Emilio Cattaneo is Executive Director of The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund. He is the first person to be appointed to a permanent senior management role at EAIF.
Emilio leads the Fund’s growth drive to build on its success in its traditional markets and broaden its portfolio across the infrastructure spectrum, including in digital infrastructure and allied systems. He is the principal spokesperson for EAIF and an ambassador for the Fund. A significant amount of his focus is on strategic and new business development activities and strengthening the Fund's position as a successful model of public/private partnership in the economic development of sub-Saharan Africa.
Emilio’s core primary responsibilities at EAIF include implementing the growth strategy, securing deeper penetration of the sectors EAIF lends to, providing strategic advice to the board and strengthening and widening relations with donor governments, banks, advisers and key audiences in Africa and Europe. Other duties include the supervision of EAIF’s sub-contracted fund manager and other third party suppliers, plus matters of compliance, governance and business efficiency.
Emilio has over 30 years of corporate finance, asset management and advisory experience across several markets, including Africa, Latin America, India and Southern Europe. He spent close to 20 years with HSBC in the UK and abroad. Subsequently he worked in a number of smaller firms, including an advisory M&A boutique that he founded and ran for 7 years and in a commodity brokerage firm focused on emerging markets, including Africa.
He joined EAIF in summer 2015. Previously, he was Director, Asset Management, at Climate Change Capital, a London-based fund manager, where he was closely involved in the development of an African private equity agri-business and renewable energy fund.
A graduate of the University of Oxford, he read biochemistry (with economics) at Hertford College. In addition to English and Italian, Mr Cattaneo speaks Portuguese, French and Spanish.