We combine diverse individuals with a wide range of expertise spanning technical, finance and business disciplines, various industry backgrounds, and most importantly diverse cultural backgrounds and personalities. Our values emphasise internal promotion, respect, transparency, team work above individual performance. We are proud of our team, of the way our individual strengths combine, where together, we are bigger than the sum of our individualities.
Chief Operating Officer
Iona has 18 years of finance and fund operations experience, and worked closely with Karim for 14 years. At La Mancha Iona is in charge of and oversees all middle and back office functions as well as compliance.
Prior to joining, from 2018 to 2020, Iona was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Commodities World Capital, a hedge fund manager trading options and futures across the commodity index.
From 2012 to 2018 Iona was the Chief Operating Officer of Digital World Capital LLP, an alternative asset manager specialised in the L/S equity and credit investment in Telecom & Media where she worked alongside Karim. In addition to her role at DWC LLP, Iona was also CEO at World Capital Services, the fund’s operations platform of the group, which serviced four fund managers and a number of managed accounts, with >$650m of combined AuM at peak.
Prior to Digital World Capital, Iona joined the Orascom Telecom and Wind Telecom group in 2004, and became the CFO of Orascom Telecom Services Europe, the company’s corporate finance arm in 2008, where she was overseeing administration, HR, accounting, reporting and tax.
Iona holds a BA Hons in Modern Languages from the University of Strathclyde. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Accounting & Reporting Manager
Gearmo has 11 years of experience as a chartered accountant, gained with big four firms and fund administrators. Gearmo joined La Mancha in mid-2019 to oversee accounting, auditing and reporting.
Prior to La Mancha, Gearmo was a Senior Relationship Manager at Intertrust Luxembourg, handling accounting and regulatory reporting for a portfolio of real estate clients.
From 2017 to 2018, he worked for the Jersey Trust Corporation, a Fund Administrator based in Cape Town. At JTC he was managing the accounts, assisted the audit process, and AML/KYC compliance procedures for on-boarding of private equity fund clients.
Prior to JTC, Gearmo was financial controller for Waterloo Hotel Management, a hospitality group based in the Turks and Caicos Islands. From 2012 to 2014, Gearmo was Senior Audit Associate at PwC South Africa, working for various mutual funds, banks, an airport and hotels. Gearmo started his career at Deloitte in audit, working mostly on a portfolio of hotels, holdings, mines and publishing clients.
Gearmo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Stellenbosch. Gearmo is fluent in English and Afrikaans.
Treasury & Compliance
Daniele has 13 years of experience in treasury accounting and administration. He joined La Mancha in 2019 and is responsible for treasury activities, portfolio reporting, banking relationships and AML related matters.
Prior to La Mancha, Daniele worked for Ferrero International S.A., which he joined in 2018, initially as financial planning and capital structuring officer in charge of monitoring and reporting on direct cash-flows, liquidity and borrowing, then moving to the treasury department, becoming responsible for bank relationships, liquidity management and monthly cash reconciliation. Prior to Ferrero, Daniele held a number of accounting and administration positions in several Italian companies.
He holds a Master’s in Economics and Management achieved in a university in Bari and a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature. Daniele is fluent in Italian and English.
Benita de Villiers
Benita has 5 years of auditing and accounting experience, gained with international accounting and audit firms. She joined La Mancha in 2020 and is responsible for accounting, budget control, reporting and audit process management.
Prior to La Mancha Benita was a relationship manager and a fund accountant at Intertrust Luxembourg. At Intertrust, Benita assisted European private equity clients in the launch, accounting and reporting and liquidation of funds in the real estate sector.
Previously, Benita was an Audit Senior at BDO Cape Town, in charge of audit fieldwork for clients in various industry. Benita started her career with Grant Thornton Cape Town in 2016 as an Audit trainee accountant.
Benita has a Bachelor’s in Business Management Science as well as a Bachelor’s in Accounting. She is a registered Chartered Accountant (SA). She is fluent in both English and Afrikaans.
Accounting & Reporting
Iryna has over 9 years of finance and administration experience. She joined La Mancha in 2020 and is involved with the day to day booking of cash movements, assisting with the month closing processes, accounts payable/receivable, bank reconciliation and other daily administrative tasks.
Prior to La Mancha Iryna worked in Job Today as a Financial and Administrative Assistant where she was responsible for following up on the aged debtors, day to day bookkeeping and supporting in month end processes. Prior to Job Today, Iryna held a variety of roles including office management, data analytics and PR.
