As beneficiaries of infrastructure, education, and opportunity, we feel compelled to provide the less fortunate with the most basic human right of access to clean water and sanitation. Drawing on our experience as finance, infrastructure, and business development professionals, we develop water infrastructure projects across the developing world where people are facing acute water crises.
Ryan Phillips-Page is Founder and CEO of Operation Water and a board member of Even Ground - a non-profit that provides funding to community-based programs that serve disadvantaged youth in South Africa. He is also a Managing Partner of Bush Butlers, which specializes in custom African safari experiences.
Prior to founding Operation Water, he was the Founder and Managing Director of RPP Capital Projects and Finance (Pty) Ltd, a company that sources and structures financing solutions for power and water infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this capacity, he has travelled extensively across Sub-Saharan Africa to meet with Presidents, Ministers, Governors, Director Generals of utilities, and African businessmen to discuss the strategic infrastructure priorities of many African nations.
Previously, Ryan served as Director of Facilities and Operations at African Leadership Academy, a world class pan-African boarding high school located in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was African Leadership Foundation’s first staff member and assisted the Founders with networking and fundraising. Prior to moving to South Africa to help launch African Leadership Academy, he served as Vice President of Business Development and Sales at IntellectSpace Corporation, a Seattle-based technology company that serves investment banks, hedge funds, foundations, and law firms.
Ryan started his career in New York City as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. He graduated with honors from Boston College’s Undergraduate Carroll School of Management with a concentration in Finance.
Yogesh Mago is Founder and President of Operation Water, and the Founder and Managing Partner of Eunoia Investment Fund LP, a value-oriented investment firm. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBII), a biopesticide company which strives to lead the movement to a more sustainable world through the discovery, development and promotion of biological products for pest management and plant health. In addition, Yogesh serves on the Advisory Board of Girl Rising, a global social action campaign for girls' education and empowerment.
Yogesh has over a decade of experience in long/short, fundamental, public equity investing across a variety of industries globally, including agriculture, travel, consumer, transportation, industrials, and real estate. He is also an angel investor and advisor to several private companies in sectors ranging from health & wellness to technology.
Previously, Yogesh was a Senior Investment Analyst at multi-billion dollar hedge funds, Ospraie Management LLC and Merchants' Gate Capital LP. In those roles, he identified and monitored portfolio investments in numerous sectors throughout five continents.
Yogesh began his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in New York City. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Undergraduate Stern School of Business at New York University with a degree in Finance and International Business.
Johan Oelofse is Head of Project Finance and Founder of Operation Water, and Managing Director and Founder of Capital Lite Finance (Pty) Limited - a company that advises and arranges finance for infrastructure projects across the African continent. Johan specializes in innovative structuring techniques, which is often required to mitigate risks to secure finance for projects in Africa. Representative completed projects include a bulk water treatment plant in Sudan, water and sanitation projects in Seychelles, and rural electrification projects in Ghana. The financing structure he created for the bulk water treatment plant in Sudan won Euromoney’s Trade Finance Deal of the Year award in 2008 and is the structure used by Operation Water.
Johan has over 30 years of experience in assessing and executing infrastructure projects on the African continent. He has worked for ABSA Bank, Nedbank Africa, Nedcor Investment Bank, and Societe Generale in South Africa as well as Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation of Africa Limited where he was responsible for their projects division.
Brett has extensive private equity and investment banking experience in both emerging and developed markets. He is an Executive Director at Standard Chartered Bank and is based in New York where he is responsible for coverage of the bank’s global private equity client base. He spent over 6 years on the bank’s direct private equity investment team and coordinated their investment activities in Southern and West Africa.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered Private Equity, Brett was an investment banker in London and New York, initially with Goldman Sachs Group, Inc, and then with Moelis & Company. At Goldman Sachs and Moelis, Brett covered the consumer and retail sectors for both M&A and financing transactions.
Brett started his career at Deloitte’s Southern California audit and tax practice. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from the University of Georgia. He was raised in South Africa and is a dual US-South African citizen.
Chris is co-founder and CEO of African Leadership Academy, a world class pan-African boarding high school located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to becoming CEO, Chris served as Executive Vice-President of African Leadership Academy and was the President of African Leadership Foundation, whose mission is to fund leadership initiatives on the African continent.
Chris previously worked in brand management at The Procter and Gamble Company and as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He has also consulted to the Broad Foundation, one of the leading educational foundations in the United States, and taught economics and physics at Oundle School, one of the leading coeducational boarding schools in England.
Chris holds a BA degree summa cum laude in Economics from Yale University and an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University.
Chris is the Founder and CEO of McTammany Partners, a New York City based strategic advisory and recruiting firm that caters to the alternative investment community. He has over a decade of experience placing long/short, fundamental and systematic, public equity investing professionals within global hedge funds and family offices. In addition to managing McTammany Partners, Chris actively raises capital through a broker dealer for a myriad of investment opportunities including hedge funds, private equity funds, special purpose vehicles, and other esoteric ventures.
Prior to launching McTammany Partners, Chris was one of the founding members of CB Global Search, where he individually built and ran their Alternative Investments division. Before joining CB, Chris worked at a family office in Southern California that had over 5 million square feet of office, industrial and retail properties, making it one of the largest single owner operators of private commercial real estate in California. Chris was the apprentice to the CEO and General Counsel, working on all aspects of acquisition and disposition diligence, portfolio management, and operations.
