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SAVCA announces van der Merwe’s successor

Tanya van Lill has been appointed to lead the Southern Africa Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, better known as SAVCA. She takes over from Erika van der Merwe, the high=profile Chief Executive Officer of the industry association, who is stepping down in order to relocate with her family to the Netherlands.

Van Lill acted as the Director of Academic Programmes at the Gordon Institute of Business Science or GIBS, the at which she earned her MBA. In her new role, she will focus on continuing to raise the profile of the private equity and venture capital investment community in Southern Africa and deepen the associations relationships with the industry’s stakeholders.

“As an organisation we are intensifying our focus on engaging with regulators and policymakers, and on promoting the positive impact of the asset class to local, regional and international institutional investors,” said SAVCA’s Chairman, Dave Stadler in the statement welcoming her appointment. “ Tanya is the ideal person to deliver on our strategic aim of encouraging greater flows of institutional capital to private equity and venture capital fund managers, for productive deployment into investee companies in Southern Africa and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Van Lill takes up her new role just as SAVCA’s annual conference kicks off in Stellenbosch this week.

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