Our People

Meet the Management Behind Alamaya and the Advisors Providing Regional Strategic Support.

Directors and Management

JONTY VAN ZELLER

Director

HARRY SUTHERLAND

Director

HARRIS HARJAN

Director

Keith Gardner

Head of Operations

ADVISORY BOARD

ALISON NGIBUINI

Strategic Communications Advisor

RENZO BERNARDI

Aerospace Advisor

SULDAN FARAH

Security Sector Reform Advisor

MILES DONNELLY

Energy and Infrastructure Advisor

JONTY VAN ZELLER

Director

Jonty van Zeller founded Alamaya and oversees the group of companies from East Africa. He has been working in the region for over eight years in the security, defence, logistics and humanitarian sectors. His management roles have included working for World Food Programme (WFP), Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) and Salama Fikira. Jonty’s focus is Business Development and Government Relations. He is the representative for the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) in Africa. Jonty lives in Kenya.

HARRY SUTHERLAND

Director

Harry Sutherland is the Chairman of CrossInvest Global Management. He co-founded CrossInvest in 2010 and is also Chairman of the Harland Capital Group which he established in 1997. He has 25 years of advising, developing and funding businesses in Africa. Harry sits on the boards of several companies with operations ranging from mining to investment banking. Prior to this he worked for ten years in a variety of management and project development roles for Lonrho Plc across the continent. Harry lives in Mauritius.

HARRIS HARJAN

Director

Harris Harjan is the CEO of CrossInvest Global Management Services. With an MSC in Banking and Finance, BA in Law and Management and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrator. He co-founded CrossInvest in 2010, sits on the boards of a wide range of businesses in Africa including Maris Capital. Harris lives in Mauritius.

Keith Gardner

Head of Operations

Keith brings over 20 years of military and civilian Operations experience. After active service in the Royal Air Force as a Fast-Jet pilot, he moved into Africa focussed Venture Capital and Private Equity.

Initially focussing on South Sudan, Keith helped establish Maris Africa, a leading Africa focused investment group, building new and successful businesses in countries such as South Sudan, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania. Sectors included telecoms, real estate, mining, agriculture and logistics.

Keith has worked extensively in the Start-up and early stage company environment. He has established a range of successful business ventures including software/tech, medical services, real estate and sustainable technologies.

Keith lives between East Africa and the UAE

ALISON NGIBUINI

Strategic Communications Advisor

Alison has an excellent knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa’s Communication Sector, as an award-winning Producer and Communication Expert with over fifteen years’ experience in content design and implementation of communication strategies for international organisations and public bodies such as USAID, UN Women, GIZ and the Government of Kenya (GoK). She is a director of a number of organisations such as UN Global Compact, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Kenya Tourism Board. Previous leadership engagements include the Ministry of Communication and Information (GoK). Alison lives in Kenya.

RENZO BERNARDI

Aerospace Advisor

Renzo has been working in the Aerospace sector for over 30 years with a focus on sales, leasing and maintenance of fixed wing aircraft, rotary wing aircraft and equipment for aviation authorities. He has been providing intermediary and consultancy support for foreign companies looking to work in East Africa and is the Director of several companies in the region including Helint (helicopter maintenance facility) and Phantom Technologies (UAV Operator) in Wilson Airport, Kenya. He has considerable experience supporting large multinational organisations working with the Civil Aviation Authorities, Airport Authorities and Government Agencies in East Africa. Renzo lives in Kenya.

SULDAN FARAH

Security Sector Reform Advisor

An experienced strategist and conflict management specialist who has been engaged in Peace and Security Sector Reform for over fifteen years. Suldan has extensive knowledge of Somali socio-political affairs. Working with all levels of International, Governmental, Donor and stakeholders of Somalia, he has contributed to numerous processes, polices and work plans aimed at re-establishing and re-structuring the security sector in Somalia. Suldan lives between Kenya and Somalia.

MILES DONNELLY

Energy and Infrastructure Advisor

Miles has over thirty years of experienced gained across a broad spectrum of industries with a focus on energy and construction in Africa and the Middle East. He was founding partner of Aurelian Oil and Gas in 2002 and managed the refinancing of Mediterranean Oil and Gas in 2012 as a Board Member. Miles has considerable experience with large-scale construction projects; as Deputy Chairman of Africa Cargo Handling until 2001 he was responsible for the financing, construction and commissioning of a $25mn high-tech cargo terminal at JKIA Nairobi airport. He has been previously served on boards such as The Africa Resource Group, Mina Corp Africa and Kenana Distributors. Miles lives in the United Kingdom.

ALISON NGIBUINI

Strategic Communications Advisor

Alison has an excellent knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa’s Communication Sector, as an award-winning Producer and Communication Expert with over fifteen years’ experience in content design and implementation of communication strategies for international organisations and public bodies such as USAID, UN Women, GIZ and the Government of Kenya (GoK). She is a director of a number of organisations such as UN Global Compact, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Kenya Tourism Board. Previous leadership engagements include the Ministry of Communication and Information (GoK). Alison lives in Kenya.