investment Board

Paul Abberley

Paul
Abberley

Paul Abberley

Paul is current CEO at Charles Stanley, one of the oldest firms on the London Stock Exchange. He was previously the CEO/CIO of Aviva Investors and member of the Aviva Group Executive Committee, leading a series of strategic re-alignments for the Group where he had worked since 2008.

Prior to Aviva, he spent eight years at ABN AMRO Asset Management as a Chief Investment Officer as well as being Chairman of the company’s London Board and a member of the Global Executive Management Team.

Paul is a graduate of Keble College, Oxford, and Chairs our Investment Committee.

 
Jerome Engel

Jerome
Engel

Jerome Engel

Jerome is an internationally recognized expert in innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital, and lectures and advises business and government leaders around the world. After a successful business career, he joined the faculty of University of California, Berkeley in 1991 to found the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, of which he is a senior fellow and the founding executive director emeritus. He is an adjunct professor at the Haas School of Business and instructs in both the school's MBA and Executive Education programs, specializing in entrepreneurship, corporate innovation, new venture finance, venture capital, and private equity. Jerome has testified in court cases and arbitrations in connection with venture capital transactions, venture management practices, and high-technology industries.

Jerome is a general partner of Monitor Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm organized in collaboration with the Monitor Group, a global strategic consulting and private equity firm. Over his career, Mr. Engel has founded, advised, and served on the boards of a number of highly successful companies and non-profit organizations. Current board positions include Adaptive Planning, Jupiter Systems, MedAmerica, Xmobb, the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, and the Berkeley Entrepreneurship Laboratory. He advises major corporations as well as young emerging companies and private equity investors on corporate strategy and innovation.

 
Elias Masilela  


Elias
Masilela
 

Elias Masilela

Until recently, Elias was the Chief Executive Officer of the USD140 billion Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and a Director of the South African Reserve Bank. He is also a Board Member of the UN Global Compact. While at PIC Elias was ranked number 14 in SWFI’s ranking of the 100 most impactful public investor executives.

Elias is now Executive Chairman of DNA Economics and a part-time commissioner on South Africa’s National Planning Commission. He also chairs the board of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and he is also a Director of Multichoice SA, the South African Savings Institute, a founder member of the Financial Sector Charter Council, and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria.  He has previously held senior positions with Sanlam, the Central Bank of Swaziland, and was the Deputy Director General of the South African National Treasury.

Elias holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences (Economics and Statistics) from the University of Swaziland and a Master of Sciences in Economic Policy and Analysis from the Addis Ababa University.  He has lectured at a number of academic institutions and has written widely on the subject of economic policy. 

 
Mark White

Mark
White

Mark White

Mark White is a permanent member of the Investment Committee, with an emphasis on the Fund’s early-stage and UK efforts.

Mark joined Midven in August 2006 and is Investment Director and Investment Committee member of the Rainbow Seed Fund.  He was formerly a manager for the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC).

He has over twenty years experience in investment with extensive periods in UK investment banking and emerging markets, including raising and managing a R100m fund in South Africa.

Most recently, he led the transformation of NESTA's investment operations, building it into the most active technology seed investor in the UK. He holds an MBA from London Business School.