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Board of Directors

“SOUND RELATIONSHIPS MAKE BUSINESS GROW

 

EMERALD GROUP BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Since its inception, the Emerald Group has focused on operating under sound corporate governance practices. The Board of Directors was formed with the objective of formulating a long-term company strategy. The Emerald Group Board of Directors comprises a breadth of experience and expertise that includes investment, banking and law from across four continents.

 

Emerald Group Board of Directors combines vast experience and knowledge

The Emerald Group Board of Directors comprises experienced professionals with stellar reputations and proven track records. They each have a deep understanding of the countries in which they operate. Their experience and understanding covers, but is not limited to, the cultural, legal, political and socioeconomic differences between their regional markets.

The Emerald Group Board of Directors has a combined experience of more than 120 years in working across Africa. Their relationships and strategic partnerships with relevant decision-makers, local entrepreneurs and CEOs of public and private companies allow them privileged opportunities to access unique investment opportunities and ensure sustainable growth.

 

Emerald Group Board has a long-ranging strategic vision

The Chairman of the Emerald Group Board of Directors is N’Gunu Tiny. He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Emerald Group. He is joined by Non-Executive Directors of the Emerald Group, Khalid Mohamed Alamiri and Preba Moodley.

The mission of the Emerald Group Board of Directors is to oversee and develop the strategy of its subsidiary companies. Its mission is top protect the interests of the shareholders and the subsidiary companies as a whole, including clients, customers, partners, employees and any other stakeholders.

 

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Mr. N’Gunu Tiny

N’Gunu Tiny is Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO and Founder of the Emerald Group.

 

N’Gunu Tiny: Emerald Group formation and development

He has been involved with all phases of the Emerald Group’s development since it launched in 2009. N’Gunu Tiny is also a Partner and Board Member at Optimal Investments, SA.

 

N’Gunu Tiny: Previous positions, advisory and consultancy roles

Until 2013, N’Gunu Tiny was also Co-Founder and Former Chairman of Eaglestone. This boutique investment firm is based in London and focuses on natural resources, commodities and energy. He advised on a number of significant transactions including:

  • Restructuring of a state-owned metals mining company.
  • Acquisition of an Upstream asset in a Sub-Saharan African country by one of the ten Oil&Gas major companies.
  • Sale of an Upstream asset in a Sub-Saharan African country to an LSE listed company.

From the start of his career, N’Gunu Tiny has worked on several prestigious advisory positions including:

  • Chairman of Banco Postal SA 2016-2018
  • Board Member of the De Beers Angola Investments 2012-2013
  • Board Member of the Angola Securities Exchange Commission 2011-2012
  • Chairman of the General Meeting of Finibanco 2011-2013.

 

N’Gunu Tiny: Education and research roles within Academia

A lawyer by trade, N’Gunu Tiny graduated with the highest honours from the Law School at the Nova University, Lisbon. He made extensive contributions to Academia as a research student at LSE (London School of Economics) and as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School. He also served as an Associate Professor at the Catholic University Law School and as Visiting Professor at Agostinho Neto Law Faculty.

 

N’Gunu Tiny: Philanthropist and supporter of arts and education

In 2017, N’Gunu Tiny was recognised as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders of Tomorrow by the Choiseul Institute. He has served as a Strategic Partner of Africa Centre, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council, a Patron of the British Museum, and a member of the Advisory Council for the Performing Arts. He is also a World Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

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Mr. Khalid Mohamed Al Amiri

Khalid Mohamed Al Amiri is a Non-Executive Director on the Emerald Group Board of Directors.

Khalid Mohamed Al Amiri: Career path and current positions

An Emirati banker and entrepreneur, Khalid Mohamed Al Amiri is also Founder of several businesses in Dubai across the Food & Beverage, Retail, Industry, Trading, Services and Publishing sectors.

Khalid Mohamed Al Amiri began his banking career at Standard Chartered Bank. Between 1987 and 1990 he worked in various international locations, including Bombay, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai. In 1990 he moved to Dubai Islamic Bank where he held several positions until 1992. From then he spent 20 years working for HSBC Bank Middle East in the Dubai, Sharjah and MENA Regional Office.

