Sangita Shah (Chair)
Sangita Shah has extensive experience in corporate finance, journalism and senior consultancy. She is the non executive Chair of AIM traded Bilby plc, a board director of NASDAQ listed Forward Industries Inc. and a director to Global Reach Technology EMEA Limited. She has held a number of senior roles within blue chip organisations, including Unilever, Mars, Ernst & Young and KPMG and is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists. Sangita is also a regular consultant to a number of companies and to HM Cabinet Office. Sangita is a qualified accountant and a frequent key note speaker in forums for the Windsor Leadership Trust, European Parliament and European School of Management.
Soraya Narfeldt, (CEO)
Soraya Narfeldt is a UK citizen who was raised in Sierra Leone by a Scottish father and a Lebanese/African mother. In 2004, Soraya set up RAI FZCO to provide catering, procurement and other services to US multi-nationals, various UN agencies and other western governments. She is a strong advocate and supporter of responsible business practice and has contributed articles on the subject to a number of recognised journals such as Forced Migration Review. Soraya also consults regularly with Government officials where she advises on Aid Funded Projects and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
Lars Narfeldt, (COO)
Lars Narfeldt is a Swedish citizen who spent the first fifteen years of his post university career working with the Swedish government and the UN. Lars worked with SIDA in Palestine and with the UN in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Uzbekistan, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. While in Sierra Leone, Lars managed a team of over 2,000 individuals and ran the UN Volunteer Programme.
Andrew Bolter, (CFO)
Andrew Bolter joined RA International from Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Service Group where he was primarily responsible for assisting multi-national corporations to establish operations in the Middle East and Africa. He is a Canadian Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant (CA, CPA), and a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV).
Alec Carstairs (NED)
Alec Carstairs is a chartered accountant with over 35 years experience of advising companies ranging from new start-ups to multi-national corporations, principally in the oil & gas sector. During his time at EY he acted as Head of UK Oil and Gas Mergers and Acquisitions and became Managing Partner of its Aberdeen office. Alec has previously served as an independent non-executive director of Ithaca Energy Inc., and is currently a non-executive director of CUL Holdings Limited and a director of Cela Consulting Limited. Alec also has a number of charitable interests and is currently a Director of Vine Trust and Techfest and was formerly President of the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.
Philip Haydn-Slater (NED)
Philip Haydn-Slater has over 35 years of City experience, principally within institutional sales with a number of well-known firms. Philip was co-founder of HD Capital Partners Ltd, where he was a director for over five years. Prior to this he spent eight years as Head of Corporate Broking at WH Ireland Ltd in London, where he was responsible for originating and managing the sales process for a range of transactions, including flotations and secondary placings for corporate clients on AIM and other international exchanges, largely in the resources sector. Philip has worked in both London and Sydney for financial organisations that include ABN Amro, Bankers Trust, James Capel & Co and Bain Securities (Deutsche Bank) Sydney.
Ian Henderson (NED)
Ian Henderson had a distinguished career as an investment manager in London for over 35 years, during which time he managed, inter alia, JP Morgan’s Natural Resources funds for over 20 years, which reached assets of over US$10bn, and JP Morgan’s Global Financials fund. Following his retirement as manager, Ian became an investment adviser for the JP Morgan Natural Resources funds before serving as a non-executive director of Endeavour Mining Corporation, the TSX-V listed gold mining company operating in West Africa. He is currently a non-executive director of BMO Capital Markets Limited, a London-based subsidiary of Bank of Montreal. Ian is a qualified chartered accountant (ACA and FCA) and holds an LLB in Scots Law and an MA in Philosophy and Politics from Edinburgh University.