Andrew RitchieAndrew has worked in the African agribusiness and finance industry for over 15 years, living in East Africa between 2002 and 2014, and is the founder and Managing Director of Agri Frontier.
Andrew worked as CFO of Finlays, a wholly owned subsidiary of John Swire & Sons, with extensive tea and horticultural operations in East Africa (22,000 employees). Andrew also worked as an Investment Manager with ALTIMA Partners LLP, a $2.5 billion alternative investment manager focusing on the agri sector. Andrew's combined experience of ‘C’ level finance roles for one of Africa’s largest integrated agri-groups together with working in Africa focused agri-investment for a large Private Equity fund manager was the catalyst for founding Agri Frontier. Andrew has a BSc (Hons) Agricultural Business Management degree from the University of London and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
An associate Partner of Agri Frontier, Nicholas has spent his career specialising in agribusiness and investment throughout the Middle Eastern and Africa region, in this time building extensive regional and global agribusiness, food supply & food security networks and relationships.
Nicholas has completed a number of retained roles, including in 2011/12 acting as Advisor to The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, a $150 million KPMG managed fund focused on agri-sector investment in Africa. In 2013/14 Nicholas served as Advisor and Acting CIO for a proposed Africa food and agribusiness private equity fund, sponsored by Kenana Sugar Company, the world’s largest integrated sugar company headquartered in Khartoum, Sudan. Nicholas was responsible for designing the investment strategy, process and due diligence on potential investments.Nicholas also established the “Gulf Japan Food Fund”, raising $390 million for the strategic investment fund concentrating on the food and agribusiness sectors in Japan, the GCC and neighbouring markets. Nicholas served as Executive Director and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Mizuho Gulf Capital Partners Ltd.
Ann is an Investment Consultant at Agri Frontier, based in the Kenya office.
Prior to joining Agri Frontier, Ann worked for KPMG and Kenya Climate Innovation Centre with companies in energy and agribusiness offering business advisory services, in particular helping them understand their capital requirements and managing the process of raising capital from equity and debt providers. Ann has worked with over 100 businesses across East Africa and has a wide exposure to a range of sub-sectors and business models. Ann’s expertise includes business advisory, business valuations, research, business appraisal, investment memorandum and pitch deck preparation, and project management of the investment and business sale process. Ann has a Bachelors in Economics and Statistics graduate from Kenyatta University and a CFA level 2 candidate.
Anu is a Finance Consultant at Agri Frontier, based in the UK office. She is the founder of Ethico Foods, a climate change centric food start-up and has extensive experience in engineering, management and corporate social responsibility. Anu also has experience in corporate reporting, investor relations, communications and strategy.
Anu has a BEng in Electrical and Computer Systems and a Master of Business, both from Monash University, Australia. She is currently pursuing a MSc in Food Safety and Quality from the Royal Agricultural University, UK.
Alex, a Kenyan citizen based in the Kenya office and a Senior Consultant at Agri Frontier, has over 12 years financial and investment experience. Alex prior experience included the role of Business Analyst with the Kenya Markets Trust (KMT), a Kenyan non governmental institution focused on the agricultural sector. At KMT, Alex worked with stakeholders at each unit to deliver advisory services by identifying gaps in financial systems and recommending solutions.
Alex has also worked as a Financial Analyst at Nielsen in charge of Sub Sahara Africa and as an Analyst at Neuberger Berman (formerly Lehman Brothers) in Dallas, Texas.
Alex has a BSc Accounting and Information Management degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and is pursing an MBA Strategic Management from the United States International University – Africa.