Chris graduated from the Undergraduate Carroll School of Management at Boston College with a concentration in Marketing.
John M. Harrington III
John M. Harrington III is the Founder and Principal of Sheffield Corporation, a venture capital consulting firm. He has spent his career helping early stage companies expand their business models and securing the right financing to support their growth.
Since founding Sheffield in 1992, John has helped countless businesses across the globe to arrange unique and customized capital formation and exit strategies, including many notable mergers and acquisitions and IPOs. He also works on behalf of family offices that are interested in accessing new technologies or exploiting technologies which they have developed.
John received a BA from Harvard University and resides in Winchester, MA with his wife Marta.
Josie is the Founder and Managing Director of IHA Consulting, a consultancy focused on improving and increasing access to health care programs, services, and products. Her client work includes the opportunity analysis of Public-Private-Partnerships, devising medical tourism growth strategies, plus developing financial modeling or planning & implementation tools for national campaigns.
Most recently, Josie has been responsible for developing and executing Public-Private-Partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa for the International Finance Corporation (IFC). She has led teams that have provided transaction advisory services to governments, with a focus on structuring and instituting social infrastructure projects. In this capacity, her responsibilities included conducting due-diligence to ensure the technical, financial, legal, environmental and social viability of proposed projects. Josie also marketed the projects internationally for private investment, and collaborated with partners to recommend bankable and affordable projects to African governments.
Josie has previously worked as a consultant for Oliver Wyman in its Health & Life Sciences practice in Chicago, as well as for Buhrs Americas and Fabritain Enterprises in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has an MBA and Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and a BSc in Business from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Marco Di Girolamo
Marco Di Girolamo serves as a Senior Vice President at Brookfield Asset Management, a global alternative asset manager with $285 billion AUM, focused on investing in real assets across real estate, infrastructure, renewable power and private equity. Marco manages institutional, financial service, and family office partner (LPs) relationships across Canada for Brookfield.
Before joining Brookfield, Marco advised family offices as a Director/Portfolio Manager for UBS's Private Bank. In this role, he managed discretionary client portfolios on an absolute return basis and ran business development activities. Prior to this role, Marco consulted technology companies in Silicon Valley with Gartner.
In 2006, Marco co-founded Terra Firma, a registered Canadian charity, which has partnered with Operation Water to build water infrastructure projects in developing communities in emerging economies.
Marco completed his MBA with distinction at the Ivey School of Business at Western University in Ontario, Canada, and received a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance at the University of Ottawa.
Marco has over 20 years of experience in operations management and has been involved in founding multiple start-ups and early stage ventures. His wide range of competencies include strategic and financial planning, risk management, process streamlining, information technology, and capital-raising.
Prior to joining Operation Water as Chief Operating Officer, Marco founded and served as the Managing Member of Crater Lake Management, LLC, a real-estate investment company targeting the single-family development market. Before founding Crater Lake, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Clay Capital, managing the hedge fund’s operations and finances while also leading its fundraising and marketing efforts. Other previous experiences include founding a consulting firm to provide operational advisory services to privately held companies, acting as lead investor in a minor industrial roll-up of several small-cap injection molding companies, and serving as VP of Corporate Development and Sales for Matra Plast Industries, a multinational plastics company.
Marco is actively involved in his local community, currently serving on the Board of Trustees for Summit Youth Football and the Summit Basketball Club, and was previously appointed to the City of Summit (NJ) Planning Board. He holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University in Finance and Operations Management.
Mikael has over 20 years of business development and project management experience across Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Over the past decade he has served as a Business Development Manager for Haldor Topsoe, contracting large-scale fertilizer projects from corporate headquarters in Denmark and overseas offices in Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa. In this capacity, he meets with political and business leaders to develop strategic projects that aim to alleviate food shortages in developing nations.
Prior to joining Haldor Topsoe, Mikael served as a Sales Project Manager at Burmeister & Waine Scandinavian Contractors, structuring turnkey power plant projects in undeveloped regions. He previously worked with environmental technology firms, Oreco and FLS Airtech, overseeing the financing of air pollution control and oil spill control projects in close cooperation with export credit agencies and other funders.
Mikael began his career as a Sales Manager at Maersk Industry. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Production Engineering from the Technical College of Odense.
Dr. Mima Nedelcovych
Dr. Mima Nedelcovych is the Founder and CEO of Africa Global Partners, a consulting firm which focuses on trade facilitation, project development, project finance, and public-private partnerships in Africa, and is Executive Chairman of Schaffer International Services, a project developer of agro-industrial and renewable energy projects in Africa and Central America. He also serves as the President Emeritus & Senior Advisor of the Initiative for Global Development (IGD), an NGO that engages corporate leaders to reduce poverty through business growth and investment in Africa.
Previously, Dr. Nedelcovych was the lead Partner for the Schaffer Global Group in the establishment of the Markala Sugar Project in Mali. He has also served as Country Director in Liberia for Buchanan Renewables, and in the Administration of President George Bush as the U.S. Executive Director to the African Development Bank. Dr. Nedelcovych started his work in Africa as the Peace Corps Country Director for Gabon.
Dr. Nedelcovych serves on the Boards of Vista Bank, Marathon International Bank, and the Advisory Board for Millennium Challenge Corporation. He received a BA from Yale University, an MA in International Relations from George Washington University, and a PhD in Comparative Political and Economic Development from Florida State University.