Management

The Jonah Management Team is a group of individuals with a broad range of experience and complementary skills who have provided Jonah Capital with a track record of transaction execution, value creation and realisation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sir Samuel Esson Jonah, KBE, OSG, Executive Chairman

Sir Samuel E. Jonah is one of Africa's most prominent businessmen, a giant in global business, and internationally recognized as a leading business executive. He was educated at Adisadel College in Ghana, Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall and The Imperial College of Science & Technology, London.

Sam Jonah’s career began in 1969 at the Obuasi gold-mine. He became deputy CEO of its holding company Ashanti Goldfields at the age of 31. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited in 1986 and oversaw its growth from a one-mine operation into a multinational. In 1996, Ashanti, which had listings in London and Ghana, became the first operating African company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He became Executive President of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd (world’s second largest gold producer) in May 2004 when Ashanti was merged with AngloGold Limited. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital Limited, an investment holding company in South Africa.

Sam Jonah has been decorated with many awards and honours. In 1994 the Camborne School of Mines and the University of Exeter (UK) jointly awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Science degree. In December 2005 Ashesi University College through its affiliate University in Ghana, University of Cape Coast, awarded Sam the Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree for his excellent and illustrious career as a Mining Engineer, Chief Executive, Director, Management Consultant, Diplomat, Educationist and Administrator. In 2003 Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Head of the Commonwealth, conferred on him an Honorary Knighthood as Knight Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE). The award was in recognition of his exceptional achievements as a businessman, a leading business executive from the Commonwealth and an international public figure. In 2006 he was awarded Ghana’s highest national award, the Companion of the Order of the Star.  

In December 2004, CNN and Time Magazine ranked him as one of the world’s top 25 most influential business people - setting the global standards for management, ethics, marketing and innovation. He is the recipient of three Lifetime Achievement awards, the most recent being the one conferred on him in June 2010 by the Commonwealth Business Council and the African Business Magazine for his outstanding contribution to the development of the private sector in Africa. Most recently, in March 2011, he was profiled as Mining Personality of the month in Martin Creamer’s Mining Weekly publication.

Sam Jonah is the Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast Ghana, a Member of the Board of Ashesi University in Ghana, a Visiting Professor of Business at The University of Witwatersrand Business School of Johannesburg and a member of its governing council as well as Trustee of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust (UK). He was a Founding Member The United Nations Secretary General’s Global Compact Advisory Council; a member of The African Regional Advisory Board of the London Business School, served as a member of the Governing Body of the School of Oriental and African Studies and a Trustee of the Camborne School of Mines. In 2003, he was co-chairman of the World Economic Forum held in Durban, South Africa; he was on the Advisory Council of the President of the African Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Sam Jonah has served on the boards of several international public and private companies. He currently serves on the board of Vodafone UK, amongst others.

Sam has been an advisor to a number of African Heads of State and he currently serves on the International Investment Advisory Councils of Nigeria and Togo. Most recently, in January 2013, he was appointed to serve on the newly established Bank of America Global Advisory Council, together with internationally recognized business, academic and public policy leaders.
 

John Barton-Bridges (57), Chief Executive Officer

MBA (INSEAD), M.Sc. DIC (University of London, Imperial College), B.Sc. Civil Eng (University of Cape Town)

John Barton-Bridges has 30 years of professional experience in engineering, project finance, and private equity in Africa, Europe, USA, Canada, Latin America, and Asia. He was previously Vice President at AIG Investments, involved in AIG’s $400 million Africa Infrastructure Fund, including serving on the Investment Committee of the fund. He spent 10 years with International Finance Corporation, the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group and the largest multinational source of equity and loan financing for private sector projects in emerging markets. Mr Barton-Bridges was seconded by IFC to the Development Bank of Southern Africa as Head, Private Sector Investments Unit, where he was responsible for the bank’s entire private sector business activities in Africa, managed a team of 22 and was a member of the bank’s Executive Committee. While at IFC he was directly involved in financing over 25 transactions in emerging economies, more than 14 of which were in Africa. Prior to gaining his financial experience he spent 12 years as an engineer with SRK, and other firms, working in the mining sector in Africa, Canada and the USA. Mr Barton-Bridges has, at various times, held the following positions: Investment Committee, AIG African Infrastructure Fund, L.L.P.; Director, Municipal Infrastructure Investment Unit, South Africa; and, DBSA’s representative Director, Board of Directors of Proparco, Paris, France.

 

Fidel Jonah (45), Founder and Executive Director

MBA (CASS), B. Econ. (Greenwich University)

Fidel Jonah was a founder of Jonah Capital. He has had a diverse career including working with Deloitte & Touche Consulting in Ghana, Balfour Williamson & Sons (UK) as International Buyer and Citiland LLC, an American mining supplies company as the Regional Representative for West Africa. Mr Jonah previously worked at Sterling Africa, a corporate finance advisory house in Tanzania, as the Business Development Director. At Sterling, he was part of the team that advised the Tanzanian Government on a variety of mandates.  He is a board member of the PA Group, Africa’s largest mortgage originator and in 2009 he was appointed as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum.

 

Alun Frost (48), Chief Financial Officer

BCom, Grad Dip Acc (University of Cape Town), Post Grad Tax (UNISA) CA (SA)

Alun Frost has over 20 years of commercial experience including 17 years in private equity and venture capital working with owner-managed businesses in Southern Africa, including: being a fund manager of the Women Private Equity Fund; as Chief Investment Officer of the state owned National Empowerment Fund focused on Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa; as Executive director of NSA Investments Ltd; and spending two years in the CFO’s office of the De Beers Group. During this time, Mr Frost was an executive director of two JSE-listed companies, and was involved in the establishment and/or management of seven private equity funds, seven IPOs and over 35 investment transactions.

 

David Renner (49), Director of Operations

MBA (Wits), MSc Geo Eng (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), BSc (Hons) Civ Eng (Kumasi, Ghana)

David Rennner has more than 30 years professional experience in operating mines in West - and East Africa. He was managing director of AngloGold Ashanti’s Iduapriem Mine in Ghana and most recently, managing director of Sadiola and Yatela Gold Mines in Mali, a joint venture between Iamgold Corp and the government of Mali.