John Blake, Partner
John Blake, B.Sc & B.Comm, has 14 years corporate finance and private equity experience in emerging markets. He has executed transactions in Africa, China and India. John was the Africa manager for a London listed Sino-India based private equity fund and subsequently a partner in an emerging market focussed private equity fund in China, Africa and India.
His consulting and project-based experience is complimented by a history of entrepreneurship by starting, building and exiting two successful technology start-ups. John has executed transactions in the technology, industrial, media, renewable energy and natural resource sectors.
He is fluent in English and Afrikaans and is currently learning Mandarin.
Mario GR Oriani-Ambrosini, Partner
Mario is a lawyer, businessmen and politician.
A graduate of Rome University and Georgetown Law Centre, he practiced commercial law in Washington DC. in both legal and venture capital firms and constitutional law for a US NGO assisting foreign governments and leaders.
Mario has established and run businesses and companies in the United States, South Africa and Vietnam. He played a key role in one of the largest construction projects in China spanning over 10 years.
As a politician, he spent ten years in the South African government as a Cabinet Advisor, including two years negotiating and creating the current post apartheid South African constitution. He now serves as a Member of Parliament with a Committee portfolio that includes; Trade & Industry, Finance, Public Enterprise and Justice.