Bigen Africa gears for expansion into Africa

By: Bigen Africa  11-11-2011
Keywords: Project Management, Infrastructure Development, Revenue management

Bigen Africa gears for expansion into Africa

27 Oct 2011

Emmanuel Anesu Kere has been appointed as Executive Director: Africa at Bigen Africa, an Infrastructure Development firm specialising in engineering, asset and revenue management and development  finance.  Emmanuel joins the company from the Development Bank of Southern Africa, where he was Programme Manager: International Finance for Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

“Emmanuel’s extensive experience in strategy development, new business development, deal origination & structuring and project management and stakeholder relationships makes him the ideal candidate for extending our thrust into Africa,” says Dr Snowy Khoza, Bigen Africa CEO.

Emmanuel holds various qualifications, including an MBA in Strategic Management from the Thames Valley University in the United Kingdom, a Harvard Post-Graduate certificate in Building Competitive Economies and advanced certificates in project management, financial management, strategic negotiation and project finance.

Emmanuel is proficient in gathering market intelligence on regional trends relating to infrastructure  opportunities, preparing funding proposals, executing project due diligence, managing financial syndication and managing mega projects. At the DBSA, the portfolio under his management amounted to more than R3,5 billion.

He was involved in the deal origination and structuring of various projects across the infrastructure spectrum, including:

  • The construction of  the electricity distribution networks; refinancing; rehabilitation and refurbishment of hydro –electric plants;
  • Airports reconstruction projects; 
  • Housing projects and housing infrastructure;
  • Several new and Hotel developments & refurbishments;
  • Rail, road and Port rehabilitations;
  • The feasibility study for water supply and distribution; 
  • Gas pipeline development & construction;
  • Mining refurbishment, rehabilitation and construction. 

Kere says he is delighted to join Bigen Africa. “The company’s  ‘smarter business approach’ is robust. Its five-year strategy, which is now being launched, will indeed catapult Bigen Africa into a competitive force in infrastructure development. I am proud to be leading the expansion into Africa, assisted by teams of highly experienced experts in our core activities.”

The new Bigen Africa strategy confirms the driving force behind its success, namely to be part of a sustainable infrastructure development that will impact on people’s quality of life. 

“Our mission is to become the thought-leading multi-national infrastructure development consultancy in Africa” says Dr Khoza.

Keywords: Development Bank, Infrastructure Development, Infrastructure Development Firm, International Finance, Project Management, Revenue management

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