Directors

EFKen Directors

Our Directors

Some of the more rewarding projects we have had the honour to be involved in, started with simple ideas that grew profitable businesses from the ground up.
 These are the Directors

Michiel Timmerman

Co-Founder

Michiel Timmerman co-founded EFTA Ltd in Tanzania in 2005 and EFAfrica Group, the holding company for EFKen and EFTA, in 2020.  Michiel is the
chairman of EFAfrica Group and Founder and Managing Partner of Mbuyu Capital Partners, an Africa-focused private equity investment manager.  He is also a non-executive director of LAFCo Ltd, which finances working capital for SMEs in the African agriculture sector.

Jeremy Lefroy

Co-founder

Jeremy Lefroy’s work involves smallholder agriculture in Africa;
supporting growth of jobs and livelihoods in the UK and East Africa; and
working with partners to tackle infectious diseases. A chartered accountant (FCA), Jeremy has worked for 30 years in the coffee and cocoa business – including 11 in Tanzania. He co-founded the Biolands Group (now part of Barry Callebaut AG) and the Equity for Africa Group. He was a UK Member of Parliament (2010-19) and the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ethiopia (2017-19). In addition to chairing the Relationships Foundation, Jeremy is vice chair of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Staffordshire

John Jakobsson

Director

Mr. Jakobsson has 10+ years of experience in the finance and investment industry, with the last 7 years spent in Sub Saharan Africa representing family offices, private equity funds and impact investors. He holds a BSc with Honors in Management Studies from Warwick Business School and a Master of Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics. 

JudyAnne Wanjiku

MD

JudyAnne was among the Executive team that set up EFKen Leasing Ltd in Kenya. She was formerly the Managing Director for East Africa for Wilben Trade Ltd. JudyAnne is a leasing expert and has held senior management positions in leading leasing companies in East Africa. She was a leasing consultant under AFC Agriculture & Finance Consultants GMBH Germany, for European Investment Bank Financial Sector Operations Programme, where she conducted leasing trainings to various banks in the East Africa Region between 2016 and 2018. 
She has over 16 years banking experience and held management positions in Corporate and Commercial Banking Sectors in Barclays and Standard Chartered Banks respectively.

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