East Africa Team
Ted Pantone - Managing Director - East Africa
Ted has a passion to see wealth created in the developing world. He believes that sustainable poverty reduction will only be achieved when economies grow and can independently support their citizens. A native of California, Ted knows that his “neighbors” include every man, woman, and child God has created on earth.
Ted holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from The King’s College in New York City, where he was the President of the Student Body. After college, Ted spent several years managing a division of R.W. Beckett Corp., a manufacturing company in the US. He then transitioned to East Africa where he worked for Innovations for Poverty Action managing operations for a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project in Western Kenya. Now, with the Mango Fund, he hopes to see developing economies grow rapidly through private investment in industries that will create lasting value.
Grace Kigeni - Analyst | Uganda
Grace is an Analyst at the Mango Fund. She originally joined the team in 2012 as the Administration Officer.
Grace came to Mango from Aikan Uganda Limited where she worked as that firm’s office manager. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from Makerere University Business School in Uganda. Besides helping Mango’s clients gain access to growth financing, Grace is one of the most accomplished woman’s chess players in Uganda. In 2010 and 2012 Grace represented Uganda at the International Chess Olympiad.
Herbert Kisara - Analyst | Uganda
Herbert Kisara is a dynamic, self-driven professional who has a strong passion for issues on development, more specifically on social enterprise, international development, and behavioral economics. Prior to joining the Mango Fund, Herbert worked as an Administration Officer at Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya under the dispenser for safe water program. Herbert is also the co-founder of Lakehub (a technology hub in western Kenya) and founder of TEDxKisumu event. Herbert holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Sociology from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Kenya and a post graduate diploma in Business Management from Kenya Institute of Management. Herbert likes to travel considers himself a global citizen.
Elizabeth “Liz” Lindow - Director of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Intiative | Uganda
Liz cut her teeth in the development world as the Project Coordinator for the Access Project and Millennium Development Villages Rwanda, based out of the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City. Later on Liz moved on to consulting with government agencies and operators in the oil and gas sector, as well as with women-owned start-up ventures in the Denver, Colorado area. As a former business owner herself, Liz is driven to see women entrepreneurs in the developing world be equipped and unleashed to meet their God-given potential to achieve economic freedom.
Liz holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The King’s College in New York City, where she was the first recipient of the Joe T. Ford Excellence in Business Award for her leadership in the business program and entrepreneurship initiatives by starting and attracting venture capital investment for her company, Schroeder Organizational Services.
Juliet “Julie” Nanyombi - Operations Manager | Uganda
Juliet joined Mango fund in September 2014 as the Operations Manager. She is a highly customer and result oriented person. She is a self-motivated and dynamic professional who believes that making financial services accessible is the way to individual and community development.
Juliet worked with Tropical Bank Ltd and quickly rose through the ranks from an entry level graduate position to roles in credit risk management and then ultimately to branch management. She holds a bachelor's degree in Quantitative Economics and a Masters in Financial Services. She brings on board her experience of 6yrs in the banking industry and is very excited to be a member of the Mango Fund team.
Michal Szczurek - Intern | Uganda
Michal joined the Mango Fund team in August 2014. He believes that good business solutions provided by private sector for private sector are the key to social and economic development. He hopes to see the end of extreme poverty within his lifetime.
Michal holds a master's degree in International and Development Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium, and a master's degree in International Relations from the University of Wroclaw, Poland. Before moving to Kampala he was working for the European Commission and the European Parliament. Since 2012 Michal has been freelancing for the Polish Center for African Studies, a think tank working on the biggest challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa. With Mango Fund he wants to build a strong SMEs sector in Uganda and beyond.
Ross Jones | United States
Ross Jones is a Managing Director at Berkshire Partners LLC in Boston and has worked in private equity for over 25 years. Prior to joining Berkshire, he worked at Bain & Co. and in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley & Co. He has been a director for a number of companies in consumer products, retailing, manufacturing, and business services. Ross is also a co-founder and trustee of the Imago Dei Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides grants and support for a broad range of organizations working to create a more just world. In addition to his professional career, Ross is on the Board of Visitors at Park Street Kids and Park Street School and serves as an elder at Redeemer Community Church.
Ross holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
Andrew Mills | United States
Andy is President of Archegos Capital Management LLC, and the Co-Chairman of the Grace & Mercy Foundation. He is the former CEO of the Thomson Financial and Professional Publishing unit of The Thomson Corporation, where he was also a member of the Board. Under his leadership the revenue for the group grew to exceed $3.5 Billion generated by over 20,000 people worldwide. Under his leadership the revenue for the group grew to exceed $3.5 Billion generated by over 20,000 people worldwide. In addition to being on the board of Verisk Analytics Inc., Andy is the Co-Chair of the Theology of Work Project and a Board Member of the Salvation Army for Massachusetts and Camp-Of-The-Woods in upstate New York. He is a Senior Fellow at The King’s College in New York City, where he was previously the President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He is a regular traveler to Africa where he is involved in economic development activities in the West Nile region of Uganda and is co-founder and a member of the Board of the Mango Fund. He speaks frequently on Work and Faith, and is actively involved in mentoring men of all ages.
Andy received his BA from Oxford University and his MBA from Harvard University.
George Veth | United States
George Veth is an entrepreneur involved in founding and leading boutique consulting firms that advise Fortune 500 business on how to leverage corporate analytics and resource allocation processes to create adaptable corporations. Most recently, George founded Fusings, a professional online branding platform. Prior to creating Fusings, he was a co-founder of Palladium Group, Inc. and served as its Executive Vice President. George also co-founded Painted Word, Inc., a leading professional services firm in July 1996 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President. In his earlier career, George was a co-founder and Principal at Navigator Systems and an Analyst at Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo. In addition to all of these businesses, George is a published author and speaker at CPM events nationally, and is a recognized thought leader specifically in the area of strategic and driver-based planning.