Management Profiles

Brian Reaves, Director

Brian is a business builder by nature and has built and re-built many businesses in the mobile and payment space. His secrets to success include surrounding himself with good people combined with excellent leadership and a clear market oriented focus. He has an international, cross-cultural perspective with experience in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, India, Russia, and the U.S.  Brian was involved in building 15 mobile networks, two of which as part of Optima, together with 4 mobile related payment companies and many technology projects has given him a broad base of experience.

Over his career, he has had the pleasure of hiring over 500 people, raised more than $100m is debt and equity for projects and co-invested in a variety of companies.

Erik Jennes, Advisor

Over twenty years of management experience in telecommunications having worked as Managing Director for AT&T in the Middle East and Russia and as an Executive Vice President for Linxtelecom. Erik co-founded Vostok Mobile, a mobile operator in Russia and Cecom, a fiber based network operator in Central Europe. In addition he holds a masters degree in System Engineering and Avionics from the University of Delft. Erik is specialised in building companies in emerging markets and works closely with Optima Investments on various projects.

Graham Matthews, Advisor

Graham has more than 15 years of experience in the mobile and internet industries having held senior management positions in ZAIN, Celtel International, Africa online and UUNET. He was a founder of UUNET Internet Africa, the first internet provider in Swaziland and held directorships in Infocom Uganda and Celtel Congo.

Graham has managed the launch such notable products as ZAIN’s One Network and ME2U.