Kensani Capital was founded in 1997 by Ms Zanele Gama and Ms Kelley Starke Dow to broaden opportunities for women in business and create financially independent black female entrepreneurs from the prospects emanating from economic empowerment.
Kensani Capital has since become a leading empowerment player in a range of long-term investment assets including Public Private Partnerships in both the Correctional Services and Independent Power Producers sector. Kensani is highly experienced in finance advisory, capital raising, project company management, construction, planning and design, operations and maintenance (O&M) of correctional facilities and renewable energy plants. In addition Kensani directors have a wealth of board experience at project company and investor level as well as entrepreneurial experience in the creation of SMMES’s to provide goods and services to existing projects.
Kelley Starke-DowChief Executive Officer
Kelley co-founded Kensani Capital and since 1999 in her tenure as the Chief Executive Officer, Kelley has driven the company’s market share and value in the South African infrastructure sector in correctional services and renewable energy. Over the past five years, Kelley has been an active participant in South Africa’s REIPPPP and has been successful in three of the solar project awards, totalling 220MW an over R6bn of infrastructure investment.
Kelley gained extensive experience across the value chain, from project development, investment structuring, bid submissions through debt and equity structuring and raising, EPC and O&M deal structures and negotiations. Kensani Capital, through Kelley’s leadership won the Middle East and African Renewables deal of the year 2012.
Kelley holds a B. Journ, PDM Bus. Ad and a MBA
Greg StarkeChief Operating Officer
Greg has spent the past seven years at Kensani Capital where he has been involved in all aspects of the operational side of the group as well as the bidding, development, construction and operation of large-scale Photo Voltaic (PV) power plants. In addition he manages various aspects of the group’s three thousand bed private prison facility and is the Managing Director of Kensani Corrections Management (KCM). More recently Greg has played a central role in concluding complex transactions for the restructuring of the Kensani group.
Prior to joining Kensani, Greg spent 13 years building a specialist medical device company focused on the development of sophisticated heart implants, which were used by all cardiac hospitals in South Africa and around the world.
Greg holds a BSc (Mech) Eng and a PhD in computational mechanics.
Khutso is the Executive Chairman of Lefa Group Holdings, an investment and advisory company he established in 2003. He is also non-executive director of JSE-Listed Niveus Investments Limited and Comair Limited.
Until May 2007, Khutso was the Group CEO of the South African Post Office. His previous positions include CEO of Old Mutual Employee Benefits, and CEO South African Express Airways.
Khutso has significant experience in acquiring stakes and/or forming joint ventures with target companies and has been involved in numerous capital raisings and BEE transactions.