problems faced by small and medium size businesses in an uncertain economic environment in which the challenges of raising financing are as acute as ever. In the past, she also served as the company’s Public Relations Officer. Previously, she worked at New Capital Ventures Ltd where she was part of the senior team that managed the firm’s global fixed income and active currency management investments, both of which were substantially allocated to emerging markets. She led the firm’s Africa investment efforts, oversaw the research department designed to pursue new investment ideas and was a member of the firm’s investment forum that oversaw all public and private asset class investment decisions.

Email: Catherine Mensa

Jennifer Navarro, Investment Manager Southern Africa

Jennifer Navarro is a senior investment manager at GIP and holds a BS Financial Engineering Degree from Princeton University. Jennifer has significant experience in Investment Banking, Business Management and Private Equity in the European and African arenas. Prior to joining GIP, she was in charge of African Investments for TMS Capital, a leading global investment manager where she oversaw the firm’s interests across a range of sectors, including but not limited to, FMCG manufacturing, healthcare, technology, real estate and hospitality.

Prior to TMS Capital, Jennifer worked at HSBC Bank’s Principal Investments Practice focusing on private equity investments in large cap African enterprises. At HSBC, she accumulated significant African commodities transactional experience, including but not limited to, the management and sale of a diamond mine in Southern Africa, and the proposed purchase of a chrome and platinum mine in Southern Africa. Jennifer began her career at JP Morgan in London and New York, primarily covering real estate, leverage finance and financial restructuring transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Email: Jennifer Navarro

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILTY

We consider giving back very much a part of our corporate social responsibility. We are committed to a number of projects in Africa particularly Uganda and Rwanda helping disadvantaged groups such as AIDS orphans and widows.

In Uganda, we provide financial assistance to select orphanages in and around Kampala that look after abandoned children and orphans, providing them with a normal, structured childhood, loving environment, decent education and their best chance at being productive members of society.

In Rwanda, the country was devastated by a genocide that killed an estimated one million people in 1994. GIP supports an NGO that seeks to rebuild the lives of those who survived the genocide, and who now face poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic sweeping across Rwanda. A quarter of a million Rwandan women were raped during the 100 days of carnage, and many of them were infected with HIV/AIDS as a consequence. The genocide also left behind 400,000 orphans, testing the traditional extended African family to breaking point. Our goal is to make these two vulnerable groups (widows and orphans) economically self-sufficient, as well as offer them financial support and education.