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Herman Marais

Managing Partner at Agri-Vie

Profile

Herman Marais is co-founder and managing partner at Agri-Vie, the USD 100m Africa Food & Agribusiness Investment Fund, managed by EXEO Capital, a pan-African investment manager. He comes from a legal and commerce background and is a former Deloitte partner and co-founder of an independent corporate advisory firm. Since 2007 he has been working with an experienced investment team out of Nairobi and Cape Town. This team has partnered twelve growth companies in the food & agri value chains of seven countries in Sub-Sahara Africa with both risk capital and operational support. The first Agri-Vie Fund is now in its realisation phase. More recently, the EXEO Capital team has concluded the first close of the USD 175m Agri-Vie Fund II, now investing. Along with the rest of his team, Herman believes strongly in the power of partnering competitively successful, ethically run businesses to deliver attractive financial returns as well as to be building blocks for sustainable communities.