Group International LLC (PGi) is an international firm specializing
in the structuring, financing and facilitation of privatization programs
and projects in the Republic of South Africa. PGi is an US-based corporation
that has registered a South African company, pursuant to the South
African Companies Act. PGi has attracted local South Africa strategic
partners to seek out, structure and finance privatization transactions
in South Africa, including full or partial divestitures of state-owned
enterprises, public private partnerships and concessions.
of PGi are Jeffrey L. Jackson and Alan S. Bowser. Each brings to
the company a unique combination of experience in the international
enterprise development area.
his present position in PGI, Jeffrey Jackson was Corporate
Finance Advisor at Deloitte & Touche, where he specialized in
privatization projects. Prior to joining Deloitte & Touche in
1997, he spent six years in the region, based in Swaziland. From
1991-1994, he served as the Director of the Public Enterprises Unit
in the Ministry of Finance, where he advised senior Government officials
on parastatal reform and monitoring, privatization and restructuring.
From 1994-1997, Mr. Jackson performed a number of consultancy services
in Swaziland, Zimbabwe and South Africa. During this period, he
developed and introduced new financial products including the first
unit investment trust in Swaziland, a loan guarantee scheme for
parastatals and a secured debenture listed on the Swaziland Stock
Jackson assisted us to develop our vision into a coherent business
plan, and ultimately to become the preferred bidder to acquire the
business of Atlantis Diesel Remanufacturing from the Industrial
Edward Mokhoanatse, Motswedi Investments
overseas experience includes extensive work in southern Africa,
as well as the Caribbean where he worked in the areas of privatization,
enterprise development and investment promotion. Mr. Jackson holds
degrees from Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University (SAIS).
Additional studies were undertaken at Oxford University.
assisted Phambili Services with two proposals, each of which resulted
in the firm being short-listed. More importantly, however, he has
advised us on banking and financial matters and even introduced
our local bank to a new and more cost-effective product."
Vincent Charnley, Phambili Services
Alan Bowser, an attorney in private practice, is former United
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Basic Industries. In this capacity,
he had senior responsibility for promotion of exports of U.S. companies
in the "basic" American industries, including energy and
power, iron and steel, wood and paper, chemicals, industrial machinery,
motor vehicles, and other important economic sectors.
He has extensive
professional experience as an economist and international policy
analyst in the public and private sectors, as well as extensive
experience in privatization, industry restructuring, overseas market
development, and regulatory and legal reform.
the US private sector, Mr. Bowser has provided essential support
for U.S. power generation projects in China, India, Mexico, and
Brazil; international mass transit projects in Southeast Asia; and
agribusiness projects in Russia and Kazakhstan.
Mr. Bowser has
served as a senior consultant to the World Bank Group, and as an
international economist in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and
the Executive Office of the President. He is a former Director of
the Petroleum Finance Company, Ltd., in Washington, D.C. Mr. Bowser
holds degrees from Princeton University, the Johns Hopkins University
(SAIS), and the Georgetown University Law Center.
Gathinji is currently the Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Central
and Southern African Federation of Accountants (ECSAFA). He holds
a law degree from the University of Nairobi. Mr. Gathinji is a Fellow
of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He
has worked in both public practice and industry and retired as a
partner in Ernst & Young. Mr. Gathinji is a past Chairman of
the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).
He has held several positions in the international accounting profession,
including membership and vice presidency of the council of IFAC.
He is the founding Chairman of the Eastern, Central and Southern
African Federation of Accountants (ECSAFA) and a former Vice Chairman,
Ernst & Young Africa Group, and a former Chairman of Ernst &
Young East Africa. He is currently the Hon. Secretary of the African
Stock Exchanges Association and a member of the Board of IFAC. Mr.
Gathinji is also currently a member of the Standards Advisory Council
of the International Accounting Standards Committee Foundation and
an Observer member of the United Nations Working Group of Experts
on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting in Geneva
(UNCTAD/ISAR). He also sits on the Board of the Nairobi Stock Exchange,
where he is currently the Vice-Chairman. Mr. Ndung'u recently qualified
as Corporate Governance Certified Trainer with the Commonwealth
Association of Corporate Governance. Mr. Gathinji is resident in
manages Ogilvie Management Consulting, a United States-based "virtual
firm" in built on strategic alliances with subject experts.
Over the last twenty five years, he has worked closely with clients
on complex challenges requiring comprehensive, integrated solutions.
Mr. Ogilvie brings to his clients extensive strategy, operational
and organizational consulting experience, helping clients "make
results happen" -- translating executive vision into actionable
strategies, and working with the client's organization to build
the new capabilities (skills, processes, practices and systems)
required to successfully execute those strategies.
During the past
several years, Mr. Ogilvie has worked extensively with clients across
several industries, including healthcare, consumer goods manufacturing
and retailing, financial services, automotive, food processing and
distribution, information services, consumer electronics and telecommunications.
The work has included all aspects of strategy - corporate, business
unit, product-market and functional - as well as assignments focused
on improving executional effectiveness within and across key functional
areas. From early 2001 through late 2002, he took a leave of absence
from the firm to serve AXA Financial as Senior Vice President for
its Growth Initiatives Group.
has successfully services clients in the U.S., Canada, Europe, East
Africa and the Caribbean. During his seven years with McKinsey &
Company, Inc., he worked with a similar cross-section of clients
and also helped launch McKinsey's media and communications industry
practice. An alumni of Solomon Brothers, he also directed Yale University's
economic development office for five years in the early 1970's.
his Masters degree in Public and Private Management from Yale's
School of Management, where he has held an appointment as distinguished
lecturer in general management. He is a 1968 graduate of Yale College.
Mr. Jacob Weinstein
is currently Deputy Director of the Harvard University Program on
International Financial Systems (PIFS). He was the Tokyo-based,
managing director of The Bridgeford Group, the mergers and acquisitions
advisory firm of The Industrial Bank of Japan. Prior to that position,
he was an investment banker with PaineWebber. As an attorney, J
practiced law with Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Before joining
PIFS in 2002, Jacob was a capital markets and corporate governance
advisor in emerging markets throughout the world.