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Advisory Board - Reewire International ApS


The advisory board consists of professionals with proven track records across industries and business sectors. These individuals support the leadership team with the operational expertise, strategic insights and relationship capital integral to the Company’s success.
 

 

Jim Wells 

Advisory Board Member Based in Fort Lauderdale Florida, USA
 

 

 

Since 1999, Jim Wells has been President of Wellspring Consulting International and dedicated to innovating products, services and delivery mechanisms that respond to the unique financial needs, preferences and lifestyles of non-traditional consumers who are under-served by traditional financial institutions.  During that time, Mr. Wells pioneered the use of a reloadable, prepaid debit card as a Virtual Bank Account for customers of the U.S. check cashing industry. Earlier, Mr. Wells launched the world’s eighth Visa electron debit card program to enable a Middle Eastern bank to provide account services to all the country’s residents. Prior to South Africa’s first free elections, he worked with the country’s major banks to design products and delivery programs to serve the financial needs of consumers who had been denied bank access for generations. Later, Jim worked with the U.S. Treasury Department on a legislated conversion of government benefits distribution from paper check to electronic payment. Mr. Wells has held senior management positions with such global companies as Citigroup, HSBC USA and MasterCard International. He earned a B.A. from the University of Miami and performed graduate coursework in business at Long Island University

 

 

John Wakiumu, CFA

Advisory Board Member Based in Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana
 

 

 

 

Since 2009, John has served as Program Officer, Innovative Finance for Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). His specialty is development of financial structures and on the ground solutions, which catalyze development of agricultural value chains across Sub-Saharan Africa. John has extensive investment banking experience spanning origination, research and investment management with broad exposure across many African industry sectors. From 2006-09, John served in several corporate finance leadership capacities for Nairobi based, Amana Capital Ltd. Prior finance positions held include First Africa Capital, Citibank in Nairobi and Morgan Stanley in New York.  John holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Yale School of Management, a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.

 

 

Kurt L. Davis Jr.

Advisory Board Member Based in Houston, Texas USA

  

 

 

 

 

Kurt is an AVP with Barclays Investment Bank focusing in the natural resource and energy sectors. He is a seasoned investment professional with demonstrated success in completing complex financial transactions and operational transformations, especially in emerging economies: with Crescimento Inteligente, an investment management and advisory firm in Africa; with Schulze Global Investments, a private equity firm in Africa, Asia and South America; with Kukula Capital, a venture finance firm in Africa; with the African Development Bank; with Swicorp, S.A., a private equity fund manager with US$1.4 billion under management for the MENA region; and Bear Stearns (now part of J.P Morgan Chase), a global investment bank. Kurt has authored numerous articles exploring opportunities and economic change across Africa for the publications of Ventures Africa, Africa.com, and has published articles for the Harvard Africa Policy Journal. He is a member of both the New York and Massachusetts State Bar Associations having earned his J.D. in Tax Law and Commercial Law at the University of Virginia’s School of Law. Kurt earned his M.B.A. in Finance & Operations from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.

 

 

 

Patrick Griswold 

Advisory Board Member 
Based in Conneaut, Ohio, USA and East Africa

     

Since 2012, Patrick has been Honorary Consul to the USA for The United Republic of Tanzania. Patrick was previously CEO and Managing Director from 1993-2001 for Continental General Tyre East Africa Ltd and Sub-Sahara Africa Director for Continental AG Germany and CFO from 1990-1993. During this period Patrick lived and traveled throughout Sub-Sahara Africa and was founding member of the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania and past Chairman of the Confederation of Tanzanian Industries. From 1983-1990, Patrick worked in M&A and Audit for Continental General Tire USA. In 2003, Patrick founded a management consultancy, Indian Ocean Enterprises, LLC which focuses on marshaling resources to assist management teams operating in emerging and frontier markets. Since 2010, Patrick founded another consultancy, Why Africa Now, which focuses on select engagements for companies seeking market entry and business development that specializes within the East African region. He has taken Executive Management courses at INSEAD and earned his BA in Accounting and Management at Northwood University in Michigan. In 2014, Patrick published his first novel based upon his decades of experiences in East Africa titled, Its Africa Stupid!

 

 

Dr. Giorgio Roscigno

Advisory Board Member 
Based in Pretoria, South Africa & Geneva, Switzerland

     

 

Dr. Giorgio Roscigno, M.D. – Based in Pretoria, South Africa & Geneva, Switzerland - Dr. Roscigno is a senior pharma and diagnostics executive with broad managerial and medical experience in the private as well as the public sector.  Since 2013 he has served as Chairman & International Health Advisor for NEXT, a new organization focusing on private sector roles in public health for emerging market countries. He is co-founder (1994) of Ethiopia based Caroga Pharma and currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman & Advisor. Dr. Roscigno is currently working as a Consultant to World Health Organization (Geneva) to develop a Plan for the Development of the Pharmaceutical Sector in Ethiopia. While CEO of FIND, the Foundation for New Innovative Diagnostics, (2003-08) he oversaw the development of 5 new WHO-approved diagnostic tools, the distribution of these tools to 27 countries and the establishment of ambitious programs in malaria and sleeping sickness. Under his leadership, the organization grew from 4 to more than 60 staff and established two additional offices, in Uganda and India.  Giorgio previously spent 20 years in the private sector research based pharma industry with Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Marion Merrell Dow, and finally as International Medical Director for Anti-Infectives with Aventis in France. He has made significant contributions to the clinical work of all TB fixed-dose combinations containing Rifampicin and the development of Rifapentine and Eflornithine (DFMO). He received his diploma in Tropical Medicine & Health from NY Medical College.