Team

Rendeavour’s senior management team draws on cumulative decades of experience in Africa and other high-opportunity emerging markets.

Stephen Jennings

Founder and CEO

"Quite simply, we are building Africa's Urban Future."

Stephen Jennings is a pioneer of capital markets in Africa and Central & Eastern Europe, responsible for over $200 billion of investment flows to these regions. He has been living and working in emerging markets for more than 25 years.

Since 2012, Stephen has focused on Rendeavour, of which he is the largest shareholder.

Prior to Rendeavour, Stephen founded Renaissance Group, in 1995, building investment banking, securities sales and trading, asset management and consumer finance businesses across Central & Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.

During the period between 1983 and 1992, Stephen worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in New Zealand and in the New Zealand Treasury. He also consulted for the governments of New Zealand and Australia on issues of privatization.

Yomi Ademola

Country Head, Nigeria

"Rendeavour is creating new urban paradigms across Africa."

Yomi is a New York qualified attorney with significant legal and business experience across three continents, including corporate and project finance, mergers & acquisitions and urban land development projects. Yomi has been with Rendeavour since its inception and prior to that worked with Renaissance Capital and Renaissance Partners.

Yomi started his career in the New York and London offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges and then Latham & Watkins. He has a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Chris Barron

Country Head, Kenya

"Building Kenya's future"

Responsible for the delivery of Tatu City, Chris joined Rendeavour in 2011 and has held the positions of COO, Head of Sales and Operations Manager.

Prior to Rendeavour, Chris worked for the United Nations World Food Programme, where he served in the Darfur region of Sudan, Somalia, the West Bank and Gaza and Pakistan. Prior to that, he worked in the humanitarian sector with the HALO Trust, in Cambodia, Angola, Eritrea and Abkhazia. Chris started his career with the Australian Defence Force, where he served in the Australian Regular Army as an infantry officer.

Chris is the Chairman of the Rendeavour CSR Committee.

Artem Gurevich

CFO

"We have a long-term commitment to Africa."

Artem is a finance professional with broad operational experience in emerging and developed markets. Artem spent most of his career with Renaissance Partners – the principal investments arm of Renaissance Group. Prior to that Artem worked as an analyst in the infrastructure joint venture between Renaissance Capital and Macquarie Group. Artem holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and an Honours Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Preston Mendenhall

Executive Vice President

"The aspirations of the people in our markets inspire Rendeavour to succeed."

Preston has more than 20 years' experience in emerging markets, including six years at Rendeavour. For six years, he was Director of Communications and Vice President for Strategy of Russian Standard, Russia’s leading global consumer brand with interests in financial services and alcohol beverage production and distribution.

From 1993-2006, Preston was a producer and correspondent for NBC News, covering global events in the Soviet successor states, Europe, Central and South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Danny Kambo

Country Head, DRC

"It's an honour to help lead the transformation of Africa’s urban environments."

Danny has more than 25 years' experience in construction and civil engineering. Prior to joining Rendeavour, his work with GSE CEE included project management and the overall development of the business in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Ukraine. During this time, he successfully managed a number of projects from land acquisition, to deploying infrastructure, right up to final delivery.

Danny is a qualified civil engineer and a graduate of the Technical University of Poznan in Poland (Faculty of Civil Engineering and Structures).

Evans Dimba

Deputy Country Head, Kenya

Odema Ogbeh

Head of Operations

"Few things I have been involved in are as exciting and compelling as the work Rendeavour is doing. This is indeed a great stride for Africa’s urban development!"

Odema is a Human Resources professional with experience covering recruitment and manpower planning, training and development, compensation and benefits and employee welfare.

She began her career at Lehman Brother’s European headquarters in London and has gained extensive experience from other private sector establishments, such as Nomura International, Stanbic IBTC PLC, Asset and Resource Management (ARM Investments) and Linetrale Petroleum Limited.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Biodiversity Conservation from the University of Kent and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Business from the University of Leeds, she is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Babatunde Olaifa

Head of Corporate Affairs, West Africa

Babatunde is a Marketing, Sales and Communications expert with a proven record of impact across many industries. He currently leads the marketing and communications functions at Rendeavour West Africa as Head of Corporate Affairs.

Before joining Rendeavour, Babatunde led similar functions at Google, Perform Media and three of Nigeria’s iconic ad agencies.