Iryna has a degree in Applied Statistics in Economy from Dnipropetrovsk State University and is fluent in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish and French.
Tax & Legal Counsel
Katarzyna has over 5 years of experience in tax and corporate law. She joined La Mancha in 2020 and is responsible for international tax structuring & reporting as well as advising on legal matters concerning investments.
Before La Mancha, Katarzyna was an Associate at GSK, where her practice focused on international tax law. During her tenure, she was seconded to the international commercial arbitration department. Prior to GSK, she worked at PwC Luxembourg where she advised regulated investment fund clients. She began her career within the M&A department of Deloitte, Warsaw and completed a traineeship at European Parliament in Brussels prior to this.
Katarzyna graduated with an LL.M. in International and European Tax Law, and an LL.B. from Maastricht University and is finishing her second LL.M. in European Private Law from the University of Luxembourg. She completed the “Cours Complémentaires en Droit Luxembourgeois”.
Managing Director - Chief Executive Officer
Karim worked closely with Mr Sawiris for over 20 years, initially in telecoms, then as a fund manager and finally by joining La Mancha in 2018 as CFO, becoming CEO in 2019.
From 2011 to 2017, Karim was CEO of Digital World Capital LLP, an alternative asset manager specialised in TMT. At DWC Karim managed the Cross Comms fund, a long/short equity & credit investing in Telecom & Media securities, and advised clients on special situation investments.
From 2001 to 2011, Karim was a member of the Executive and Investment Committees of Wind Telecom and Orascom Telecom, where he was in charge of Corporate Finance. During this tenure, he raised US$68bn in debt and equity, and closed US$67bn in M&A transactions. In particular, Karim led the 2011 US$25bn merger with VEON, was one of the two executives responsible for the 2005 US$17bn Wind Telecom Leveraged Buy-Out and managed the 2009 EUR3.8bn debt restructuring of Wind Hellas in Greece. Karim joined Orascom Telecom in 2000, working on the acquisition of greenfield mobile licenses.
From 1995 to 1999, Karim was CEO of a Lebanese IT firm. He started his career in 1994 as a financial analyst in a Lebanese media group.
Karim currently serves on the Boards of Golden Star and Altus Strategies. He holds a Master’s in Management from the University of Paris IX. He is fluent in English, Arabic, and French.
Managing Director – Strategy & Investments
Vincent is a seasoned executive, with 30 years of corporate finance, business development and M&A experience in the mining, telecom, and energy sectors.
Vincent began working with Mr Sawiris in 2012 when he identified the opportunity to buy La Mancha and joined the company as Head of Strategy & Business Development. Between 2013 and 2015, he led La Mancha’s portfolio restructuring and contributed to the enhancement of its mines performance in Australia and Africa. Vincent identified and executed the combinations with Evolution and Endeavour, which positioned La Mancha as a leading private investor in the gold mining sector. From 2016 to 2019, Vincent was CFO and EVP Corporate Development at Endeavour where he reshaped the strategy, improved the mine portfolio quality, and enhanced the balance sheet to fund the organic growth. Endeavour’s market capitalization was quadrupled by the time he left at the end of 2019. In early 2020, he re-joined La Mancha to oversee investments and fund raising.
Previously, Vincent was at Orange (2006-2012) where he served as EVP M&A. He led the development of the group’s footprint in Africa and Europe and formed strategic partnerships with key European telecoms players. Prior to this, Vincent held various finance positions including with Orano (ex-Areva), Bull Information Systems and PwC. Vincent holds a MSc from Kedge Business School and is a Chartered Accountant.
Managing Director - Technical Services
Gérard de Hert
Gérard is an experienced mining executive with over 24 years in the industry. Beyond being a seasoned geologist, Gerard has considerable experience spanning from greenfield exploration to mining operations.
Gérard joined La Mancha in 2020 to formalise and oversee technical due diligence processes, and support portfolio company from a technical and geological expertise standpoint. From 2012 to 2020 Gérard was Senior Vice President of Exploration for Endeavour Mining where he contributed to the transformation of the company from a junior single asset producer to a >1mozpa multi-asset intermediate miner with 6 mines and 2 projects through his involvement in exploration and support of M&A processes.
Prior to Endeavour, Gérard was General Manager at Vale-ARM from 2010 to 2012, Chief Geologist at Teal Mining from 2007 to 2009, Regional Exploration Geologist at IAMGOLD Corporation in 2006 and Chief Mine Geologist at AngloGold Ashanti from 2002 to 2006 at the Sadiola gold mine. Gérard began his career at Randgold Resources Limited in 1997 where he worked on the Morila gold mines and Syama gold mines.
