Andre DeSimone

Executive Director

Andre was appointed Chief Executive of Kestrel Capital, a leading Kenyan Stockbroker and Investment Bank, in 1995 where played a pivotal role in starting the company and developing the research tradition now associated with the firm.  Prior to this, Andre worked for Blackstone Group LP in New York as Vice President specializing in acquisitions and restructuring from 1989 to 1994.  Between 1997 and 2001, Andre was a Portfolio Manager at Zurich Scudder Investments in New York where he co-managed a Global Emerging Market Equity Fund.  From 2001 to 2003, Andre was at KenolKobil Ltd, the leading oil marketing company in East Africa, where he was responsible for acquisitions and development of subsidiaries outside Kenya.  Andre returned to Kestrel Capital as Executive Director in 2003 where he remains today.  He holds a BSc in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Andre also serves on the Executive Council of the Kenya Chamber of Mines and is a member of the Finance, Strategy & Business Development Committee of the Nairobi Securities Exchange.