Phoenix Africa

Commercialising development in frontier Africa

Phoenix Africa Development Company is dedicated to the reconstruction and development of frontier countries in Africa.


We are building a series of development businesses in the agriculture sector in the most neglected places on the continent. By mobilising international capital for seizing business opportunities in these frontier states, Phoenix Africa aims to become a major force for investing in stability in Africa whilst generating superior returns for our shareholders.


Our first business is Lion Mountains Agrico Ltd, in Sierra Leone. The rest of our pipeline will be announced in due course, please contact us if you wish to be kept informed.


52 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RN, United Kingdom

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The Phoenix Africa Team



Board of Directors


H. E. Omobola Johnson

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Omobola was a member of the Nigerian Cabinet as Minister of Communications Technology 2011-15. Trained as an electrical and electronic engineer, she joined Andersen Consulting in 1985 after a spell with the Nigerian subsidiary of Siemens AG and rose to become Chairman of Accenture Nigeria in 2010. Besides her business interests, Omobola is founding Chair of Women in Management & Business, an NGO based in Nigeria that works in the promotion of female participation in business. In addition, she recently completed a doctorate at Cranfield University, focused on corporate leadership practices in Africa, and is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute and a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Africa. 



Paddy Docherty

Chief Executive

Paddy has two degrees in history from Oxford University, where he also won a Blue for boxing and was Junior Dean of Brasenose College. He was in the oil & gas corporate finance team at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, before joining the boutique investment bank Global Union (based in Bahrain) as a Director. His work in this role included extensive business development in Africa. After leaving the Middle East, Paddy returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers to take up a role as Manager of the regional CEE & CIS energy corporate finance team, based in Prague; he left this position in the autumn of 2009 to establish Phoenix Africa. Paddy was on the UK board of Millennium Promise 2010-2015 and was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Fragile States 2012-14. He is currently also Chairman of Lion Mountains, the first Phoenix Africa business, and a Member of the Private Sector Delegation to the Committee on World Food Security at the UN FAO.



Professor Sir Paul Collier CBE


Paul is Professor of Economics at Oxford University, and the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies. He is the leading authority on post-conflict development and the economics of fragile states, and advises numerous governments and multilateral bodies on these issues. His 2008 book The Bottom Billion won the Lionel Gelber Prize, and his many other publications include Wars, Guns & Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places and The Plundered Planet. Besides his work at Oxford, Paul was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank 1998-2003. He is currently an advisor to the Africa Region of the World Bank and to the Strategy and Policy Department of the IMF, and is a non-executive director of Phoenix Africa.



Mark Hanson 


An experienced international investment banker with a legal training, Mark has particular expertise in equity capital markets. With extensive experience in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Sri Lanka, he has been actively involved in: IPOs as Head of Equity Capital Markets; regulatory/corporate governance as Deputy Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; setting up and managing listed and non-listed funds; and Audit and Internal Audit as chairman of such committees for companies listed on the LSE. Mark was a Director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum 2011-14 (the largest company listed on AIM, before moving to the LSE main market), where he was also Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Internal Audit Committee. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Global Banking Corporation in Bahrain.



Major General John Holmes DSO OBE MC 


John joined the SAS from the Scots Guards in 1974, going on to command an SAS squadron and then serving as Special Forces Liaison Officer in Washington DC. After running the Special Forces Policy Desk in the MoD, he was Commanding Officer of 22 SAS 1989-1992, including service in the Gulf War, and then commanded the UK Airborne Brigade 1993-96. After senior appointments in NATO HQ, John returned to the UK to become Director of Special Forces 1999-2002, after which he took early retirement from the Army. Following some time as a director of Erinys, John established the business intelligence and investigations company Titon International, which operates worldwide, including in Africa from their regional HQ in Kenya. John is a non-executive director of Phoenix Africa.



Yury Lisin


Yury specialises in real estate, fixed income, private equity, and venture capital investments. Previously he was involved in a private fund with more than $300m of assets under management in the Russian Federation. He is now based in London, United Kingdom.



Mark Steeves


Formerly Head of Africa at HSBC Insurance Brokers, Mark has spent thirty years working in Africa: as a shipbroker in the 1980s, chartering supply boats to oil companies; as joint owner of a marine consultancy; then running a procurement and oilfield service business for the oil company Aminex plc. Mark joined HSBC Insurance Brokers in 2002, becoming Head of Energy, then Head of Africa, until the company was sold in March 2010. His company, Samphire & Associates, consults to Africa related businesses, and he is an advisory partner at Partner Capital. He is a director of the Business Council for Africa and a mentor for the Women-Led Business Programme run by Femmes Africa Solidarité and IE Business School. Mark is a non-executive director of Phoenix Africa.





Advisory Board


Karna Cohen

Advisory Board Member

With extensive experience as a freelance consultant on African affairs to USAID, USIP, Congress, the Council on Foreign Relations and numerous other organisations, Karna is currently the Team Lead for North & East Africa at the Social Science Research Centre at AFRICOM. She has a Masters degree in International Development & Technology Transfer (focusing especially on conflict studies), and is currently also studying at Tulane University for her doctorate in business operations in post-conflict economies. She has certifications from several international organisations including the International Centre for Conflict & Ethnic Studies in Sri Lanka and the Young Diplomatic Leadership Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel. Karna is based at AFRICOM HQ in Stuttgart.



