Mr. Ladwa is a Tanzanian entrepreneur and businessman with close to 20 years of hands-on investment and operational experience from 15 countries across Africa with a particular focus on liberalizing economies and post-conflict countries in the EAC and SADC regions.
Mr. Ladwa’s businesses span several sectors including agribusiness, water and sanitation, transport and logistics, infrastructure, construction, IT and communication, financial services, hospitality and tourism. As managing director for a wide range of companies within the Ladwa Group, he has developed extensive hands-on operational experience and expertise in identifying business opportunities, raising capital, structuring investments and managing projects from inception to developing and growing these companies once established. Mr. Ladwa is the financial director of all of his Group’s companies and has a successful track record of raising funds for African business.
As part of a family business, originating from Tanzania, Mr. Ladwa has in-depth understanding of family owned businesses in the region and understands the dynamics and challenges of operating such businesses in newly liberalizing and post-conflict African countries. He also brings with him unique access and insights to business networks across the continent and globally.
Mr. Ladwa holds a BA in History and a BSC in Economics from Bard College, New York.
Mr. Naran is a South African national with over 16 years’ experience in formulating investment strategies and managing investment portfolios for some of the world’s largest institutional investors, with a strong focus on alternative investments across the globe, including private equity, infrastructure, commodities, insurance-linked securities, frontier markets and hedge fund strategies.
Mr. Naran is currently the Head of Investment & Actuarial at the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) in South Africa, the largest pension fund on the African continent with approximately $140 billion under management. He serves on the Investment Committee of the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund, the largest infrastructure fund in Africa, and represents the GEPF on the advisory council that oversees the United Nations supported Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI) initiative. He is also a Member of the Social Finance and Impact Investing Committee of the Institute of Actuaries (UK) and a Member of the African Leadership Network.
Prior to returning to South Africa, Mr. Naran spent 13 years in the UK, most notably at the investment office of the British Steel Pension Fund, one of UK’s remaining internally managed funds, and at the investment advisory business of HSBC. Mr. Naran has also been involved in a number of family owned businesses operating in Southern Africa.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Actuarial Science and Insurance and Risk Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and is a CAIA Charterholder.
Mr. Puri is a chartered accountant with over 25 years of work experience in Southern and East Africa. He moved to Africa in 1986 and have since lived and worked in the SADC region.
Mr. Puri is currently the CFO for EcoEnergy Africa which develops large scale sustainable sugar and renewable energy (ethanol and power) projects in East Africa. Before joining Eco Energy, he worked as Manager – Commercial & Finance, for Noremco AB, a subsidiary of Veidekke ASA, in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania and as Resident Country Manager, A/S Noremco Construction in Lusaka, Zambia. He has also worked as a senior auditor for KPMG, conducting Statutory and Internal Audits of various leading banking, manufacturing, trading and commercial organizations.
Mr. Puri has extensive experience in all aspects of accounting, financial and treasury management which he has developed while working at international and local firms in the SADC region. His experience ranges from project and business development, project finance and investment strategies to taking projects to financial closure including finalization of bankable project feasibility and project financial models. He has deep operational knowledge from managing businesses in the SADC region including Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.
Mr. Puri holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from Delhi University and is a qualified Chartered accountant. He is an Indian National residing in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.