Rafiq Suleman joins Verdant Capital as Vice President based in Kampala, Uganda
Rafiq has joined Verdant Capital Limited as Vice President. Rafiq has 8 years of senior management and corporate finance experience across financial advisory, investment management, and microfinance.
Rafiq began his career in investment banking with Lazard, a global financial services firm with offices across 26 countries, in Toronto, Canada, supporting clients across a broad range of industries on mergers & acquisitions, capital structure advisory, and restructuring.
Rafiq previously worked as the CFO of Watu Credit Uganda, a non-deposit-taking asset finance company, as one of the first team members in Uganda, helping the Ugandan subsidiary grow exponentially over a 40-month period. Over the period, the entity grew from 1 to 18 branches, with a loan portfolio of over USD $50m supporting over 57 000 active clients.
Rafiq has also worked in investment management, as the lead investment officer in sub-Saharan Africa for an American family office, supporting their emerging markets investment portfolio.
Rafiq has a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. As a Canadian from the East African diaspora community, Rafiq has lived in Kampala for six years and will be based in Verdant Capital’s Kampala office.
Source: Verdant Capital