N Arjun
Chairman (India)

Arjun has over 36 years of Telecoms corporate experience having been involved in starting and setting up eight different lines of business for the Bharti Group. His roles have included Group Director- Business Development, where he was responsible for all M&A and new Business development activities across the Bharti Group. The role involved acquisition and divestment of assets both in India and Africa, to the order of US$ 4 billion, including the disposal of Airtel’s African tower portfolios. Prior to this role Arjun as Chief, Projects and Transformation, for Airtel Africa, was responsible for strategy, planning and rollout of all new projects in Africa. Immediately after the acquisition from ZAIN in June 2010, Arjun took on the position of Integrations Director and was responsible for successfully integrating the ZAIN operations in 15 African countries into Airtel. Prior to his Africa experience Arjun worked in various capacities for the Bharti Group in India. His last assignment in India was as Director - Projects at Bharti Airtel Limited, with responsibility for new projects. Arjun holds an MBA from the University of Madras, India and a PG Diploma in International Trade from IIFT, New Delhi, India.

Peter Lewis
Executive Director (Jersey, Channel Islands)

Peter has nearly 30 years of experience in global telecoms finance and > 20 years of African telecoms and tower experience. Peter spent the past 8 years at Eaton Towers as Chief Financial Officer, where he was responsible for financing, strategy and legal. He joined Eaton Towers in 2011 from Millicom, where he was the Treasurer and Head of Corporate Finance, from 1999-2010, responsible for all group funding (raised over $1bn in debt finance for Africa), strategy, business development and M&A. One of the last strategic sales he headed at Millicom was the sale of its towers in Ghana (2009), which was the first sale of a tower portfolio by an operator in Africa. He also helped execute the first “active” joint cellular network company, Svenska UMTS in 2001 (TeliaSonera and Tele 2/Comviq) in Sweden. Prior to Millicom, Peter spent almost 10 years (1990-1999) as an Investment Banker with ABN AMRO in London, Amsterdam and Singapore. Peter is an Associate of the UK Chartered Institute of Bankers and has an MBA/MBI from Erasmus, Rotterdam School of Management.

Pankaj Kulshrestha
Executive Director (Jersey, Channel Islands)

Pankaj has nearly 32 years of experience in telecoms out of which the last 16 years have been in the telecom infrastructure and tower sector. Prior to EI, he held the role of Group Chief Operations Officer at Eaton Towers for five years, where he was responsible for P&L in all countries, with the country MDs reporting into him. He was also responsible for SLA performance, new builds, achieving OPEX savings and procurement. He also has extensive operational experience in the Indian tower market. Prior to Eaton Towers, Pankaj spent a significant part of his career (September 2008 – December 2013) in American Tower Corporation, where he was the VP Operations and Regional Head North & West in India, and part of the company’s core group for M&A activities, leading both operational due diligence and post-acquisition integration activities. Pankaj holds a B.Tech. in Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru University and an MDBA (Marketing).

Charles Boatin
Non Executive Director (Ghana)

Charles Boatin is Partner at Adenia Partners. Charles spent over four years at the Boston Consulting Group as a management consultant developing skills in business strategy development, operations, performance management, organization as well as industry specific topics from project experience covering energy, industrial goods and telecommunications in the U.S., Europe and Africa. Previously he worked as an engineer at Applied Materials providing project execution and management, and engineering support within the semiconductor industry. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ed Stumpf
Non Executive Director (South Africa)

Ed is an Investment Director and Head of Investment Strategy for AIIM’s pan-African fund mandates. He joined AIIM in 2014 and has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, advisory and private equity principally in emerging markets. Since joining AIIM he has been responsible for acquisitions and disposals comprising more than USD 500 million in equity across the digital infrastructure, transportation and energy sectors. Previously Ed was an Executive Director in the Advisory and Infrastructure Finance group at Standard Chartered Bank and prior to Standard Chartered, he was employed by Deloitte as a consulting Actuary to European financial services groups. He has an MBA from INSEAD (France), a B. Com (Hons) from the University of Pretoria and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (United Kingdom).

Martin Edge
Non Executive Director (South Africa)

Martin has been active as a corporate finance advisor in the African telecoms space for some 25 years. During that time, at HSBC, then as head of First Africa’s corporate advisory practice and later as a managing director at Standard Chartered.He advised on some of the largest and most significant telecoms sector transactions on the continent. He previously spent a decade in investment banking with Hambros in London and a couple of years as the finance director of & Beyond. He is a UK Chartered Accountant and holds an MA in PPE from Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He holds a number of non-executive board positions and is a special advisor to AIIM.

Stéphane Bacquaert
Non Executive Director (Morocco)

Stéphane is Managing Partner in charge of North and West Africa at Adenia Partners. MBA from the Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar), Master of Science from Centrale Paris and B.COM from Sciences Po Paris. Prior to joining Adenia, Stéphane was Managing Director and CEO of Wendel Africa. At Wendel, Stéphane led the IPO of Bureau Veritas where he has been a Board member for more than 10 years. He led the investment strategy of Wendel in Africa where the group invested over $1Bn. He also served on the Board of IHS. Stéphane was previously a Partner at Atlas Venture, an international venture capital fund with $2.5Bn under management. He began his career at Bain & Company where he conducted studies in the telecom, banking and private equity industry in Europe and Central America.