Natalie Kolbe

Partner: Co-Head, Private Equity, Actis

“Actis’ global reach takes it into far flung corners of the world and means whenever I need to, I can pick up the phone and speak with colleagues in India, Egypt, Nigeria, China or Brazil. It’s fascinating to witness the changes taking place in the different markets we serve.” Having travelled extensively across growth markets, it’s their buzz as well as their unique challenges and opportunities that have always inspired Natalie. She began her career working for Investec Bank, where she was responsible for a team of investment consultants; she then moved to stockbrokers Thebe Securities. Driven by her desire to contribute to the evolution of growth economies, Natalie joined Actis in 2003. She is now responsible for Actis’ investments in Tracker, Sigma Pensions and Coricraft and continues to work on new deals across Southern Africa. Natalie holds a BComm from the University of Witwatersrand, an MBA (Cum Laude) from Wits Business School and is a CFA charter holder.