Gérard holds an MSc in Geology from the University of Louvain (Belgium) and an MSc in mineral exploration from the University of Leicester (UK). He is fluent in French and English.
Simon El Beze
Simon has over 8 years of mining and finance experience. He joined La Mancha in 2018 and is responsible for structuring and executing investment, financing and exit transactions. As part of the investment team, Simon also supports ongoing assessment of existing and new investments, and portfolio companies developments projects.
Before joining La Mancha, Simon worked at BMO and Société Générale practicing M&A advisory in their respective natural resource teams, advising mining and oil and gas companies on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Notable transactions Simon was involved with include: CITIC investment of C$723m in Ivanhoe, the restructuring of Glencore’s assets in DRC ($6.1bn), the buyout of Glencore’s minority partner in DRC for $960m, the sale of Nyrstar’s mining assets in the Americas for $185m, Endeavour mining C$144m equity raise and the spinoff of Lundin Petroleum international assets (C$440m). Prior to his banking days, Simon was a Research Analyst with Wood Mackenzie in their copper research team.
Simon holds a Master’s in Metals and Energy Finance from Imperial College London and a Master’s in Engineering from Centrale Supélec. Simon is also fluent in French.
Jack has 11 years of Geology and mining experience. He joined La Mancha in January 2021 and is responsible for assessing Geology and Mineral Resource Models.
Prior to La Mancha Jack was a Consultant Geologist for SLR Consulting (formerly RPA), where he performed countless due diligence reviews and audits on various projects across the world, and generated NI 43-101 compliant Mineral Resources and Technical Reports for several clients.
Jack has previously worked for Micromine, a major Geological Software company, developing in depth knowledge of advanced resource modelling.
Jack’s resource skills are backed by solid geological exploration experience across Africa, the Middle East, and Australia, working for world class mining companies such as Barrick Gold Corporation.
Jack is an expert in manipulating geological models and has recently obtained a Citation in Geostatistics with the University of Alberta.
Jack holds a Master of Geology (MGeol) degree from the University of Southampton, UK, and is a Chartered Geologist (CGeol) with the Geological Society of London, as well as a registered professional geologist (EurGeol) with the European Federation of Geologists.
Valuation, Diligence & Mining
Andy has 9 years of mining experience, ranging from day to day production operations to investments reviews. At La Mancha Andy is primarily involved in reviewing investment opportunities, managing technical due diligence processes to incorporate technical and financial findings into financial models for individual assets, corporate models and mergers analysis.
Before joining La Mancha Andy worked for ArcelorMittal, in a business analysis and capital allocation review capacity for the Mining Executive Team. Andy’s principal responsibilities involved reviewing capital projects across ArcelorMittal’s global mining portfolio of 14 operating Iron Ore and Met Coal operations, with a specific focus on the Canadian, Brazilian, Liberian and US assets.
Prior to this he worked for a number of years as a Mining Engineer, predominantly for Glencore in their open pit and underground copper operations in the DRC, but also at smaller UK based operations.
Andy holds a Master’s in Metals and Energy Finance from Imperial College London, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter).
Valuation & Diligence
Ben has 6 years of experience in metals and mining. He joined La Mancha in 2020 and is primarily involved in reviewing new investment opportunities, supporting diligence processes, building financial models and valuations. Ben also supports ongoing assessment of La Mancha’s existing investments and portfolio companies development projects.
Prior to joining La Mancha, Ben worked as an investment analyst for private equity group CD Capital. He was responsible for reviewing new opportunities, diligence processes, valuations and financial modelling across a range of commodities including, gold, copper and PGM’s. Bens role also involved continuing assessment of CD Capital’s portfolio of development stage projects across the Americas, Europe and Africa.
Ben previously worked as a base and precious metals broker for a market making member of the London Metal Exchange, and also successfully ran an LME warrant trading book. Ben has also spent time working for MRI trading, a leading swiss based metals concentrate trader.
Ben holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Newcastle and a Master’s in Metals and Energy Finance from Imperial College London.
Valuation & Diligence
Ahmed has 12 years of experience in emerging markets, public policies, mining and telecoms. Ahmed joined La Mancha in 2019, initially to handle greenfield projects in Africa, then moving to the investment team to participate in investment reviews, and support diligence processes.
Prior to La Mancha, Ahmed was Project Director for Orascom Telecom, Media, and Technology at the time of the company’s transformation into an investment group. At OTMT, Ahmed took part in different M&A transactions in the agriculture and financial sectors.
