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 holds an MBA from Duke University.

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. 

Rushil holds an MBA from Cambridge. He has also been recognised as part of the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 2017 class.  

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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ASSOCIATE

Hannah Arnold

Hannah Arnold is a seasoned analyst with a background in strategy consulting and financial services.

Before joining the Secha team, Hannah was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, where she worked across a diverse set of industries and practice areas. Key experiences include a major transformation at a multi-national FMCG, new business unit growth strategy for a data warehousing company, and significant due diligence experience across healthcare and ecommerce. Prior to Bain, Hannah worked as an analyst for the capital advisory firm Enclude Solutions, where she helped develop and model SME investment strategies for financial services clients.

Education

Duke University
B.A., Public Policy


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Analyst

Kyle Chea

Kyle Chea has high level advisory experience across private, public, and social sectors in small advanced economies.

Most recently, Kyle supported senior management and the Business Strategy & Analytics Team at Deltec Bank & Trust in the successful acquisition of a private bank, valued at US$82 million. He began his career as a Foreign Service Officer for The Bahamas responsible for Asian, African, and Caribbean & Latin American Affairs. He then joined the Front Office team at Cornèr Bank (Overseas) Limited, working with the investment and asset management teams in The Bahamas and Switzerland. As a Finance Associate at Baha Mar Limited, a US$3.5 billion mega-resort in The Bahamas, he developed market entry and growth initiatives, and led the project’s airlift and China strategies. 

Education

Vassar
A.B., Chinese and History


Analyst

Charlotte B. Luzuka

Charlotte Luzuka has over 12 years of working experience in a variety of industries, ranging from consulting, advisory and assurance, retail, FMCG and public sector clients, to working in the strategy division of a development finance institution, and to heading up innovation for a telematics company. 

As a consultant and auditor, Charlotte reviewed and advised on the controls and finances of FMCG, retail and gaming clients. She also assisted health care clients in improving their financial controls and reporting, as well as helping to build efficiencies in their processes. In the development space, she helped a development network map out how to improve their contributions towards achieving development goals. Currently, she is helping a telematics organisation to build a culture of innovation, using lean innovation and design thinking methodologies to bring startup agility to corporate structure and support.

Charlotte holds an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science

Education

Gordon Institue of Business Science (GIBS)
MBA

University of Fort Hare
BCom, Management and accounting