The Principals

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Lungile Mdluli

BAcc, BCom (Hons), CA (SA)
Lungile Mdluli completed her under- and postgraduate degrees in accounting and commerce at the Universities of Natal and Johannesburg. She served articles at KPMG in Johannesburg where she qualified as a chartered accountant in 2000. On completion of her articles, Lungile joined WipCapital, a subsidiary of Women's Investment Portfolio Holdings as a manager in the Debt Products team. She joined De Beers in 2002 as a project accountant in the Group Exploration Finance department, before moving to its Corporate Finance department the following year.

Lungile joined the Metier team in 2005 as a key investment transaction executive for the first Capital Growth Fund, where she has been integrally involved in preparing investments for the Capital Growth Funds, fund raising and management of investor due diligence processes. Lungile is a principal in the private equity team and is a director of Metier.
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John Hannig

BSc (Mechanical Engineering), MSc, MBA
John Hannig is a director of Metier and a principal in the fund management activities of the Sustainable Capital Funds. John holds a bachelors and Masters degree in engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, an MBA from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business and gained additional exposure in finance at the London Business School as part of an exchange programme.

During his studies, John pursued several entrepreneurial and corporate ventures before moving into full time employment in management consulting, first with Accenture and later with Gemini Consulting. His consulting experience stretched over seven years and included: business transformation and turnarounds; strategy formulation; information management; process re-engineering; research; and financial advisory.

John joined Metier in April 2005. Since then, he has taken on wide-ranging investment roles and enhanced the strategic research methodologies and financial modelling strengths of the Metier team. He was initially involved in the investment programmes for Astrapak (packaging) and established of Elementum (building and security sector), and is responsible for the turnaround and restructuring activities at York Timbers (forestry). John joined the Sustainable Capital team in 2020 and covers a range of industries for the firm.
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Marc Immerman

BCom, MCom (Finance)
Marc Immerman is a director of Metier. After joining Metier in 2009 he is now the managing principal of Metier Sustainable Capital and represented on the investment committee. Marc qualified with a Masters in Finance from UNSW in Sydney Australia after completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. He began his career in investment banking with Investec in Durban, and later at UBS in Johannesburg as an equity analyst.

Marc acted as CEO in a software business locally and in London, gaining experience in start-ups, rationalisation and international expansion. After deciding to focus on the renewable energy and resource efficiency, Marc co-founded the development of the Bokpoort CSP project. He has been integral in sourcing and transacting across the Mainstream wind portfolio, Bokpoort CSP, AE AMD and Oricol investments and is currently a director on the boards of Tecroveer, Kathu and Sindila.
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Trishanta Dheepnarayan

BBusSc (Finance), CFA®
Trishanta Dheepnarayan is a director and principal at Metier and has over a decade of experience in private equity. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder and has an educational background in finance, having completed a Bachelor of Business Science degree with honours in finance and majors in economics and management studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Trishanta started her career in 2008 at Absa Capital Private Equity and joined Metier’s analyst programme in late 2009. She has a solid understanding of private equity market dynamics and has had exposure to a wide range of transactions, which have developed her relationship management skills, strong analytical skills and sound judgement.

Trishanta works across both the capital growth and sustainable capital practices and her responsibilities include the execution of new deals and the management of existing portfolio companies. As part of her portfolio management responsibilities, she is a director on the boards of portfolio companies.
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Grant Howarth

BBusSc (Economics), MCom (Financial Markets)
Grant Howarth is a director and principal at Metier, in support of the Capital Growth Funds. Grant completed his Bachelor of Business Science in Economics and Masters in Commerce, specialising in financial markets, from Rhodes University.

In 2008, he joined the Monitor Group, an international management consulting firm, during which time he primarily worked in their capital team in support of private equity funds operating across Southern Africa. His responsibilities included managing analysts during a variety of due diligence processes on a number of deals. This allowed Grant to gain exposure to a range of different industries in the region.

As a result of a relationship that was developed with Metier during his time at the Monitor Group, Grant joined the firm in 2009. Since 2009, Grant has been significantly involved in investments in the telecommunications, construction, manufacturing, student accommodation and clothing retail sectors. Further, Grant is playing a coverage role for Metier across Sub-Saharan Africa where he has assessed a number of transactions.
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Peter Rowse

BCom, BCom (Hons), CFA®
Peter Rowse is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder and a director and principal at Metier, in support of the Capital Growth Funds. Peter completed his under and postgraduate degrees at Stellenbosch University, specialising in management sciences and financial analysis.

He joined Metier in 2010 as an analyst to gain experience in the financial services and private equity industries. During his time on the analyst programme, Peter developed his skills in transaction research and analysis, financial modelling and investment recommendation processes. Peter was promoted to the role of associate in 2012. Peter’s responsibilities include research and valuation support across the portfolio of investments as well as roles as a director on the boards of Portfolio Companies and as a consultant on specific projects.
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Mike Goldblatt

BA, BSc (Med), BSc (Hons), MSc (Geography and Environmental Studies)(Wits), MSc (Environmental and Natural Resource Economics)(UCL,UK)
Mike Goldblatt is an executive in the Sustainable Capital team. He holds an undergraduate degree in medical sciences and Masters degrees in Geography and Environmental Science, from the University of the Witwatersrand, and Economics from London University (UCL) specialising in environmental economics.

Prior to joining the Metier team for the Sustainable Capital fund, Mike worked for a decade as a consultant and transaction adviser in the fields of climate change mitigation and renewable energy for the private sector and national, provincial and local levels of government, acting as a partner in the PDG group. Mike also has experience in other municipal service and infrastructure sectors with specific expertise in waste management and water services. Mike is a co-investor and developer in Solafrica Thermal Energy and is integrally involved in the ongoing leadership of Bokpoort CSP as well as sourcing and advising on Sustainable Capital transactions. Mike acts as the Social and Environmental Management Officer for LMSC.

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