Experts in their field

Experts in their field

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

Nicolas Clavel

Chief Investment Officer,

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.

Ed Rowson

Chief Operating Officer,

Ed is COO of the Scipion Group. He brings over fifteen years’ experience in the hedge fund industry, most recently at IMM Group, a Dubai based Investment Manager, where he setup and managed a GCC hedge fund, seeded by Mizuho Financial Services, the banks first investment in the Middle East. Previously Ed was a Partner at MENA Capital Ltd, a UK based hedge fund, where he joined at its inception and oversaw all aspects of the business outside the management of the portfolio, including developing and implementing internal policies, producers and internal controls and managing the firm’s and the funds’ 3rd party service providers.

Angus Macdonald

General Counsel,

Angus was appointed General Counsel of the Scipion Group in March 2018. He brings to the role more than 20 years’ experience as a senior finance and transactional lawyer, having acted as lead lawyer on a wide range of financings and international projects, with a particular focus on mining and resources. Angus was formerly General Counsel of the private mining group, Zamin and also General Counsel of the global trading group, Gerald Metals. Angus was also a Partner at the Australian law firm Chambers & Company, operating out of Melbourne, Perth and Beijing and a finance lawyer with law firms Mayer Brown and Clifford Chance in London, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.

Chris L Rogers

Regional Head Francophone Africa,

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.

Mark Robertson

Senior Counsel – Trade Finance,

Mark is Scipion’s Senior Legal Counsel and brings with him over 15 years of legal experience in the banking and finance sector. Mark started his career at Clifford Chance before moving to White & Case acting as lead associate in the firm’s structured finance practice (both cash and synthetic transactions), traditional capital markets programmes and stand-alone issuances, repacks, future flow receivable transactions and general LMA and bespoke lending arrangements.

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.

Paul Baker

Director – Trade Finance,

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.

Stephen Kemp

Director – Trade Finance,

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.

Pierre Saint-Hubert

Vice President – Trade Finance,

Pierre joined Scipion’s London office in July 2015 as an analyst working with the trade desk having previously completed an internship in March. He assists the trade desk in arranging new transactions, managing the borrower through the life cycle of the trade, researching commodity markets and macroeconomic developments in Africa.   He also works with the co-investors of Scipion’s lending platform Scipion African Opportunities.

Pierre finished his second Masters in Metals and Energy Finance at Imperial College London in June, 2015.

Fred White

Vice President – Trade Finance,

Fred joined Scipion in September, 2015 having spent the previous year  interning at the London office whilst completing his Msci, Geology at Imperial College, London. Fred works with the COO and alongside the Transactors on settlement of Scipion’s trades and co-ordinates daily with the fund Administration on the monthly NAV reconciliation.

Fred’s studies required him to spend time in Zambia and Ireland working at Copper and Lead Zinc Mines.  

Callum Fleetwood-Storey

Head of Business Development,

Callum has joined Scipion as Head of Business Development after a rapid career progression in various client-focused roles. His involvement in selling began behind the counter at clothing stores Reiss and Jack Wills when working his way through Nottingham Law School. After graduation in June 2014, Callum went to work for recruitment firm Granite Search and Selection, cold calling in pursuit of new leads, presenting candidates and arranging interviews.

Ian McNeil

Head of Operations,

Ian has joined Scipion as Head of Operations after a distinguished career during which he has worked with a number of globally recognised banks in the trade finance space. From 1990 to 1995, he worked in credits and loans at Bankers Trust Company in London before moving to MeesPierson bank, where he served as a credit and collateral management officer, later supervisor, until May 2000.

Cathy Garnier-Ramirez

Group Financial Controller,

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.