SABA Key Advisors

Chris Low – Key Advisor – Banking and Fintech

Chris is an international banking, digital transformation, risk management and emerging markets leader, with more than 30 years of proven strategic delivery at Board and C-suite levels. He holds a Chartered Accountancy qualification and has worked in the UK, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Currently, he advises the HM Government on strategies for engaging with the UK banking sector to promote trade and investment. Also, he holds a Board seat on the Bank subsidiary of a public quoted East African Banking and Insurance Group while advising the Group as well as a number of early-stage FinTechs based in West and East Africa. Chris’s focus today is on building his portfolio of Non-Executive and Advisory roles where he can add value to transformational growth strategy, digital disruption, good governance, culture change and top team development.

Chris’s last Executive role was as Group CEO at Letshego Holdings Limited, one of Botswana’s largest public listed groups, with an 11 country presence in Southern, East and West Africa. Prior to that, he worked for Arthur Andersen, Goldman Sachs, Standard Chartered and National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) where he gained experience of executing regional/country strategies, new country entry, franchise development, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and integrations. During his 19 years with Standard Chartered, his roles included CEO India and Nepal, CEO Tanzania, GM/CEO East Africa/Kenya and CEO South Africa. At NBK he was Deputy CEO for their international businesses in New York, London, Paris and Singapore.

Chris read Zoology at St Peter’s College, Oxford and his outside interests include art and antiques, travel, sustainability and charitable fundraising.

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Elaine Alexander – Key Advisor

Elaine has over 20 years’ experience working in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries sector development in Sub Saharan Africa in both the public and private sectors. During her tenure the in public sector Elaine held the positions of Deputy Director-General: Economic Development International Trade and Marketing, for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Chief Director: Sector Development Agriculture and Agro-processing in the Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

Elaine was responsible for the development of the developmental strategy for the full values chains, farm to fork, which included various interventions for sustainable production intensification, human capital development, cooperative and enterprise development, market/trade access, including regulatory/technical compliance, to support the expansion of these sectors.

She was part of the executive team which reviewed and reworked the South African National Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Strategy and advised on the development of South Africa’s master plan for the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program. Elaine also facilitated and advised on the development of small farmer interventions with donor funders e.g. FAO (World Food Program) and the Japanese Small Holder Entrepreneur Program (SHEP).

In private sector Elaine currently provides strategy development, project management, facilitation and advisory services to companies and governments in developmental trade strategy, market access and new business development focused on Africa. She recently provided expert advisory inputs into the development of the Aquaculture Marketing Strategy for South Africa. Elaine was the Executive Director of the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) and Chairman of the government’s food quality and safety export governance body, the Perishables Products Export Control Board (PPECB).

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David Burrill – Key Advisor – Security

David Burrill is a globally renowned corporate security expert with unrivalled networks in governments and the private sector internationally and across Africa.

He was awarded the OBE for services to International Security for business and governments. David has many other prestigious recognitions including distinguished achievement awards from The US Department of State (for OSAC of which he was the first foreign Alumnus) and the International Security Management Association, of which he was the first non-North American President and ASIS International as the first recipient of its European Leadership Award.

He has been a leader in a number of Public-Private Sector Partnerships (PPP) involving UK government departments, the US State Department, the European Union, the World Customs Organisation, INTERPOL and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. He was the principal architect of the Security Information Service for Business Overseas (SISBO), a British equivalent of the US State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), and was its first business co-chairman.

David has almost 30 years’ experience in the private security sector after retiring early from a distinguished military career where his many key roles included Deputy Director Intelligence Corps and Chief of Staff Intelligence & Security Centre of the UK Armed Forces. In retirement, he was given the honorary appointment of Deputy Colonel Commandant Intelligence Corps. He became Chief Security Officer at BAT Industries, a manufacturing and insurance industry conglomerate, later to become British American Tobacco (BAT) – an FTSE top 5company with presence in over 180 countries. Under David’s 14 years stewardship, BAT became recognized (through independent research) as the international benchmark company for corporate security.

On retiring from BAT, David co-founded and worked for the BurrillGreen security consultancy from 2006 until 2020 providing a range of services to corporate clients through his global network.

David’s association with Africa started as an Army Lieutenant with deployments in Kenya, Swaziland, South Africa and Mozambique and he has visited regularly developing a regionwide working knowledge and network. In BAT he had full commercial security responsibility (including information, IT and cybersecurity) and has overseen operations including country business security threat assessments (for most African countries), due diligence, counter fraud, corruption, extortion, personnel security including VIP protection, evacuation, cash protection in hostile locations and anti-illicit trade.In addition to these services, BurrillGreen also completed projects to establish value add internal security departments, investigations, training, search & selection for country/area/regional security manager positions and mentoring.  David continues to mentor a number of CSOs in the Region.

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Misbah Mir – Key Advisor – Kenya

Misbah is the Founder and Director of OMAC Africa. With 14 years of experience in advisory, working with UK companies as Head of UK Trade & Investment in Kenya and Tanzania respectively, she has the unique ability to understand a company’s requirements, combine them with her skills to reach out to a large pool of sources to provide you with the specific type of market information and access to contacts you require.

Misbah has worked across various sectors including Oil and Gas, Infrastructure, Renewable Energy, Education, Skills and Development, Financial Services, amongst others. Within each of these sectors, she has developed an understanding of the sectors, has developed a range of both private and public sector contacts and is aware of the local market trends in Kenya and Tanzania.

Misbah has organized and led many cross and sector-specific trade missions both into the UK and to Kenya and Tanzania respectively which have comprised of senior government officials at presidential, ministerial and cabinet levels. She has been responsible for coordinating and delivering successful visits which have had a focus on bilateral trade relations between UK and Kenya and Tanzania, and have strengthened sector developments within Kenya and Tanzania e.g. in the Oil and Gas sector.

Misbah is a confidant leader, who is customer-centric and has a proven track record of delivering to high-level expectations. Misbah is fluent in both English and Kiswahili.

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Rubby A Golo – Key Advisor – Ghana

Rubby grew up in West Germany where she had her basic education. She came back to Ghana in the early 1980s to continue her education and then finished her degree at the Central University College where she attained BSc. Human Resource Management.

She has served in a Diplomatic Mission, British High Commission – Department for International Trade (DIT, Ghana) for seventeen (17) years as a Trade Development Manager. With almost two decades of experience in international trade, she is very knowledgeable of the Ghanaian economy with some of the key sectors being Oil & Gas, Education & Training, Agriculture, ICT, Healthcare, Creative Industry, Food & Drink etc.

With her extensive skills in organizing sector-specific and multi-sector Trade Missions to Ghana from across the globe, her previous and recent clients include the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC), Global Chamber (USA), London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), Advantage West Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Trinidad & Tobago Honorary Counsel, Accra, UK-West Africa Action Group and South London Export Club, AIM MAP (a local Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, EduExpo Fair 2017/18/19, EduCanada 2018 on behalf of the Canadian High Commission, Financial Innovation Seminar on behalf of the Israeli Embassy to Ghana just to mention a few.

Rubby is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Livestock and Fisheries Chamber of Commerce, Ghana and acts as the Executive Director for the Global Chamber (USA) in Ghana.

She is the Founder and CEO of Global Trade Consult, which supports foreign companies interested in doing business in Ghana. She is extremely keen (passion comes to mind) to ensure overseas companies achieve their business success by helping with their market visit, trade missions, meeting appointments, identifying appropriate agents/distributors, product/company representation, organizing seminars, webinars, exhibitions & conferences, product launch, sector research etc.

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