Zachariah (Zach) George

Zachariah (Zach) George

Zachariah (Zach) George,  spent seven years as an investment banker on Wall Street with Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital before founding Cactus Advisors - a specialist venture capital and business advisory firm based in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2015, Cactus Advisors created and managed the first ever corporate tech accelerator program in Africa – the Barclays Tech Lab Africa program designed to discover, nurture and empower the next generation of technology innovators in Africa, and subsequently managed the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s incubator and accelerator program.

Zach is an Angel Investor and advisor to numerous African start-ups and SMEs and is a co-Managing Director for Startupbootcamp Africa – one of the world’s leading accelerator programs.

Zach was formerly an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital New York where he covered Mergers & Acquisitions, IPOs, Risk Management and Strategic Corporate Finance. Prior to his Wall St career, at the age of 22, Zach got his M.S. in Management Science from Stanford University specializing in Corporate Finance. He is a Mechanical Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology and a member of MENSA - the Global High IQ society. He has lived and worked in the Middle East, California, New York, India, South Africa, and Kenya.

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