Meet The PEG Leadership Team

Hugh Whalan

3x startup founder in West Africa, including first crowdfunding site for energy, and first exit of an off-grid solar company in Africa. 30 under 30 Entrepreneur, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Aspen Global Leadership Fellow.

Nate Heller

Over 13 years West Africa experience, primarily in social enterprise and innovative distribution channels for poor consumers. Former Peace Corps volunteer and UN consultant. 6 languages including French and Wolof. Johns Hopkins SAIS MA, Yale MBA.

Thierry Adonis
Africa Managing Director

Over 30 years experience leading global corporate organisations in Africa and France, including Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever, and Coca-Cola. Unique experience in operational business, turnaround and strategic change, management of B2C brands and customers, as well as people and general management.

Efuwa Quansah
Ghana Country Director

12 years international experience in Europe and West Africa across management consulting, technology and telecommunications industries. Skilled in strategic repositioning and operational discipline. Repeated success growing cohesive, high-achieving teams. Trilingual.

Harouna Mahamat
Cote d'Ivoire Country Director

13 years experience in Europe, Middle East and Africa in Finance, Sales, General management and Consulting. Expertise in strategy and management of business units from inception to full growth including partnership and M&A. Trilingual.

Emilien Di Gennaro
Senegal Country Director

Over 13 years experience across Africa, Asia, and Europe including big 4 audit firms, Fortune 100 multinationals, and privately owned mid-size companies. Proven track record driving profitable growth and strong financial analysis, people management and strategic business skills.

Assitan Monekata
Mali Country Director

Over 20 years professional experience across West and Central Africa.  Senior leadership roles at Unilever, KickStart International, Orange, and British American Tobacco in general management and commercial.

Temitope Azeez
Director of People & Culture, Global

14+ years’ experience consulting on human capital projects and managing people experience and operations in East, North and West Africa across manufacturing, financial sector, e-commerce, government parastatal and other industries. Named as 2019 Workforce USA top 40 Gamechanger.

Simone Vaccari
Director of Credit, Global

Simone is passionate about leveraging technology to solve business challenges and improve people’s lives. Prior to joining PEG in 2015 Simone worked for Vodafone in the UK and Ghana, focusing on innovation and customer value management.

Nick Pearson
Commercial Director, Global

Over 15 years experience in emerging Africa across FMCG, private equity startups and consulting/training.  Fluent in English, French and Spanish, and a passionate advocate of maturing and developing local talent. 

Emma Hawkins
Director of Corporate Finance, Global

9 years experience in private equity and debt markets in emerging market countries.  Last 4.5 years with UK CDC focusing on off-grid solar and corporate debt. 

Pim van der Burgh
Director of Planning, Global

Over 10 years corporate experience in operational management for Dutch multinational Randstad. Worked in Ethiopia in the scale up of a coffee production social enterprise. Focus on building process-orientated structure and performance management culture.

Shaheen McLean
Director of Data, Global

Extensive experience in planning and delivering technology and data systems for various digital business and enterprise level industries.  Keen focus on aligning IT objectives to business goals resulting in optimized costs and processes to ensure secure, scalable and reliable platforms that drive strong growth.

We’re always looking for talented, passionate people to join us