This post was originally produced for Forbes.
Eytan Stibbe, Founding Partner of Vital Capital, is one of the leading impact investors on the global scene, managing a $350 million private equity fund targeting impact in Sub-Saharan Africa. He’ll join me for a live discussion from his office in Tel Aviv to share his insights and updates since we first wrote about his firm a year ago.
Vital Capital invested in three major projects in Angola, a medical center, a community agribusiness and workforce housing. The medical center will be the most advanced medical facility in the country. The agribusiness serves and supports hundreds of family farmers that collectively produce nearly 10 percent of the country’s eggs. The housing project includes 40,000 affordable housing units.
Chickens laying eggs at Waku Kongo in Angola.
On Thursday, May 20, 2014 at 1:00 Eastern Stibbe will join me for a live video interview to get updates on his projects and insights about impact investing. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.
More about Vital Capital:
Vital Capital Fund is a $350 million private equity fund that invests in opportunities which simultaneously enhance the quality of life of communities in rapidly developing nations, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, while also delivering attractive financial returns for investors.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth over the past decade has been extensively chronicled. A litany of reports, articles and studies tout the impressive developments enabled by a significantly more stable political and economic landscape and an increasingly successful conversion of natural resources into important national assets and critical infrastructure.
Vital’s seasoned team has over 30 years of successful ‘on-the-ground’ experience in Africa across a wide range of industries.
Having successfully deployed billions of dollars in hundreds of large-scale infrastructure ventures, the Vital team brings a vast network of key relationships to the Fund.
Vital’s primary investment interest is the development of infrastructure. Vital broadens its investment prospects by focusing on urban, large-scale, community-integrated housing concepts and initiating fully integrated agro-industrial solutions, as well as giving particular emphasis to education and healthcare. In addition to these important sectors, the fund also seeks to invest in other large-scale infrastructure projects of national importance.
This intersection of need, opportunity and experience creates enormous potential for Vital to ‘Invest for Impact’: simultaneously providing tangible improvements in the quality of life of local populations while providing investors with attractive financial returns.
Eytan Stibbe at Lossambo, Huambo, Angola
Mr. Eytan M. Stibbe, the Founding Director of Vital Capital Fund, has been involved in investment in Africa for the past 26 years. Mr. Stibbe studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Bar Ilan University and completed his Masters in Business Administration at the European University in 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 led to the initiation, implementation and successful completion of high-profile projects throughout this region, with a consistent focus on aligning humanitarian objectives with financial and business interests.
Mr. Stibbe’s successes in this regard have become a hallmark of his involvement in any project or investment and have resulted in tangible improvements in the quality of life for tens of thousands of people.
Mr. Stibbe is a founder and board member of the Centre for African Studies at Ben-Gurion University.