People: Fairfax Africa Holdings Corp (FAHu.TO)
17 May 2019
Mr. Michael Wilkerson is Chief Executive Officer, Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Prior to formation of the Company, Mr. Wilkerson served as the Managing Partner of AgriGroupe. AgriGroupe sponsored in 2014 the $500 million take private acquisition of AFGRI, in 2015 the acquisition of CEA, and in 2016 an investment in Ascendant. Previously, Mr. Wilkerson served as Global Co-Head of the Consumer, Food & Retail Group and as a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group at Lazard, one of the world’s preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms. Mr. Wilkerson was also a Managing Director at Citigroup, where he led the Financial Institutions M&A effort in New York. Mr. Wilkerson is Chairman of the Boards of Directors of each of AFGRI and CEA and is a director of Ascendant. Since 2008, he has served as a director (most recently as Chairman of the board) of charity: water, one of the world’s largest non-profits focused on clean water solutions in Africa. Over this period, charity: water has successfully deployed US$110 million in support of projects across 15 countries in Africa. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a M.A. in International Relations from Yale University and a B.S. summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University.
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