Emilio Cattaneo has joined the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund as its first Executive Director, where his primary focus will be on implementing the fund’s growth strategy, further penetrating the fund’s loan sectors and bolstering relationships with donor governments, banks, advisers and other key members of the ecosystem in system in Africa and Europe. He will also be the principal spokesman for EAIF and an ambassador for the fund.
EAIF’s Chairman, David White, welcomed the appointment, noting that Cattaneo was an outstanding candidate for the role, and commenting that “He has the blend of intellectual weight, professional background and engaging personality needed to be a success in boardrooms and government offices in Africa and Europe.”
Cattaneo spent almost 20 years working for HSBC in the UK and overseas, after which he worked in a number of smaller firms, including an advisory M&A boutique that he founded and ran for 7 years and in a commodity brokerage firm focused on emerging markets, including Africa.
Most recently, he was Director, Asset Management at Climate Change Capital, a London-based fund manager, where he was closely involved in the development of an African private equity agri-business and renewable energy fund. .