Our Team

Our Thesis: the convergence of demand, supply and financing for rural development

 

We have gathered a professionally and culturally diverse team to fulfill our vision of building sustainable businesses to address development goals

 

Experience investing in African rural real assets

Team with significant knowledge of Indian Ocean Africa having lived and or worked in target geographies. Majority of members have worked together in different capacities for many years.

Experience supporting the development of rural African communities

Developed smallholder contract farming businesses in Zimbabwe and Tanzania with over 1,000 farmers growing maize and soybean. Supported the design of UKAid’s £30mn Agriculture Impact Investing Equity Fund in Mozambique.

Established team working together for years

Team with significant knowledge of Indian Ocean Africa having lived and or worked in target geographies. Majority of members have worked together in different capacities for many years.

Over 75 collective years of finance experience including 25 years investing in and developing rural African communities

Executives

Guy Lafferty

Partner & CIO of ThirdWay Africa

 

  • Chairman of ThirdWay Africa Rural Development Corporation Advisory Committee
  • Over 40 years of global asset management and investment banking experience
  • Led one of the largest agribusiness operators in Africa outside South Africa
  • Founded a London-based multi-billion Dollar Family Office

Justiniano Gomes

Managing Director, Wanza Farms

 

  • Significant experience in commercial and investment banking working for the Amorim Group to strategically develop and financially control its investments in Southern Africa, including Angola and Mozambique
  • BSc Economic and MSc Finance from Porto University, Portugal

 

Peter Verster

Farm Manager

  

  • More than 30 years of experience managing agricultural projects in Africa, including countries such as Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Sudan
  • BSc in Agriculture from University of Zimbabwe

 

Dave Micklem

Portfolio Director

 

  • Born and raised in Zimbabwe with over 40 years of agricultural experience in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe

 

Lauren Pereira Pozzo di Borgo

Head of Impact

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  • Over 8 years of private-sector impact experience in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on smallholder farming
  • Master’s in International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris and B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • Native English and Spanish speaker, fluent in Portuguese and French

Consultants

Gonçalo Neves-Correia

Partner & CEO of ThirdWay Africa

 

  • Board Observer of ThirdWay Africa Rural Development Corporation
  • Over 15 years experience in corporate finance, capital markets and consulting
  • Former Executive Director at JP Morgan in London, Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co, and Analyst at Goldman Sachs

Alejandro Tawil

Partner & Chairman of ThirdWay Africa

 

  • Board Observer ofThirdWay AfricaRural DevelopmentCorporation
  • 30 years of experience in the global financial markets
  • Chairman of Machangulo S.A., a residential & tourism development in Southern Mozambique
  • Founder, President and CEO of The ConfidasGroup, a multi family office based in New York

Julian Spezzati

Associate

 

  • Over 15 years of experience living in Africa
  • Working out of ThirdWay Africa’s Maputo office for the past 4 years, supporting corporate finance advisory mandates and private equity investments in Mozambican agriculture and forestry
  • MSc Strategic Management from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he graduated as part of his honoursclass. BSc International Business Administration from the same school.
  • Native French and English speaker. Fluent in Portuguese

Arsenio Lampiao

Legal Counsel

 

  • Over 8 years of experience in Corporate Law, Corporate Litigation, Corporate Finance and Foreign Investments
  • Member of the Mozambican Bar and the Massachusetts State Bar Association as a foreign trained counsel
  • Formerly worked as an in-house counsel for Banco Comerciale de Investimentos(BCI), and as a legal associate for Vasconcelos Porto in Mozambique
  • Strong sector experience in renewable energy financing in the US and in Mozambique
  • L.L.M from Harvard Law School, L.L.M from University of Oregon and L.L.B from Eduardo Mondlane University.
  • Native Portuguese speaker. Fluent in English and Spanish

Sharai Mpofu

Investment Analyst

 

  • Dual Degree Bachelor of Laws (LLB) & Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) from IE University, Madrid. Law & Philosophy study abroad at King’s College London
  • Previous internship experience includes: Rural financial services at Virl Microfinance, Commercial Law at Kantor & Immerman LP (Zimbabwe) & Academic publishing at IE Law School with Hart Publishing (Madrid)
  • Native English and Shona speaker, intermediate Spanish & elementary French

James Egremont-Lee

ESG Analyst

 

  •  James has served as Head of Corporate Affairs for Rift Valley Corporation for the last 5 years. His work has focused on agriculture and renewable energy businesses in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, and most recently leading the development of the Niassa Natural Capital Association (ACNN) and the Luatize Integrated Resource Management Area (LAGRI) projects in Niassa.
  •  Prior to this, James worked in the safari and tourism industry in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe for 12 years, working with conservation and wildlife management projects, as well as park management and tourism development specifically within the Niassa Nature Reserve ecosystem in Mozambique.

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