Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, Founder and Group Chairman
Jean – Claude is an African investor, entrepreneur and innovation influencer with a deep interest in African socio-economic development. Also the Founder of the African Innovation Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which sponsors numerous initiatives aimed at encouraging, developing and rewarding business innovation across Africa, he is an advisory board member of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. Jean-Claude holds a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.
Tobias Klein, Group Chief Financial Officer
A former CFO of CWS-boco Suisse and Head of Corporate M&A at CWS-boco International in Germany, Tobias also held various senior Corporate Development and M&A positions with the German telecoms business Versatel. With over 15 years of experience operating at senior level in management consulting, finance, business development and M&A, Tobias holds a Master of Business Administration and Industrial Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
Frank Stapper, Group COO
A graduate of Law from the University of Zürich holding an LL.M. in Comparative Law at the University of San Diego, he is a Swiss-qualified attorney admitted to the Bar and Notary Public. Frank has previously held various positions in top law firms, including Stadlin Advokatur Notariat as well as senior legal positions at COFRA Holding AG and South Stream.
Mthuli Ncube, Head of Research
A renowned industry expert in macroeconomics, development economics and finance, and a PhD in Economics (Mathematical Finance) from University of Cambridge, Mthuli has more than 25 years of work experience, including as former Chief Economist and Vice President, African Development Bank Group. Previously professor of Public Policy, Oxford University, Lecturer in Finance, LSE as well as Dean and Professor of Finance, Wits Business School, South Africa, he is the author of 11 books and several research papers.