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 200 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




Yusuf A. Shaikh

Yusuf is a former management consultant with experience across the energy, automotive and public sector industries.

He worked in the Boston Consulting Group’s Johannesburg office covering different practice areas across a diverse range of clients in the public and private sector. Key cases include: Corporate strategy within energy, investment due diligence within automotive and pricing optimisation for a B2B company.

Yusuf has a keen interest within the investments and consulting space, and is passionate about helping identify and grow the next great African companies.


University of Cape Town

B.Bus.Sci (Finance with Accounting)



Hope Ditlhakanyane

Hope Ditlhakanyane has consulting experience across the public sector, retail, FMCG and financial services

As a consultant for A.T. Kearney, her key projects included operational transformation programme within public sector, strategic growth initiatives & change management within retail and distribution network optimization and 3PL sourcing within an FMCG. Her work led her towards fast-tracked promotion to Senior Business Analyst.

An Allan Gray Fellow and Cum Laude graduate in Entrepreneurship, she uses her skills to advance socio-economic growth across Africa.


University of Cape Town

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FELLOW and Portfolio Company Interim Chief Operating Officer

Kuhle Mnisi

Kuhle is a recent Development Finance graduate from the University of Cape Town.

While completing her MCom, Kuhle worked as Assistant Lecturer at the University of Cape Town on a final year course, Strategic Thinking. She also interned with Act in Africa, a design thinking and entrepreneurship development program, based in Harare. She provided consulting services with JBJConsult providing course material creation for next generation impact investors.

Kuhle also has work experience in investment banking from Goldman Sachs and auditing from PwC.

Kuhle is interested in creating sustainable solutions to economic problems in Africa.


University of Cape Town - Graduate School of Business
M. Com. (Development Finance)

University of Cape Town
B.Bus.Sci (Finance with Accounting)