Richard Dowden

Advisory Board Member

Richard is the Director of the Royal African Society and a distinguished author & commentator on African affairs. He has been involved in Africa since 1971, when he took up a post as a schoolteacher in Uganda, and has been covering the continent as a journalist since 1983. In 1986 he became Africa Editor at the Independent, and in 1995 was appointed as Africa Editor at The Economist. In 2002 he became Director of the Royal African Society. In addition to writing extensively about Africa, he has made a number of television programmes about the continent, and appears frequently as a commentator on broadcast media. His first book, Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles, was published to great acclaim in 2008.



Sir Richard Gozney KCMG KCVO KStJ

Advisory Board Member

Currently the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, Sir Richard is a British career diplomat who has served worldwide. His first experience of Africa was gained in teaching at a community school in Kenya, before reading geology at Oxford University. After an expedition through Egypt, the Sudan and Ethiopia, he joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1973, where his first job was as desk officer for Somalia and Ethiopia. After several roles in Asia, South America and Europe, Sir Richard returned to a series of senior postings in London, including as Private Secretary to three Foreign Secretaries. He was High Commissioner in Swaziland 1993-96, and was appointed Ambassador to Indonesia in 2000. Following this posting, he became High Commissioner to Nigeria 2004-2007, then Governor of Bermuda 2007-12. Since retiring from the FCO, Sir Richard has served on the Board of Bumi plc, and as an advisor for Asia and Africa to Guardian Global Resources. He remains a Strategic Advisor to Green Park Worldwide, a recruitment and training company with interests in Nigeria. He was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man in 2016.



Sir Mark Moody-Stuart KCMG

Advisory Board Member

Formerly the Chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies (1998-2001) and of Anglo-American plc (2002-09), Sir Mark was also a Director of HSBC Holdings plc (2001-2010) and President of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (1997-2008). Among numerous other appointments, he was also co-Chair of the G8 Task Force on Renewable Energy in 2000 and 2001. Holding a doctorate in geology from Cambridge University, Sir Mark joined Shell in 1966 and spent many years working in Africa, Asia and around Europe, in both exploration and management roles. Sir Mark is currently Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation, Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact Board, a Director of Accenture Ltd, and a Special Advisor to the Board of Phoenix Africa.



Bimpe Nkontchou

Advisory Board Member

Bimpe is a Partner at the London law firm Addie & Co, where she heads the Corporate & Commercial Law and Commercial Litigation Departments. She also oversees the firm's compliance with the Solicitors' Code of Conduct and Money Laundering Regulations. Bimpe graduated from the University of Ife in 1986 and obtained an LLM from University College London in 1990. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987 and later qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 1997. In the UK she worked at SJ Berwin & Co prior to establishing Addie & Co in 1998. She is currently a Director of the Business Council for Africa and a Trustee of The Africa Centre.



Carole Stone

Advisory Board Member

Celebrated for her legendary contact network, Carole is Chairman of YouGovStone and the founder of The Stone Club. In her previous BBC career, for many years she produced the flagship Radio 4 discussion programme Any Questions? After leaving the BBC, she developed her unique consultancy business and wrote Networking: the Art of Making Friends. YouGovStone, a joint venture with the polling company YouGov, was established in 2007 to conduct research amongst opinion leaders, and bring them together to discuss social, political and business issues of importance to all. Carole is also a former President of the Media Society.



Katherine Tweedie

Advisory Board Member

Currently at Investec, Katherine was a Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University 2011-2012, and previously Director and Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum. In this role she was responsible for all Africa-related matters, including managing key relationships with African business members and partners, strategic relationships with heads of state and government, and setting the African engagement agenda for the Forum. A South African national, Katherine holds a BA in International Business, Finance and Economics from the University of Victoria in Canada, and began her career in investment banking and private equity.






Dominick Henry

Interim CFO

Dominick qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1972 and spent much of the next 17 years working for BP, where his last post was CEO of BP Turkey. He then spent two years as a corporate finance manager at a major UK conglomerate before working in the West Indies. Since his return to the UK, he has operated on a freelance basis, providing interim and part-time financial management and investigative services; among a varied project portfolio, he has experience of Africa, such as a forensic accounting engagement focused on a large company in Ghana. Before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Dominick read PPE at Oxford University, and attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School while at BP. He is currently a Director and CFO of Quintel Intelligence, where he is responsible for all financial oversight.



Tetsuya Ishikawa

Financial Advisor

Tetsuya began his career in investment banking at ABN AMRO, followed by positions at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. He then became a founding partner of Amias Berman & Co, a fixed income advisory and brokerage business seeded by ICAP plc. He has been involved in Phoenix Africa since 2012, and also advises a number of businesses in property, insurance, technology and other sectors.