Paul Kavuma

Chief Executive Officer
Catalyst Principal Partners

Paul Kavuma


Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Principal Partners, leading mid-market growth capital private equity fund manager focused on Eastern Africa.

With two funds under management – Catalyst Fund I – USD 125million and successor Catalyst Fund II with USD 155 million, Catalyst has developed a high quality portfolio of investments in a diversity of leading and emerging companies across the region. Catalyst’s investment strategy is underpinned by the growth of increasingly demanding and aspirational consumers across the region, targeting strategic investments in high growth consumer, services and industrial sectors. With its active investment approach, Catalyst adds value in driving growth and performance improvements in the development of regional champions of scale.

Paul has more than 20 years of management consulting, entrepreneurial, investment banking and private equity experience. He was previously a Director and Head of East Africa Private Equity at Actis Capital LLP in London and Nairobi, where he managed a significant and diverse regional investment portfolio. Prior to Actis, he was an Associate Director at HSBC Investment Bank in London and Johannesburg where he led several high profile merger and acquisition transactions across Africa.

Paul is a director on the board of the Africa Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and is a member of Emerging Markets Private Equity Association Frontier Markets Council. He previously served as the Chairman of the Capital Markets Authority Steering Committee for the development of the 10-year Masterplan for the Kenyan Capital Markets. He is an Advisory Board member of the Emerging Markets Institute of the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University, and is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative East Africa Foundation (member of Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network). He is also a member of the Young President’s Association, global professional network of CEOs. Paul holds several directorships for leading corporates across Eastern Africa.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Engineering from Brown University and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Business at Cornell University.

Speaker at these events:

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa 2020 - Virtual Conference

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa 2019

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk East Africa 2019