Kim Kamarebe holds a BS Financial Engineering Degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Kim Kamarebe has significant experience in Investment Banking, Business Management and Private Equity in the European and African arenas. Prior to co-founding the Damascus Group, Kim was in charge of East African Investments for TLG Capital, a leading private equity investor in frontier markets with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. TLG has a number of investments in East Africa, including Quality Chemical Industries Limited, the first WHO-approved manufacturer of anti-retroviral and anti-malarial medications in Sub-Saharan Africa. At TLG, Kim had responsibility for its interests across a range of sectors, including but not limited to, FMCG manufacturing, healthcare, technology, real estate and hospitality. Prior to TLG Capital, Kim worked at HSBC Bank’s Principal Investments Practice focusing on private equity investments in large cap African enterprises. At HSBC, Kim accumulated significant African commodities transactional experience, including but not limited to, the management and sale of a diamond mine in Southern Africa, and the proposed purchase of a chrome and platinum mine in Southern Africa.
Kim spent the bulk of her career at Goldman Sachs International in London and New York, primarily covering Real Estate, Leverage Finance and Sub-Saharan Africa Coverage. At Goldman Sachs, Kim worked on US$bn US and European real estate transactions, €bn European leveraged finance and financial restructuring transactions, in addition to European and African Mergers & Acquisitions advisory. Kim was integral in the celebrated restructuring of a €10bn publicly-listed pan-European real estate conglomerate and in the initiation of a sub-Saharan Africa Mergers & Acquisitions advisory focus at Goldman Sachs.
Kim is a frequent speaker on finance and investment and sits on several Boards in the region.
Joe Kalema’s experience ranges across the finance spectrum: from Investing to Investment Management to Business Development. Most recently, Joe worked at African Alliance, a leading African Investment Bank, as a fixed income analyst.
Prior to African Alliance, Joe co-founded and worked with ICAN Holdings, a boutique investment fund focusing on special situations and opportunistic investments, where his responsibilities included equity research, investment analysis, fundraising, product innovation and business development.
Joe holds a BA Business Computing Degree from Makerere University.
Joe is currently pursuing a CFA charter and is an avid basketball player.