Capitalising on his passion for Africa’s emerging markets and internet enabled companies Manuel Koser, the founding partner of Silvertree Capitalhas proved his diligence by heading a fast growing business builder and seed investor based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Manuel co-founded Zando, and served as co-CEO; and is also a co-founder of Jumia in Nigeria. He has worked as a Vice President for Corporate Development and Investments in Frankfurt for the Altira Group, focusing on African, renewable and German mid-cap investments. Manuel started his career as a Management Consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on corporate finance and industrial goods projects in Germany, UAE, India, UK and South Africa.
Manuel holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Science from Bocconi University’s in Italy and the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. During his studies he was accepted into the BCG Fast Forward Program and received the E-Fellows online scholarship for top students, initiated by McKinsey in 2006. He completed his studies in 2007.
Manuel was born in Aachen Germany, is fluent in German and English and picked up a little Italian and Dutch during his studies. When Manuel is not busy fulfilling his ambition to make Silvertree Capital into the biggest business builder andseed investor in South Africa. His passion for hiking has seen him summit both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Stanley.
As a young and enthusiastic entrepreneur, Manuel has already taken to the podium several times, speaking at conferences and events including the LSE alternative investing conference, Retail Indaba, Online Retail Conference , IBM Smartcamp and VISA Strategic Retailers Congress . He enjoys these speaking opportunities, especially when there’s an opportunity to talk about his passion for building and investing in companies with great potentia