David Grylls

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Partner: Energy






Umeme, Energuate

Current directorships

Umeme Limited

“I first started investing in developing countries, mainly Pakistan and Turkey, back in 1995. I’ve been lucky enough to work in many other markets, particularly in Africa since then. What I love the most is playing my part in making a difference on the ground.”

David has over 20 years’ experience developing, financing and managing power and energy projects. At Actis, he gets to use this experience to provide returns for investors while helping to improve the lives of others.

Within Actis’ Infrastructure fund, David has an emerging market focus on power distribution and generation. Before joining Actis in 2008, he worked at Globeleq (an Actis investee company) for five years where he was responsible for business development, mainly in Africa, completing a number of projects including privatisations, acquisitions, re-financings and exits, in Egypt, Uganda and Panama. David was previously Managing Director of Midlands Power International, responsible for their power generation businesses in the UK, Pakistan and Turkey.

A Chartered Engineer with an MBA from Kingston University and a BSc (Hons) from Bath University, he has also worked at Covanta, Edison Mission Energy, Aquila and British Petroleum. David enjoys Actis’ working environment, distinguished by people who have a unique, shared interest in investing and managing businesses in growth economies.