He currently sponsors several international business entities in the UAE. Khalid Mohamed Al Amiri is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors at the Sharjah English School, which is a non-profit entity providing a British curriculum in Sharjah.

Khalid Mohamed Al Amiri holds a degree in Business Administration and English Literature from UAE University.

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Mr. Preba Moodley

Preba Moodley is a Non-Executive Director on the Emerald Group Board of Directors.

Preba Moodley: Career path and current positions

Preba Moodley is the Founder of Sekila International Trade. This international trading company is based in Dubai, UAE. He has many years of banking experience, having started his career at the New Republic Bank in South Africa.

He then joined FirstCorp Merchant Bank as a treasury specialist and investment banker. Preba Moodley has been engaged in transactions for a number of major multinational companies, including BMW, Daimler Chrysler, South African Breweries and the Anglo American Corporation.

Preba Moodley played a major role in shaping the financial derivatives market in South Africa. He was part of the team of financial market specialists that set up Decillion, the first non-banking financial derivatives structuring and trading company in the country. After Decillion IPO launch on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Preba Moodley became Managing Director of the company in South Africa. He later relocated to Switzerland to further develop the business internationally.

Preba Moodley has a degree in Economics from the University of Durban, after completing his Honours at the University of South Africa. He also completed the Advanced Executive programme at the latter.

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Management

“RIGHT PEOPLE IN RIGHT PLACES MOVE BUSINESS FORWARD”

“I make it my goal to make sure everyone working around me, with me or every colleague I know is happy to work for Emerald Group” N’Gunu Tiny

Emerald Group Executive Management team

Mr. N’Gunu Tiny

Group Chief Executive Officer

Mr. N’Gunu Tiny is the CEO of Emerald Group. From its inception in 2009 till date, he is involved in all phases of the Group’s development, namely by defining the overall strategy, managing the business relationships and raising funds for various projects. Mr. Tiny is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Emerald Group (more details in Board of Directors).

Mr. Afzal Munshi

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Afzal Munshi joined the Group in 2012 as part of the Finance team and is now the COO.

Previously, Mr. Munshi held several positions in trading firms, including Qantar Genenal Trading, UAE where his primary emphasis was to develop the company’s business, across varied industries such as trading (exports of soft and General commodities mainly to East African countries), waste paper management (from sourcing and procurement in the GCC to process and contract supply to public listed Companies & Mills in India).

He also associated to Sekila International Trade, which specializes in Trade Finance and Structured Commodity Finance, where his main focus was to expand the trade between Africa and India, such as supply of motor vehicles and other specialized equipment to Public and Private companies as Kwanda SUL, supply of agri commodities from Africa to MMTC India (Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India, India’s largest public-sector trading body) or fund raising for 100 MW wind power project in Gujarat, India.

Mr. Munshi holds a BBA and Major in Marketing from Champlain College in Burlington Vermont, USA.

Mr. Raúl Bragança Neto

Managing Director, Emerald Group

Mr. Raúl Bragança Neto joined the Group in 2015 as Project Manager at Emerald Services. From 2016 to mid 2019, he served on secondment at Banco Postal as Chief of Staff and Head of the Investment Desk, before returning to the Group as Managing Director.

Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Bragança Neto was a Strategy and Operation Consultant at Deloitte’s consulting division for the industries of Media, Technology Construction & Real Estate, Infrastructure & Utilities, and Telecommunications. During this time, he worked on several projects that helped to deliver value to both public and private sector institutions.

Mr. Bragança Neto also worked with Huawei Angola as an Engineer and Trainer with the department of Assured and Managed Services.

He began his professional career as a helpdesk technician in Portugal for companies such as Portugal Telecom and Optimus. Mr. Bragança Neto holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunication and Informatics by the ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute.

Ms. Nathalie Poirier

Company Secretary
Managing Director – HR and Compliance

Ms. Nathalie Poirier joined the Group in 2013 and heads the HR and Compliance department, as well as act as the Company Secretary for Emerald Group of Companies.

