Tom Minney

Strategy specialist focused on frontier capital markets, technology and finance for development and communications expert.

Tom works on strategy, capital markets, emerging technology and finance for development, with a focus on building institutions and markets that support growth, and working with stakeholders. He has also worked on governance, investment banking, private equity, SME growth, and analysis and writing, including the impact of technologies such as blockchain.

In depth

Communications professional with skills in journalism, analysis, research, Internet, writing, broadcast and editing. He is an experienced speaker and MC, helping run international conferences, and a facilitator and trainer. He also has skills in investor relations (IR) and public relations (PR).

  • Capital markets advisory includes State Committee for Securities Azerbaijan and Baku Stock Exchange (2013-6), Committee of SADC Stock Exchanges CoSSE (2012 and 2015-16), demutualization strategy and growth boards for Dar Es Salaam Stock Exchange (2012-3 and 2016) and capacity assessment for Capital Markets Authority Uganda (2017). He was General Manager of the fast-growing Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) for 5 years, with a focus on exchanges’ role in national development and cooperation and synergies between markets.
  • Strategy and general management consultant for growing businesses in UK, Japan and Africa including fair trade and impact investing. Corporate finance and private equity experience in Ethiopia and Namibia, including investment banking, M&A, black economic empowerment, public-private partnership, IPO, etc.
  • Governance Former Company Secretary at People Tree Fair Trade Group Ltd (fair trade fashion in UK, Europe and Japan) and board experience including parastatal.

Hands-on management includes five years as first General Manager of the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX) , Tom designed strategy and built the exchange’s organizational capacity and systems. Trading volumes and value soared, as did the number of broking firms and listed companies. Tom worked closely with policy-makers and the regulator and helped build public awareness and ran projects including a pioneering link between NSX trading and brokerage systems and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and as a co-founder of CoSSE to help exchanges work together.

Other experience features investment banking and private equity with Nedcapital Namibia, such as public-private partnerships, private equity, M&A and black economic empowerment transactions. He helped set up an innovative investment firm in Ethiopia, where he also worked on consulting and training with Ernst & Young. Overall he lived in Namibia and Ethiopia for 19 years. Other experience includes working with a Fair Trade company in UK and Japan on strategy, investor relations, social impact reporting and capital-raising for 14 years and involvement in SMEs as investor, adviser and manager, including turnarounds.

He is a passionate communicator and a professional journalist for 30 years and enjoys analysis, research and writing, as well as training and speaking. Publications include editing since 2009 and writing for a range of international magazines on African business and capital markets. He also enjoys training and facilitates many leading capital markets conferences in London and in Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Cairo, Johannesburg, Washington DC and Windhoek. He regularly writes and adapts worksbooks and training materials for the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

Academics include Master in Business Leadership (equivalent to MBA) at the University of South Africa; MA and BA Hons at Oxford University (Literae Humaniores – classics), journalism (Wales) and stock-broking (South Africa). He is Member of Association for Project Management (MAPM), Member of the Institute of Consultants (MIC), and member of International Stock Exchange Executives Emeriti (ISEEE).

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