Management Team

Christopher Darnell

Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Darnell is a global executive with experience across four continents – North America, South America, Europe and Africa. Mr. Darnell began his career in 1992 at the Southern Company, a New York Stock Exchange listed company with approximately US$17 billion in revenue, where he worked until 2002. During this time, Mr. Darnell was appointed or elected to the corporate boards of directors of four energy companies, both privately held and publicly traded, in South America. Mr. Darnell worked at Microsoft Corporation from 2003 to 2013, where he served as a member of multiple senior leadership teams for strategic technology businesses. Mr. Darnell oversaw investments in start-up, high-growth turn-around businesses. Mr. Darnell holds a bachelor degree in economics from The University of Chicago. He is an executive in residence at the Chicago Booth School of Business and has an international MBA (IBEAR) from the University of Southern California.

Brenton Kuss

Chief Financial Officer

Brenton Kuss was a Manager at KPMG with a primary specialism in Infrastructure and secondary in Energy and Natural Resources. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Australia), he is also a graduate of The University of Queensland, holding both a Bachelors Degree of Commerce and a Bachelors Degree of Economics. Further, he is an alumni of both The University of Chicago and SDA Bocconi through the completion of his MBA in 2013.

Sergio Estavao

Country Manager

Sergio Estavao began his career as a consultant providing market analysis to South African firms seeking to enter new Sub-Sahran African markets. He is experienced in the incorporation and development of growth companies across Sub Saharan Africa and also previously worked at Metikwa Logix, a South African trade logistics firm.

Joao Ferreira

Finance Manager

Joao Ferreira was senior consultant at PwC. His primary focus has been accounting, finance and BPO projects in Angola and Portugal across multiple industries for both national and multinational companies. He holds a degree in accounting and business administration from ISCAP (Portugal).

Board of Directors

Christopher Darnell

Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Darnell is a global executive with experience across four continents – North America, South America, Europe and Africa. Mr. Darnell began his career in 1992 at the Southern Company, a New York Stock Exchange listed company with approximately US$17 billion in revenue, where he worked until 2002. During this time, Mr. Darnell was appointed or elected to the corporate boards of directors of four energy companies, both privately held and publicly traded, in South America. Mr. Darnell worked at Microsoft Corporation from 2003 to 2013, where he served as a member of multiple senior leadership teams for strategic technology businesses. Mr. Darnell oversaw investments in start-up, high-growth turn-around businesses. Mr. Darnell holds a bachelor degree in economics from The University of Chicago. He is an executive in residence at the Chicago Booth School of Business and has an international MBA (IBEAR) from the University of Southern California.

Scott Gaille

Non-Executive Director

Scott Gaille is a lawyer and academic, teaching at Rice University’s Graduate School of Business and the University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Gaille has extensive experience in Africa. Scott was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at The University of Chicago, where he received his Doctor of Law Degree with High Honors in 1995 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dilek Macit

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dilek Macit a member of the Africa International Capital Ltd board brings vast experience in leading formulation of policy, design, and delivery of technical assistance, and capacity development with a focus on emerging markets in her role as Director of Technical Cooperation at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Ms. Macit started her career as a commercial law/contract law solicitor in London.