Our Team

Experienced team of former CDC and Actis investment professionals with corporate experience at Heineken, McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, and PwC with a passion for nature. A Board of Advisers is currently in formation.

Pierre Van Hoeylandt

Pierre brings over twenty years’ experience in private equity in frontier markets and a track record in establishing innovative investment platforms at scale. He was instrumental in establishing the African Forestry Impact Platform (AFIP), managed by New Forests Asset Management, and in transforming AgDevCo into a scale investment platform focused on production agriculture.

He was formerly Head of frontier investments at British International Investments (formerly CDC), responsible for investment in pioneering investment platforms in agribusiness, forestry and renewable energy.

Prior to that Pierre was the CEO of a logistics business in Nigeria and the Fund Manager of the first private equity fund in Afghanistan (2006).

Pierre spent his early career at Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Company, and holds a D.Phil from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Pierre is based in Cape Town with his wife, a young son and two dogs and, when not strictly at work, can be found touring Africa’s more remote wilderness areas with his 4×4 or, better still, on foot.

Ed Normanton

Ed brings over a decade of experience operating in and investing directly into Sub Saharan Africa, including with CDC (BII) and Heineken.

He has experience across the investment process, in developing, originating and structuring commercial opportunities in geographies and areas receiving extremely limited private sector investment.

His sector focus has been in agricultural investments, where he has invested through different products and developed innovative structures. Ed holds an MA from Edinburgh University.

Rushil Bhatt

Rushil has over 17 years of experience lending to and investing in companies across Sub Saharan Africa.

He spent over half a decade each at Rand Merchant Bank in the investment banking division and at Actis in the private equity real estate Africa team, with a strong focus on East and Southern Africa.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and CFA Charterholder, and he completed his articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Diederick Ferrandi

Diederick is an experienced manager, bringing project management, strategy, and problem-solving expertise to the team.

Prior to joining Natural Heritage Capital, he spent four years in McKinsey & Company’s Johannesburg office, where he supported businesses achieve rapid scale and operational turnarounds across a range of sectors including manufacturing, agriculture, consumer, mining, healthcare, and financial services.

Diederick holds a MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is passionate about conservation on the African continent and is a qualified Field Guide and FGASA Member.

He can be found touring Southern Africa in his Land Rover in any spare moments.