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Sustainable Financial and Human Capital for Africa

Bringing proven private equity, operational & business building expertise to Sub-Saharan Africa & helping African companies & entrepreneurs realise their long term potential.

Material Positive Contributions to the SDGs

About Us

Surya Capital is a principal investment firm that provides growth capital with operational expertise to entrepreneurs building highly scalable companies. We are sector agnostic but focus on companies that can benefit from rapid growth through digitisation

Our Approach

Make direct investments or co-investments with like-minded investment firms
Provide tailored capital solutions to entrepreneurs building category leaders leveraging the digital revolution taking place across multiple sectors in Africa
Focus on highly scalable businesses that can growth through disruption, operating expertise and digital enabling.
Mobilise high quality and relevant human capital from other Emerging Markets in addition to leveraging our networks in Developed Market
Embed sustainability, ethics, governance, diversity and inclusion in everything we do
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Our Mission is Three-Fold

Create partnerships that combine financial capital with enabling human
capital and deep industry expertise
Deliver returns through Surya’s active ownership and operational
improvements
over time
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Produce highly attractive financial returns and make a material positive
contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (‘SDGs’)

Material Positive Contributions to the SDGs

Sustainability Focus

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Social Contribution

Benefiting the societies in which our portfolio companies operate and leaving a lasting positive legacy.
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Environmental Contribution

Contributing to the urgent need for decarbonisation in Africa.
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Economic Contribution

Assesses quantity and quality of jobs provided,
Enhancing skills and productive capacity, generating employment and foreign exchange.
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Operational Contribution

Positively influencing our portfolio companies so that they adopt best global practices in their operations and governance.

Founders and Leadership Team

Surya’s leadership team has built a strong, complementary partnership through four years of collaborative deal-making in Africa
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The Surya team blends strong private equity track record in emerging markets with business building experience.

4

Investment professionals

35

Years of EM
investment experience

2.4x

Attributable cash-on-cash returns

>$300m

Mid term equity investment target into East Africa
Riaz Currimjee
CEO
Built Surya Capital into an Africa-focused principal investment firm
20+ years of financial and entrepreneurial expertise
Active shareholder and non-executive director of Currimjee Jewanjee & Co. (130-year old Mauritian conglomerate) – currimjee.com
Strong family connection to Africa through the Karimjee family in Tanzania, one of the oldest business houses in East Africa
Investment Banker at Lazard
Qualified Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen
BSc. Finance, Boston College
Ashwin Roy
CIO
Over 20 years Emerging Markets PE experience
Partner and Co-Head for Central and Eastern Europe for CVCI, a Citigroup-affiliated Emerging Markets private equity firm with c. $8bn of assets under management
Director of Private Equity for the sovereign wealth fund of Oman
Deployed over $700m of capital in emerging markets private equity, generating c. 2.4x cash-on-cash realised returns
Qualified as a UK Chartered Accountant with PWC London; Fellow of the ICAEW
MA Economics (First Class) from King’s College, University of Cambridge
Complementary Skillsets
Deep Local Networks
Proven Track Record

Non-Executive Partners

Private equity veterans contribute deal-making, investment and management experience to inform Surya’s investment decisions and build Surya’s investment and operational processes
Christopher Wright
Non-Executive Partner
Director, Merifin Capital, a European family office and advisor to several other European family offices
Non-Executive Partner of investment firms including Yimei Capital, GP Investimentos, The Fine Art Fund and Kestrel Partners
Co-founding Board Member, Roper Technologies (NYSE listed)
Formerly Global Head of Private Equity and management board member Dresdner Kleinwort
Global Head of Private Equity, Standard Bank
MA and Foundation Fellow, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
Sunil Nair
Non-Executive Partner
CVCI Managing Partner and Head for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India; Investment & Management Committees
Fixed Income Derivatives Structuring, Salomon Smith Barney
Consultant, McKinsey & Company
MBA, Yale University, Academic Excellence Award for Best Student; MS in Economics, Scuola Superiore EM Milan; Masters in Commerce and Gold Medalist, University of Madras

Get in touch

Our Office
Surya Capital Partners,
1st Floor, The Exchange,
18 Cybercity,
Ebene,
Mauritius
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