Tawanda has over 20 years’ experience across Investment Banking covering Venture Capital, Risk & Compliance, Private Equity primaries, secondaries and co-investments, Structured Finance, Project Finance, IPOs, Private Placements, Corporate turnarounds/restructuring M&A, DCM/ECM, Corporate Advisory & Restructuring, Distressed Investment and Asset management expertise on buy and sell side. He has raised over $5 billion in assets for alternative investments including private equity, private/ opportunistic credit and hedge funds. His experience includes leading a syndicate of venture investors into a select group of global companies with strong technology underpinnings, highly differentiated offerings, and validation from sophisticated buyers. He enjoys the benefit of a huge global network across venture capital, Investment banking, entrepreneurs and enterprise, from which he has applied a selective criteria for principal investments, as an Angel and Corporate investor (until recently partner at Blumberg Capital, a US based VC with $650M under management and Meridian Asset Management a firm he co-founded with over 1.5B Assets under Management. Tawanda spent an early part of his career in Public practice to Director level and moved into investment banking holding senior executive level roles with First Capital, Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, JP Morgan, KKR, Chase Capital Partners, IOOF. Tawanda has worked across all continents and is fluent in 7 languages. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (UK) and CA Australia, holding an MBA and degrees from Oxford university and Imperial College.
He is particularly passionate about helping founders get ideas off the ground and navigate the challenges of building/growing businesses with a focus on the intersection of the start-ups and good governance which creates a concrete foundation for the future of any business. He can help large companies grappling with disruption by adding imaginative, entrepreneurial capabilities, thinking and energy to the challenges (and opportunities) that tech disruption brings. As advisor to Boards, CEO’s, COO’s, Founders, As an advisor to Innovation Directors, Corporate Venture Funds, Incubators As an entrepreneur-in-residence/coach/mentor, As an investor Passionate about tech, specifically Fintech, Biotech, Agtech, Mobile, Blockchain and ai. Fintech for the great potential to empower the majority of populations in emerging markets and break the cross-border payment woos. Biotech for the potential to eradicate disease and enhance life across the globe. Agtech, Food security is the biggest threat to human existence, the ability to use land effectively to feed the globe. Mobile for the remarkable opportunities that it’s scale & capability affords. The fabric of our society is being re-written by mobile. It’s the first time in human history where everyone on the planet is part of a man-made system. Blockchain for its radical potential to fundamentally transform the creation and delivery of services over the internet, and Ai, for redefining the speed, scale and cost of providing services.