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.
• Barry Schiffman
Barry Schiffman is a Senior Advisor and board member to Mandala Capital – the only institutional private equity fund manager that invests exclusively in the food supply and agribusiness sector in India and South Asia. Barry has served Mandala in various capacities including Managing Director, COO, and General Counsel, and has represented the firm on the board of directors of its portfolio companies. As Senior Advisor, he is focused on firm strategy, key investments, and building strategic relationships. As board member, he oversees all internal management and compliance committees.
Prior to joining Mandala, Barry worked with a private family office where he was the co-founder of Next Frontier Capital, an emerging markets private equity firm. While at Next Frontier, he focused on technology and natural resources transactions in the CIS and Africa, and co-founded Viewdle, a facial recognition software company. Barry served as Viewdle’s COO and General Counsel, and was a member of its Board of Directors; Viewdle was later acquired by Google. He has also served as a board member and General Counsel of The Frayman Group, and has served on the boards of numerous privately held companies in which he has been an active and engaged investor.
Barry began his career as an attorney for Bracewell and Giuliani, and then for Fulbright and Jaworski. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a degree in government, received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and is a member of the New York State bar. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Moise Safra Center in New York, and is the Founder and Chairman of the Algemeiner Editor’s Club. Barry is also a supporter of the Virunga Fund in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Mugie Conservancy in Kenya.
• Ryan Phillips-Page
Ryan Phillips-Page is Founder and CEO of Operation Water. He is also a Board Member of Even Ground, a non-profit that funds community-based programs serving disadvantaged youth in South Africa, and an Advisor to Latin American Leadership Academy, which promotes sustainable economic development and strengthens democratic governance in Latin America by developing and connecting a new generation of principled and socially innovative leaders.
Prior to founding Operation Water, Ryan was Founder and CEO of RPP Capital Projects and Finance (Pty) Ltd, a business development consultancy 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
Yogesh Mago is Founder and President of Operation Water. He is also a Senior Partner at the venture capital firm, Ospraie Ag Science LLC. Yogesh serves on the Board of Directors of Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company which discovers, develops, and promotes sustainable bioprotection and plant health solutions. In addition, he is on the Advisory Board of Girl Rising, the nonprofit organization behind the worldwide social action campaign for girls' education and empowerment.
Previously, Yogesh was a Senior Investment Analyst at hedge funds, Ospraie Management LLC and Merchants' Gate Capital LP. In those roles, he sourced and oversaw portfolio investments across five continents in a variety of industries, including agriculture, travel, consumer, transportation, industrials, and real estate. He has over 15 years of experience in fundamental, public and private equity investing globally.
Yogesh began his career as an investment banker at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in New York City. He graduated magna cum laude from the NYU Stern School of Business Undergraduate College, with concentrations in finance and international business.
• Brett Stewart
Brett Stewart 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 Bradford
Chris Bradford 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 McTammany
Chris McTammany 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.
• Claudette Lavallee
Claudette Lavallee is the Founder and General Manager for PROWATER Consultores, a Mozambican consultancy that specializes in Water and Sanitation. She also serves as the embedded adviser for the National Directorate of Water and Sanitation of Mozambique, and manages the Water portfolio for the SPEED+ project, which is financed by USAID.
Previously, Claudette was Team Leader for the Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) program, which works to improve access to safe, reliable, affordable, and sustainable water/sanitation services for unserved and underserved urban populations in sub-Sahara Africa. She was also Program Manager for the Inhambane Rural Water Development Programme, where she led the planning efforts for a pilot implementation of Rural Water programme, and developed the management model for Demand Responsive Approach (DRA). This role was conceptualized through Claudette’s work with the Canadian International Development Agency(CIDA), where she was responsible for building the new investment development program for all CIDA projects in the Health, Education, and Water sectors in Mozambique.
While living in Canada and managing her own law firm,Claudette also served as President of the Chamber of Commerce in Mascouche, Quebec, the Founding President of the Development Counsel for the Des Moulins Regional, and the Founding President of the Tourist Development Society, among various other roles.
Claudette received her undergraduate (LLL) and post-graduate (DDN) degrees from the University of Montreal, Canada, and earned an MBA from De Montfort University in Maputo, Mozambique. Claudette serves as a Board Member for the Canada-Mozambique Chamber of Commerce and for Aguashare.
• Henri Lambert
Henri Lambert is the Founding Partner of Apsara Capital LLP, an investment firm exclusively focused on water. He serves on the board for WaterSmart Software Inc, and as board observer for AquaSpy Inc. Henri was a seed investor in Valor Water (acquired by Xylem), and led Apsara’s investments in Puralytics and, most recently, HydroPoint Data Systems. From 2015 to 2016, Henri served as a non-executive Director of Aquilys Investment Management, a hedge fund which focuses on water and waste.
Henri is a member of the Twenty65 Leadership Council, whose mission is to deliver sustainable tailored water solutions with a positive impact for public health, the environment, economy and society. Prior to joining Twenty65, he was a member of the UK Water Partnership’s Development and Implementation group, where he led the development of a water accelerator in the UK. Henri is also the Founder of ACT in Africa, an entrepreneurship program based in Zimbabwe.
Henri started his career in New York City as an Analyst at GH Partners LLC, a boutique merchant bank providing strategic and financial advice to international clients. He holds a BA in History and International Relations from Brown University, an MA in International Legal Studies from Utrecht University, a postgraduate diploma in law from BBP Law School, and a professional certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from Stanford University.
• Johan Oelofse
Johan Oelofse co-founded Operation Water, and is 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.
• 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 Muigai
Josie Muigai 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 diMayorca
Marco diMayorca 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 Jansen
Mikael Jansen serves as Business Developer at JGH Marine A/S and has over 20 years of business development and project management experience across Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Before joining JGH Marine, Mikael was the Business Development Manager for Haldor Topsoe for over 10 years, contracting large-scale fertilizer projects from corporate headquarters in Denmark and overseas offices in Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa. In this capacity, he met with political and business leaders to develop strategic projects that aimed to alleviate food shortages in developing nations.
Prior to Haldor Topsoe, Mikael served as a Sales Project Manager at Burmeister & Waine Scandanavian Contractors, structuring turnkey power plant projects in undeveloped regions. He also 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 BS 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.
• Paulo Jorge Veiga
Paulo Jorge Veiga is a Founding Partner and Principal Consultant at Clear Stone Group, which focuses on localizing and growing top international blue-chip clients in Angola. In this capacity, he serves as the Angolan Country Representative for Operation Water, spearheading our efforts to provide economically viable water solutions to local communities in Angola.
Paulo is also the Principal Consultant for OBT Group SA, where he leads a team of international experts tasked with the development of a Sustainable Palm Oil Industry strategy framework in Angola. He also advises leading private and government related organizations and agencies, on strategic industrial policy and foreign direct investment, with a focus on sustainable agriculture.
In addition to his current consultative and advisory roles, Paulo is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Falck Angola SA (part of Falck Group), where he led the establishment and localization of the O&G Offshore Safety Division - the world’s premier group in Emergency Services, Healthcare, and Safety Training. He was also a Founding Partner of the O&G cluster organization in Angola, Offshore Center Angola.
Paulo has over 20 years of management experience across Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He has worked with Offshore Energy, NL Supervision Company, the Angolan Ministry of External Relations, and many other organizations in various capacities throughout his career. He earned an MBA with distinction and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from London University.