DAFML comprises a select team of highly driven and well-networked professionals with an extensive track record in private equity, investments and management. The collective team espouses an entrepreneurial spirit in its approach, identification, assessment, investment, nurturing and harvesting of opportunities.
Dennis Matangira - Senior Managing Partner, has gained a wealth of experience in the private equity industry in both Africa and the USA. He worked for Wachovia Corporate and Investment Bank in the USA for ten years on both their Leveraged Acquisition Finance and Distressed/Special Financing teams before joining Rockwell Collins to execute middle market investment deals, and ultimately founding Kalahari Capital Partners, executing SME PE deals in Africa.
Dennis holds a Masters in International Finance and Banking and an MBA from Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University.
Brian Frimpong - Managing Partner, has over a decade experience in private equity, investment banking and corporate strategy, covering countries in both developed and emerging markets. Brian was recently at Emerging Capital Partners, one of the largest pan-African private equity firms with over US$ 1.8 billion under management. Brian started his banking career with Citigroup and then joined Freddie Mac to restructure the organisation. Brian is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Judith Munyurwa - Chief Operating Officer, is a qualified chartered accountant with expertise which cuts across functions in corporate performance management; portfolio management; mergers and acquisitions, valuations, due diligence; Sarbanes-Oxley Act; IFRS reporting; internal audit and corporate governance; external audit; taxation; and foreign investments and exchange control. Judith is a past PwC Senior Manager with cross-cutting industry experience which includes mining, oil and gas; agriculture, food and beverage manufacturing, retail and supermarkets, telecommunications, hotel and tourism, and construction and industrial products. Judith possesses in-depth industry knowledge of operating companies in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining DAFML, Judith was CFO of Homegrown Investment Holdings, an agricultural investment company.
Kali Gyau - Associate, Kali Gyau joined Databank from Goldman Sachs, where she worked as an analyst with the firm’s Prime Brokerage and Futures team. There, she gained considerable experience in Client Due Diligence, Operations Risk Management, and Process Improvement. Her professional experience also includes strategy consulting at Yunus Social Business (Germany) where she co-led negotiations towards the company’s first investment in Africa and the launch of a holistic social business movement across the continent. Kali holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Calvin College in Michigan and an MBA from INSEAD in France/Singapore.
Vusi Dabengwa - Associate, Prior to joining Databank, Vusi Dabengwa worked for Vunani Capital, a boutique investment bank in South Africa, as a corporate finance analyst. In this role, Vusi gained valuable experience working on numerous corporate finance transactions, in South Africa as well as East Africa. Most notable of these was the listing of Vunani Property Investment Fund on the JSE Main Board as well as working on debt capital market transactions for clients such as Sasol (US$1 billion) and the South African National Treasury (US$ 1.5 billion). Vusi holds a BCom in Finance and Economics from the University of Natal and is currently completing his Masters in Finance and Investments at Wits Business School.
The investment committee is chaired by Ken Ofori-Atta. Ken is the co-founder of Databank Financial Services Limited (Ghana), a financial institution established in 1990, in Ghana. Databank Brokerage, a subsidiary, is the leading stockbrokerage firm in Ghana, with the most successful mutual fund product. Databank's services include corporate finance, asset management and equity research. The company has since acquired substantial interest in an insurance company in Ghana and a commercial bank in the Gambia. Ken is a director of a number of public listed companies including Enterprise Insurance Company Limited, and he is the chairman of The Trust Bank of The Gambia. He has been honoured as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum of Davos and a member of the President of Ghana's Investor's Advisory Council. Ken was the first African to testify in the US Congress to support the Africa Growth & Opportunities Act (AGOA).
Ken went to Achimota School in Ghana; he has a BA in economics from Columbia University ('84) and an MBA from the Yale School of Management ('88). Prior to founding Databank, Ken had worked at Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers in New York.