Our Team

Steven Grin

Steven is a seasoned entrepreneur and investment professional with twenty years of experience investing as a principal and fund manager across the globe. He has extensive experienc...Read More

Steven Grin

Managing Partner
Steven Grin

Steven Grin

Managing Partner

Steven is a seasoned entrepreneur and investment professional with twenty years of experience investing as a principal and fund manager across the globe. He has extensive experience in real estate development, energy, and venture investing. Prior to co-founding Lateral, Steven was a Director in the Office of the President of Guyana where he held responsibility for the implementation of their low-carbon development strategy and the execution of large-scale initiatives in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Steven started his career in real estate and project finance at the Moinian Group and later co-founded the private equity firm Capstone Equities. Steven graduated from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and has a B.A. in Finance and Philosophy from New York University.

Samakab Hashi

Samakab has over a decades experience in investing in early stage and fast growing companies across developed and emerging markets. Prior to joining Lateral Capital, he established...Read More

Samakab Hashi

Partner
Samakab Hashi

Samakab Hashi

Partner

Samakab has over a decades experience in investing in early stage and fast growing companies across developed and emerging markets. Prior to joining Lateral Capital, he established the Middle Eastern presence of Avanz Capital an emerging market growth focused Private Equity firm where he focused on making investments across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.Samakab started his career as an investment banker in London working across Corporate Restructuring, Leveraged Finance and Growth Finance with the Lloyds Banking group, before joining the Private Equity arm of Allstate Investments a US institutional investor. During his time at Allstate, Samakab invested circa $1 billion in PE deals across Africa Asia and Europe.

Samakab has earned a B.A in Law with Business before going on to complete an MSc in International Business from the University of Nottingham. He is originally from East Africa and is based in our Nairobi office, Kenya.

Rob Eloff

Rob has spent his career investing, living and working in developing markets. Prior to co-founding Lateral Capital he was a Venture Partern with Conversion Capital and established ...Read More

Rob Eloff

Managing Partner
Rob Eloff

Rob Eloff

Managing Partner

Rob has spent his career investing, living and working in developing markets. Prior to co-founding Lateral Capital he was a Venture Partern with Conversion Capital and established Frontier Dawn Partners, an evergreen vehicle for capital deployment to early stage, technology enabled founding teams in sub-Saharan Africa. Rob started his career in capital markets at JP Morgan, Johannesburg, became an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and Investment Director at ACI. He spent ten years based in Johannesburg, Moscow and London transitioning across hedge fund coverage and private equity buyout advisory in markets including sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Rob holds a masters degree in finance from Cambridge University and a bachelors degree with dual majors in philosophy and economics from the University of Cape Town.

Ochuwa Akhigbe-Ogionwo

Ochuwa has over a decade’s experience in investments, strategy and business development. Prior to joining Lateral Capital, she was most recently responsible for business developm...Read More

Ochuwa Akhigbe-Ogionwo

Operating Principal
Ochuwa Akhigbe-Ogionwo

Ochuwa Akhigbe-Ogionwo

Operating Principal

Ochuwa has over a decade’s experience in investments, strategy and business development. Prior to joining Lateral Capital, she was most recently responsible for business development efforts in Digital Business at 9Mobile (formerly Etisalat Nigeria). She also worked in various capacities at 9Mobile including restructuring, asset acquisition & divestment, strategic partnerships and strategy formation & execution.
Preceding 9Mobile, Ochuwa was a founding member of Roland Berger’s Africa Initiative, where she led business development efforts in Nigeria and delivered client strategy consulting projects. At Roland Berger, she worked with the Central Bank of Nigeria to develop the Financial Inclusion Strategy for Nigeria.
Ochuwa began her career in investment banking at UBA Global Markets where she focused on debt capital markets.
Ochuwa holds an MBA from INSEAD as well as an MSc in Mobile & Personal Communication Systems and a BEng in Electronics & Computer systems from King’s College London.

Garikai Govati

Garikai (“Gazah”) is a Venture Partner at Lateral Capital leading our Healthcare Investments and Strategy. He is also the Founder and CEO of Maiko Healthcare Group in South Afr...Read More

Garikai Govati

Venture Partner
Garikai Govati

Garikai Govati

Venture Partner

Garikai (“Gazah”) is a Venture Partner at Lateral Capital leading our Healthcare Investments and Strategy. He is also the Founder and CEO of Maiko Healthcare Group in South Africa. Prior to founding Maiko, Gazah had a career spanning over 12 years in the private equity, investment banking and family office investing world in Africa. He recently worked for the Oppenheimer Family Office (“EOS”) in Johannesburg where he led efforts investing in infrastructure across Africa focusing on power, railways, ports and airports. He also worked on an Africa entry strategy for General Atlantic as a post-MBA summer associate. Prior to his MBA, he worked for Emerging Capital Partners as a private equity investment professional based in Johannesburg executing on a sector agnostic investment strategy across Africa and for the USAID’s Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund investing in SMEs across Africa. He started his career at Merrill Lynch in London in Investment Banking and then moved to Sales and Trading and Structuring Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities. He has a strong passion for healthcare in Africa and is currently working on a few ideas on how to improve service delivery across the continent. Gazah holds an MBA from Wharton and a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Wesleyan and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Zimbabwean national based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Hayden Simmons

Hayden has been working in emerging market fintech for most of his career. He graduated from Colorado College in 2007, with an Economic Development major and Spanish minor, having ...Read More

Hayden Simmons

Venture Partner
Hayden Simmons

Hayden Simmons

Venture Partner

Hayden has been working in emerging market fintech for most of his career. He graduated from Colorado College in 2007, with an Economic Development major and Spanish minor, having written his thesis on the impact of collectivized remittances in rural Mexico. He spent the early part of his career on the non-profit side, connecting venture-backed remittance startups with immigrant communities for product-market fit testing. Hayden then spent 4 years at Juvo, managing strategic partnerships across LatAm, Africa and Southeast Asia, before helping Migo expand from Nigeria into Latin America. Currently, Hayden is working on variety of strategy and BD projects supporting Facebook’s global blockchain-powered mobile money project (Libra).

He is actively advising a number of early-stage African fintechs, is a fledgling angel investor, and recently joined Lateral Capital as a Venture Partner. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, guitar and tending to his agave farm.

Kyane Kassiri

Kyane Kassiri

Venture Associate
Kyane Kassiri

Kyane Kassiri

Venture Associate

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