SAVCA appoints Natalie Kolbe and Sthembile Nkabinde as board directors

The Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) has appointed Actic partner Natalie Kolbe and Khulasande Capital CEO and founder Sthembile Nkabinde as directors to its board.

According to SAVCA CEO Tanya van Lill, the new appointees are both leading industry professionals who have been elected by their peers to continue driving the association’s strategic objectives.

“Natalie and Sthembile each bring with them a unique skill set that will complement those of our existing board members, while bringing new perspectives and ideas to the table. Notably, the new board composition includes seven women and six men – six black and seven white members – which mirrors the advances being made by the broader industry within the area of transformation,” says Tanya.

This comes as SAVCA bids farewell to three of its directors; Lungile Mdluli, who served as treasurer and chairperson of the fiscal committee from 2017, Vusi Thembekwayo, who joined the board in 2017 and served on the venture capital committee, and Craig Dreyer, who has been with the association since its inception in 1998 and chaired SAVCA over the past three years.

“Through their varied and distinguished roles, Lungile, Vusi and Craig contributed significantly to the success of our organisation by dedicating an invaluable amount of time and expertise to the board activities,” says Tanya.

She added that, while Craig’s longstanding commitment to the industry and relentless contribution as chairperson and member of the regulatory committee will be missed, the association is fortunate for the legacy he leaves behind.