James is the Senior Manager of Impact Investment within SNV's Advisory Services practice. James is an experienced investment banker with a specialty in private equity and venture capital opportunities. He is a well-rounded Investment Banking Professional with broad experience in conventional and impact investments. James has multi-year experience in establishing and managing development finance programs in 6 sub Saharan African countries.
He served until April 30 2010 as Group Chief Executive Officer of Securities Africa Limited, a full service pan-African investment bank with offices in UK, US, Malta, Bermuda and 7 countries in Africa's main markets. He covered all 53 countries and 25 capital markets. Prior to that he was a Portfolio Manager of Finch Africa Fund, a $50MM Africa focused equity fund.
James in previous 8 years worked in development venture investments in Nigeria, Namibia, Uganda, Liberia, Zambia and Angola as Country Director and Regional Trade and Investment Adviser for United States African Development Foundation (USADF), a US$23MM annual venture capital investment program under the Executive Office of the President of the United States. James was an investment banker from 1992 through 2001 when he was Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions/Technology for Utendahl Capital Partners, a Merrill Lynch investment company on Wall Street.
James received his BA from Dartmouth College and completed his MBA from Frank Zarb School of Business (Hofstra University) in New York.