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
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
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
Produce highly attractive financial returns and make a material positive contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (‘SDGs’)
Material Positive Contributions to the SDGs
Benefiting the societies in which our portfolio companies operate and leaving a lasting positive legacy.
Contributing to the urgent need for decarbonisation in Africa.
Assesses quantity and quality of jobs provided, Enhancing skills and productive capacity, generating employment and foreign exchange.
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
The Surya team blends strong private equity track record in emerging markets with business building experience.
Years of EM investment experience
Attributable cash-on-cash returns
Mid term equity investment target into East Africa
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
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
Deep Local Networks
Proven Track Record
Private equity veterans contribute deal-making, investment and management experience to inform Surya’s investment decisions and build Surya’s investment and operational processes
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