Advisory Board

Kina’s Advisory Board is made up of people who have worked successfully over many decades in some of the most challenging environments in Africa.  They lend the significant weight and substance of their insights, experience, expertise and connections to the value of Kina’s services to its clients:

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Aidan Heavey

Aidan Heavey, Chairman of Boru Energy Limited, founded Tullow Oil Plc in 1985 and was its Chief Executive until 2017 and Chairman from 2017-18. During his 33-year tenure, Aidan developed Tullow into a company that maintains 80 exploration and production licenses in 15 countries in South America and Africa and produces over 90,000 boepd. Tullow is listed on the London, Irish, and Ghana Stock Exchanges.

Tullow expanded in the 2000s through a series of acquisitions, most prominently the acquisition of Energy Africa in 2004, which doubled the company’s size by expanding Tullow’s production and exploration capabilities across Africa. In 2007, Tullow discovered and began production at the Jubilee oilfield—one of the largest oilfields in Africa—off the coast of Ghana. The company has continued to grow and had an exploration success rate of 70 percent, most recently offshore Guyana. Aidan is Fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Bimpe Nkontchou

Mrs. Bimpe Nkontchou is a dually qualified lawyer, with over 30 years’ collective experience in England and in Nigeria. She is a certified Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP) and an accredited Family Business Advisor with a diploma in International Trust Management. She is a member of the London Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI). Bimpe’ s nuance and experience in the field of wealth management make her an expert in defining and executing bespoke solutions relating to estate & succession planning, family governance, business consultancy, financial education, investment advisory services and philanthropy management.

Bimpe is founder and Managing Principal at W8 Advisory LLP, a wealth advisory practice and multi-family office (based in London) which is focused on African entrepreneurs and their families. She also owns a sister company W8 Wealth Limited (regulated by the FCA in the UK) which provides regulated financial and investment advisory services to African business families. Bimpe is a trustee of the Yinka Shonibare Foundation (founded by the celebrated Nigerian-British artist Yinka Shonibare CBE), as well as a Trustee/Director of G.A.S. Foundation (Nigeria). She is also a board member of Invest-In-Africa (IIA) a not-for-profit organization with a vision to create prospering African economies.

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Joel Rault

Based in Paris, Joël is the former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mauritius in France, Spain and Italy amongst others.

He was also a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO, where he chaired the SIDS Group and represented Mauritius at the OECD Development Center, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, the International Exhibitions Bureau and the FAO.

Joël is a lawyer with a double public / private competence as a professional with a great experience both in the administration and in the management of private companies. He holds an MBA and a DESS in Business Law and International Taxation and is an emerging leader of the Harvard Kennedy School.

He nurtures an extensive international network of leaders in Governments as well as in leading private companies, giving him privileged access to influential decision-makers.

Before he was appointed Ambassador, Joël was the Special Adviser of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism and Minister of Finance. He was a member of the Board of Directors as well as Chairman of the Credit Committee of one of the most important banks in the Indian Ocean, among others.

He is currently a director on some executive and advisory boards of international groups in various sectors of the global economy as well as special adviser to 2 major law firms in Europe and Africa.

Joël is presently the Founder-Chairman of Hermès Advisory, a consulting firm based in Mauritius, Paris and London and offering a wide range of services to both private and public organisations based on all continents.

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Merene Botsio Benyah

Merene Benyah is a Senior Partner of JLD & MB Legal Consultancy, Ghana. The Law Firm has been involved in major legal transactions such as the merger between Total and Mobil Oil; AngloGold and Ashanti Goldfields; and the listing of Golden Star Resources Limited and Tullow Oil Plc on the Ghana Stock Exchange.

Merene is a Lawyer by profession and a member of the International Bar Association; the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn; the Commonwealth Lawyers Association among others, and a Notary Public. Merene has considerable experience in all fields of corporate and commercial practice, including Oil and Gas/Petroleum and Mining law, both in the international arena and in Ghana. She has advised major international companies, financial institutions and organizations investing and operating in Ghana including Tullow Oil Plc, Exxon Mobil Corporation, BP International Ltd and Delta Airlines.

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Mike Peckham

Mike Peckham is Managing Partner of Gadhia Consultants, MD of PSA Training and Development and Chairman of Airbox Systems.

Gadhia Consultants, founded by Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia, provides support to Boards and senior executive teams in the UK Financial Services Sector. PSA Training and Development provides team and executive coaching support in the extractive industries, retail and Third Sector. Airbox systems provides technical and tactical mission support to law enforcement, military, UK Special Forces, search & rescue, fire and medical emergency services around the world.

Mike has worked with boards and senior teams of many multinational clients including Virgin Money, De Beers Diamonds, Starbucks, Total Exploration and Production, North Caspian Operating Company (Kazakhstan), Tullow Oil, EDF, BSB Sky, Save the Children and Action for Children. He has worked as volunteer with community groups in South Africa, Kenya and Malawi.

He is a Visiting Fellow of the Business School at The University of Wales; founding Trustee of the armed forces charity Hire a Hero; Chair of the trauma charity SAFE; founding Trustee of the Virgin Money Foundation; and lectures at the MoD’s Defence Academy, Shrivenham.

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