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Co-Founder at Centre for Disruptive Technology Africa
With over 25 years experience as an accomplished investment banker and former Wall Street attorney, Sharron’s focus is in primarily three areas: (1) investing in sustainable infrastructure, energy & water projects primarily in selected markets in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA); (2) investing in start-ups and new approaches to that leverage the power of advancing technologies to transform the African landscape; and (3) teaching, speaking, collaborating and learning how to do (1) and (2) better. Positions held in Sub-Saharan Africa include former CEO of Tanaka Investments (South Africa) and former Corporate Finance Manager for Mettle Merchant Bank (South Africa). Sharron has a Doctorate’s Degree in Law (Columbia University), an honor’s degree in Finance from the University of Toulon (La Garde, France) and a B.A. in Economics (College of William & Mary). In August 2011, she concluded post doctoral studies at Singularity University (NASA Ames Research Center – Silicon Valley, CA). In Africa, she has served as an advisor to a number of government and state-owned entities including the South African Constitutional Court, the South African Reserve Bank, the South African Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Minerals & Energy and the Central Bank of Nigeria. Multilateral institutional engagements include the World Bank/IFC, the British Commonwealth Secretariat and the Development Bank of Southern Africa. She is a published author and sits on a number of local and international boards, including New Faces New Voices, a pan-African initiative that is being spearheaded by Mrs. Graça Machel. In 2013 she was invited join the Brains Trust of United Sucess. She has also spoken at TEDx (Tokyo) on "Sustainability as the New Currency"