About GHL / Ali Mazanderani

Ali Mazanderani

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director


Ali is a Director at Actis having joined in 2010. Actis is a leading investor in growth markets, delivering consistent competitive returns, responsibly. It has a growing portfolio of investments across Asia, Africa and Latin America and has raised over US$12bn since inception. Actis is one of the leading investors in growth market payments.

Ali is the sector lead for financial technology investments. He leads the origination efforts in the sector, and has been instrumental in several transactions including the investments in EMPH, PayCorp, Upstream, Compuscan, DLP Payments and GHL Systems.

He has been a Non-Executive Board Director of several companies including Upstream Systems, Compuscan, PayCorp Investments and DLP Payments.

Before Actis, Ali was Lead Strategy Consultant for First National Bank based in Johannesburg. Prior to that, he advised private equity and corporate clients for OC&C Strategy Consultants in London.

Ali has a BCom(Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Pretoria, a Masters in Economics from Oxford University, a Masters in Economic History from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from INSEAD.