David Cooke

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Private Equity



“Being South African and having travelled extensively in Africa, my fascination for the continent was too strong to resist. It’s not just the enormous business opportunity, but also the excitement and challenges the work brings; life is never boring.”

David had been working in European private equity for several years before he joined Actis in 2006. He spent three years at Ernst & Young’s Private Equity Group in London, followed by two years at Bridgepoint Capital, but was looking to return to what he calls “an African context.” Actis was the obvious choice, as a leading player in African private equity with a global outlook.

David thrives in Actis’ high-energy environment, working alongside an investment team that draws on varied and rich experiences. He believes it is a privilege as well to work for a company where you get to meet so many passionate and successful people every day.

David holds a social sciences bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town and a postgraduate degree in business administration from the Wits Business School in South Africa. He is a CFA Charterholder.