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John B. Birungi

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Kigali

John is a finance and investments professional with experience in the US banking industry and a track record of having managed successful companies in Africa. He is the Chairman of KCB Bank Rwanda, Chairman of Arrow Capital and a non-executive director of Old Mutual Insurance Rwanda and ONE54 Holdings UK. He also previously served as a non-executive director of MTN Rwanda, Rwanda Investment Group, Kigali Convention Center, Meru Millers, JIBU Corp USA, Rwanda Energy Company and CIMERWA.



Experience

John joined SouthBridge in October 2019 as CEO of SouthBridge Rwanda and the Director for East, Central and Southern Africa charged with the responsibility for originating and executing deals within the sub-Saharan region.

Prior to joining SouthBridge, John spent 6 years as an entrepreneur investing in various businesses in East Africa and providing financial advisory services to private companies and contractors in public infrastructure projects through Arrow Capital, a firm he founded and nurtured.

John was also the CEO of Crystal Ventures, one of the largest investment-holding companies in Rwanda for 5 years and during his time there, he significantly expanded the business portfolio which included; manufacturing, construction, real estate development, telecommunications, security services, printing, coffee shops, energy and hospitality.

Before Crystal, John was an Associate in corporate investment banking with Bank of America in New York for 3 years where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity offerings.

Prior to that, he had over 2 years stints with Trudeau & Trudeau Associates, a boutique M&A firm in Boston and Fleet Boston Bank. John started his career in market research with Adams-AC Nielsen Research in Norwalk, Connecticut-USA.

Education

  • Masters in Business Administration : Finance 
    BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, International Business School (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Bachelor of Science :  Quantitative Economics
    MAKERERE UNIVERSITY, Institute of Statistics & Applied Economics (Kampala, Uganda)

Expertise

  • Board Directorship
  •  Executive Management
  •  Deal Structuring
  •  Mergers & Acquisitions
  •  Capital Raising