Uqalo is a specialist investor targeting Consumer Product opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa

About Us

Uqalo is an ideal partner for African Consumer Product entrepreneurs who want active, expert advice and support

As a co-investor, Uqalo offers our team of specialists and the capabilities of our cornerstone investor

Our Team

  • Giles Hefer
  • Sebastian McKinlay
  • ´┐╝Megan Bowren
Giles Hefer
  • Born in South Africa and qualified as a chartered accountant
  • Based for 30 years in Asia and Europe
  • Firstly establishing an investment company in Asia for Oppenheimer family interests
  • Which over 10 years invested US $100m in 10 private Asian companies
  • Including Li & Fung which was a major home run
  • And then joining the Fung family and establishing a European office in London
  • Which has acquired and invested in British and European companies
  • Including most recently a portfolio of premium European fashion brands
  • Established Uqalo in 2014 with a cornerstone commitment from the Fung family
Sebastian McKinlay
  • Spent nearly 20 years working in private equity in Europe focused on growth buy outs
  • Worked initially for Kleinwort Benson and then established a new and LSE listed private equity vehicle
  • A founding Partner at Fidelity Equity Partners, a captive private equity fund to Fidelity International, investing in Europe and North America
  • Led over 20 transactions with a total value in excess of US$400 million
  • Based in East Africa since 2013
  • Initially worked for KPMG in Nairobi and now representing Uqalo
  • Chairman of Twiga Foods and acting Managing Director at Big Square
´┐╝Megan Bowren
  • Born and educated in South Africa
  • Qualified with a Post Graduate Degree in Management and Entrepreneurship
  • 4 years Fashion and Supply Chain experience
  • Brand coordination for Urban Degree, a top South African Fashion Brand
  • Strategic Planner at Truworths, a large South African Fashion Retailer