Ahmed joined La Mancha for the first time in 2013 as Deputy General Manager of La Mancha Sudan, to manage the company’s presence in country and support the mines’ development. During his tenure he played a pivotal role in the completion of La Mancha sale of its shares in Ariab Mining in 2015.
Prior to joining La Mancha, Ahmed was an electrical and site engineer in several cement factories in Egypt including El-Arabia and Suez Cement. Ahmed completed an MBA at Maastricht School of Management and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical power engineering. Ahmed is fluent in Arabic and English.
Tariq has 17 years of legal and compliance experience. He joined La Mancha in 2018 where he is responsible for and manages the legal, regulatory and governance activities of the group. He provides legal oversight and support on transactions, projects and internal matters and manages the La Mancha in-house legal team.
Prior to joining La Mancha, Tariq was Legal Affairs Director at Gemini Office Services UK where he handled general corporate and commercial legal matters for the Sawiris Family.
From 2013 to 2017, Tariq was corporate counsel to the Private Infrastructure Development Group and its portfolio companies, working on facilitating economic investments into developing markets in Africa and Asia, and investment in frontier projects in the infrastructure and development sectors.
From 2011 to 2013, Tariq worked as internal counsel within a number of financial institutions including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and BlackRock. From 2007 to 2009, Tariq was a Corporate Commercial Lawyer at Harbottle and Lewis. Tariq started his career at Travers Smith in 2004.
Tariq was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2006 and has a Bachelor of Laws from LSE and an MA in International Peace and Security from King’s College London. Tariq is fluent in English and French
Libby has over 6 years of legal experience, gained within a magic circle firm and bulge bracket banking institutions. She joined La Mancha in 2020 to assist with legal and compliance activities, focusing on financing within the corporate finance team, and also assisting with new and existing investments.
Prior to joining La Mancha, from 2018 to 2020, Libby was part the general banking team at Clifford Chance where she focused on corporate lending for both borrowers and lenders including Barclays, HSBC, NatWest, Wells Fargo and JP Morgan. Her time at Clifford Chance included a secondment to the loans legal department at Goldman Sachs. From 2015 to 2018, Libby trained and qualified at Russell McVeagh, one of New Zealand’s top law firms and also did a secondment with ANZ Bank during this time.
Libby was admitted as a solicitor in New Zealand in 2015 and has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland.
Sadia has 10 years of finance and accounting experience. She joined La Mancha in 2018 to support the London office launch, and is primarily responsible for all administrative, accounting, budget control and audit process for the UK.
Before joining La Mancha, Sadia was a Finance Manager at Time Inc. UK where she was a business partner to stakeholders and responsible for the budgets of 12 publications. Prior to Time Inc., Sadia held various roles in accounting and administration for clients in financial services, mining and insurance.
Sadia studied her Undergraduate Degree in Business Economics at the Brunel University and also obtained a Level 2 & 3 AAT Certificate in Accounting. She is currently completing a IMC Certificate in Investment from the CFA Institute. Sadia is fluent in Urdu and English.
Administration & HR Manager
Aleks has 8 years of administrative experience. She joined La Mancha in early 2020 and oversees the day to day running of the London and Luxembourg offices as well as provides administrative support on all HR processes.
Prior to La Mancha Aleks worked at David Ian Productions as a Production Assistant, here she supported the producers responsible for the world tours of Cats the Musical and Chicago. This included production logistics, audition/rehearsal scheduling, travel and payroll. Before David Ian Productions, Aleks worked at Disney Theatrical Group and assisted the London team in preparation for the West End premier of Aladdin. Aleks has held office support roles in theatre, interior design and construction.
Aleks graduated from Birmingham Royal Ballet School completing her vocational ballet training in 2010. Aleks is fluent in English and Polish.
Michał is responsible for the construction and development of La Mancha’s database systems in support of investment, middle and back office activities. He worked closely with Karim and Iona for 4 years at Digital World Capital.
Prior to La Mancha, Michał was Technology Manager at PwC, where he assisted international banking clients in cloud migration processes. From 2014 to 2018, Michał was Chief Technology Officer at Digital World Capital designing and implementing a suite of front to back office systems to support investment, risk management and back-office activities.
Prior to DWC, Michał was Senior Analyst Programmer at Citigroup in Dublin. Previously he held similar roles developing software for financial services clients such as CITCO Fund Services and Bank of Ireland.
Michał has a Master’s in Computer Engineering from Koszlin University of Technology and is fluent in Polish and English.