Christopher Morris , the founder and first investor in Stevialife Sweeteners is the principal of R.C. Morris & Company Capital Management, a fund manager based in Vancouver, Canada that manages special situations debt funds.
Previously, Christopher was CFO of MetroBridge Networks (TSX-V: MEB) a Vancouver-based wireless broadband company with operations in the United States and Canada.
Before joining MetroBridge, Christopher was the CEO of Transit Television Network based in Orlando, Florida. Prior to Transit Television Network, Chris was Director of Corporate Ventures at Torstar Corporation in Toronto, and before that at Hollinger International in London, responsible for initiating and overseeing all new media investments.
Christopher began his career as an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston in London.
Education: Christopher is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, University of Waterloo and holds a PhD from Cambridge University.
Matthew Shaw, an investor in Stevialife Sweeteners Ltd, is a financier with over 25 years experience in traditional and entrepreneurial banking. He has held senior positions for ANZ Banking Group, Moscow Narodny and UBS. He co-founded DEPFA Investment Bank, a specialist EM investment bank formed as a JV with DEPFA Group.
Following a buyout by the majority shareholder, Matthew led the bank as General Manager. And later left mainstream banking to focus on his consultancy and propriety investment business.
Currently based in Canada he is an active angel investor in many start-ups/early stage companies with particular focus on renewable energy and Fintech. Currently he is exploring fintech applications as a means of deploying larger scale capital in off-grid renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also currently investing in an agriculture project in Africa
Prior to that he was co-head of Carbon Trade & Finance (a JV carbon fund between Commerzbank/Gazprombank) voted no. 1 carbon fund for 4 years running,a consultant to the Chairman of Gazprombank during which time he advised the Russian government on the opportunities of the Kyoto Protocol.
Education : Matthew holds a BA from Manchester University and an MBA (Finance) from Bradford University.
Jules Green is owner and a partner with his wife of the Montreal Estate Partnership, a 2,500-acre arable farm and forestry enterprise in Sevenoaks, UK as well as managing his personal investments. In addition he is a member of the advisory board of TLG, an African focused private equity business and a director of the Classic Prop Hire Company. He is also an investor in Stevialife Sweeteners Ltd Rwanda.
He was a member of the London School of Economics Development Committee for a number of years and is Honorary President of the Student’s Union and is still closely connected through the Centre for Africa. He was a major shareholder,co-founder and director of Ashmore Plc, a UK listed emerging markets fund Management company.
Education: BSc Management Science 2:1 at the London School of Economics.
Associate of the Chartered Bankers-International Diploma