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Mike Levington

(Managing Director)

  • Mike has over 25 years’ experience of structuring and marketing commodity and energy transactions in London, New York and South Africa. 
  • In 1998, he became Head of Commodities for Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a leading South African investment bank. Within that portfolio, Mike was also responsible for managing RMB’s interest in NUFCOR International Ltd, and the Marketplace Company, a company that specialised in establishing wholesale electricity markets and managed the New Zealand and Singapore electricity markets and the New South Wales gas market.
  • Mike established an energy practice for RMB that advised clients, including large corporates and BEE companies, which were interested in investigating opportunities in the South African energy sector.
  • In 2005, he became Chief Investment Officer of Worldwide African Investment Holdings, a leading BEE investment house that focused on the sub-Saharan energy space. He successfully implemented Worldwide’s entry into the coal-mining sector, and served for a number of years on the Coal Industry Task Team a committee representing stakeholders in the coal mining and beneficiation sector. In May 2011, Mike was elected to serve as a Commissioner on the Management Board of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA). 
  • Mike has a BSc (Honours) in Chemistry from the University of Leicester.

Phil Edmunds

(Chief Operating Officer)

  • Phil joined Navitas in January 2009, after a 12 year career in investment banking with RMB. From 1996, he served in the RMB Resources and Corporate Finance divisions, advising various corporate actions in the mining industry. At the same time, he managed RMB’s exposure to various small resource companies, principally in the coal and exploration sectors.
  • In 2002, he helped establish a team to advise on energy-related matters for various clients. He subsequently joined RMB’s Infrastructure Finance team, where he focused on financing projects in the power and energy sectors. During this time, he dealt extensively with clients in both the conventional power and renewable energy sectors.
  • Phil is a qualified Chartered Accounting, and also has a post-graduate degree in geology. Prior to joining RMB, he served articles with KPMG, before joining Arthur Andersen in Perth, Australia. Over this period, he worked on numerous audit and consulting assignments, including assignments in Zambia, the UK, Indonesia and Palestine.

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