Ben Matranga has over 15 years of experience leading direct private equity and venture capital investments. His experience spans all stages of the investment process – from sourcing to analysis and negotiation, portfolio management and corporate governance – where he served as Director of over a half dozen companies. Previously, Ben was an Investment Officer with the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), a $350 million impact investment fund founded by George Soros, where he established offices in West Africa and East Africa. Prior to SEDF, he worked as a management consultant on restructuring and strategic planning for banks and financial service companies.
His investments have won numerous awards and recognition including Private Equity Africa Special Recognition award, World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the highest rating on the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s (OPIC) development impact matrix.
Jim Forster serves as the Managing Director of INI. He has over 35 years of hands-on leadership and technical expertise in networking equipment and Internet infrastructure. He spent over 20 years at Cisco Systems, starting in 1988 as the very first software development Manager. As Cisco grew and went public in 1990, he transitioned to technical leadership becoming a Distinguished Engineer leading various initiatives across IOS Software Development, System Architecture, and Business Development. Through the 2000’s, he led several of Cisco’s early initiatives in emerging markets. He is a contributing author to Wireless Networking in the Developing World, the pioneering guide to building low-cost wireless network infrastructure in the developing world.
Jim currently sits on the Boards of Mawingu Networks (Board Chair), AirJaldi Networks (Board Chair), Esoko and Range Networks. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Read more on Jim’s extensive network of partnerships, technical expertise, and the INI value add to portfolio companies.
Greg Bennett has six years of investing experience in venture capital and investment banking. Greg is currently on the investment team at Kapor Capital, an impact venture fund based in Oakland, CA.
He was formerly on the investment team of Working Capital, a global supply chain-focused investment fund, Village Capital, an early-stage venture fund and accelerator, and Unitus Capital, an investment bank based in Bangalore.