Oryx Impact

Unlocking Africa's growth potential through
Impact Investing

Make a difference with Oryx Impact

The story of the Oryx is a story of success, cooperation and collaboration between the private and public sectors on an international level: the reintroduction into the wild of an animal species that neared extinction by human action.

At Oryx Impact, we believe that we can address and alleviate some of the world’s challenges by investing with purpose. As we have seen with the Oryx, if we join all our talents and efforts, we can achieve great outcomes. So, let’s embark on building a better world for us all.

Our Mission

Mobilising capital for investments in Africa to promote more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive societies, with the aim of reducing forced migration and global inequities.

Oryx Impact fosters the eco-system of impact fund managers investing in Africa, with a substantial focus on women-led and emerging fund managers.

Oryx Impact will channel funding to enterprises that generate local and regional jobs and economic development, mitigate climate change and promote gender equality, while generating attractive financial returns.

Our Values

Integrity

Transparency and accountability with all stakeholders are integral to the way Oryx Impact operates.

Diversity

Oryx Impact values and encourages diversity as a driver of thriving teams and inclusive communities.

Expertise

Experience, know-how and a constant pursuit for excellence make the Oryx Impact team differential.

Purpose

Oryx Impact is purpose-driven and is highly committed to its mission.

Collaboration

Oryx Impact promotes collaboration internally as well as externally, as an ecosystem building driver.

- EXECUTIVE TEAM -

We are a global and diverse team combining passion, investment experience and determination to ensure maximum impact.

Our group of dedicated investment professionals have a significant financial track record and ample social and environmental expertise. Our team is comprised of people with diverse personal and professional backgrounds who share the conviction that building a better future for people and the planet is not only an opportunity to foster profitable and sustainable economic growth but also a responsibility to those around us and the generations to come.

Teresa Guardans

Founding Partner
More than 24 years of experience in investment banking, wealth management, and impact investing with SBC Warburg, UBS, Rothschild and Pictet. Driving the transition from traditional financial return driven portfolios into net positive impact investments.

Sebastian Waldburg

Founding Partner
Seasoned impact investor with significant experience in climate finance and venture capital. More than 25 years in the financial sector related to energy investments and private equity, with relevant exposure to emerging markets.

Eva Abel

Partner, Head of Investments
Investment professional with over 13 years of investment experience, including Investment Banking in Nigeria, Venture Capital with Giza Polish Ventures, a Polish-Israeli VC firm, and Fund of Funds investing with the European Investment Fund in Luxembourg.

Jean-Philippe de Schrevel

Partner
A global pioneer in impact investing, Jean-Philippe has dedicated +30 years to developing the field and structuring 9 emerging market impact funds that collectively raised over $2 billion. He is a co-Founder at BlueOrchard Finance and Bamboo Capital, and has worked with McKinsey&Co, the UN and various NGOs.

Lisa Hehenberger

Chief Impact Advisor – Advisory Committee Member
Professor at ESADE Business School and a recognized expert on impact measurement, impact investing and social entrepreneurship. Active in expert groups (EU, OECD, GSG, etc.) and advisory boards (Rubio, Creas) and former research and policy director of the European Venture Philanthropy Association.

Marjolaine Mandagot

Impact & ESG Manager
With over 13 years of diverse experience in Investment Banking, Credit Analysis, Impact Assessment and Venture Philanthropy. Marjolaine delivered capacity building and investment readiness support to impactful organizations. She has worked in South America, the US, Europe and South Africa and holds an MBA from IE Business School.

Timothy Llewellyn-Davies

Investment Associate
Emerging impact investing professional with over 10 years of work experience in Impact Investing, Social Consulting, Business Development and IT Consulting. Timothy has worked and/or studied across five continents and holds an MBA from ESADE.

Bereng Seeiso

Impact & ESG Intern, Business Development
Dedicated professional holding a degree in Economics & Political Science from UCT, a specialised certificate in ESG Investing from the CFA Institute and over 2 years of Digital Marketing experience.

Farah Mulji

Venture Partner
Principal at ImpactVine Advisors. Entrepreneur, investor and strategic advisor with more than 12 years working in multiple countries in Africa in industries such as education, technology, manufacturing and healthcare, international trade and venture capital. LP and investor in impact businesses in Africa, Canada, and Europe.

Karim Ben Salah

Venture Partner
Management consultant to corporates, PE and VC backed companies and start-ups. +25 years experience managing PE growth funds in ME & North Africa and running regional operations for a global FMCG company in Europe, US, Latin America, Africa.

- Advisory Board -

We are supported by an international and multidisciplinary advisory board with extensive experience in the fields of entrepreneurship, business, asset management, impact investing, and technical assistance. The members of the Advisory Board have set up and worked for a myriad of companies and institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Lisa Hehenberger is a part of the Executive Team as well as the Advisory Board.

Adeolu Adewunmi-Zer

Strategic advisor and accomplished business leader with almost 25 years of professional and executive experience in financial services across four continents. Afro-optimist, dedicated to fostering sustainable growth in Africa. Founder & Managing Director of ZER Consulting Africa. Former MD/CEO of Allianz Nigeria.

Anu Sing

Highly experienced in investment banking, strategy and TMT executive with more than 25 years of experience in various sectors, at both Board and executive levels. She founded MTN Bayobab in 2018 and was a member of the board of directors of the Development Bank of South Africa for nine years. She has been active in numerous board positions for MTN across the continent, and she contributes continuously to the cross-over between technology and finance. ​

Kanini Mutooni

Renowned Impact investment practitioner. MD at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Senior Adviser at Toniic EMEA, Chair of AMREF Africa. Recently retired Chairperson of the Global Innovation Fund.

Elias Masilela

The Former CEO of the PIC, Head of Policy Analysis at Sanlam, and, soon to chair the Mulitchoice Group, is a notable leader in economic policy and impact investing. He is a board member at the SARB, the GEPF and the UN Global Compact, alongside founding the Impact Investing SA movement and participating in the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing.

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Gilbert Nyatanyi

The former CEO of Rwanda's Sovereign Wealth Fund is a highly seasoned Banking & Finance Lawyer, boasting over two decades of expertise in advising on secured transactions, corporate finance and capital markets. He brings with him a deep understanding and knowledge of sovereign wealth funds, supranational institutions and African institutional investors.

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Frank Aswani

CEO of the African Venture Philanthropy Alliance, a network of investors who are collaborating to increase the flow of capital into social investments across Africa. He has extensive experience from several organisations like the African Leadership Academy and spent 14 years in senior positions with Eli Lily.