Heloise is the Head for the Consumer Sector East Africa in Stanbic Bank, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has almost 20 years of experience in financial services, and has been working on the African continent in various capacities in the public and private sector since the early 1990s. In a previous role as Head: African Telecoms and Media for the Standard Bank Group, she raised in excess of USD5bn in non recourse funding for African mobile operators. She has in depth knowledge of the debt capital markets of many African countries.
Heloise has also consulted to the MTN Group, Africa's largest mobile operator, regarding fundraising for its operations in Africa and the Middle East. Whilst at MTN, Heloise lived in Nigeria for a period of time, arranging Naira 250bn plus USD400m in funding for MTN Nigeria, as well as funding for MTN's operations in Afghanistan, Iran, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, South Africa, and Uganda. Heloise has also consulted to the Illovo Group, a subsidiary of Associated British Foods, on a greenfield integrated sugar project in Mali, and funding for operations in Swaziland and Zambia.
Prior to taking up her current role in East Africa, Heloise was a senior banker in the African Investment Banking Team of Standard Bank. She had responsibility for developing opportunities across the continent with existing and potential clients, both from within Africa and abroad, with a key focus is on the FMCG and Agri-business sectors where the booming African middle class is driving consumption.
Heloise holds B.Com, LLB and MBA degrees.
Ms. Heloise Smith, Executive & Head of Consumer sector : East Africa
PANEL DISCUSSION: INNOVATIVE FINANCING OF AGRIBUSINESS IN AFRICA
Day 1 [Tue 14, March], at 01:45 PM