Secha Capital
Investing in African companies

Who we Are

Entrepreneur-focused operating managers 

Founders

 

Managing Director

Brendan J. Mullen

Brendan Mullen has over 10 years of investment and advisory experience in both the USA and Africa.

He was previously a consultant with Bain & Company in its Johannesburg office, where he focused on agribusiness, FMCG, retail and energy. Previous to Bain, Brendan worked as a venture fellow at SJF Ventures, an impact investing venture capital firm. He began his career as a bond analyst at Putnam Investments, a Boston-based global asset manager. Brendan’s first experience into sub-Saharan Africa was as an advisor to the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship. His work with AAE, Bain and Secha has encompassed 12 different countries on the continent.

brendan@sechacapital.com  II  +27 76 376 1629

Education

Duke University
MBA

University of Richmond
B.A., Classics


Managing Director

Rushil K. Vallabh

Rushil Vallabh has experience in a variety of industries, from engineering to financial services and most recently consulting.

As a consultant with Bain & Company, he worked across practice areas as well as a diverse range of clients. Key projects included: post merger integration within financial services, strategy within public sector and FMCG, and decision effectiveness within Telecoms. Prior to Bain he worked as a Product Specialist for FNB's mobile money service 'eWallet', which had received awards for best payment initiative in 2012. His career began as an Aeronautical Engineer at CSIR, after graduating from Wits. 

He has also been recognised as part of the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 2017 class and the Mail & Guardian Top 20o Young South Africans.  

rushil@sechacapital.com  II  +27 82 666 3381

Education

University of Cambridge
MBA

University of Witwatersrand
BSc. Engineering, Aeronautical


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Founding Partner

Nombuso L. Nkambule, M.D.

Nombuso Nkambule, M.D., is a practicing doctor at Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg and has, in parallel to attaining her medical degree, a rich history in social enterprise and empowering the women of South Africa.

She is the Director of Royal Kalanga, a female cooperative social enterprise in Limpopo which assists disenfranchised women to develop trade skills and access markets. Previously, Nombuso co-founded and served as the executive director of Peace of the Educational Mind, a charity backed by late Minister Collins Chabane’s Xakani Foundation. Nombuso refined her world view when, as a student at Stanford Lake College, she represented South Africa as part of a highly selective global program at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA.

While earning her M.D. from The University of Witwatersrand, Nombuso practiced family medicine across South Africa, most notably in Johannesburg, Klerksdrop and Bushbuckridge.

Education

University of The Witwatersrand
BSc., MBBCh


Associates

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MBA INtern 

Chrysanthe K. Georgiou

Chrysanthe has financial services, investment management, telecommunications, manufacturing and logistics experience.

Most recently, Chrysanthe worked at Palmer Capital, a real estate investment fund in London where she managed five funds valued at approx. £270m. She was actively involved in stakeholder management, liaising with investors in Saudi Arabia, asset managers and operating companies in the UK. She designed and implemented more efficient and transparent transaction processes eliminating risks of cash shortage and unfavourable returns. 

Prior to that Chrysanthe was an Audit Senior at Deloitte, she worked in both the New York and Pretoria practice. In New York she was selected to lead a team of nine people, managing six international components for a global US listed manufacturing business. Further, she gained a range of exposure working on numerous clients across industries including, a nickel mine in Madagascar, and a merger transaction of a significant JSE REIT residential portfolio where she also presented to the board on innovation strategies to advance interests on new business developments in the central business district of Pretoria.

Education

University of Oxford
MBA

University of Pretoria
Bcom Hons Accounting Sciences


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Strategic Impact Manager

Tando Dubeni

Tando Dubeni has more than 10 years of experience specializing in Business Software Solutions. 

She has consulted, implemented and trained Sage ERP, Sage Accounting and CaseWare Annual Financials Reporting software throughout Africa & the Middle East and to a wide spectrum of industries including FMCG, Mining, Manufacturing and ICT.  As an independent consultant, she has assisted corporate organisations achieve compliance using SageBEE123 Software to monitor and evaluate transformation projects.

She facilitates a Youth Leadership Development Programme at GIBS Business School, where dialogue and experiential learning are used to facilitate peer-to-peer learning on the most pivotal social and political topics facing our nation's progress.

Education

University of South Africa
BCom, Informatics