Dirk Holshausen

Dirk Holshausen

Works at:

CDC Group plc

Location in:

London, United Kingdom

Dirk Holshausen

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Works at:
CDC Group plc
Location in:
London, United Kingdom

Bio

Dirk Holshausen grew up in southern Africa before moving to the UK on the first full scholarship awarded to a Zimbabwean to study Computing at Imperial College London. In 2005 on completion of his degree, he took up a place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst spending a year at the world renowned centre of excellence for leadership. Commissioned as an Officer, he spent the next five years leading teams on complex projects around the world, including deploying to Afghanistan on frontline operations twice. He returned to Zimbabwe in 2011, and worked across industry as a management consultant helping companies grow in a demanding African market. Dirk recently completed his MBA at Oxford University, where he graduated on the Dean's List as a Chevening Scholar.

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Work

2013 – present

Private Equity

CDC Group plc
2012 – present

Alumni Chair

Oxford Business Network for Africa
  • Planned and successfully ran the 5th Oxford Africa Business Conference which sold out with over 400 guests from around the world. Hosted H.E. President Kagame as the keynote speaker, and ran panels with African leaders from organisations including SABMiller, CDC, Google, McKinsey, SEACOM, AfDB, and Abraaj Group with media coverage from the BBC, The Economist, Financial Times and Bloomberg. (www.oxfordafricanetwork.org)
2012 – 2013
(Sep – Sep)

Managing Director, Southern Africa

SBS Venture Fund
  • The SBS Venture Fund is an MBA led £1million fund that makes investments around the world using a private equity model. Members of the committee are responsible for all parts of the investment process and work collaboratively on investment decisions and portfolio management.
2011 – 2012
(May – Sep)

Founder

The List
  • Created "The List", Zimbabwe's premier networking event for the future leaders of the country's top 100 organisations. "The List" provided a platform for exceptional individuals to build relationships across industry for the good of not only their own organisation but also the country as a whole.
  • • Hosted over 150 future CEOs every month from organisations including the World Bank, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Essar, Emirates, Barclays, UNDP, and Delta.
2011 – 2012
(May – Aug)

Project Lead

Deloitte
  • Coordinated a portfolio of projects ranging from improving the national distribution of pharmaceuticals as part of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, to providing private equity due diligence support for clients looking at Zimbabwean investment opportunities.
2006 – 2011

Captain, Royal Horse Artillery

British Army
  • Led and trained a highly specialised team of soldiers in Afghanistan providing frontline air and artillery support to a combined British and Afghan company of over 300 personnel. Other projects included:
  • • Planned and implemented the successful recovery programme of a strategically important market town in southern Afghanistan.
  • • Pioneered the groundbreaking forward operation of a new highly technical surveillance aircraft and led Army training in this field.
2005 – 2006
(Aug – Aug)

Officer Training

Royal MIlitary Academy Sandhurst
  • The Academy’s stated aim is to be "the national centre of excellence for leadership" and is where all Officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibility of leading soldiers.

Work

2013 – present

Private Equity

CDC Group plc
2012 – present

Alumni Chair

Oxford Business Network for Africa
  • Planned and successfully ran the 5th Oxford Africa Business Conference which sold out with over 400 guests from around the world. Hosted H.E. President Kagame as the keynote speaker, and ran panels with African leaders from organisations including SABMiller, CDC, Google, McKinsey, SEACOM, AfDB, and Abraaj Group with media coverage from the BBC, The Economist, Financial Times and Bloomberg. (www.oxfordafricanetwork.org)
2012 – 2013
(Sep – Sep)

Managing Director, Southern Africa

SBS Venture Fund
  • The SBS Venture Fund is an MBA led £1million fund that makes investments around the world using a private equity model. Members of the committee are responsible for all parts of the investment process and work collaboratively on investment decisions and portfolio management.
2011 – 2012
(May – Sep)

Founder

The List
  • Created "The List", Zimbabwe's premier networking event for the future leaders of the country's top 100 organisations. "The List" provided a platform for exceptional individuals to build relationships across industry for the good of not only their own organisation but also the country as a whole.
  • • Hosted over 150 future CEOs every month from organisations including the World Bank, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Essar, Emirates, Barclays, UNDP, and Delta.
2011 – 2012
(May – Aug)

Project Lead

Deloitte
  • Coordinated a portfolio of projects ranging from improving the national distribution of pharmaceuticals as part of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, to providing private equity due diligence support for clients looking at Zimbabwean investment opportunities.
2006 – 2011

Captain, Royal Horse Artillery

British Army
  • Led and trained a highly specialised team of soldiers in Afghanistan providing frontline air and artillery support to a combined British and Afghan company of over 300 personnel. Other projects included:
  • • Planned and implemented the successful recovery programme of a strategically important market town in southern Afghanistan.
  • • Pioneered the groundbreaking forward operation of a new highly technical surveillance aircraft and led Army training in this field.
2005 – 2006
(Aug – Aug)

Officer Training

Royal MIlitary Academy Sandhurst
  • The Academy’s stated aim is to be "the national centre of excellence for leadership" and is where all Officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibility of leading soldiers.

Education

2012 – 2013

Oxford Said Business School

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
2005 – 2006

Royal MIlitary Academy Sandhurst

2002 – 2005

Imperial College Business School

Computing BEng (Hons)
2000 – 2002

St. John's College (Harare) and Welbeck College (UK)

A Levels

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