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Investment Director

Mark Drewell


Mark moved to South Africa in 1989 & joined the Barlow Rand Group. He worked for Middelburg Steel and PPC before spending 10 years on the Barloworld Group Exco which portfolio managed 8 streams of business in 32 countries (acquiring and disposing an average of 5 businesses/month). His responsibilities included investor relations (SA Large Company IR Manager of the Year, 2003) and corporate marketing (led the re-branding of the group as Barloworld).

He is highly regarded international thought leader on sustainability issues and the relationship between business and society. He is vice Chairman of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (a global coalition of +60 companies & Business schools); advisor to the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry; Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board of the UNISA Centre for Corporate Citizenship; and in the NGO arena chairs the EWT (Africa's largest environment NGO), the Swedish-based World's Children's Prize Foundation and the International Association of Business Communicators world conferences 2008/2009.

Prior to moving to South Africa, Mark grew up in the UK and Singapore, read PPE at Oxford University and worked for 5 years for Consolidated Gold Fields as a mining analyst in the City of London. During that time he studied corporate finance at LBS and was involved in the then largest ever bid defence on the London market.