SABA Team

Executive Chairman – John Paterson

John is a former CEO with extensive international experience in Oil & Gas, Industrials and Consumer Goods working for multinationals, private and private equity owned businesses. He comes from a finance background and has extensive experience in general management, strategy development, accelerated growth, marketing and distribution, key account management, new market entry, M&A and joint ventures.

He has a passion for Africa with its diverse cultures, huge natural resources and exciting business potential and has visited the continent many times on business and pleasure including Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan and Egypt.

John is also a Chairman of a Scotland based PE-owned technology business and an Associate of 2020 Marketing in Kenya

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CEO – Frazer Lang

Frazer spent several years heading the government relations and business development department of a private sector company, organising over thirty international trade conferences and seventy round tables for African governments to the UK. Working with both the public and private sectors in the UK and Africa, Frazer facilitated the trade and investment ambitions of companies across multiple sectors to enter African markets through developing strategies, advising on local legal and regulatory requirements, making introductions, unlocking bottlenecks and finding trusted local partners.

Having worked closely with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, business, international agencies, funds and donors engaged with Africa, as well as many African governments, up to Head of State level including Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, Niger, Cameroon, Gabon, Guinea, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Eswatini, Djibouti and South Sudan. Frazer has developed an extensive network in both public and private sector organisations across the continent.

Noting the lack of engagement from Scotland and Scottish business in Africa, Frazer founded the Scotland Africa Business Exchange (SABE) in 2015. SABE was a multidisciplinary consultancy with the aim of increasing sustainable trade, investment and knowledge sharing between Scotland and Africa, in both directions. Working closely with the private sector and the government it identified and matched needs with providers and suppliers using a sophisticated network of professionals in both Scotland and Africa and was also the precursor to SABA.

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Head of Events and Administration – Niina Cunynghame 

Niina spent several years in London organising a wide range of events covering business, travel and wine. Having travelled extensively across Africa Niina developed a passion for the continent that led her to join the team at SABA.

Sohayla King

Sohayla has recently completed her Bachelor’s with Honours in English Law and a Master’s in International Economic Law particularly focusing on African trade and investment. Having lived across 6 different African countries and completing a myriad of grassroots projects — from education, to sport, to public health throughout her life — Sohayla aims to make an even greater impact on the continent. Her first-hand experience across Africa and enthusiasm is a great addition to the team.

Upcoming Events

HMA Louise De Sousa, UK Ambassador to Tunisia, visit to Scotland 22nd & 23rd October

On October 22nd and 23rd our UK Ambassador to Tunisia, Louise De Sousa, will visit to discuss opportunities in Tunisia covering a range of sectors. On the evening of the 22nd, SABA will be hosting a meeting and reception covering opportunities in oil & gas

HE Linda Scott, High Commissioner of Namibia, Edinburgh meeting 30th October 2019

On the 30th October SABA will hold a private round table meeting with Her Excellency Linda Scott, High Commissioner of Namibia in central Edinburgh. Her Excellency will cover a broad range of sectors followed by a Q&A.

North African Heads of Mission Meeting Expected Q2 2020

Following the success of the African Heads of Mission Meeting in September 2018, which concentrated on Sub-Saharan Africa, SABA will host the Ambassadors and trade teams of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt in Edinburgh for two days of meetings...