Board of Directors
Anne Eriksson - independent director
Anne recently retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) as the Regional Senior Partner for Eastern Africa and Senior Country Partner Kenya, a role in which she oversaw 1,500 employees in six African countries.
In her 40-year career with PWC, 30 of which she spent as partner, she was widely recognized as one of Africa’s leading industry professionals.
She led the provision of audit and related advisory services for a wide range of clients: Pan African, regional and local, private and listed, including several banks and other financial institutions. She also advised countless audit committees and boards on financial reporting and internal control matters.
Anne has an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Warwick, is a Fellow of the Association of Certified and Chartered Accountants (FCCA), and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Accountants of Kenya (FCPA).
Brooks is founder of Roha and a partner with the firm. He serves as a board member on all of Roha’s portfolio companies and previously served as CEO (General Manager) of Juniper Glass Industries, Roha’s first large-scale industrial development.
Before founding Roha in 2013, Brooks was a consultant with McKinsey & Company – first in Johannesburg, and then as a co-founder of the Lagos office. He was inspired to start Roha by the number of compelling opportunities he saw across the continent and the lack of institutions pursuing them.
Brooks is based in Nairobi and has lived and worked in multiple African cities for the past twelve years. He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in social studies (with a focus on economics and politics).
Frans serves as Chairman and CEO of African Asset Finance Company Inc. He was the chairman of the organizing committee of Ethiopian Capital Goods Finance Business SC (under formation) and is the proposed vice chair of Ethio Lease. He is also a Roha partner and serves on a number of affiliated company boards.
Previously, Frans founded Tribute Capital, was a managing partner at Logispring, served as (interim) CEO of a number of industrial groups, and was a junior partner at Gilde Investment Funds. He has co-founded several businesses, including an equipment leasing company.
Frans holds a BA in history, an LLM from the University of Amsterdam and a post-graduate diploma in international relations from the University of Vienna.
Gabriel Negatu - independent director
Gabriel recently retired from the African Development Bank where he was Director General, Eastern Africa and directed the bank’s largest Regional Center, responsible for 13 member countries and a portfolio valued in excess of $9 billion (US).
Gabriel serves on a number of boards and councils and was recently appointed as a member of the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund Advisory Council.
Gabriel received a bachelor’s Degree from California State University and a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, PA. He has completed several advanced studies, including at Harvard University Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and the University of Manchester, UK.
Geoff Eisenberg - lead independent director
Geoff is a seasoned business executive with broad and deep experience in operating leadership and management development.
As a three-time CEO, Geoff has had the opportunity to work with and manage small to large teams across a number of industries, in privately held and publicly traded ownership environments, and across a wide array of functional areas.
Geoff has always had a keen interest in professional management and best practice governance. Whether by leading a 4,000-employee public US company (West Marine) or working with an individual executive as a CEO coach (The Eisenberg Company), Geoff has focused on helping executives improve their leadership and management skills.
With his 40+ years of U.S.-based management and board experience, Geoff provides an effective complement to the international experience of the AAFC Board.
Girma Wake - independent director
Girma serves as vice chairman of African Asset Finance Company Inc., is a member of the Organizing Committee of Ethiopian Capital Goods Finance Business SC (Ethio Lease), and is the chairman of Ethio Lease
He also serves as chairman of United Insurance and as an adviser to the Government of Togo.
Girma is best known for transforming Ethiopia Airlines into the leading African aviation powerhouse it is today.
He is the former chairman of Rwanda Air and worked earlier in his career for Gulf Air. He graduated from the University College of Addis Ababa.
Michael Turner - independent director
Michael is Managing Director of Actis in East Africa.
Born in Tanzania and based in Nairobi, Kenya, Michael is an experienced private equity investor and has developed a deep understanding of PE investment throughout sub- Saharan Africa. He serves on various company boards, including with two banks and the Nairobi Stock Exchange.
Previously, Michael worked for Lehman Brothers and Kleinwort Benson in London. He started his career with Price Waterhouse.
Michael holds a first class degree in Civil Engineering and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Mohab Mufti - independent director
Mohab is a Saudi Executive with thirty years of experience in financial services, including global markets, structured finance and direct investments. He currently leads advisory firm Decca Investments and serves on the Board of Arqaam Capital, a Dubai-based emerging markets investment bank.
Previously he had established Asiya Investments' advisory business in Dubai and led the management of a trade finance fund.
Prior to moving to Dubai, he was the CEO of Gulf International Bank (UK) Ltd. where he was directly responsible for the management of bank and client assets of $20 billion.