Catherine Koffman

Group Executive, Project Preparation
Development Bank of Southern Africa

Catherine Koffman


Catherine is a qualified admitted attorney, with more than 20 years experience in legal, commercial and financial services. Catherine is recognised for her extensive Infrastructure investment banking expertise, across numerous sectors and has been intimately involved in a number of “firsts” and landmark infrastructure project finance transactions. Following an exciting structured finance advisory career at Arthur Andersen Catherine joined Nedbank in 2004 in the Nedbank Capital (Nedbank Corporate and Investment Bank) Infrastructure and Telecommunications Project Finance team.

As the first female Head of Infrastructure Project finance in a commercial bank in South Africa, her mandate included determining and executing the Group’s infrastructure growth strategy for SA and rest of Africa. Catherine is driven to create stakeholder value, passionate about delivering environmental and socially responsible infrastructure that transforms the lives of people, sow seeds for new economies and ensures sustainability of organic businesses. Catherine values diversity of thought and collaborative solution orientated environments.

Catherine has either initiated or being called upon to participate in Thought Leadership design thinking relating to project pipeline development and policy changes. She assumes responsibility on various Boards of Directors, steering committees and industry working groups focussed on enabling change to stimulate economic growth and development.

Catherine joined the Development Bank of Southern Africa on 1 February 2021 as Group Executive of Project Preparation. She is responsible for leading, managing and directing the strategic and operational objectives of the Project Preparation function of the DBSA to develope a bankable pipeline of infrastructure projects intended to stimulate economic growth and reduce infrastructure backlog in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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