Donovan Chimhandamba

Chairman, Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group

Donovan Chimhandamba

Chairman, Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group

Biography

Donovan commands more than 15 years of professional experience at senior levels in blue chip companies including National Empowerment Fund, Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), Vesuvius International and Group Five. Donovan began his career as an Industrial and Manufacturing Engineer at Engen Petroleum Refinery in Durban, and progressed to occupy senior management roles that included roles as operations engineer, production manager, general manager manufacturing and business development executive. In 2011 Donovan co-founded Arkein Capital Partners with Anglo- American Kumba Trust. In his role as CEO of Arkein Capital Partners, he led the construction of an early stage (venture capital) industrials portfolio, creating new companies with a potential balance sheet size in excess of US$400 million. Also under his leadership, Arkein has formed two funds totalling more than US$350 million which Arkein was the Private Equity Fund Manager. In 2012 and 2013 he also led a number of private equity buy-outs for a Community Trust totaling US$150 million and setting up healthcare fund of US$200 million in 2014.Between 2008 and 2011, Donovan was the Head of Strategic Projects Fund, a division of the National Empowerment Fund specializing in Venture Capital, Private Equity and Project Finance. Under his leadership, the fund grew from zero to a portfolio size projected to be in excess of ZAR25 billion for some 27 projects. Donovan has a solid track record in closing deals in sectors including mining, mineral beneficiation, chemicals, petrochemicals, telecommunications, renewable energy, water, infrastructure, aviation, healthcare and construction.

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