Rachel Kanyora

Group Financial Accountant

‘Great minds thinking independently together to achieve a great vision ‘

Rachel is responsible for Rendeavour’s financial reporting processes and accounting systems implementation strategy. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economic and Social Studies from the University of Manchester, England, and is a Chartered Certified Accountant.

Prior to joining Rendeavour in 2016, Rachel worked at EY for eight years as an audit manager, gaining experience in real estate and insurance sector audits.

Khadija Belgore-Yusuf

Head of Legal and Compliance, Nigeria

Board of Directors

Frank Mosier

Chairman

"It is clear that this is Africa's time and we are proud to be a part of that story."

Frank Mosier is a lead investor in Rendeavour and the non-executive chairman of the board of directors. With over 20 years of experience in emerging markets, Frank is also the founder and head of investments of Kazimir Partners, the emerging markets investment firm. Kazimir Partners manages investments in public and private equity and real estate in emerging and frontier markets with a focus on Emerging Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Originally from Pennsylvania, Frank holds a B.A. in International Politics & Economics from Middlebury College.

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC

Deputy Chairman

After more than 40 years as an entrepreneur working in the UK and overseas, Michael Ashcroft is an active investor in new companies and ideas. At various points in his business career, he has headed companies employing more than 100,000 people. In 2000, he was knighted and became a member of the House of Lords (Lord Ashcroft of Chichester, KCMG). Lord Ashcroft has written 17 books, mainly on politics and bravery, and four of these books on gallantry have been made into television series.

Stephen Jennings

Founder and CEO

"Quite simply, we are building Africa's Urban Future."

Stephen Jennings is a pioneer of capital markets in Africa and Central & Eastern Europe, responsible for over $200 billion of investment flows to these regions. He has been living and working in emerging markets for more than 25 years.

Since 2012, Stephen has focused on Rendeavour, of which he is the largest shareholder.

Prior to Rendeavour, Stephen founded Renaissance Group, in 1995, building investment banking, securities sales and trading, asset management and consumer finance businesses across Central & Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.

During the period between 1983 and 1992, Stephen worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in New Zealand and in the New Zealand Treasury. He also consulted for the governments of New Zealand and Australia on issues of privatization.

Yomi Ademola

Country Head, Nigeria

"Rendeavour is creating new urban paradigms across Africa."

Yomi is a New York qualified attorney with significant legal and business experience across three continents, including corporate and project finance, mergers & acquisitions and urban land development projects. Yomi has been with Rendeavour since its inception and prior to that worked with Renaissance Capital and Renaissance Partners.

Yomi started his career in the New York and London offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges and then Latham & Watkins. He has a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Stuart Mowbray

Director

Stuart has had an extensive investment banking career, specializing in ECM and Corporate Finance/M&A. He has worked in London, Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne, holding senior executive positions variously with CSFB, SBC, Nomura and Societe Generale. Stuart holds an LLB from Victoria University, Wellington, and an MBA from Kellogg (Northwestern University)/HKUST. He is also admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor to the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

David Kippen

Director

David Kippen is an investment banker with a background in mergers and acquisitions, as well as a principal investor. David has been based in New York, San Francisco and London, where he has focused on TMT and energy and industrial sectors globally with Credit Suisse First Boston, JPMorgan Chase, and UBS. Over the past 20 years, he has completed over 40 M&A transactions (valued in aggregate over $30 billion), as well as private and public, debt and equity financings in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. David is also a private investor and corporate strategy and development consultant on cross border ventures and growth stage companies, and has acted as an interim CFO. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from McGill University in Montreal, and a Masters of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins/SAIS in Washington DC.

Simon Edwards

Director

Simon has been working in investment and capital markets for over 30 years.
After graduation in Economics and Finance at University of Sheffield, he started his career in New Zealand in investment analysis and fund management then moved to London with Credit Suisse First Boston in 1992. In 1997 he moved back to his home city of Liverool to become the Chief Executive of the Merseyside Pension Fund, one of the largest public sector pensions funds in the UK, overseeing assets of over £5billion. In 2002, with several colleagues he started a new fund management group, Midas Capital Partners limited, as chief executive and majority owner. This proved successful and the business was sold in late 2007. Also during this period Simon held non executive director roles including Standard Life Private Equity, London Scottish Bank, Merseyside Special Investment Fund and several Charitable organisations. He now spends his time between homes in Italy and UK and concentrates on managing his personal assets.

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