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Herta von Stiegel

London, UK

Founder & CEO, Ariya Capital, focused on clean energy, infrastructure and agricultural investments in Africa

Global business leader, philanthropist and champion of strong leadership

Author, “The Mountain Within – Leadership Lessons and Inspiration for your Climb to the Top” (2011)

Herta von Stiegel has over 25 years of international management, finance and board level experience. As CEO of Ariya Capital, Herta is leading the firm in building clean and renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa as well as creating sustainable agricultural investment opportunities. The firm advises multi-national clients such as Gazprom and Nestle on their clean energy strategies and sustainability policies. Herta represented Ariya Capital as well as Camco International at the UNFCCC COP 17 in Durban; she regularly advises African governments on energy policy and writes on the subject.

During her 17 years in banking, Herta held senior positions at Citibank, Rabobank, JP Morgan and AIG in London and New York. Until 2005, she was managing director at AIG Financial Products, where she had a leading position in the investment banking division with net revenues in excess of $800 million. In 2006, she joined the board of Camco International, a publicly listed global clean energy developer with significant operations in China, the US and Africa, where she chaired the audit committee for four years and until December 2012 served on the remuneration, audit and nominations committees.

Herta is an experienced board member and chair, who has several non-executive board appointments ; including as the first independent chairman of the CHAPS Clearing Company Ltd, the primary UK whole-sale sterling clearer with settlements in excess of £70 trillion per annum, and Opportunity International, a global micro-finance organisation with multiple financial services subsidiaries, and as former chair and governing board member of The Committee of 200 Foundation, the global organization of pre-eminent entrepreneurs and corporate leaders dedicated to the advancement of women’s leadership in business.

Our Comment

"In 2008 Herta led a multi-national and multi-ability team to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. She was Executive Co-producer of the award-winning film “The Mountain Within”, chronicling the expedition, and author of “The Mountain Within – Leadership Lessons and Inspiration for your Climb to the Top”, published as the lead title by McGraw Hill in the autumn 2011. Herta is a highly sought-after speaker and commentator on topics such as energy, emerging markets, climate change, leadership, women in business and the 2008 banking crisis."

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