Jonas Paurell

Jonas Paurell

Member of EDPI honorary advisory Board

Jonas Paurell is the founder and Managing Director of Simbi Capital, a private equity firm investing in Africa. He has a multidisciplinary background working as a lawyer and strategy consultant advising both multinational corporations and governments in Africa. 

As a lawyer and project manager for the United Nations, he worked to promote private sector development through regulatory reform and increased tripartite dialogue in several African countries. Jonas left the United Nations in 2010 to advise multinationals and private investors on market entry and risk management in Africa, working with some of Africa’s largest companies. In 2011 he joined the London-based advisory firm Africapractice to design, build and lead its investment and growth practice. In this position Jonas advised some of the world’s largest natural resource corporations and investors across Africa on market entry, strategy and risk mitigation; and supported investors to source transactions. Jonas launched Simbi Capital in 2012 to participate and contribute to the development of the African continent.

Jonas is also a Trustee of Project Playground in South Africa and Sweden, an NGO building and operating youth centres for disadvantaged children living in townships in South Africa.

Jonas holds a Master of Laws from Uppsala University.