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Richard Bell ‐ CEO

EACP and Richard Bell represent 20+ years of experience, and a wealth of knowledge and experience in the operation of data networks as well as media and content distribution in East Africa. The Greater East Africa region is an economically well-integrated region with 389 Million people, making it the third largest market in the world. The region composed of Kenya, Tanzania and 10 bordering countries has one of the economic growth rates in the world, outpacing other countries such as China, Brazil and South Africa. This creates a very large market for Internet traffic, content distribution and delivery and ICT services.

The region has grown in bandwidth capacity by adding four major submarine fiber optic cables as well as significant terrestrial networks, yet it lacks the exchange points and necessary data center infrastructure to support efficient use of this network capacity to enable content owners, distributors and providers to reach this large volume of potential users. To satisfy this gap, the necessary data center and network interconnection infrastructure is required to attract the traffic that today is externally provided to East African end users primarily from Europe. Our vision is to create a regional network of data centers and IXPs that will enable global content providers from reaching the large volume of users in the region from virtually one place, while enabling local users to have local market presence. This vision has the potential to position East Africa as the industry‘s new major global exchange point.

Andrew Brown ‐ CFO

Ten years experience in private equity, project finance, deal structuring and valuation, and due diligence, has worked for East Africa Capital Partners or its portfolio companies, including Wananchi Group (Holdings), Ltd. (as a consultant) since 2007. Seconded from Delphos International, Andrew has served as EACP CFO since 2013, reporting to EACP CEO Richard Bell.

As a Vice President of Delphos International, has raised over $950 million in capital commitments across nearly twenty deal closings in Africa, Latin America, and Asia across telecoms, energy, and retail industries. Has worked with or for leading companies and developers in Africa including Cal Bank (Ghana), SunEdison, leading Brazilian retailer St. Marche, and Level 3 Communications, among others. CFA charterholder from the CFA Institute. BS in Business Administration from Ohio State University, where he sits on the Fisher College of Business Alumni Advisory Board, and an MA in International Trade & Investment Policy from George Washington University.

Ali Mufuruki

Partner at East Africa Capital Partners and Chairman of Wananchi Group (Holdings) Ltd. Chairman and CEO of Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) based Infotech Investment Group LTD which has business interests in retail, advertising, IT and telecommunications services.

Chairman of the CEOs Roundtable of Tanzania, an influential forum of industry leaders within the Tanzania private sector, and Chairman of TradeMark East Africa. Previously Board Member of Nation Media Group, the largest media company in East Africa. Sits or has sat on the boards of numerous organizations globally including Technoserve, Inc., International Monetary Fund (Advisory Group on Sub-Saharan Africa), and AMSCO Foundation (Director), among others.

Graduate of Mechanical Engineering Design from The University of Technology and Economics in Reutlingen, Germany, 1986

Linda Habgood

Financial services expert with over 25 years of industry experience. Based on her background as a banker, advisor and principal, her forte lies in underwriting and structuring transactions to meet the needs and requirements of strategic and financial investors and lenders

As a long-time director of Delphos International she has arranged hundreds of millions of dollars in long-term, limited recourse debt financing and equity for private investors, and has visited, performed due diligence and worked on financings in over 70 countries. She has worked for a number of leading African companies including Wananchi Group, IHS Towers, Cal Bank (Ghana), among others.

Formerly a senior project finance officer at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and a corporate finance banker specializing in secured lending and leveraged leasing for Chase Manhattan Bank, NA.

Holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in International Political Economy from The College of William and Mary. She is also a registered representative holding a FINRA Series 7 license.

Richard Essex

Partner at East Africa Capital Partners and Board Member of Wananchi Group (Holdings) Ltd., 2011-2015. Offers over 30 years of investment banking, media and telecoms transaction experience to the team. Previously, Director of NTL (now Virgin Media) during a dynamic period of growth and when they rolled out triple play strategy.

Headed the management buy-in of BBCWW and the ITV-owned BDS, Europe´s largest provider of TV listings information, and won the competitive bidding process to acquire BDS. Established a subsidiary of the British Film Institute, Rosebud, to commercialize the world´s largest collection of film and television assets.

Broad experience in private equity and venture capital fundraising, with a focus on Africa. Holds a BA in Economics and Art from Washington and Lee University and is a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Education Program.

Mark Schneider

Partner at East Africa Capital Partners and Board Member of Wananchi Group (Holdings) Ltd. Seasoned Media Entrepreneur & Manager who has developed assets into the tens of millions of video, voice and data customers and billions of dollars in valuation.

Co‐founded and managed in various roles UIH, UGC, was Chair and CEO of UPC and Chello Broadband and Media which together became the largest cable/broadband provider outside of the US and now the nucleus for Liberty Global Inc. Investor and board director of many developing content services including Ricall (music B to B) and Music Choice (broadcaster of digital music over satellite), and Short Film International among others.

Has been involved in the acquisition and development of Cable, Satellite, Broadcast TV and Radio and numerous channels and content services in more than 30 countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand

William Delphos

Founder and Managing Director of Delphos International. Under his leadership Delphos International has grown to serve over 1,000 clients in more than 75 emerging markets and successfully arrange over $10 billion in equity, loans, loan guarantees, insurance, and grants

Has led successful engagements with US West, Terremark/Verizon, Level 3 Communications, Ormat, and AXS among hundreds of other clients over nearly 30 years.

He is a nationally recognized speaker on the use of government resources for international business and has published numerous books on the subject. Previously he served as the Senior Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and was the Director of International Operations for a Fortune 150 company. Holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a BS in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he is an Emeritus Trustee.

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Uptime

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