About us

Honouring our Heritage

Our name, “Gamiro”, derived from the Khoisan word for “star”, was chosen to honour our collective heritage through drawing inspiration from the wisdom, culture and contribution of the “first peoples” of South Africa.

Our Culture

In our operational performance we value:

  • Integrity
  • Good corporate governance and citizenship
  • Humanity
  • Legacy

Of our people and partners we expect and encourage:

  • Entrepreneurial flair
  • Creativity
  • Open communication
  • Personal responsibility

Our Sectors and Approach

We are passionate about doing well and doing good through investments and operational involvement in business in the energy and infrastructure, agriculture and financial services sectors.

For investments in established companies we aim to be a value adding business partner, and a catalyst for business transformation and growth.

We will always nurture our entrepreneurial spirits through the incubation of new ventures and products for introduction into existing and new markets – de-risking them through alignment with strategic and appropriately skilled equity partners.

We measure our performance in terms of how well we help our partners achieve:

  • Business growth and financial success
  • B-BBEE scorecard performance
  • Social impact

Our Executive Team

HEATHER SONN

heatherHeather serves as the Managing Director of Gamiro, responsible for co-ordinating the interests of Gamiro, the Gamiro Development Trust and other stakeholders. Heather trained as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch in New York. She subsequently held senior executive positions at Sanlam Investment management and Barclays.

She is the former CEO of Legae Stockbrokers and deputy CEO of Wipcapital, part of the largest women’s investment company in South Africa, serving over 500,000 women beneficiaries via its various trusts. She currently holds directorships on a number of listed company boards including Steinhoff International, Esor Franki and Prescient Limited.

She serves on the Board of Foodbank South Africa, the Prescient Foundation, the South African Wind Energy Association and Green Cape. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Smith College in the US and a Master of Science in International Affairs (Business) from Georgetown University, Washington.

 

CRISPIN SONN

crispinCrispin is a Director of Gamiro and, since August 2014, an Executive Director of Gamiro Consult. Until July 2014 he was the Managing Director of the Retail Mass Cluster of businesses at Old Mutual. This business unit employed more than 7 000 people and included the lending, group insurance, iWyze short term insurance and Foundation market business units.

He was previously Executive General Manager for Personal Financial Advice and Private Wealth before occupying the role of Marketing, Corporate Affairs, and Communications Director for Old Mutual Emerging Markets. Prior to that, he was CEO and founder of a range of entrepreneurial ventures in IT, Financial services and Mining. He holds a BA in Social Science and Humanities from UCT, an Honours degree in Business and Administration from Stellenbosch Business School and completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP).

He is chairperson of Foodbank South Africa, serves on the board of Frontier Rare Earths in Luxembourg and is a member of the Board of Advisors at the Graduate School of business at the University of Cape Town.

 

DEVON PATHER

devonDevon is responsible for investment operations and project implementation for Gamiro. He brings a broad perspective of investment management and business strategy acquired through his 15+ years of experience as a trader for Macquarie Bank, senior manager at Standard Bank and Investec, and as founder and Managing Director of multiple businesses within the financial markets and investment management sector.

Since 2008, as an independent consultant, he has been involved in a diverse range of commercial and social projects within agriculture, low cost housing and healthcare.

He is currently a Trustee of both the Brave Foundation and the Schools Environmental Education Trust (SEED). Devon holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University, Australia, a Masters of Business Administration from Wits Business School and Stern Business School, New York University, and a qualification in Microfinance.

 

Our Shareholders

Gamiro is a 100% Black owned company.

54.6% of our shares are held by Black women and 10% is held by the Gamiro Development Trust, a vehicle to drive positive social impact through distribution of funds to NGOs and Trusts that support women, children and the elderly.

Gamiro is a Level 1 B-BBEE Contributor.

At a subsidiary level our equity interests vary to incentivise our people and create an alignment of interests with our partners.

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