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David Cooke

Partner, Private Equity

Office: Johannesburg

Team: Private Equity

David had been working in European private equity for several years before he joined Actis in 2006.

Before Actis, 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 an ‘African context’ and Actis was the obvious choice as a leading player in the African market, 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.

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David Cooke
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.