Thomas has 17 years experience in the investment banking and asset management industry. Recently head of institutional business at African Alliance, he previously was a director at S&P’s Fund Research, and held senior positions at RBS/ABN Amro and Old Mutual. His team at RBS/ABN Amro was the Extel #1 ranked for hedge fund sales throughout his tenure. He holds an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Applied Finance (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne. Thomas was listed amongst MENA Fund Manager Power 50 individuals in 2012, and co-founded the Africa Impact Report in 2011.
Thomas co-founded Eighteen East with Dave Portmann in 2014 after observing the need for specialist advisory and intermediation services in the impact investing and development finance sector. Eighteen East works with an established network of partners across Africa to connect impact businesses with international investors.