Previously, she headed the validation department of Biozeen, a leading Biopharmaceutical Consulting and Engineering Company in India. Her main responsibilities were to validate processes and equipment, create protocols, document testing results and to train operators in view of compliance with CGMP and US FDA. She also led the Quality Assurance Department of an F&B company, to transit from a small artisan bakery to a renowned industrial food company with ISO accreditation.

Throughout her career, she brought in and implemented international quality standards, to build internal system excellence, which were used as a benchmark to increase customer reach through product & process acceptance. Ms. Poirier holds an MSc in Agriculture from the École Supérieure d’Agriculture d’Angers, in France, and a Bachelor Degree in Maths & Physics.

Ms. Iris de Sousa Martins

General Counsel

Ms. Iris de Sousa Martins joined the group in 2011, first at Moove Consulting (as a Legal Consultant, and then as the Manager of the Legal Department), after which she took the responsibility of heading the Legal Department and acting as the company Secretary of UP VALUE – Consultoria e Gestão. She is now the General Counsel.

Ms. Iris de souse Martins began her career as a legal consultant at PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) Angola, where she worked in the Legal and Tax Department, and was involved in several projects in the areas of Corporate, Labor, Contractual and Private Investment Law.

Ms. Iris de souse Martins holds a degree in Legal Sciences – Forensic and Economic Law from the Catholic University of Angola and a postgraduate in Business Law from Agostinho Neto University, Angola.

Ms. Cristiana de Nóbrega

Financial Controller

Ms. Cristiana de Nóbrega joined Emerald Services in 2015 to lead the Angolan Finance Department as well as drive the Management Services Division. She is currently the Finance Controller for the Emerald Group.

Prior to joining the Group, she held a position as Controller at Accenture Branch Holdings, where she assumed responsibility of Client Financial Management (CFM). Previously, she led the Department of Finance and Human Resources for a group of companies within in the manufacturing sector.

Ms. Nóbrega began her professional path as an Auditor and Consultant at Mazars, Portugal and Angola. Cristiana holds a Master degree in Capital Markets at Complutense University in Madrid. In addition, she has a Degree in Management and Public Administration from ISCSP, in Lisbon.

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Corporate Governance

“GOOD PRACTICES GIVE THE WORLD A FUTURE”

“There’s always place for improving, even if you have already achieved the highest standards. That’s why we seek for constant innovation and continuously rethink the way we do business, creating bonds and extraordinary costumer experiences.”
N´Gunu Tiny

Since its inception, Emerald believes in operating under sound corporate governance practices. Our stakeholders are dedicated to serving the interests of the Company and its Shareholder, and creating long-term value.

The Board of Director

The board of directors (the “board”) has been elected with the objectives of strategizing the company for the long term. The Board includes diverse experiences and expertise’s (from investments to banking to law) coming from different part of the world (4 continents represented). This mix of skills and perspectives reflects the position and objectives of the Company.

The board is responsible for overseeing the strategy of the Emerald group of Companies, with a mission to protect the interests of the Shareholder and the Companies as a whole, including its clients, customers, partners, employees and other stakeholders.

 

The Executive Management

The Executive Management team consists of the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Operating Officer as well as the General Counsel, the Global Heads and Managing Directors of Emerald.

Principally, the Executive Management ensures that the organization is effective. It implements the strategy elaborated by the Board and targets the resources towards success.

The Executive Management team meets regularly with the Board to review the status of the business, to assess the risks and opportunities faced throughout the year and elaborate specific plans to address them in the future.

The Executive Management also promotes a culture of compliance and ethics across our business and around the world.

The Senior Management

Each Department and Business Unit is led by a Head / Senior Manager that provides support to the Executive Management on the day-to-day activities and coordinates with their respective team.

Emerald group of Company’s Corporate Governance is documented in the companies’ corporate charters, bylaws, corporate governance guidelines and applicable rule and regulations. All remain at the company compliance department and are revised from time to time in response to changing regulatory requirements.