After a childhood in Kenya and a History degree from Exeter University, David Montgomery has added a decent track record as a businessman and entrepreneur to a successful career as a soldier. During his Army service David filled some critical staff and training appointments world-wide and enjoyed key commands at every level culminating with 7th Armoured Brigade – the Desert Rats. With further diversification as MD of a training company he founded in 2005 – sold last year – he provided award winning leadership and communications training to some 55,000 students. David’s pro bono work includes advice to retiring service personnel, sponsorship of schoolchildren in Africa, and trusteeship of the Royal British Legion Industries.
Anne-Gabrielle is a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she supports organisations on questions of strategy, with an emphasis on Digital and Analytics projects. She has been involved as a volunteer in several charities creating opportunities for children in the UK, Madagascar and France. Before moving to Consulting, Anne-Gabrielle had a career in Financial Markets in London. She holds a Masters in Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris, an MSc in Finance & Economics from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from INSEAD. She is also a CFA Charterholder.
Fiona Murray is a Management Consultant with 20 years’ experience spanning the corporate, public, civil society and NGO sectors. She specialises in grantmaking, programme management and organisational development, servicing funders and charities ranging in size from £40,000 to £100m pa. Fiona has lived and worked in South Africa and Ghana and carried out research in other West and East African countries. Fiona holds a bachelor’s degree in development and open studies from the Open Uniersity and she was attracted to Ace Africa because it of the positive action taken and continued commitments to decolonising aid and development.
Kennedy was Born and schooled (primary/secondary) in rural western Kenya. He was a beneficiary of Ace Africa bursary program for secondary school education.
Holds an undergraduate degree in Statistics and Programming from Kenyatta University and Masters in Biostatistics from University of Nairobi, both in Nairobi. At the start of his career, Kennedy worked with Ace both Kenya and TZ, in the research department where he Involved and baseline surveys, development of research tools and trained staff. Currently works as a statistician at Phastar, a contract research organisation in the Pharma industry.
Nina is an executive coach who empowers high achieving, talented professionals at pivotal moments in their careers. Prior to becoming a coach, she spent 15 years in the investment management industry as an investment manager/analyst. Her work led her to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, where she engaged with hundreds of senior leaders and CEOs across many sectors on strategic decisions and the future directions of their firms. She has an MBA degree, is a CFA Charterholder and holds an undergraduate degree in finance. She is African born, has travelled extensively across the continent and has a deep understanding of the operating environment, challenges and opportunities facing the African continent.
Nish is a consultant at Pivot Partners, a corporate finance and investment consultancy firm, where he supports corporates and start-ups on strategy and fundraising. Prior to consulting, Nish spent close to 15 years in investment banking raising equity capital for corporate issuers across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Born and raised in Kenya, Nish regularly travels to Kenya to visit friends and family. Nish holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Rachel is a solicitor at Russell Cooke LLP and specialises in advising charities and social businesses on a range of governance, commercial and regulatory matters. Rachel has visited Africa twice before and is looking forward to visiting Ace’s projects in Kenya and Tanzania.