Board and Executives
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Our team combines decades of private equity, financial services and investment experience in partnership with leading global private markets investment manager, Partners Group.
co-CEO of Helical Capital Partners
Craig Beney (B Comm Dip Acc, CA (SA))
Craig is a founding shareholder and co-CEO of Helical Capital Partners. As Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Convergence Partners, he focused primarily on governance, treasury and risk issues including E&S within Convergence Partners and portfolio companies, and prioritised the effective management of the Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund (CPCIF) – an African ICT infrastructure fund. Prior to joining Convergence Partners, Craig spent two years as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Phatisa Group (a niche private equity manager on the African continent) and was responsible for financial and investor reporting for the African Agriculture Fund, and was also instrumental in the establishment and raising of capital for the Pan African Housing Fund.
An impact investor at heart, Craig has considerable expertise in risk mitigation and capital management predominantly in the banking and private equity sector. This includes fulfilling roles at the Financial Services Authority (FSA), UBS and Barclays Capital in the UK, Investec Bank in South Africa and as a founding shareholder of Integer (a bank disintermediation start-up). Craig is also a non-executive board member of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) where he is responsible for the organisation's Asset Promotion sub-committee.
co-CEO of Helical Capital Partners
Carlos Ferreira (B.Comm (Honours), MBA)
Carlos is co-CEO of Helical Capital Partners, previously holding the position of CEO of financial and advisory services company, Fairstone Capital. Prior to this, for a period of 13 years, Carlos was the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for a number of privately held investment groups. During his tenure, he held numerous board positions including that of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of JSE-listed Gijima (one of the largest ICT groups in SA at the time) and was also a non-executive board member of Tourvest Group (the largest independent tourism group in Africa). In addition, Carlos has over a decade’s experience in the African banking sector, having worked for leading institutions such as Standard Bank and Absa, focusing on retail, corporate, merchant banking and private equity. Throughout his career, Carlos has invested, or been active in technology, media, telecommunications, tourism, agriculture, real estate and financial services.
Chairperson and Non-Executive Director at Helical Capital Partners
Yolande Tabo (B.Comm, PGDIPACC, CA(SA))
Yolande Tabo is Chairperson and Non-Executive Director at Helical Capital Partners. She is also a Director at Convergence Partners, where she focuses on investor relations and capital raising initiatives for the various funds under management and, on transformation. Yolande has private equity experience spanning capital raising, stakeholder management and finance and investment performance monitoring. In addition, Yolande fulfils the role of training officer for the Convergence Partners CA Training Programme and serves as a member of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association’s (SAVCA) Capital Raising and Transformation sub-committees. She has previously served on the boards of some of Convergence Partners portfolio companies and is currently a trustee of its social venture capital foundation and staff trust. Yolande completed the Programme for Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School.
Yvonne Maitin (B Comm Honours Financial Economics and Econometrics, MBA Finance)
Yvonne is a strategic advisor at Helical Capital Partners and also founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at One Africa Capital Partners (OACP), a majority black women-owned and managed SA private equity impact fund manager. Yvonne was previously a Partner at Bopa Moruo Private Equity, where she was a member of the investment team and led fund raising initiatives; a Specialist FundRaising consultant at STANLIB Private Equity; and a Divisional Director & Head of Distribution for the LibFin division of Liberty, responsible for on-balance sheet private equity and debt investments. Yvonne began her private equity career at Actis in 2007, where she was a member of the Pan-African investment team, focusing on company valuations, investment appraisals, deal execution and portfolio management.
Yvonne has extensive experience in private equity, private debt investment management, private equity fund set-up, fund raising, derivatives trading, structuring and debt origination, having also worked for Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Bank and Debt Capital Markets. She started her career as an economic analyst at Credit Suiss First Boston (SA), where she worked with renowned chief economist, the late Nick Barnardt. In addition, she is currently a board member of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) and Inverse Logistics Africa.