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Board of Ace Africa UK

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David Montgomery
Anne-Gabrielle Starkloff
Menka Jha
Nina Beale
Nishit Ruparelia
Rachel McCastman
Simon Curtis

David Montgomery

Chairman
After a childhood in Africa 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 Starkloff

Starkloff_Anne-Gabrielle_v_highAnne-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.

Nina Beale

Nina BealeNina 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.

Nishit Ruparelia

B0B045FD-00B1-458B-9D1F-26AF24C020BF_1_201_aNish 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 McCastman

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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.

Simon Curtis

CURTIS_SIMON_246603_PhotographSimon works in a senior role within Compliance and Regulation at a large Investment Bank in London. He grew up in South Africa and went to School in Natal and attended the University of Cape Town (UCT). After completing his degree in Commerce at UCT, Simon qualified as a South African Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. Simon moved to London in the early 1990’s where he currently resides, he has worked for a number of Investment Banks in various roles in the Legal, regulatory and compliance areas. Simon is married with four sons and lives in South West London. He is a regular visitor to Africa and is very keen to get involved with Ace and assist the success of the organisation. He plans to visit their operations in Kenya shortly.