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David Kuwana

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Tatenda Mutizwa

Founding Director

Tatenda is a founding director of Nurture. Before founding Nurture, Tatenda was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs International, based in Johannesburg and covering Sub Saharan Africa. During his four years at Goldman Sachs, Tatenda advised corporate and high net worth clients looking to invest in Africa, as well as African companies seeking to raise debt or equity financing.

Tatenda executed transactions with a value in excess of $6bn for a number of clients including Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs’s principal investment arms, Actis, Massmart, Standard Bank, Barclays, AngloGold Ashanti and Jinchuan. Tatenda has previously also worked at Ernst and Young and is a chartered accountant by profession. Tatenda serves on the boards of various Nurture portfolio companies as part of his Nurture responsibilities and on the boards of non-Nurture entities such as Rift Valley Holdings. He is also a founding trustee of the Kunashe Foundation, an organization that provides primary school scholarships for children in Zimbabwe.
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Uchi Gappah

Founding Director

Uchi is a founding director of Nurture. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Actuarial Science) from the University of Cape Town. Before founding Nurture, Uchi was part of the executive management as Head of Research for Sygnia Asset Management, a South African domiciled asset management company. At Sygnia, Uchi was responsible for quantitative and qualitative research and manager due diligence for a pool of assets that exceeded $10bn in a universe that included both private and public equities, hedge funds as well as other traditional asset classes for both domestic and international markets.

Prior to joining Sygnia, Uchi worked at Clade Asset Management, where he was also Head of Research and also a portfolio manager for a fund of hedge funds and a fixed income fund. Uchi serves on the boards of various Nurture portfolio companies and is a trustee of the Nurture Education Trust.
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Sharon Bwanya

Chief Operating Officer

Sharon is the Chief Operating Officer of Nurture. Prior to joining Nurture, she was a partner at a premier Zimbabwean commercial law firm that is set to combine with Dentons, and she also briefly worked at the London office of Mayer Brown International. For over twelve years in legal practice, Sharon advised international funders and investors on project financing in large scale and small-scale projects in the energy, infrastructure, tourism and agriculture sectors. She also worked on notable mergers and acquisitions as well as private equity transactions.

Her client base was mainly listed entities such as British American Tobacco Zimbabwe and Rainbow Tourism Group and financial institutions such as Old Mutual, Fidelity and CBZ Holdings. In executing her duties at Nurture which include investment assessment and structuring of cross-border deals, Sharon combines her Zimbabwean on-the-ground expertise with a global outlook having studied, worked or lived in countries such as South Africa, Germany, the US, and the UK. She is an active Rotarian and sits on the boards of various non-profits advancing health, education and legal rights.
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Barbara Gatsi

Finance Manager

Barbara is a Chartered Accountant with over twelve years' experience in external and internal audit, tax, financial reporting, financial due diligence, valuations, mergers and acquisitions, financial management and project management. She has worked in the USA, the Netherlands, South Africa and Zimbabwe for top tier firms such as PwC and the Econet Group.

During her time at PwC, Barbara was seconded to the New York and Hartford Offices on global assignment in the Banking and Capital Markets and Insurance divisions respectively where she gained valuable knowledge of US GAAP and PCAOB regulations for SEC listed clients. She holds a post graduate diploma in Advanced Auditing from the University of Cape Town. She is the Finance Manager at Nurture and as part of her duties, she sits on the boards of various Nurture portfolio companies in Zimbabwe and in South Africa.
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Kuda Gumbie

Associate

Kudakwashe Gumbie studied Economics, Finance and International Trade at Deakin University in Australia. Since graduating he has worked in Retail, Construction and Financial Services. In his previous roles he has held various managerial positions and has experience in research and financial analysis, portfolio management, due diligence, client relationship management and administration.

He has passed all three levels of the CFA Program and may be eligible for the CFA charter upon completion of the required work experience. Kuda is currently an associate with Nurture.
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Vongai Matenga

Advisory Associate

Vongai joins Nurture from a premier Zimbabwean commercial law firm where she was involved in the structuring of cross-border investments in the mining, manufacturing, tourism and agriculture sectors. Her key expertise is in conducting due diligence on target companies, preparing transaction documents and advising on regulatory compliance.

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Tolerance Nzounhenda

Junior Associate

Tolerance graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) in 2016. He has had diverse corporate experience across industries including Fin-Tech, Retail banking, Construction, Micro-Finance, Receivables Trading, Energy, Insurance and Agriculture. Tolerance also has a passion for creative idea generation with the aim to enhance investor returns and improving social impact. He has been involved in portfolio management and development at Nurture since 2018. He is currently based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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Mike Kayigize

Junior Associate

The Nurture resident linguist, Mike, speaks four languages fluently including French, Spanish and English, and has a working knowledge of a few others, all of which come in handy in his deal sourcing and network building functions. Mike holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from his time in the United States. His investment focus areas are our Energy, Technology (Financial or otherwise) and Impact investments in developing markets. In addition to sourcing, structuring and helping manage our investments, Mike is fast learning the ropes of capital raising and stakeholder relationship management.

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Teresa Chitapi

Executive Assistant

Teresa holds a BSc. (Hons) Degree in Information Systems and a post graduate diploma in Development Education with Kimmage University in 2012. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Strategic Management. In her ten-year career, she has held roles such as Programs Officer, Marketing Manager and Executive Assistant. Immediately prior to joining Nurture, she worked at the Australian Embassy under the Direct Aid Program as an Administrative Assistant performing monitoring and evaluation and grants management duties. Teresa now serves as an Executive Assistant at Nurture and also runs a retail business.