Emerging markets PE major Actis names CFO Wilkins as latest partner

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Emerging markets private equity major Actis has named CFO Susan Wilkins as its latest partner, just under a year after she joined the firm.

Actis has also named Shami Nissan, head of responsible investment, to the firm’s executive committee.

Wilkins, pictured, joined Actis last April from Lekela Power, a pan-African renewable energy platform established by Actis and Mainstream in 2015.

She was previously CFO and head of legal at Globeleq, a power industry leader in growth markets, founded by Actis in 2002 and Chaired by Actis senior partner Torbjorn Caesar.

Caesar said, “Susan and I have worked together since Actis’ inception. She brings to the firm and to the partnership a values led approach to building high performance teams in addition to her own exceptional technical skills on the financial, legal and operational side, and extensive broad leadership and management experience.”

Shami Nissan joined Actis in 2014 after ten years as a senior consultant at PwC’s sustainability and climate change team.

She previously led the London business of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, providing sustainability research and analytics to institutional investors and asset managers.

Caesar added, “At Actis, we believe that responsible investing is not box ticking or lip service.

“We have repeatedly seen that our approach creates businesses that are better able to manage ESG risks and opportunities; they are more resilient, more innovative, more able to deliver measurable societal benefits, and ultimately more valuable as a result.

“The themes of sustainability, impact and responsible ownership will only grow in importance. Shami’s team are deal enablers. We believe the decisions we make and actions we take, differentiate us from our peers.”

Actis, which focuses on investments across Asia, Africa and Latin America, has raised more than $15bn since inception.

Last year it announced the $1.23bn final close of its inaugural Long Life Infrastructure Fund, which will target energy infra assets across the emerging markets.

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