Secha Capital
Investing in African companies

Who we Are

Entrepreneur-focused operating managers 



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.  II  +27 76 376 1629


Duke University

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.  II  +27 82 666 3381


University of Cambridge

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.


University of The Witwatersrand


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MBA INtern 

Allegra Palmer

Allegra Palmer has retail, consumer and financial services experience.

Most recently, Allegra worked on the business strategy and analytics team for Walmart Stores Inc. where she developed growth strategies for FMCG businesses. Prior to Walmart, Allegra was a Senior Associate at Women's World Banking, an international non-profit consulting firm working to provide financial services to women in emerging markets. There, she worked on financial product development and marketing projects primarily in the Middle East and North Africa.


Duke University

Occidental College
Bachelor of Arts, Diplomacy and World Affairs

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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.


University of South Africa
BCom, Informatics