Board Members

Mr. Max Coppoolse: Chairman

Mr. Max Coppoolse serves as the Managing Director of African Health Systems Management. Mr. Coppoolse served as Managing Director of Investment Fund for Health in Africa. He worked at Unilever for 11 years and was responsible for the implementation of the restructuring for the Unilever meat/soup and tinned food group in the Netherlands. Mr. Coppoolse has experience in reorganizing companies in Africa and was a team leader of an international team which reorganized United Africa Company (UAC) based in Lagos Nigeria. He joined KPN in 1990 as a General Manager Business and Mobile Communication and was responsible for a turnover 600 million Euros per year and oversaw 7000 employees. He served at Phillips from 1993 to 1998 in various functions, ranging from Chief Executive Officer of Phillips Malaysia to General Manager of two media subsidiaries of Phillips. In 2000, he joined Vodafone, where he served as a Director Special Projects. Since 2003, Mr. Coppoolse served as the Chief Operating Officer of PharmAccess Foundation and was responsible for all operations of PharmAccess Foundation. He has extensive experience in the health sector in Africa. He serves as a Director of AAR Health Services Ltd. and AAR Holdings Limited. He graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a Master's degree in Industrial Psychology. He is the Chairman of Hygeia Nigeria Limited

Mrs. Fola Laoye: Director

Mrs. Fola Laoye is the immediate past Chairman of Hygeia Nigeria Limited. She is a graduate of University of Lagos (BSc Accounting, 1990) and qualified as an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales in 1995 and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria in 1997. She trained with Coopers & Lybrand, UK (now PricewaterHouseCoopers) from 1991 to 1995 and worked with the Corporate Finance Unit of First Securities Discount House ("FSDH") from 1995 to 1997. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She has been instrumental in charting the growth strategy of Hygeia for several years

Mr. Pieter Zuijdgeest: Director

Pieter Zuijdgeest also serves as CFO for the Investment Funds for Health in Africa (IFHA). With over 25 years of experience as a financial and operations executive, Pieter has detailed knowledge of finance, acquisitions, divestments, IT and management. Prior to joining IFHA, Pieter has been an entrepreneur for the past 8 years owning an IT & Telecommunications company with 100 employees and financed by a UK based venture capital fund. During this period he acquired five and divested 3 companies; the company was successfully sold in 2008. More recently he served as a CFO of a large Dutch ICT & Telecom group and CEO of a software development company. Prior to this he served as a Partner of the Consulting Service Practice of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and the Global Consulting practice of Ernst & Young Consulting where he focused on the implementation of ERP and CRM service solutions worldwide. Previously, he served as Finance Director for Lanier Europe, a Ricoh company and Senior Manager of international audit practice of Ernst & Whinney and Moret Ernst & Young. Pieter completed the chartered accountant study at NIVRA (Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants) in 1986.

Yann Pambou: Director

Yann joined Swiss Re Direct Investment in 2014 as the Head of Africa for Private Equity and Strategic Acquisitions, taking on responsibility for originating, executing and managing transactions throughout Africa. Prior to that, Yann founded and is currently the Chairman of Africa Bridge investment Partners, an investment holding company that focuses on star-up and early stage companies, currently holding a portfolio of 5 companies. He had earlier worked as a Principal at Actis, based in Lagos State, Nigeria, covering West Africa transactions. Yann started his career at KPMG as a Consultant in New York.

Yann holds an MBA from Wharton Business School and an Engineering Degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris, obtained with honours.

Mr. Biju Mohandas: Director

Mr Mohandas has several years of operating and investing experience across multiple emerging markets in India and Africa. His investment experience includes equity, quasi equity and debt transactions, distressed asset turnarounds and PPPs across healthcare, agribusiness and renewable energy sectors. Before IFC, Mr Mohandas was the East Africa Director of Acumen fund and was responsible for their East Africa related investments, operations and business development activities. Additionally, he has an MBA from the Indian School of Business majoring in analytical finance and also served in the Indian Army.

Mr. Jerome de Chasteauneuf: Director

Jerome de Chasteauneuf is an Director of CIEL. He was appointed Executive Director in January 2014. He joined CIEL in 1993 as Project Financier and was promoted Head of Finance of the Group in 2000. He also leads the Corporate Finance and Treasury Team of CIEL. He has been closely involved with the former CIEL Investment Ltd. Prior to joining CIEL, Jerome worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers, England and Jersey, between 1989 and 1993. He holds a BSc in Economics, Accounting and Finance from London Business School and is a qualified Chartered Accountant of England and Wales.

Mr. Wole Adeleke: Director

Wole Adeleke is a graduate of Bayero University, Kano and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. A cement industry professional, he has held executive level management positions in AshakaCem Plc and Lafarge Cement Wapco Nigeria Plc, (subsidiary companies of Lafarge SA of France) and Dangote Cement Plc. He is currently an independent consultant to Lafarge Nigeria and serves on the Board of Aggreko Projects Limited, the Nigerian subsidiary of Aggreko Plc of United Kingdom, engaged in the rental and installation of large electric power generating sets. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Hygeia Nigeria Limited in April 2013.

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