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Mark Jennings

Biography

Mark Jennings is an experienced investment and business development professional with nearly 25 years Private Equity and Venture Capital experience in Africa along with 10 years experience in management consulting and organizational development. He is a strong believer in the presence and power of entrepreneurialism across Africa and is passionate about the transformational impact that can be achieved through providing capital, along with business advice and guidance, to support the growth of businesses. He feels privileged to have played a role in the growth of key sectors such as telecommunications, financial services, infrastructure, IT, renewable energy and manufacturing, where not only has it been possible in many cases to achieve financial returns, but also to have positive social, economic and environmental impact. Mark served as Chair (non-executive) of the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) from 2003-2008, driven by the belief that professionals in PE and VC would benefit from opportunities to get together to share with and learn from each other, and that AVCA could also support the development of ideas, skills and knowledge in the PE and VC sectors. His experience tells him that if we continuously learn from both successes and failures then we are even better positioned to pursue future opportunities and to deal with challenges.