Mr Eytan M. Stibbe, the Founding Director, has been involved in investment in Africa for the past 26 years.
Mr Stibbe studied Mathematics & Computer Science at Bar Ilan University and completed his Masters in Business Administration at the European University, Belgium.
Among his many professional accomplishments, Mr Stibbe has worked extensively in initiating business and financing ventures worldwide, primarily in developing countries, including many countries in Africa. His vision and leadership have provided for the initiation, implementation and successful completion of high-profile projects and financings throughout this region, with the consistent characteristic being the alignment of tangible humanitarian objectives alongside financial and business interests.
Consequently, Stibbe’s successes in this regard have become a hallmark of his involvement in any project, financing and investment in which he has been involved and has resulted in real and marked improvements in the quality of life for tens of thousands of people.
Mr Stibbe is one of the founders and is a board member of the Center for African Studies at Ben-Gurion University.
Mr Alexander Oppenheim earned undergraduate degrees in geography and economics at Hebrew University and a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University. Mr Oppenheim also earned a LLB (Law) from Tel Aviv University.
Mr Oppenheim has served as Executive Vice President of International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Association. Subsequently, he implemented a wide range of airport and air traffic control projects throughout Africa. Most recently, Mr Oppenheim has served as the Director General of Aldeia Nova, the innovative, fully integrated, agricultural and rural development ventures throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr Oppenheim has extensive experience and relationships in Africa and a deep understanding of the local cultures.
Dr. Jimmy Weinblatt, was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He has a BA, MA and PhD in Economics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. From 1978 to 1981 he was Principal Investigator at the David Horowitz Institute for the Research of Developing Countries at Tel Aviv University and was active in various research institutions such as The Maurice Falk Institute for Economics Research in Israel and Marsha and Kenneth Tucker Professor of Economic Development as lecturer, researcher and investigator. From 2002 to 2010 He was Rector of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and at present he is President of Sapir Academic College.
He has been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and is member of the American Economic Association. Dr. Weinblatt has written numerous articles and books on economics of social issues and associated subjects. Currently he is President of the Sapir Academic College.
Mr António de Almeida Santos is a distinguished jurist who graduated as a Licentiate in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra in 1950. In 1952 he went to Lourenço Marques, Overseas Province of Mozambique (now Maputo, Mozambique) where he was a lawyer from 1953 to 1974 and a Member of the Group of Democrats of Mozambique. Upon his return to Lisbon he served as Minister of the Inter-territorial Coordination in the first four Provisional Governments, of the Social Communication in the 6th and Minister of Justice in the 1st Constitutional Government of Mário Soares.
In the 2nd Constitutional Government he was the Adjoint Minister to the Prime Minister of Portugal Mário Soares and in the 6th Constitutional Government he was Minister of State and of Parliamentary Affairs. Mr, Santos was also the President of the Parliamentary Group of PS between 16 October 1992 and 10 November 1993, and the President of PS in 1992, re-elected in 1994. He was elected the 10th President of the Assembly of the Republic in the 7th and 8th Legislatures (31 October 1995 - 4 April 2002). Since 1985, Mr Santos has been a Member of the Portuguese Council of State, as the President of the Assembly of the Republic from 31 October 1995 to 4 April 2002, and from then on as a Member elected by the Assembly of the Republic.
Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr., KBE is a retired general of the United States Army. General Clark graduated from University of Oxford where he earned a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a Master's in military science.
General Clark spent 34 years in the Army and the Department of Defense, receiving many military decorations, several honorary knighthoods and The Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Clark commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000.
General Clark has been actively engaged in global public affairs, political campaigns and humanitarian efforts. He is a frequent contributor and commentator in the global print and electronic media on broad range of current affairs. Clark also, currently serves as the co-chairman of Growth Energy.
Dr. Yehuda Lancry was born in Morocco. Lancry earned his PhD in French Literature at the University of Nice in 1986 after serving in the Israeli Airforce. After earning is his degree in French literature at the University of Haifa, he entered politics and served as the mayor of Shlomi for nine years.
In 1992 Dr. Lancry became the Israeli ambassador in France. He served as ambassador for three years. Upon his return, he was elected a member of the Israeli Parliament between the years 1996 and 1999. In 1999 he was head of the Israeli delegation United Nations for four years after which he returned and became member of the Israel Airport Authority. Currently, Lancry is the chairman of Channel 2 News in Israel. Dr. Lancry is an author and has written books with the French writer Michel Butor.
Mr Schönfeld holds an undergraduate degree in Law (LLB) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MBA from the INSEAD Business School in France & Singapore.
Mr Schönfeld has over a decade of experience in the fields of economics, financial analysis and business development, with top-tier organizations such as McKinsey & Company, UBS and Ernst & Young. During this time he has led a large number of assignments in a broad range of industries, including infrastructure, construction, healthcare, energy, telecommunication, financial services and more, in many geographical locations, including Africa.
Mr Schönfeld brings with him a strong foundation of business fundamentals and a rigorous, methodological approach to the analysis of potential investment opportunities by the Fund.
Ms Shvartzvald graduated from the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students at Tel Aviv University. Her diverse studies included many aspects of environmental and social sustainability such as business practices, public policy and exact sciences. Renana also completed her studies for a Masters degree in environmental policy at the Porter School of Environmental Studies.
Ms Shvartzvald has accumulated significant experience in project oversight and controlling, as well as organizational process implementation and was previously employed in this capacity as head of IT budget and control systems content in a large project design and execution company operating primarily in Africa. Renana is currently a member of Vital Capital's investment team, where she is responsible for social and environmental impact analysis and policy.