Ronald S. Lauder

Ronald S. Lauder

Chairman, Clinique Laboratories (division of Estee Lauder)

Ronald S. Lauder is an international philanthropist, diplomat, public servant, entrepreneur, investor and patron of the arts. Mr Lauder is currently the Chairman of Clinique Laboratories, a division of The Estée Lauder Companies. Mr Lauder is also Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Lauder was appointed Ambassador to Austria by President Ronald Reagan after serving several years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for European and NATO policy. Upon his return from Vienna in 1987, he established the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which supports Jewish schools, camps and community centers in several countries in Eastern Europe. At this time, he also created an International Student Exchange Program between Jewish high school students in New York and Vienna. A patron of the arts and a noted collector, Mr. Lauder was Chairman of the Museum of Modern Art from 1995 to 2005 and now serves as the museum’s Honorary Chairman. In 2001, he established the Neue Galerie New York, of which he is President. The museum is dedicated to German and Austrian art. Mr. Lauder also created Central European Media Enterprises, Ltd.  (NASDAQ: CETV), a leading commercial television company that reaches 95 million people in seven countries throughout Central and Eastern Europe. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the New York based Water Holding Group RWL Water, LLC.  Currently, the four portfolio companies within the RWL Water Group are Nirosoft Industries Ltd. based in Carmiel, Israel, Eurotec WTT, based in Padova, Italy, Aeromix Systems Inc. based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Unitek SA based in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Mr Lauder has long been committed to civic causes, public policy issues and has pursued impact investments in Africa since 2012.

Richard Parsons

Richard Parsons

Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners, Inc.

Richard Parsons, Former Chairman of the Board of Citigroup Inc. and was also Chairman of the Board and CEO of Time Warner, Inc. Before joining Time Warner, in 1995, Mr. Parsons was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dime Bancorp, Inc., one of the largest thrift institutions in the United States. Previously, he was the managing partner of the New York law firm Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler.  Prior to that, he held various positions in state and federal government, as counsel for Nelson Rockefeller and as a senior White House aide under President Gerald Ford. Mr Parsons was named America’s Best CEO in the entertainment industry by Institutional Investor in 2005. In 2008, Mr. Parsons served as a member of then-President-Elect Barack Obama’s Economic Transition Team. More recently, he served as a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. At present, he is a Senior Advisor at Providence Equity Partners, Inc., a leading private equity investment firm specialising in media, communications and information companies and is the Chairman of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New NY Education Reform Commission. Mr. Parsons is also a member of the boards of The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., Lazard Freres and Company, and Madison Square Garden, Inc.

Afsane Jetha

Afsane Jetha

Managing Partner & CEO

Afsane Jetha is the Managing Partner & CEO of Alta Semper Capital LLP. Prior to founding Alta Semper, Afsane spent nearly five years with the Duet Group as the Managing Director of the firm’s African Private Equity platform, investing nearly US$200m across Sub-Saharan Africa. While at Duet, Afsane led the largest private equity transaction into Ethiopia, Dashen Brewery, as well as, sourced and executed on several consumer-facing transactions in Ghana, Uganda and Cote D’Ivoire. Prior to Duet, she was at GI Partners where she executed several transactions in the healthcare, consumer and real-estate sectors. Earlier in her career, she was part of the Consumer Team at Permira in London which followed her time at Wasserstein Private Equity and Merrill Lynch in New York. Afsane holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc in Economics, from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has strong personal and professional ties to East Africa being a fourth generation Tanzanian.


Zachary Fond

Vice President

Zachary joined Alta Semper in 2016 as a Vice President. Zachary brings more than eight years of advisory and investing experience to the firm. Prior to joining Alta Semper, Zachary was a Senior Associate at Emerging Capital Partners where he covered infrastructure and consumer / retail investments in Kenya. He worked across the private equity life cycle including fund raising, new investments, portfolio management and exits. Prior to Emerging Capital Partners, Zachary was an M&A Executive at SABMiller and worked on beverage related transactions in South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Tanzania. Zachary’s advisory experience was developed within the investment banking divisions of UBS and Goldman Sachs in New York and Johannesburg. He focused on Consumer Products and broader Sub-Saharan Africa. Zachary has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from Cornell University.


Gilles Nkana

Senior Associate

Gilles joined Alta Semper as  a Senior Associate. Prior to joining Alta Semper, he was an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs where he focused on European Industrial and TMT (Technology, Media and Telecom) companies. He worked on M&A, Equity and Debt financing transactions. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Gilles gained experience in venture capital in Africa at Rocket Internet and helped roll-out a leading real estate platform in Tanzania. He gained investment experience with the Global Credit Fund team of BNP Paribas’ asset management division. Gilles also gained operational experience at Zalando, Europe’s largest online fashion retailer. Gilles has a MSc in Management from EM Lyon Business School (France) and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany). He is a native from Cameroon and is fluent in French, German and English.

Nisaa Jetha

Nisaa Jetha

In-House Counsel

Nisaa is a qualified solicitor of England & Wales and advocated for her clients in lower courts, involved in high-court litigation and holds both private and in-house corporate commercial experience. She overseas general in-house legal, compliance and regulatory affairs having successfully obtained the firm’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) license and is the firm’s ESG appointee responsible for implementing various rubrics on various deals. She has been engaged in the diplomatic arena having been invited to attend high-level public diplomacy plenaries at the United Nations, curated her own platforms with presence from international governments within UK Parliament and secures strategic partnerships for Alta Semper through her strong network of African government missions, UK parliamentarians, DFIs and UN officials. She holds a BA (hons) in IDS from McGill University, an LLB from the University of London’s (SOAS), with post graduate diplomas in International Law (University of Nottingham) and LPC (University of Law).


Sofia Efstathiou

Business Development Analyst

Sofia oversees general administrative matters, advises on HR affairs and covers investor relations. Sofia has been responsible for maintaining relationships with existing investors, managing the re-up and co-investment process and engaging in pre-marketing research. She provides general day-to-day HR support across the management and investment team, develops HR planning strategies and policies in compliance with statutory obligations, assists with the drafting of Compliance reports and reviews a range of SLA and Supplier Agreements to ensure that terms are in-line with the Firm’s general compliance and business. Sofia holds a first class degree in English Literature from King’s College London and is fluent in English, Greek and Italian.

Greg Parsons

Greg Parsons

CEO, Semper Capital Management

Greg Parsons, is the CEO of Semper Capital Management, and has been part of Semper Capital since 2008. He also serves on Semper Capital’s Risk Management and Compliance committees. In addition to his role at Semper Capital, Greg is on the Board of Pan African Investment Company, an early-stage venture capital investor in Africa, founded by Mr. Ronald Lauder and Mr. Richard Parsons. Greg is responsible for oversight and portfolio management at PIC. Prior to joining Semper Capital, Greg served as Founding and Managing Member of CP Capital Partners, LP. Previously, he served as an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company in the Financial Services Group. Greg began his career over 20 years ago. He holds an AB from Princeton University.


Fabio Pannuti

Chairman Advisory Board

Fabio Pannuti has managed wealth for two ultra-high net worth families over the last twenty years. Fabio has also been a board member of a number of publicly listed entities on various international stock exchanges. Until 2016, he was the CEO of the Ronald Lauder Family Office, managing a portfolio in excess of $5 billion. Until recently, he was a non-executive director of the Family Office Council in the UK; a non-profit body that oversees more than 100 family offices with a net worth of more than £250 million. As Chairman of the Advisory Board, Fabio assists the executive team in facilitating deal and investor interaction, general oversight and transactional problem solving, as well as forward planning.