The Team

The Team

Experts in their field


The Scipion team has more than 150 years of cumulative experience in banking, corporate finance, project finance, impact investing, equities and portfolio management in emerging markets.

Experts in their field


The Scipion team has more than 150 years of cumulative experience in banking, corporate finance, project finance, impact investing, equities and portfolio management in emerging markets.

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Nicolas Clavel

Chief Investment Officer,
Swiss


Nicolas is Scipion Capital’s Founder and CIO. He oversees the investment processes for all of the firm’s strategies and is responsible for the development of all new products.
Nicolas has over three decades of experience in trade finance. After beginning his career with Credit Suisse in Switzerland, he worked at Midland Bank Plc’s Trade Finance subsidiary in Lausanne and London before joining Citicorp Investment Bank in London covering EMEA structured trade finance in 1984. He left Citibank in 1992 as CEO of their West Africa Head Office in Dakar having been headhunted to start DOC Finance, a merchant bank based in Geneva focused on trade finance in Emerging and Frontier Markets.

Julian Thatcher

Head of Business Development, Advisory Partner,
British


After starting his career in sales and marketing at a Fortune 500 company, Julian spent 7 years at Macfarlanes LLP, one of the City of London’s leading law firms where he was a senior solicitor focussed on private equity transactions with particular expertise in African investments and family office transactions.

After private practice law, Julian moved full time to a group of African ventures and was a founder member of the management team of Invest Solar Africa (a leading solar developer) and MHMK Capital Group (a leading SADC focussed investor and advisor). In both roles, Julian focussed on business development, investor relations and fundraising across multiple jurisdictions and targeting a wide array of transactions and investors including UHNIs, DFIs, funds and banks.

Cobus Campher

Regional Head Southern Africa,
South African


Cobus is Scipion’s Regional Head for Southern Africa and Group Agronomist. Based in Gaborone, Botswana Cobus project manages Scipion’s multi-layered agri-businesses.

Cobus began his career in the early 2000s as a farm manager in the Viljoenskroon district of South Africa, where he managed both the cattle and broiler business as well as over-sighting the farms planting programme of sunflower, sorghum, soya beans and peanuts. Having gained experience at this large commercial farm, he returned to the family farm to oversee upgrades on its poultry operation, comprising 81,000 chickens and on its cereal business. The latter involved a specific focus on crop cultivation over 900 hectares.

Chris L Rogers

Regional Head Francophone Africa,
American


Christopher L. Rogers is Scipion’s Regional Head of Francophone Africa and independent credit oversight officer.   Based in Rabat, Morocco Chris has more than 40 years’ experience of working in Africa – having held senior positions in the banking sector and developed high profile joint venture projects in countries across the African continent. Chris started his career at Citibank as the senior country manager in Kinshasa, Libreville and Dakar, in the corporate, merchant and private banking sectors with a specific focus on public and private sector credit.  At the time of his departure from Citibank, Christopher was Africa Global Market Manager, Private Banking, for Citibank’s Paris and Johannesburg operations and in total spent a total of 27 years with the Bank.

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Stephen Kemp

Director – Trade Finance,
British


Stephen is one of Scipion’s senior trade finance transactors and has over thirty years of experience in trade finance. Stephen began in banking at the National Westminster Bank and has spent his career at major international banks covering middle office, structured export finance, business development and global trade finance before joining Rand Merchant Bank of South Africa, in 2003 where he was responsible for creating and establishing the banks merchant banking presence in London. Before joining Scipion Stephen established the trade financing business for Europe Arab Bank plc.

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Paul Baker

Director – Trade Finance,
British


Paul is Scipion’s Director – Trade Finance and has responsibility for generation and managing of trades. With more than 30 years of experience in trade finance, his career has focused on identifying, structuring and closing trade facilities that meet the financing needs of commodity traders and producers.

Paul joined Scipion from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Ltd (SMBC) where he was an Assistant General Manager in the Structured Trade and Commodity Finance Department.

Ian McNeil

Head of Operations,
British


Ian joined Scipion in 2017 as Head of Operations after a distinguished 30 year career in the commodity and trade finance industry. Ian has managed teams for major banks in London, Hong Kong and the Netherlands, holding various positions up to and including Global Head.

Before joining Scipion, Ian was a Senior Manager with Standard Chartered Bank in their London Collateral Management team with responsibilities ranging from Head of Europe to Global Coordinator for the Structured Inventory business. Prior to this, Ian was Global Head of Collateral Management for Fortis Bank. He previously managed their Hong Kong team for over 4 years, during which he helped to establish a unit in Shanghai.

Cathy Garnier-Ramirez

Group Financial Controller,
French


Cathy joined Scipion in 2012 and is a bi-lingual financial assistant with many years’ experience in bookkeeping, payroll, cash management with specific skills in VAT return and year end accounts preparation. She has for a number of years worked in the Accounts Departments of large international Companies prior to joining Scipion Capital LLP as Accounts Officer before being promoted to Group Financial Officer in 2016.
Cathy works closely with Scipion’s COO on the accounting and operational aspects of both the management company and fund.

Julian Heaven

Vice President – Trade Finance,
British


Before joining Scipion Capital in September 2019, Julian held other positions within the industry where he was responsible for structuring, executing and managing trade finance facilities through their lifecycle. Julian has gained exposure to a wide range of asset classes and trade finance products during his professional career and is supported by a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of York, England. Julian has since furthered his studies and specialisation in the field of trade finance with the addition of further professional qualifications.

Johnnie Puxley

Vice President – Trade Finance,
British


Johnnie joined Scipion in September 2019 after graduating from Cass Business School with a MSc degree in Energy, Trade & Finance. Johnnie works closely with the directors helping them to structure and implement facilities.

Prior to this Johnnie worked in East Africa trading coffee, initially for ECOM trading in Nairobi, where he spent time working on the origination of coffee and it’s trade out of Africa into Europe. After this he worked for Engelhart Commodity Trading Partners in Addis Ababa where he was given oversight on the export process of coffee from Ethiopia.

Tim Ellis

Deputy Director,
British


Tim joined Scipion in June 2019, bringing with him twelve years of Africa-focused private and public sector experience. He started his career at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation before joining the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). His focus at IFAD on enabling public-private partnerships in Africa led to him joining EFTA Ltd., an impact investment fund based in East Africa. After four years at EFTA, as CIO then COO, Tim left to join Group de Clermont, an Africa-focused family office, spending two years investing in and managing early-stage renewable energy and agri-processing companies.